Magnolia is a 44′ center cockpit Morgan 1990 with a 44 hp Yanmar auxiliary engine and Westerbeke generator. She has a 13’6″ beam, 5’8″ draft, 58 ft mast and 23,750 lb. displacement. She’s a good sturdy cruiser, but she can move as proven by her proudly displayed award as the winner of the 1991 Biloxi Challenge.
We named her Magnolia since that was Annette’s Mother’s favorite tree. Annette grew up with a Magnolia in her yard in Falls Church, VA. Beyond that our friend, Jill, said that Magnolias are relatively easy to grow and pest free – isn’t that what you want in a boat? Who can argue with that logic?
How did we come to sailing? After watching others sail on the Potomac River from our 11th story condominium in Arlington, VA, we decided there was no reason we couldn’t learn too — and why wait? Since neither of us had any sailing experience, we both took sailing and navigation classes with some on-the-water time on the Potomac, Chesapeake Bay and the BVIs in 2009/2010. With a ton of help and encouragement from the Pentagon Sailing Club, Northern Virginia Power Squadron, Sistership, and great friends who cruise internationally, we caught the sailing bug. We’d start small and build our kitty we told ourselves. Next thing we know, we are traveling to look at sailboats — and a sailboat found us sooner than expected in 2010. Yes, a bit crazy, but we decided that we want to live aboard when we retire and wanted to learn and make improvements to our boat vs. chartering different boats. She was in Tampa, FL. Magnolia’s new home is in Galesville, MD until we head south in the fall of 2013. Our friends have shared more moral support, advice, and training than we could have possibly hoped and for which we are extremely grateful.
Annette & Anthony Baker “A2″