Who?

Wondering who’s behind all this nonsense? Here’s a quick snapshot of the cruising couple behind With Brio!

Leah_Australia2010Leah: 29, Vancouver-born dreamer with an insatiable curiosity and a penchant for nice upholstery and pretty things. Captain of Brio. Responsible for all gross jobs, jobs that involve heights, and jobs that involve diving underwater. Strong optimist with a passion for new adventures and ‘making it happen’. Loves reading (everything from Maeve Binchy novels to Jack Canfield self-help to blogs); obsessed with photography (taking pictures, admiring pictures, collecting pictures, compiling pictures into photo books… all of it!) and yellow shoes. Self-confessed optimist with an inability to be overly-practical. Passionate about meeting new people. Lived on a sailboat for 7 years as a kid. Scuba & HAM (VA7LMK) certified.

Jonathan: 30, Maine-born, practical realist with the ability to not only take all things apart but also to fix them and get them together again! Responsible for the broad category that I refer to simply as “mechanics” (includes inboards, outboards, plumbing, electronics, electrical and anything else I can’t identify) as well as cooking meals other than Kraft Dinner and being our Great White Fisherman (see photo!). Dedicated hard-worker who never gives less than 110% and runs his own house-painting and restoration business in Maine. Loves the actual “sailing” part of cruising more than anything else. Speaks Spanish and is a serious bird-lover (has chickens currently being chicken-sat by understanding family). Fantastically understanding & my favourite partner in all aspects of life.

Us: We met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2009 in Vancouver.  I didn’t pay too much attention to this Maine-boy until I heard him say something about sailing and how he would like to live on a boat one day. We’ve been together ever since, albeit primarily on opposite coasts of North America. The challenge of a long-distance relationship has been one of the biggest pushes for getting the boat and the cruising funds together to make our dreams a reality. Nothing like a little love-motivation to get things moving 🙂 We sailed around Vancouver Island on my parents’ sailboat in June 2010, and after confirming that yes, we do indeed absolutely-freaking-LOVE sailing, decided we wanted to commit to this lifestyle more permanently.

After spending 6 months together 24/7, sailing around Mexico on our 33′ sailboat in 2011, we came ‘home’ and realised, “hey, this long-distance things really sucks”. So we got engaged! And then we got married in Maine! We sailed Brio up to Maine and have been living aboard (yes, even in winter!) since 2014.


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Who? — 6 Comments

    • Haha THANK YOU!!! I think she’s darned pretty, but then again I’m sort of biased… 😉
      As far as I know, Chuck Burns only designed the Nor’West 33 — they had a production run of <20 boats, and then folded. I have heard of "Nor'West Yachts" though, and I'm not sure if they had other lines or were a brokerage or what... did you hear something about a 29'?

  1. Hi Leah,

    Just wanting to say that your mom just told me about your site….I love it! You are having the time of your life! Good for you…do enjoy…stay safe and have fun! Love and Hugs Cousin Darcy

  2. I figured Jess was on her way to connect with you – and I’ve found my way onto your blog, and am so thrilled that you and Jon are livin’ the Dream !! Your photos, experiences and observations are such fantastic fun to read …. we can ALL live vicariously through you! And WHAT a tribute to your parents, and their amazing accomplishment (with you two little ones, sailing around the world!) I’m just blown away …
    and I have to tell you, your photos of the birds (one one of your many island excursions) has great emotional impact, as I’ve just finished reading (only chapter 1!) of “Sea of Slaughter” by Farley Mowat – such a powerful and desperate tribute to all living things ‘ocean’ …
    I am inspired by you … big surprise there, look at your family – 😉 Well done, young lady! Keep it up !! (Did I mention I’m a little jealous, too??!) LOL Beautiful.

  3. Hi! We really enjoyed having dinner with you guys last night. Looking forward to running into you again along the way back north! My cell is 614-746-5000 if you need to reach us. -Natalie and Mitchell (s/v Sea Major)

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