Introducing the Sailors of the Month!
To say that Dean and Karen loved the open ocean is an understatement. The two lived aboard their Catana 431 with their twin sons for four years, sailing around 15,000 miles in four years. In that time, the family sailed through the Mediterranean Sea, across the Atlantic, throughout the Caribbean, and up the eastern coast of the United States.
When their sons were entering middle school they made their way to Honduras to sell their boat and decided to settle back down in the states. As a family that loves the outdoors and a variety of scenery, they chose a small mountain town in Colorado, where Dean became a science teacher and Karen continued working as a dietitian at Colorado State University Extension.
The ocean never slipped Dean and Karen’s minds despite living in a land-locked state, and now with their boys all grown up they became determined to set sea more frequently. Because the couple would be making long trips in diverse waters, they knew they’d need a comfortable boat that would be easy to sail single-handed for night passages. This led them to the purchase of their Balance 451, which has already embarked on a few great trips, including a family trip to Cuba!
Years of experience have given the family a great understanding of life on the ocean, which inspired Dean and Karen to launch a blog that shares info about Colorado, nutritious recipes from Karen, and, of course, sailing tales. They most recently wrote an article titled, “Catamarans are the Best for Cruising.” Be sure to check it out!