Badger, my Caribbean Magic Carpet

Badger is an Ericson 32 sailboat.

She is quite homey. She has a gimbaled propane stove, an electric water pump for the sink connected to a 20 gal fresh water tank. She also has a CD/cassette player, TV, VCR, and fans for every berth. As for sleeping arrangements, There is a roomy V berth up forward where I've slept with my wife and daughter, A quarter berth with a thick cushion, fan and light. The dinning table seat doubles as a third birth below. The cockpit seats are 5 feet long, and in fine weather can serve as a place to sleep.

The suit of sails is good. Badger has a 135% roller furling Genoa, a new mainsail, and an older mainsail. We also carry a spinnaker.

Her auxillary is a newly rebuilt 14hp Ruggerini Diesel connected to a 20 gal fuel tank, which I've filled once in the last year. I still have about 15 gallons and I sail all the time.

A futher list of equipment is a Walker Bay dinghy, a two man inflatable dinghy, VHF console Radio, VHF hand held, Satellite phone, depth sounder, autopilot, two GPS, EPIRB, a CQR and plow anchor, 100 feet of anchor chain, 1000 feet of rope in various lengths.

Everyone who has sailed aboard Badger has commented on how well found she is. She is a pretty old girl. She points well. I believe her hull speed is in the vacinity of 6 knots. In a 15 knot wind I can easily reach hull speed on a reach with just the Genoa or Main. Badger is a pleasure to sail and live aboard. She is my magic carpet in the Caribbean.

Regards Thomas Bodine