A bit about our sailing vessel –


Radiance on a mooring ball in Annapolis Harbor
Radiance on a mooring ball in Annapolis Harbor

Radiance is a Sabre 38 Mark II.  She is hull number 156 and was constructed in 1989.   We acquired her in 2012 and have sailed her around the Chesapeake Bay in an effort to hone our seamanship and convince her and ourselves that we are prepared for a longer adventure.  Our experience leads us to believe that she was well taken care of by her previous owners.

Some important numbers that limit or enable our travels –

LOA – 38′ 8″   (think length for you landlubbers)

Beam – 12’4″  (think width)

Draft  – 4’4″ with the Centerboard up. 8′ with the centerboard down (think depth)

Air Draft – 58’6″   from the waterline to the top of the VHF antenna on the mast.  (think height)

Displacement – 16900 lbs. (think weight sort of)

Sail Area – 690 square feet

Hull Speed – 7.5 knots

Engine – Diesel; Westerbeke; 33 hp

Fuel – 45 Gallons

Water – 105 Gallons

Holding Tank – 30 Gallons

These are important to determine where on the water we can sail or motor, which anchorages and marinas we can visit, the bridges we can fit under, the weather we can tolerate, and how long we can be underway.

There are many other variables that are also important to consider such as wind, waves, current, tides, and weather,

Hello world!

The purpose of this blog is to share the experiences, hopes, dreams, insights, and revelations as we traverse the IntraCoastal Waterway in the Fall of 2016.

Bon Voyage Day from Annapolis is scheduled for 11 October.

We hope to arrive in Miami by mid-December.


And her Crew