One of the crew aboard CW forum member Michael Camarata’s Dean 440 catamaran is a “real” pig.
You’ve probably seen dogs on boats. And cats on boats. And pigs in space, but you’ve probably not seen too many pigs on boats. Well, Piggy Sue is a 17-year-old Potbellied pig who’s been cruising since she was a piglet. She has also graciously agreed to say a few words about herself.
“Hi, my name is Piggy Sue. Once again I have been asked to write about myself, my accomplishments, and my cruising plans. Sometimes it gets to be a bore. No, not a boar. Those are nice. I am a few weeks away from being 18 years old and typing hurts my hoofs a bit. I have a touch of arthritis. Arthritis at 18? Well, I’m a pot-bellied pig and 18 is very old for my species.
The little girl I grew up with submitted photos to Cruising World of me boating and, of course, they think I’m cool and asked for more information. Ah, fame gets so boring after a while.
I have been sailing all my life in the southern New England area and visiting the harbors of Long Island Sound, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay and more. I spent more than 15 years aboard a mono-hull named Perfectly Normal, a 1972 Pearson 35. I don’t mind heeling but these days it’s a little tougher to keep my balance.
Now I cruise on Infinite Improbability, a 1998 Dean 440 catamaran. Much more comfortable! No heeling and I have my own cabin. The people I live with are going to sell our house next year and move aboard full time. Then we’re heading south. Sounds great to me! I hate winter! Too cold on my hooves.
Over the years I became well known in harbor towns when I went ashore for walks and sightseeing but I try to stay out of the limelight these days. An adoring public can be a drag.
I hope this is enough about me although I’m my favorite subject. I am looking forward to full-time cruising but I’m told that I shouldn’t be looking forward to anything at my age, and maybe I shouldn’t start reading War and Peace. I’m not quite sure what that means.”
Click here to see more photos of Piggy Sue the sailing pig.