Since Joel is the one who first dared to dream this dream, I’ll tell you about him first. Joel is a twenty-nine year old who has been inextricably tied to the water since his very early years. A proverbial fish out of water, when Joel wasn’t swimming, he was sailing . He gained some of his first experiences sailing on his parent’s snark, which grew into a Buccaneer, which eventually morphed into The Dandelion–a sunshine yellow San Juan 23. During his mid-teenage years, his parents figured out not only that he had been commandeering their vessel whenever he got the chance on weekends and summers, but also that the majority of the marina members thought it was his boat. Skip forward a couple of years. After graduating college and getting a job as a radiation therapist, Joel decided to make his dream into a reality. After spending numerous hours on Yachtworld, Joel discovered that the boat he’s been looking for has been sitting in the back of the dry-dock lot in Boulder Marina for the last 10 years. Needless to say, he bought the boat, and we’ve been working on restoring/refitting her for the last 5 years.
As you might have guessed from the profile, I’m Emily, The (Pascagoula) Run’s first mate. I’m an artistic, well-read, determined, and spunky twenty-six year old. I have my bachelor’s degree in English and am a certified high school English teacher. Joel and I started dating in 2008, and I’ve been on board with what was initially his dream ever since. We both made the decision to buy the Dehler 31; I love it for its sleek lines, wide deck, and the way it cuts through water smoothly and effortlessly. Though school and work sometimes impede my ability to work on the boat as much as I’d like, I’ve been a part of the refurbishing process from the beginning, and I love seeing her transform from her neglect into the homey black, white and red beauty she is today. Unlike most cruisers, I have a job at a school that I love, so I’m going to be cruising intermittently over the summers and breaks until Joel and I figure out exactly how we can keep both our dreams realities.