Although I grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, loved tidal pools and being near the water, I somehow had never found my way to boats. That all changed in 1996 when I met Jeffrey. He was twenty-six and had just landed a job as a captain on a passenger ferry that ran between Bellingham, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia. He captivated me with a plan that he’d been working on since his days as a deckhand on the windjammers in Maine. His idea was to build a big schooner and run it as a business, like the boats he’d worked on in Maine. I fell in love listening to him. Most of my daydreams floated around the notion that I wanted to someday own a bed and breakfast in the San Juan Islands. When he first learned of my dreams he asked me, “Does your bed and breakfast need to have a foundation, or could it float?” With that one question and a smile, our dreams came together and two years later, after lots of searching, we found the “perfect” boat.