stark sailing

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” - Hunter S. Thompson

We are Marvin and Ruth Stark, hailing from Northern California . This site is a history of our sailing experiences over the years. We started sailing Hobie Cats in Saudi Arabia in the 70's, then sailed Corsair Trimarans in various parts of the world, finally moving up to Catana Catamarans. We bought our first Catana 44 "Chesapeake" in France in 1998, then moved up to a Catana 471 "Toucan Tango" purchased in Malaysia in 2008, followed by a Catana 431 "Toucan" that we picked up in St. Martin in 2014. In February 2017, we sold Toucan and had planned to give up ocean sailing in favor of land travel in our small motorhome. After a lot of soul searching, in late 2018 we returned to St. Martin and bought "Microbe" a Nautitech 44 catamaran our present, and last boat.

Nautitech 442 "Microbe"

Catana 431 "Toucan" - hauled by 60 ton crane in St. Martin -2015

"Toucan" in Prickly Bay, Grenada 2015-17

Catana 471 "Toucan Tango" flying masthead spinnaker in The Red Sea - 2009

Toucan Tango moored in Langkawi, Malaysia - 2008

San Blas Islands near Panama - 2002

Catana 44 "Chesapeake" in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia - 2000

F-25 C, "WeeTri", enjoying the sunset in Lake Tahoe - 2006

"Chesapeake", New York trade towers, (Two weeks before 9/11)

F-31 "Noor" headed to Mexico - 1997

Hobie 16 "Tequila Sunrise" Saudi Arabia - 1978-95