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Hideaway, our Catalina 34, is FOR SALE

Pretty much everything we know about sailing, boats, engines, anchoring, cruising, electronics, plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry and maintenance, we have learned from Hideaway. Which is why Catalina 34 sailboats will always have a special place in our hearts. But this is it. It’s time. And I’m trying really hard not to get sentimental about this. It’s like picking up and…

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Blanc du nil: Sailing to St. Barthelemy

The crazy thing about flying into the island of Sint Maarten is that there's a dinghy dock near the airport where your friends can pick you up with no shoes or shirt on, throw your luggage into their Mercury inflatable and motor you back to your boat just in time for happy hour. Which is exactly what happened when Ryan…

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Memorial Day: Remembering my dad, Christian Louis Hacker

As "Taps" is being played by a woman in an Army uniform holding a trumpet, another man in uniform stands at attention by my father's coffin. In this moment, I'm mostly focused on my mother, who I can feel trembling slightly beneath the grip of my fingers around her shoulder, which is why it takes me a moment to notice…

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What happens when you write a funny obituary

"I've been getting calls all morning about a garage sale. Tasha, what did you write in the paper?" My mother says in a high-pitched voice, which I recognize immediately from my childhood as the tone that says I'm in trouble. I've just returned from fetching the Albany Times Union from the gas station, knowing my father's obituary would be published…

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Sailing to St. Martin: Things Said In 24 Hours

Things said on board Hideaway in the last 24 hours: "You only have 3 things to worry about: Keeping the course as close to 125 degrees as possible, keeping the mainsail filled and not falling overboard. Got it? I'm off to bed." "Just something to keep in mind, I'm not entirely sure that meat you're eating is any good." "Is…

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Whirling Dervishes?

"Hey, look! A whirling dervish!" Ryan exclaims with delight and confusion, like he's just spotted a floating Dairy Queen selling soft-serve off the coast of Virgin Gorda. Despite the smile on his face, there's something about the way Ryan is pointing to starboard with his neck strained to get a better view of the sky that quickly alerts me to…