Jacques & Ginny's Sanibel 18

Last Updated: November 14, 2006

HIN: CVI0119AA787

CVI - Captiva Yachts, Inc., Oldsmar, Florida.
0119A - Probably the 119th boat built.
A7 - Built January 1987.
87 -Model Year 1987.

Is this inspiration? After many years of sailing, this beautiful couple (ages 64 and 70) have acquired a Sanibel 18. Although they have a larger boat which they are working on, they appreciate the Sanibel's trailer sailor ability. I wish them the best of luck.

My husband Jacques was born in Montreal, Quebec and has been a sailor most all of his life. In early years he sailed the DS 20 and the Sirius 21 on Lake Champlain, Thousand Islands on the St.. Lawrence River, Lake St. Louis, Two Mountain Lake, Ottawa River etc. so he is very familiar with pocket trailer sailors. He rebuilt a 42' wooden ketch in 1988 and sailed solo south from Montreal to Miami, Florida.

Myself, Ginny, lived aboard by age of 10 on a wooden 34' Seagoer yawl (designed by Tom Day) with my father. This is the sistership to the "Islander" which Harry Pidgeon sailed around the world. I was privileged to meet Harry in person when I was 12 in Los Angeles, California! With these "salty" beginnings, my life became devoted to boats. By 18, I had purchased a 37' Hanna designed Carol ketch. By working on boats in the local marina in San Pedro, California it took about 5 years to pay off the boat and ready the boat for cruising. By 1961, I was sailing down the Mexican and Central American Coast to Galapagos and Panama however plans changed as my first husband decided attending medical school was more important than cruising on to French Polynesia! Many boats, and living aboard some 25 years later, Jacques and I met, fell in love and are sharing the dream. Would you believe we met in a boat yard in Fort Lauderdale where I was rebuilding my Nautor Swan 36!

In 2003, we sold both our boats and moved to Punta Gorda where we began our tile installing business which Jacques has been doing for some 40 years in Quebec and Florida. We survived the wrath of Hurricane Charlie and feel very blessed. We are also restoring a 26' Sea Bird Yawl in our back yard which is now on hold for our Golden Years (my husband is 64 and I am 70!) as our tile business has kept us far too busy for this project. However, we decided to purchase a Sanibel 18 last month. It was instant love at first sight!! All we know is that our Sanibel was built in 1987 in the Fort Myers area. We believe her name was "Spare Time." We have now named her "Kuuipo" which means My Sweetheart in Hawaiian.

We have just purchased a Tohatsu 6 hp OB, 4 stroke. And have other projects to do before splashing. Also Jacques is in the process of installing and fine tuning an arm between the rudder and outboard for easier steering when motoring. We are very pleased to read the Widget web site and anxious to meet other enthusiastic owners of Sanibel 18.

Kuuipo finally getting "splashed".

At the Launch Ramp.

Motoring away.