We have been boating for over 30 years and have owned a number of different sail and power boats. We have moored or docked them at the NJ shore, on Long Island Sound, the Hudson River and Lake Champlain and also landlocked on Lake George. In early 2010 we started our search for a trawler to live on for several years. Many Trawlerfests and boat visits later we have finally purchased a 2007 Selene 53 widebody. The name “Big Smile” is a long story but stems from a book about a Nordhavn that I gave Cath to read during our trip to Italy in 2010. Since owning a boat of this size is foreign to us we have much to learn. This blog has two purposes. To keep our kids and family in tune with what we are doing and to help me remember what we have done.