sofa upholstered in a weatherproof fabric snakes around the deck, offering seating for more than a dozen people. There
is also a concealed grill, a two-burner
stovetop, a sink and a fridge.
“I either grill or come up here to read,”
Starr says. The grandkids prefer loung-
ing on the prow, with its fitted seating
and padded sunbathing area.
Mobility and camaraderie are two
big lures to life on the water, the cou-
ple agrees. “Boating is a huge subcul-
ture. You meet people along the way to
travel with and to party with,” Starr says.
“When we arrive somewhere, we go out
to dinner and explore. The boat is not
only a means to get to a place, but to
enjoy being there.”
In spring, they might spend “roman-
tic weekends” chugging to St. Michaels
on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. July and
August find them in the Northeast, at
such boating and sailing hot spots as Nan-
tucket and Martha’s Vineyard in Massa-
chusetts, and New York’s Long Island. In
each port, they book a slip at a yacht club
or a marina and sleep on board.
On a sunny but chilly spring day, not
long after the protective plastic winter
wrapping was peeled off the Starr at the
yacht club, the Ezras prepared for their
maiden outing of 2014. They would
launch the season with a weekend visit
to St. Michaels as a prelude to adventures with family and friends.
“What we have loved best” about
boating “has been the endless weekends
and summers we have spent with our
children since they were toddlers, sharing experiences and each other, living in
these cozy spaces together,” Starr wrote
in an email the next day. “How fortunate
we are now to be able to do some of the
same things with our grandchildren.” n
Annie Groer is a former Washington Post
and PoliticsDaily.com correspondent and
columnist. She writes widely about design,
culture and politics, and is at work on a
memoir. To comment on this story, email
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