Natural Habits

My (past) Pearson 39′ centerboard yawl, Natural Habits
Half way between Key Largo and Bimini, Bahamas

Click the image to enlarge. That’s me with my Peterbilt jacket and Coors hat and you can see my (then) wife’s legs.. She’s on her back looking up.. And another couple.. Sails were almost perfectly set.. The after edge of the two big sails (main and jib) should be parallel. Long wake behind the boat, we were maybe moving at 8.5+ knots.. That’s pretty good.. The boat sailing with us, Ticket, owned by Pat and Sue Segraves, had to run their engine occasionally so we could stay together. They took the shot. Key Largo to Bimini was about 109 miles.. 12 – 13 hrs across the Gulf Stream to clear customs, drink some beers, lots of snorkeling, watching for coral heads and Jimmy Buffet music! About 1980 or so ..

I owned 5 sailboats in five years. A pre-owned Venture 21 (Mandala), a pre-owned Santana 21 (Lobo), a new Ericson 23 (Solution), a new Pearson 28 (Natural Habits) and then a 2-year old Pearson 39 (Naturals Habits also) in 1976. I almost called the 39 Barracuda after the Wilson Sisters song Barracuda that was particularly hot at the time. Solution came from a Stevie Wonder song and Natural Habits came from a Michael Martin Murphy (Austin Hill Country musician) song called Good Ol’ Natural Habits about skinny-dippin’ and swinging from a tire swing into the creek. Natural Habits, of course, had to do with communin’ with Nature, Innate Intelligence, God, Source, the Cosmos, etc.

I remember moving the 39 down the Inner coastal from the Chesapeake to Key Largo (5 weeks) during my 26th birthday. Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet was a hot song at the time!  Goal setting and harnessing the subconscious mind ..I was way ahead of the game! PS I barely got out of high school and no family money. Nada, zip Meditating and goal setting!

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