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McIntyre Adventure

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Union 36 Cutter

Boat Name: TBA

Status: provisional

THE SKIPPER

Larry believes that he is the right kind of person for the GGR. He enjoys solitude which could serve as a competitive advantage to help him get to the finish line.

The daily ho-hum of his life has been highlighted by adventure. As a young man, he was into skydiving and mountaineering. He surfed most of his adult life and has ridden a motorcycle as well. He’s an American citizen and speaks German.

Larry has worked as an aircraft mechanic and as an engineer in the aerospace industry at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing (post-merger), Airbus, and BAE Systems. Prior to his career in the aerospace industry, Larry served in the U.S. Air Force.

He purchased his first boat, an Ericson 35 designed by Carl Alberg, in 2013 in Los Angeles, California. He sailed locally coastwise on weekends and periodically to Catalina Island, 26 miles off the LA coast. In 2015, Larry moved to Florida and sailed completely around the Florida peninsula alone and attempted to sail to Mexico with crew. Both times he was caught in force 8 gales.

Larry was forced to put his boat in storage, but when he returned, it was ruined due to water intrusion and heat. He began a long repair and refit but stopped last year when he found his new boat. Since then, he has mostly been working toward getting the boat seaworthy.

Larry says he would be truly honoured to participate and intends to compete with everything he’s got.

When you have a sailboat and you can enjoy it for a day sail, just relax in it at anchor or at a dock, or travel the world in it, its like every day is a holiday. The problem for me is that when I think of cruising destinations, I think of them all and can’t seem to settle on any. I need a target. Moreover, just laying around in a hammock and taking it easy all day somehow wouldn’t fill me with the inspiration that it does some people. If you get to the end of your life and reflect upon it, what difference would it make if you had had one such relaxing day or five thousand such days? It the same expeience over and over. I need adventure.

On the other hand, when you take a larger step beyond that day sail and you go out to sea, every time is an adventure and every time is different.  It doesn’t matter if one person or a million people have done it before because this GGR will be different than all the others and what we experience out there will be different from the experiences of all the other sailors throughout time. It will be our adventure. 

There is a certain feeling you get when it is the middle of the night, when you can’t see the waves, when a deafening wind is slamming the halyards against the mast every time you go up on a wave, that terrifying feeling when you start to hear things in the wind, and you can’t help but imagine what could happen to you out there all alone in the dark in your little boat. It is something that not too many people get to experience  in life. It is freightening and awe inspiring at the same time.    

For my whole adult life, circumnavigating has been on my bucket list. Why not do it right? Here is the chance I have been waiting for. I have one life to live and I want to experience all I can before I go.  So hell yes, I’m in: for the adventure, for the goal of completing the race, and for the race itself—come what may!

Best and worst aspects

I think that the best part of the GGR is that it gets back to the basics of what sailing is about. Sailing is an adventure sport, but just as importantly, it is an intellectual sport. You need to understand all the systems on the boat, how it is constructed, and how everything works. You need to understand how weather systems work and how the ocean behaves with them. You also need to know how to navigate by the stars. Its an active process that uses all your faculties. 

The worst part will be sailing in cold weather. 

THE BOAT

Larry has owned a Union 36 since September 2023. He is presently refitting the boat in LaBelle, Florida.

It is a heavy displacement double ender that was designed by Robert Perry and it has a 32-foot waterline. It has a bowsprit and a pushpit that extend her LOA to approximately 42 feet. It is cutter rigged and has a club footed staysail boom.

Length Overall (LOA)36.67 ft / 11.18 m
Waterline Length (LWL)32.00 ft / 9.75 m
Beam11.33 ft / 3.45 m
Draught6.00 ft / 1.83 m
Displacement22,000.00 lb / 9,979 kg
DesignerRobert Perry
BuilderUnion Yacht Co. (TAIWAN)

Boat Refit

The boat was purchased after it had been sitting in storage for two years in Florida. Prior to that, it had also been sitting mostly unused in Panama for nearly 20 years. The humidity and the leaking teak decks had caused all of the plywood in the boat to be ruined. It also destroyed the plywood core inside the decks, cabin sides, and cabin top. The refit is ongoing and much of the interior plywood has been replaced. The work inside had to stop because the sequence of repairs needed to changed to ensure work already completed would not need to be redone. Therefore, the deck core and the core inside the gunwales needed to be replaced. This required the bowsprit and pushpit to be removed, as well as several stays. The core has now been replaced and the pushpit and bowsprit have been reinstalled. The core inside the cabin sides and top has now begun.

The engine was seized due to water intrusion and needed to be completely disassembled and inspected. The pistons and rings needed to be replaced and a few other things. The engine was painted, reassembled, and is now running.

The mast and standing rigging seem to be in excellent condition. The boat also has considerable blistering on the hull under the waterline. It is hoped the refit can be completed in November.

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