So, who are Bob and Brenda?

Bob and Brenda, owners of Pandora, an Aerodyne 47 composite “go fast” cruising sailboat split our time between home near the CT River with winters aboard Pandora since I retired in 2012.   As a sort of modified snowbird couple, we have cruised together for nearly 40 years for summer vacations while I was working and now for the winters down south.

While Brenda is a self described “cream puff” and more of a landlubber, she agrees to spend time with me aboard as it is my passion.  Frankly, she’d rather be home working on her passion, weaving and just about anything else fiber related, something that she has focused on for much of adult life.  She does practice her “fiber arts” aboard when we travel but we have limited space aboard Pandora, as you’d imagine on a small boat.

You might say that there are two of us enjoying my dream for nearly 40 years now.  Of course, I have spent all that time doing my best to make it fun for her too.  So far, so good. Brenda and I met in algebra class our junior year of high school (she sat two rows in front and two seats to the left) and have sailed together on a succession of boats since the mid 70s.   How is it that we look so young (say yes) when we have done this for so long?  Perhaps it’s the salt air. Hmm…

8 responses to “So, who are Bob and Brenda?

  1. Good evening Bob
    I was looking through the Saga Yachts Yahoo! Group to see if I could find information on a set of polars for the 43. I believe that you posted a PDF of the polars constructed by a friend of yours a few years ago.
    Would you happen to have a text or Excel file of the same information?
    If you do, would you mind sending a copy to me at the above address?
    I’m using them for course routing for a long delivery.
    Thank you very much

    • Jim: I don’t have the backup data for the polars. I got them from another SAGA owner and a friend put them into the visual form. What boat are you delivering and where are you going.


  2. Hi Bob,

    My name is Bob Webb and I have a Saga 43 currently in Essex CT at the Dauntless Yard. I see from your blog and from the Salty Dawg site that we will both be doing the passage to the BVI this fall. At any rate that’s not why I’m emailing – I’m having fits trying to fit a Rocna Vulcan anchor to the boat and noticed your solution for your old boat on theSaga user’s group site. Wondering if you can tell me who fabricated the extensions for you or if you still might have some of the templates. I’m from Canada but currently here on the boat prepping to deliver it to Annapolis on Sept 3. You can call me on my cell at (204)782-2740 or email me at:
    Thanks for any help you can give
    Bob Webb

  3. Bob,
    You spoke to Jil and I in mid November about propellers and how fast an Aerodyne 47 should be capable of motoring. Since then, we have purchased purchased hull #1, KIVA, ex-Eagles Wing. We are presently in St. Augustine FL, attending to a sizeable list boat projects. We’ll be off to Havana in mid March, hopefully via the Bahamas. Then Key West, and north to Rhode Island foot most of the summer. It’s nice to read about your visit to St Martin. We look forward to meeting you, Brenda, and Pandora down the line.
    Very best wishes, John Bell

    • Welcome to the family. So great that hull #1 has found a good home. The Salty Dawgs will be visiting Havana around that time too, about 25 boats. It’s a great group and worth considering. Please consider coming to the Essex Gam the weekend of June 17th. It’s going to be a great time with about 100 in attendance.

  4. Mutual friend Barry Meade said you might be looking for crew from Va.
    Might be able to help out. Drop me an email with details.
    Jim Dalton

  5. Bob:

    Brian Johnson here in Harpswell, ME and I bought Galway Girl ex-Firecracker, hull #4 about 6 weeks ago. In April we will take her off the hard in Keyport, NJ and sail to Annapolis where one of our sons is a rigger at Port Annapolis Marina and lives in Eastport. It will be good to have a spring again (the Maine coast is NOT the place for spring). We have had a bunch of boats from SF to Annapolis including a Catalina 25, Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 Yawl, a J-40 and Santana39. A long history.

    My plan to buy another significant cruiser we born on a trip to Newfoundland and along the southern coast and back on a friends Bristol 35.5 and the desire to do such trips again faster! If you are coming up to Maine look us up! 603-785-6679

    • Brian: It’s nice to hear from you. I may very well make a run to Maine this summer, probably with the Salty Dawg Down East Rally in July. Perhaps our paths will cross. I do hope to see you on a future Salty Dawg Rally to Antigua.

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