FW: 3/14/2013 7:23:55 AM
3/14/2013 7:23:55 AM .
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posted by Ross & Beverly S/V Raft @ 2:23 AM
We are from Barrie Ontario Canada and began sailing in 1995 after purchasing our first sailboat, a CS 27, named 3 Lovers. Very early in our sailing careers we discovered that both of us enjoyed the cruising life style while traveling around Lake Simcoe. Our frequent treks to Georgian Bay and the North Channel on Lake Huron only increased our desire to cruise. The dream to take on a larger journey prompted us to sell 3 Lovers and acquire a larger boat for a trip to points south. In 2002, after much searching and numerous attempts to buy several boats, we purchased Raft. She is a 1982 C&C Landfall 38 and we were able to purchase her from her original owner. We felt certain this boat that had successfully cruised the Great Lakes for the past 20 years, would take us to Caribbean and Central America if we can endure the trip.
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The name RAFT comes from the Mark Twain novel "Huckleberry Finn". One of the most obvious features of this novel is movement. The major figures are always going somewhere, and we are invited to see in their freedom to move, something that sets them apart from those who prefer to stay in residential communities. What commands our attention in this book is figures in motion--their energy, their resilience, their clear intellectual superiority (in terms of wit) over the townsfolk--these qualities insist upon the fact that life on the road brings out the human characteristics most worthy of our admiration (even when the figures involved are cheats and con men). In this sense, the central metaphor of the river is crucial. It is not only the road, but it is a moving road, bringing things of importance with it (like RAFTS, fish, and so on) but also carrying the travelers."