Why You Might Want to Buy This Boat


“Sea Return” and “Morgan’s Cloud” at Newport RI, on the way south in November 2011.

Our good friends Bob and Brenda are selling their much loved Pearson 53 Sea Return. Yes, this is another shameless plug for a friend, but it has an amusing story attached to it, so please bear with me.


The best antidote to a long overnight across the Gulf of Maine is grease and lots of it.

We have known Bob, Brenda, and Sea Return for over 20 years. In that time we have gone south in company a couple of times and raced to Bermuda against each other in friendly competition. (We are not going to disclose who won because Bob does not like to talk about it.)

Bob is a professional mariner (Graduate of Maine Maritime Academy), professional fisherman, and above all a consummate seaman.

Over the years I have gotten into the habit of emailing or calling Bob any time we have had a knotty gear problem on Morgan’s Cloud and his advice has always been great and often saved me a lot of aggravation.

Few people know more about how to equip and maintain a reliable and safe voyaging boat than Bob and Brenda—building, owning and running three offshore fishing boats for decades, as well as tens of thousands of miles in an offshore sailboat, teaches you stuff!

When we re-powered Morgan’s Cloud it was Bob that talked us into reducing the horsepower and going with a Perkins, and a year later, when Bob repowered Sea Return, he went with the same new M92B based on our good experience—a win, win.

I have not sailed on Sea Return, but I have sailed and motored alongside her for hundreds of miles and she behaves like Morgan’s Cloud: a good wholesome offshore boat with a surprising turn of speed, both under sail and power. In fact, she is slightly more economical under power than we are (which is saying something) due to her longer waterline.


You can learn a lot more about Sea Return by visiting her listing, so I won’t repeat any of that here. What I will do is tell you why Bob is the kind of owner you want to buy a boat from:

The story goes back to the day I met Bob. Sea Return and Morgan’s Cloud were tied up on opposite sides of a floating dock at Handy Boat Service, in Falmouth, Maine, where both boats were headquartered at the time.

I was working frenetically to get our boat ready for our first trip to Greenland and Bob was working away on some task on Sea Return—Bob was always working away at some task on Sea Return.

As I returned to the dock after picking up a part, Linda, the vivacious and attractive dock master at the time, came bustling up to me with the words:

Hey John, come and meet my friend Bob…he’s anal retentive too! You two will get on great.

Bob’s the kind of guy you want to buy a boat from. Seriously, I have never seen a boat as well maintained as Sea Return. Bob makes me look like a careless slob.


In addition to Bob and Brenda being old friends, their broker, David Eitner, is advertising with us here at AAC.


I have not surveyed Sea Return and make no warranty of her fitness for any task. As with any boat, you need to do your own due-diligence.

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

3 comments… add one
  • Sue Aug 9, 2013, 11:39 am

    Great story! Love reading your blog. We live on a 56 ft steel Roberts in Craig, Alaska, where it has been so sunny this summer, we could actually have coffee OUTSIDE instead of in the pilot house as usual!

    • John Aug 11, 2013, 11:03 am

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks so much for the kind comment. Glad you liked the story.

  • Lee Aug 13, 2013, 12:50 am

    Have known Bob and Brenda for nearly 20 years and my wife and I and 3 children have sailed with them aboard Sea Return numerous times. Bob is well known for his professional qualities both on land and sea. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and it is rare to meet someone like him anywhere. He has treated Sea Return with world class care and it is sad to see them part with her. My wife and I grew up and still live in the Chicago area, and feel fortunate to have spent time with them on such a beautiful vessel.

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