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at anchor in the South Pacfic



    Passage is a Peterson 44 built in 1980 in Taiwan.  The Peterson 44 was designed by Doug Peterson - a noted racing and cruising boat designer - and was one of the first production "performance cruisers" .  These boats are often referred to as Kelley-Petersons because they were commissioned through Jack Kelley Yacht Sales in San Diego, California.

    We bought Passage in 1998 with plans of going cruising in the near future.  She was in good condition, and all she needed was "just a little paint and varnish".  We proceeded to rebuild every inch of her.  No structure or system went untouched.  The result is a truly beautiful boat that sails even better than she looks.

    This website tells stories of places we have been and people we have met.  However, it is also a tribute to our boat.  We cannot imagine this experience on a boat other than Passage.  She was game when we were not.  She was strong when we were weak.  She kept on going when we doubted our ability to do so.  She is a remarkable boat.


Peter & Nell - Passage's new owners on their first sail


    However, having completed our circumnavigation, we decided to sell Passage.  She is a fine cruising boat, and we did not want her to sit idle in a marina.  We want her to get out again and do what she does best - sail.

    We sold her to a couple on Oahu with plans to go cruising and probably circumnavigate.  They were the first people to look at her, and they were immediately smitten.  We hope she will be loved by them as much as we loved her.

    A fine website is maintained for "owners and admirers" of the Peterson 44 in general.  There you can find magazine articles, information about the boat's design, specifications, and even the original sales brochure.   However, if you are interested in Passage in particular, come aboard.