Living aboard a Yacht requires imagination, a sense of adventure, strong self-reliance, knowledge, courage, flexibility, a willingness to learn and to make quick and sound decisions and many other adjectives, too many to list.
As a former boater, who traveled far, and lived aboard a quite sturdy powerboat, I admire these Bay Isles neighbors and am delighted that they so kindly share their stories. Awe and appreciation of Mother Nature are a benefit of spending so much time on the water. Although the freedom to move your home from place to place is amazing, what happens along the way can often be unexpected and memorable. Choosing and navigating the route, finding the right place for mooring or anchoring out, are critical to safety and, of course, scenery is often spectacular. Whether you seek solitude or camaraderie, boating offers many options and the opportunity to explore the world.
The Moorings offers a full-service 291 slip, deep water Marina.
Latitude 27 22.36N
Longitude 82 36.96W
ICW Marker 15, MM 79.5
Jeannie & Skip Schuelke
The Schuelke's live on their Marlow 65 Explorer (actually 74 ' length) named Time from November 1-May 1 and are located on L Dock at The Moorings. This beautiful and very livable, Pilot House Motor Yacht was designed by Marlow Marine of Snead Island, Florida, and built to their specifications in China, delivering fine finishing and a stunning display of teak and holly decks and trim. There is ample storage throughout and an open feeling to the design.
Jeannie grew up water skiing and boating. In fact, her first large purchase was a ski boat before she owned a home. Skip had some knowledge of boating on Hobie Cats, small sailing catamarans. Together, they started cruising the Chesapeake Bay when they lived in Richmond, VA, 27 years ago. As with most boating stories, they started with smaller boats and moved up in size. All of their boats have been named Time, which Jeannie explained represents resolutions, working together, to have time for family, friends and to enjoy life and Mother Nature.
Second marriages for both of them, with two children each, they made many family trips where there were at least eight children onboard since each child had a friend along. They encouraged the children to enjoy the out of doors and were rather strict about TV time or video games. The current Time has space for a dining table to seat six, a fine galley where Jeannie enjoys preparing meals from fresh ingredients using her combination microwave/convection oven.
When on LBK, the Schuelke's are part of the community, playing Team Tennis, golfing, kayaking and biking around. Skip owned a Private Biomedical Technology and Device Company and Jeannie was a Sales & Marketing Professional for Medical Companies. When they married, they planned a Honeymoon Boat Trip. Jeannie was late, due to a delayed surgical procedure that she was assisting, and by the time she showed up at the dock, Skip presented her with wilted, long-stem roses. However, the Honeymoon Flags were flying high. They spent eight days cruising to Baltimore Harbor, anchoring out along the way, preferring to be where the salt air is fresh, and seeing boating friends on their route, for meals that Jeannie loves to prepare.
Carrying 2000 gallons of diesel fuel, Time has a long range. She cruises at 9-10 knots and can get up on plane for 20-knot bursts of speed. Plans for 2019 cruising include anchoring out at Captiva Island, visiting some nautical oriented National Parks and Marco Island.
Laurie & Bob Wolfe
Thirty-five years ago, Bob and Laurie Wolfe were driving by a used car lot in New Jersey when they spotted a 26' Sea Ray displayed on a trailer. They did a U-turn, purchased the boat in almost an instant, brought it down to South Jersey and their nautical lifestyle began. For eleven years they enjoyed living aboard on weekends with Bob's two young sons, who were a welcome addition to Laurie and Bob's new marriage.
When a cleat, a small, but necessary item, broke, they stopped in at the boat dealer to purchase a replacement. Instead, they traded up to a 35' Sea Ray that had twin engines. The boat salesman was thrilled that he turned a potential $15 purchase into a bigger sale! In typical boating life fashion, the next boat was 38', then 50' and now, with Swept Away, the Wolfes are proud owners of a 61' Sundancer, an Express Yacht by Sea Ray, appointed with three spacious staterooms.
Swept Away is docked at The Moorings, where Laurie explains that the location is "magical." They have much of South West Florida available for short trips to Tampa Bay and St. Pete or south to Captiva Island, Boca Grande Sound and the Florida Keys. They enjoy the natural beauty, the integrity of nature and relish discovering out of the way places. In May of 2017, Bob earned his Commercial Captain's License, through an accelerated course offered in Sarasota.
Each Season, Swept Away runs back and forth from a Marina near Liberty State Park to the Moorings on LBK, remaining in Florida for seven months. Bob and Laurie have created a lifestyle based on the "Serious Fun" of boating. While they own homes in Tribeca, NYC, and a condo on Longboat Key, their hearts are bound to their time spent on Swept Away. After some reflection, Bob declares that if he had to only choose one place to live, it would be on his boat.
In 2006, Bob retired from his position as the owner of a Company that places Santa Clauses in retail locations all over the USA. Laurie owned a Marketing Firm that concentrated on Shopping Malls. They met through business and have been navigating life together, with exciting outcomes. For example, they invest in Broadway Shows and have become Producers. They enjoy hosting cast parties at their downtown NY City home, where Laurie activates her Event and Marketing Skills and the process becomes fun, not work. They also invested in reviving The Big Apple Circus, which now travels worldwide with its one-ring show, filled with the most accomplished performers.
On Longboat Key, they play golf and tennis and Laurie is a runner. They have a fun new hobby of riding their folding Brompton Bicycles all over the Key and also use them when they travel by boat for easy, on land travel. The titanium frames make the bikes light enough to pick them up and place the bike next to their table when they stop at a cafe. Being members of the Sarasota Yacht Club, Laurie and Bob can travel to many other interesting Yacht Clubs, enjoying the reciprocity program, reaching new ports and always looking forward to their life on the water.