Sally Seymour, Sally W, 37VT42
They say a picture almost never does justice to the situation and it's certainly true in this case: crossing Penobscot Bay this morning in 3 foot seas slapping us broadside on course. With the first mate hanging on for dear life, dishes rattling, pantry items sliding, cooler contents shifting, salon cushions leaving their nests, the captain at the helm with feet firmly planted wide stance deftly managed the seas deviating first north, then south of the course to bring the good ship back to port.
Back at the dock and soon after finishing the clean up, we were sitting in the salon when two heads appeared outside the window. The woman exclaimed, "What a beautiful boat!" Her husband was by her side wearing a jacket with an embroidered boat named "Moby." Yes, it was previous LNVT owners Alan Oates and Nancy Caffee, of 37VT14, Moby.
|Third owners of Moby Alan Oates and Nancy Caffee of Gulfport, FL.|
Moby has led an interesting life. She was first owned by Peggy Hall, who used the boat on her job as park ranger in the Bahamas. Peggy sold her after 14 years to a Florida couple, the McCulloughs, who sold her four years later to Alan and Nancy. They kept her for ten years, living aboard for three. During that time Nancy used her handy Sailrite sewing machine to make curtains, screens, bimini, and fancy dodger screen which enclosed the entire stern. The tug may be the only LNVT with a bow sprit. And it also came with one of those coveted bulwark doors which previous owners called a "rum door." Guess why? Hint: Caribbean.
The fourth owners, Bob and Birdie Jenkins changed the name to Sea Turtle and kept the tug for two years. And here's more intrigue: Sea Turtle was sold again in September to 2014 to unknown buyers. This is where Dave and Bicki Howell get antsy. Losing track of a tug is like, well, losing track of a child. The tug has been spotted in Fort Lauderdale. Anyone wish to help solve the mystery?