Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen
Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen

Sailing with the Dread Pirate Stephen

Almost 5 years ago I asked my brother, Stephen, if he wanted to sail to Florida with me in a 27 Ft sailboat. His first response was “Hell No!” but after a few months of me telling stories about sailing, he changed his mind. So we began our plan of sailing the ICW from Washington DC to Key West Florida.

The 27 ft sailboat did not work out but the following spring I bought a 30 ft Irwin sailboat and we sailed it from Boston Harbor to the Potomac River in the Chesapeake Bay. Last year we sailed a Columbia 34 from the Chesapeake Bay to Lake Michigan.

The Dread Pirate Stephen painting the Defiant
The Dread Pirate Stephen painting the Defiant

The Dread Pirate Stephen

This past spring Stephen bought a 28 ft Columbia 8.7 sailboat. He asked me to come and help him move it from the hardstand in Baltimore to his new marina on the Chesapeake Bay.

His sailboat needed quite a bit of work before it could be put into the water. He cleaned, sanded, patched and painted the bottom and repaired the running lights. He sealed the windows, installed the fuel tank and installed a new Chartplotter.

After a few hours of work on the Diesel Engine, we put her in the water and set sail across the Chesapeake to Rock Harbor where we took a few days for weather.

Then we set sail for his home port of Flag Harbor and ran into a squall which swamped and sank his 8 ft dinghy but by the end of the day, we were docking in his slip at Flag Harbor.

When I say “set sail” it is a boating term, we actually never turned off the engine because we were worried we would not get it restarted when we wanted to dock.

The Defiant - Columbia 8.7 Sailboat
The Defiant – Columbia 8.7 Sailboat

Actual sea trials were a few weeks later after we had all the engine issues resolved. We just sailed around the Chesapeake Bay for half a day but she performed better than expected.

The manufacturer’s own reviews said she would be sluggish in low winds but that proved to be untrue. As it turns out the Defiant is a hearty ship that can sail anywhere in the world.

The Defiant - Columbia 8.7 Sailboat
The Dread Pirate Stephen piloting his new ship the Defiant

Stephen plans to sail the Defiant south to Florida for this winter. He is looking for a crew of one to assist him in this upcoming journey so if you are an able body adventurer looking for a new way of life give him a shout.

Pirate Crew Application

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Applicants should be:

All duties are evenly split between Stephen and Applicant

  • Between the ages of 25 and 35
  • Female
  • Willing to learn how to sail
  • Loves to cook
  • Able to set sails and pull lines
  • Willing to pilot the sailboat
  • Ready for the adventure of a lifetime

Life on a 28 ft boat.

Ships Captain The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

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