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Lots of boats come to Oriental, some tie up at the Town Dock for a night or two, others drop anchor in the harbor for a while. If you've spent any time on the water you know that every boat has a story. The Shipping News on TownDock.net brings you the stories of the boats that have visited recently.

Blessed with a Bristol Channel Cutter
September 25, 2016
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ome boats draw your attention like a compass needle pointing north. You can’t help but look toward them. Such is the case with a 28 ft cutter named Macnab.


When Donna Armento and Tom Walling brought Macnab to the Town Dock, they had recently been in Bath, North Carolina for a “Blackbeard meets the Governor” festival, and were on their way to another Blackbeard event in Beaufort.

Tom showed his pirate mode. Donna remained a civilian.

This Story Begins Two Decades Ago
Many sailors invest years researching boat styles and models before selecting just the right boat. And some new sailors are blessed with being in the right place at the right time with the “perfect boat” available to them. It was almost twenty years ago when Donna Armento and her (then) partner Alan Shaw found Macnab.

Alan, Donna, children Anna & John. (photo provided by Donna)

Donna and Alan were working as National Park Campground hosts in Durango, Colorado, far from the smell of salt air or the idea of living on a boat. In the off-season Donna and Alan, with their 3 year old son John and 14 month old daughter Anna, liked to travel in their camper to warmer places. On one of these trips to the Sea of Cortez (on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula) the idea of living on a boat came to be. The protected Bay off their campsite was also home to cruisers using the same tranquil location as the campers. In conversations with the cruisers coming to shore at the campground, Donna and Alan instantly saw the similarities in lifestyle and thought they would give sailing a try.

But there were just two small problems. They knew very little about sailboats, and they didn’t have one.

Donna started asking as many cruisers as she could about their boats. Alan started asking if anyone knew of any boats for sale. It was suggested he check out Puerto Escondido, an adjacent harbor. An open VHF call out to the anchorage one morning connected Alan with a man interested in selling his boat. Little did Donna and Alan know, they were about to purchase one of the most sought after small ocean cruisers ever built.

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Alan at the helm (photo provided by Donna)

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Posted Sunday September 25, 2016 by Keith N. Smith

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