About Me and the Pascagoula Run

About Me and the Pascagoula Run

I have been sailing nearly since I was born.And if I wasn’t sailing, I was swimming competitively.Towards the end of my high school years, I began racing sailboats with a friend of mine from Carlyle Lake.My passion for sailing, as well as the urge to be near the water, grew stronger.After completing two years of college in St.Louis, I transferred to SIU Carbondale where I lived on a houseboat instead of a dormitory. This gave me a chance to really learn what living aboard was all about.Through the constant break-downs, hauling water in the winter cold, tip-toeing over ice-covered docks, and other adventures, one could say I learned more at marinas than from college.Over the past few years I’ve gained a few friends; many of them being older than myself.Along with my actual uncles, these individuals were always there to lend me a hand when I needed it most.Whether it was working on boats, sitting back and talking boats on the water with a drink in hand and good music playing in the background, or making rounds up and down 30A, you could say that I’ve got a few uncles not unlike the one mentioned by Jimmy Buffet in the song that became my vessel’s namesake.

“Pascagoula Run” is a 1985 Dehler 31 sailboat. The plan is to restore/refit the vessel, work out all the kinks, and then head out on a walkabout. My first mate/girlfriend of two years, Emily, is helping me to make this goal a reality. I am very lucky to have someone with as much patience and dedication as Emily. She truly is my best friend.

See You On the Water,

Joel, Emily, and the Pascagoula Run

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  1. Hey guys, glad I found this blog. I am in about exact same situation: old boat needs fixin, ready to go on the big adventure, girlfriend of 2 years my first mate 🙂

    Looking forward to more posts!

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