Monday, March 30, 2009

Lucky Dog - How to Make a Yacht Refit into a Home

When I first met Troy and Winnie Standish on Lucky Dog, I couldn’t believe that two people could turn a 1980 80’ Paasch raised pilothouse motor yacht into such a comfortable home – for themselves, Reno, a 135 lb. German shepherd (who is indeed one lucky dog), and three cats Kiki, Presley & Morgan.

Troy Stanish, from Poole England, has been on the water all of his life in power boats; Winnie, a native of southern Florida is an also a diver, swimmer and water sport enthusiast. After meeting in Spain on a holiday in 1994, they married and moved back to the states where Troy had a 17’ Mako in the Keys. They soon traded up to a 30’ center consol Century boat named Tequila Dream, kept it for three years and upgraded again to a 39’ Topaz named Lone Wolf. For seven years, they loved living aboard and cruising the Bahamas when not working.

They had purchased Kings Head Pub on Daina Beach and turned it into one of the hot spots of the Ft. Lauderdale area—so successful that in 2005, with an offer to sell that they couldn’t refuse, they began looking for one last upgrade—to a large power boat and a retired life of cruising.

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