About Jon and Shawna

Jon and Shawna began sailing fairly late in life – in Connecticut in 1997. While we had both sailed before then on small boats while living in Texas, we took the plunge in 1998 and bought a 1979 Mariner sloop named Moondrifter. We sailed all over Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound before moving to Marblehead, Massachusetts in 2000. From there we sailed all over Massachusetts Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound. As members of the Boston Yacht Club, we began Wednesday night PHRF racing, eventually joining the BYC Race Committee.

For info on Jon’s career background, you can check out his LinkedIn page. Most of Jon’s career was spent in the telecom and information technology fields. His technical expertise is high-end network architecture and design, mostly TCP/IP.  You can find Shawna on LinkedIn as well. Shawna is a Project Manager overseeing enterprise software implementations, usually in the Human Resources area.

We really took the cruising plunge in 2006 when we bought Beausoleil in Annapolis, MD. After a two-year refit, we set out in September 2008 to cruise the East Coast of the US, while still doing consulting work for our employers, as well as some independent gigs. After spending time cruising the East Coast and the Bahamas, we set out to spend a couple of years in the Caribbean.

We returned to the US in 2013 and resumed our careers. We live in Potomac Shores in Dumfries, Virginia.

3 Responses to About Jon and Shawna

  1. Hi there,

    I came across your posting on a sailing forum. You mentioned that Magnum publishes their networking protocol and you might work on a translation program. My controller is bunk right now and id like to see what i can do with my laptop before ordering a new one. Could you point me to their published protocols?



  2. Lynette Abraham says:

    My sister gave me your info, we are former “Mercy girls”, and were in different grades when Carol attended. My husband would love to retire on a sailboat (he has no sailing experience), I say we need to rent one first with a captain. Do you have info on how you prepared to live on the boat? How to locate a boat, problems encountered? If this is on your blog or elsewhere on your page, please direct me,

  3. capnjon says:

    Sorry about the late reply. Between the death of my father, Thanksgiving and the holiday madness – and a flurry of spam postings here, I missed your question.

    Preparing to live on a sailboat, how to choose the proper one, etc. – are just too involved to cover in a single posting. Read what you can here, and lurk on some of the cruising websites like Cruisers’ Forums. Also check some of the cruisers channels on YouTube.

    In a nutshell, join a sailing club to get your feet wet, then buy a small cruising sailboat (26-35footer) and sail it for a couple years, taking a few week-long cruises for vacation. That should tell you if you like it enough to pursue it…

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