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Atlantic Crossing

David Peariman and his best friend, Baron on an incredible voyage. Starting in New Orleans, more than a year ago, Pearlman is aboard the “Nancy Jane” on the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway) in Cocoa, Florida. He’s hoping to sail his now decrepit-looking boat to Portugal, See story and photos, page 5.

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Portugal Bound

David Peariman and his best friend Baron are on an incredible voyage. Starting in New Orleans, more than a year ago, they are aboard the “Nancy Jane,” on the Indian River (Intracoastal Waterway) in Cocoa, Florida. Pearlman is hoping to sail his now decrepit-looking boat to Portugal.
(See story and photos, page 5.)

photos and text by dave hogerty

It looks like a floating shack nearing the end of its buoyant existence, but the “Nancy Jane” is actually a sound ship whose destiny is to deliver her captain, David Pearlman and his dog Baron to Portugal.

Just over a year ago, Pearlman, 46, left New Orleans and piloted the boat (powered by two automobile engines) across the Gulf, down the west coast of Florida and across the state through the Lake Okeechobee Canal System.

*I’ll keep going north in the Intracoastal (waterway).” Peariman explained. “I stop frequently on the way, to work at local marinas. Part-time jobs are Pearlman’s only source of income to take care of living, construction, and maintenance costs.

“Most of the money I earn goes to buy lumber for the boat.” Pearlman said. “This cabin in only temporary — a place I can live and work while I’m still building the boat.

“The two hulls are first rate.” Pearlman said. “And sometime later, I’ll tear the top down and start working on a smaller sailing-type cabin, and third hull. When I’m finished building, most of my effort will go into buying sails, masts, and riggings.

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