Contact us:  jan at sign commutercruiser dott com  (sorry, trying to keep the spambots down!)

About David & Jan…

David & Jan with Winterlude Anchored in the Queen Cayes, Belize

As long as it’s FUN!  That’s what we said before we bought the boat in April 2001. Even before buying Winterlude, we realized we would never be able to explore distant horizons and return to race Y Flyers (18′ one design scow) every summer.  Thus we started commuter cruising 12 years ago.

Since buying Winterlude, our 1985 Passport 37, we’ve sailed over 15,000 miles from Annapolis to Southwest Florida, leaving the US in October 2004, from Florida along Mexico’s Yucatan Coast, exploring offshore atolls as well as inshore reefs in Belize, leaving Winterlude in the Rio Dulce (Sweet River), Guatemala.

We’ve explored the Bay Islands of Honduras, the Vivorillos Cays, Providencia & San Andres, Colombian Islands off the coast of Nicaragua en route to Bocas Del Toro, Panama.  We loved the lush surroundings of the Chagres River. then sailed to Cartagena for carnival.  Returning along the Colombia coast, the Rosarios and the San Bernardos were adventures before arriving at Sapzurro, Colombia — my favorite cruising location yet!  Sapzurro is the border town between Colombia and Panama.  We hiked the mountain ridge where the border was located and down the Panama side, to the waterfalls, dinghied to the “tourist” town around the next cove and then spent time in the San Blas Islands, negotiating for my own molas, artwork specially crafted by the Kuna indigenous people.

In between, we’ve watched dolphins pirouette in the early morning sun, had front row seats for the pelican ballet:  pelicans diving in sequence at sunset, danced barefoot on the beach, made great friends, hiked to the highest waterfalls and snorkeled the clearest waters, discovered unknown (to us) species, eaten the freshest fish and lived a lifestyle only cruisers know.

For a sample cruising season highlights, Click Here for “The Last Sail”. 

Winterlude is a 1985 Passport 37 – to see the Cruising World review of a Passport 37, click here.

We love the lifestyle!  We hope to share our experiences “commuter cruising” in hopes that those that sail in our wake might pick up a morsel or two of helpful information!


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