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Brooke Longval started sailing when she was 12. Her life revolves around the water. Longval worked in the paddlesports industry for seven years and she is involved in rowing and kayaking as well. Her red Valley kayak is an icon of its own on Instagram. Aside from sailing, Longval kayaks approximately 700 miles per year…how impressive is that!?
Longval attended the Landing School in Kennebunkport Maine for Yacht Design. After that, she went on to earn her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. While living in Rhode Island, she was exposed to the heavy sailing scene in Newport and Narragansett Bay. Longval has dabbled in PHRF racing, but primarily enjoys daysailing and occasional cruising. She currently lives in St. Petersburg FL aboard her Tartan 3800 S/V Rocket Science which she purchased this past December (after previously living aboard a 1995 Pacific Seacraft Pilothouse 32.)
Check out the interview with Brooke below and be sure to follow her on:
When did you first get into sailing?
I started sailing on a lake in New Hampshire on a Sunfish when I was 12.
What made you decide to move onto a boat?
I moved to Florida in 2013 and discovered that there were a lot of liveaboards at the marina where I was keeping my boat. Coming from New England, living on board wasn’t even on my radar! I lived aboard seasonally (Oct-May) for 5 years, and late last year I sold my condo and am now living aboard full time.
What is your favorite part about living aboard?
My neighbors! The marina where I live has an amazing liveaboard community. Even though there is a wide range of backgrounds, ages, financial situations etc., everyone is a boater and that gives everyone at least one common thing to relate to. I sail single handed a lot and nearly every time I come back in to the dock there are a couple of people waiting to help me tie up the boat. The social component of living aboard was not something that I had expected and it has been a great benefit to me as I am not terribly social.
Tell us a bit about your boat?
I just bought a 1998 Tartan 3800 in December. My previous boat was a 1995 Pacific Seacraft Pilothouse 32 which was a fantastic boat but a little too small to live on full time. My requirements for a boat to live aboard were two cabins so that friends or family could stay aboard, a head with separate shower, a nav station with desk and lots of storage. I also prefer more traditional looking boats rather than the newer, more modern designs so the Tartan fit the bill perfectly. I singlehand a lot so I didn’t want to go too big – the Tartan is very easy for me to sail although there has been a bit of a learning curve getting into and out of the slip since it is quite a bit bigger than my previous boat.
What advice would you give to someone looking to buy a boat?
If you are not familiar with the market or not sure what you want in a boat your best bet is to find a reputable broker that you feel comfortable working with – they do exist! Remember that no boat is the “perfect” boat and that every boat has something wrong with it. The survey and sea trial are very important tools to help you learn about the boat you are buying. Do your homework to find a good surveyor as they are a valuable source of information.