and Sheila, owner-operators of Paradise
Connections Yacht Charters, are experienced sailors whose goal is to
assist you in finding the best boat for your charter yacht sailing
Bob grew up around boats in Southern California, while
Sheila's only boating experience was riding a ferry a couple of times.
We met, got married and went to France in 1980. We lived on a péniche
(French barge) for a few years on the Seine river outside of Paris.
This is where we got the boat-building bug.
After building a few
dinghies and a kayak, we decided to tackle a large project -- a 26-foot
liveaboard sailboat. Within six months we were living aboard Loose
Moose on the Marne river east of Paris.
We had a lot of fun on
Loose Moose. We had a nine-week trip where we travelled the Seine down
to Le Havre and sampled the Normandy cuisine and visited the D-Day
beaches before heading out into the English Channel working our way
north, visiting numerous French ports. When we reached St.
Valéry-sur-Somme we took down our mast and returned to the picturesque
canal system of France. We meandered our way east and south until we
met up again with the river Seine at Conflans and returned to Paris.
memorable journey was just a precursor of things to come... After much
discussion and planning, we hired a designer to draw us a set of plans
for Loose Moose 2.
We found a riverside boatyard 50 km outside
of Paris in Meaux (as in mustard & brie cheese). We tied Loose
Moose up to the riverbank and proceeded to build Loose Moose 2, a
38-foot gaffed rigged "advanced sharpie". About a year later she was
We stayed in a marina on the west side of Paris for a
year before deciding it was time to begin our new journey. We navigated
the French canal system to the Mediterranean. We took the Seine east
and met up with the Marne stopping a few nights at the boatyard in
Meaux and treating a fellow boatbuilder to EuroDisney on Bastille Day.
We continued east on the Marne and various canals and headed south on
the Saone where we spent some time at St. Jean de Losnes. Then it was
south to Lyons and the river Rhone. We took a side canal and stopped
for a time along a bank just above Aigues-Mortes. We thoroughly enjoyed
this isolated spot... taking advantage of the solitude to try to break
the "commuter-mode" habits of Paris... learned to relax. We rode our
bikes two miles to collect water from a spring and accomplished many
We left France in September of 1994. We
investigated the Balearic Islands and stopped in several Spanish ports
before reaching the next important spot on our intinerary, Gibraltar.
From Gibraltar we sailed to the Canary Islands. We made landfall on
Lanzarote on Thanksgiving Day... not a turkey to be found anywhere.
intended to depart the Canaries in the Spring of 1995... in fact we
did. We turned around and headed back to Gran Canaria before the first
day was up as Bob's broken ribs were not healed sufficiently to make
the journey... which was a good thing. The summer of 1995 was notorious
for hurricanes that ravaged the Caribbean and we were glad to still be
on the other side of the pond in Arguiniguin.
second season of transatlantic preparations in Las Palmas. The
comraderie between sailors was a wonderful experience. We had a
successful, though tiring, Atlantic crossing (Bob, Sheila, and two
cats). Once when we were becalmed we had a turtle pass us!
made our Caribbean landfall on the French island of Martinique. It was
nice returning to France. We spent a few months there and really had a
terrific time. We had plans of going to Puerto Rico but some Americans
we met suggested St. Thomas. And to make a very, very long story a bit
shorter.... here we are.
Paradise Connections is based on our
personal sailboat and we are currently sailing about the Caribbean. We
are no longer in Honeymoon Bay on Water Island, USVI as in the photo
as we sailed south from there in 2003 to the Dutch/French island of
Sint Maarten / St. Martin.
been travelling between the Virgin
Islands, Anguilla, St Martin, Antigua... Perhaps we'll sail towards the
ABC's this summer... We'll see, as we tend to "go with the
to the wonders of modern technology, we can stay in touch with our
clients via cell phone, satellite phone, wifi, email, e-fax and voip.
you'd like to know more about what we are doing outside of booking
charters, you can read our blog: All
About Boats, So It Goes.
So much nicer than a cubicle... I now have tan toes !
We are "boat folk" so we know the charter boats, the crews, and a bit