Welcome to ALYS' home page.
Beings that there is a new addition to the Midwest Sailing family, we decided to add a whole new section.
Alys is a 1984 Island Packet 26 MkII. She is the 66rd I.P. 26 built by Traditional Watercraft in Largo Florida. We are the third owners of Alys, which was purchased from my late uncle's, William (Capt. Bill) Cavanaugh, estate.
Capt. Bill and his wife Alyce, bought the boat in 1986 at a broker in Galveston Texas. Since that time they have lived on her and cruised up and down the ICW. Around 1992, while sailing around the southern part of Florida they experienced a minor mechanical failure and had to put in at Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. They enjoyed the area so much that they decided to stay. Alys's home port has been Ft. Myers Beach, Fl. ever since.
As a younger man, I spent several vacations aboard her. A couple of times on the middle part of the ICW. The rest were spent in and around Florida.
Capt. Bill was the one who introduced me to sailing as a youth. And yes, he was real sea captain, certified by the U.S.C.G. with a 100 ton license. He had captained many pleasure yachts, the most famous one was the Mojo out of California. He also instructed several collage courses on celistrial navigation. Being that I'm a math freak, I picked up his navigation teachings like a fish to water. To this day, I prefer a sextant to GPS. But I will be the first to admit, GPS is far more accurate than any sextant and/or sight.
On the following pages you will find more details, stories, photos and much more about our new addition.Please
grab a cushion from the port lazaret
get a cold one from the galley
I'll set the auto pilot
and let me tell you all about
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