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About Sea Star II
Sea Star II is a 1983 Bob Perry design Tayana 37. This boat is quite heavy by today's standards, but it sails remarkably well and can serve effectively as both a coastal and bluewater cruiser. It has a particularly strong reputation as an offshore boat and is certainly one of the more popular bluewater cruisers ever built. Reportedly at any given time there are more Tayana 37s out there wandering the globe than any other single type of sailboat. I made the video below in 2009 while riding out a gale off the coast of Sardinia. Since then Sea Star has had numerous upgrades, a new engine, a full cockpit enclosure, watermaker, three burner stove with oven and new refrigeration to name a few. Sea Star is a comfortable, safe well equipped vessel.

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About the Captain, Paul Larson
I started sailing at 40. My first sailboat was a Capri 25, friends taught me to race and racing taught me to sail. My next boat was an Irwin 30 that I not only raced but began cruising in. Cruising soon replaced racing. After the Irwin I had a Hunter 30 and expanded my cruising from coastal Florida to the Bahamas and Cuba. From 1991 to 1999 I was the director of the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program and hold a 50 Ton Masters Captains License.
In 1999, my girlfriend Cindy and I crewed for local sailing legend Billy Johnson. We sailed 1,300 nautical miles from Newfoundland to the Azores. After that trip I knew that I wanted to sail across the Atlantic on my own boat. To do that I would need a bigger bluewater sailboat. On July 4th, 2001 I purchased a Tayana 37, named her Sea Star II and began planning my own Atlantic crossing. Between 2001 and 2007 Cindy and I sailed back to Cuba, the Bahamas, Mexico and Belize.
I retired after 36 years of teaching in 2007. Cindy and I left Sarasota and sailed up the east coast to Nova Scotia with friends joining us along the way. John Pether and his son Daniel met us in Halifax and we sailed 1400 nautical miles to the Azores. Sea Star spent that winter on the hard in Terceira. The summer of 2008 after spending six weeks cruising the Azores we completed our Atlantic crossing to Portugal with John Pether and John Proctor. Sea Star spent that winter in Port Napoleon, France. In the summers that followed we explored : Portugal, Gibraltar, Spain, Balearic Islands, France, Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.
Since leaving Sarasota we have sailed over 17,000 nautical miles.
Sea Star is now on the hard at Boca de Magra, Italy. I am currently planning for more adventures this summer. Would you like to join us?

 

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Sea Star Route