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The Origin of "Mango" and my conversion to a trailer sailor

Written in September, 2002

I have always had a list of names for my next boat. Like: Reflections, Here Today, Heron Gone, Pilgrim, etc. I've had trailerable boats without names before that were great fun, a Sidewinder (two at different times) and a 505. In 1985 I completed a 28 foot bluewater cruising sloop from a hull and deck kit. She was beautiful. I spent six months full-time finishing the interior. She was even featured in an article about the builder in Carolina Cruising.

It took a while to come up with her name. But finally I named her "Rosebud" partly to commemorate my dog Rosie who had recently been killed in traffic. It was a great name that reflected her beauty and reminded me of a longing for lost innocence from the movie "Citizen Kane." I lived and cruised on Rosebud in the Keys and Bahamas for three years until cruising funds ran low. I sold her a couple of years after returning to full-time work and feeling sad that she was mostly sitting at the dock and not being used.

So I thought the next boat was going to be a larger liveaboard cruising yacht. After looking at a number of used 35 to 40 footers that I could afford, and realizing that it would be years before I could actually take off again, the dreaded "reality" set in. It was senseless to buy a 20 to 30 year old boat that needed a lot of work, keep it at a slip or dry-docked while I tried to restore her on occasional weekends, and put myself in the same position I was in when I sold Rosebud. Not to mention that I am in a career as a contract engineer that will require me to find a new job every year or two.

So I started to consider other possibilities. Ginny, the woman I met recently in Charlotte, and I spent a weekend in Charleston and rented a Catalina 22. She (the boat) was in very sad shape and we almost didn't go out once I saw her condition. And the attendant actually expected me to leave the boom attached to the backstay with a short tether "for insurance reasons". (Of course, I detached it as soon as we were out of site.) Despite this beginning, we had a great time that day.

This experience had me thinking about trailerable boats and led me to find the Trailer Sailor website. The information and enthusiasm there convinced me that I could be satisfied with a trailer sailor until my cruising dreams were more attainable. I found a Starwind 19 in reasonably good condition that I could tow with my Dodge Caravan. But, she is large enough for limited coastal cruising and overnight or primitive extended trips. I've been cleaning and fixing things to get her ready.

I started a new list of potential names since the names for the larger cruising sloop didn't fit. I came up with lots of humorous, double entendres like: Liquid Therapy, Auntie D'Pressant, Cosmic Current, Currently Occupied, Current Revision, Gone Coastal, Current Surge, Moment's Notice. But I wanted something simpler yet beautiful like "Rosebud".

Then one day, I was sharing my favorite fruit with Ginny. I like to slice it close to the seed so I have almost a complete half of a mango in my palm. Then I score the flesh in a square pattern leaving the skin intact. With both hands, I then turn the skin inside out making the square cubes protrude. Then I nibble the cubes off letting the juice drip down my chin into the sink. This sensual, elemental experience always takes me back to Key West where I first tasted a mango and learned to eat them this way.

So I added Mango to my list of names. I played around with variations such as Mango Tango, ManGo Crazy, etc. but kept coming back to simply Mango. So that's how she got her name. We christened her last Monday (9/2/02) on our first sail with the juice from a delicious mango. She doesn't have an orange hull or anything. Maybe, if I get a downwind sail, I can find an orange one. Look for us on Lake Norman (Charlotte), at the PIRATES Festival the end of September, or maybe in the Keys over Christmas. Sea ya.

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saltsmith 11-Oct-2012 18:46
Hi Gary and friend, s
I too own a Starwind 19 . for going on four years now. My husband and I are lifetime sailors, and sailboat racers, who have happily settled into daysailing on our pocketcruiser , the Starwind 19 , ours aptly named "Queen O Denial", of which I can explain. We sail on our nearby lake, in central Oklahoma, that is an adequate 50 sq. miles. We use our lil yacht for day cruising, and also for special events and even racing on the CSSA circuit with our local boatclub. We recently attended a big sailing event in s.east Ok, with small wooden boat sailboats, which we enjoyed , but made me evermore curious about our own fellow Starwind Boatowners and if they too have sought to convene over special events, swap Starwind stories, or share in special events. I have an ever-growing interest-to the point of "obsession" now over meeting other Starwind 19 owners and would really like to see their own boats, and converse further about topics such as maintenance, use of boat, meeting any challenges with it, and most of all just simply share in a love of the class, and what it is that instilled such a commitment to it that borders on what has become my obsession?
WE purchased our own Starwind 19 , as of 4 yrs. ago when , despite an increasing illness that was taking a toll on my husbands formerly great condition, we were determined to continue w. the sailing & find something we could easily manage and that would provide the adequate comfort we would need , even in long day-sailing cruises-i.e.-a cabin for shade, protection from the elements , and something I held an interest in managing on my own, if need be.. We intended to use it as a trailer-sailor, but quickly found it easier to install it in a nearby Marina instead, and then use it mainly for lake cruising or actually for quite a few boatclub events, including CSSA racing.
The boat got it's name-Queen O Denial as our lakes had gone down from drought, and I thought it looked like the Nile river-so I 'd name it Queen O the Nile. Later , my daughter thought the lake may have gone down SO far that we may not get it launched . She said maybe name it "Queen O DE-NILE "instead . Thus the name stuck.
We recently went to our boat again to work on it some before we race it by next wk.end.
We also have spent much of the summer sailing it, either just ourselves, or often w. our two dogs, the larger one is a German Shepherd. By Fall, we take some guests onboard , and also by Fall, our club hosts their annual CSSA races, so we race it then., as the boat just barely qualifies. We are still very content w. our Starwind 19, despite that the Catalinas are the majority class at our club. The features of the Starwind 19 are much more appealing, and practical for us-for ex-managing the centerboard is MUCH easier, and being able to sit in the cabin , while still being close to the cockpit and fellow sailors works well for us., among other features.
Anyway, following our recent work on the boat I became increasingly obsessed with wanting to find other Starwind Boat owners and hoped to be able to connect with them.
I was searching online, and found your website. If you are interested, I can send photos of our own boat , and we would be interested in sharing more information and stories with you and fellow Starwind 19 owners, and connecting over past, present, and future plans and ideas with your own Starwind , if you would be interested? (Please let us know if you know of other Starwind 19 owners and if there is a Directory of them, or if you have an interest in at least my starting a directory, if there is none at this time?)