This afternoon, I took a walk down the dock, I went all the way to the end, where I had not been before. I turned the corner, and what did I see? The WANDERER, a sailboat used in the "CAPTAIN RON" movie. It was berthed in the Kemah Boardwalk Marina, a couple slips down from a friend's boat. It changed hands once again, and is currently being renovated in my marina.
WANDERER is a 1978 Formosa 51 Cutter Rigged Ketch. She needs a lot of work, and it is expected to be a 4 year project. When she is finished, she will be chartered through Windsong Charters. s/v Windsong is also a Formosa 51.
A little history. She was built by the Formosa Boat Building Company in Taiwan, and was renamed by the movie production company. As I understand, there were three boats used in the movie, and the cabin scenes were filmed in the studio. I don't know anything about the other two boats.
The movie, "Captain Ron" is one of those movies I could see a hundred times... and maybe did. If you haven't seen it, I recommend you do. There are funny lines in it that many captains use today.
WANDERER has a cult following, and a lot of misinformation about her. This is the 10th owner, and I hope the refit is completed and I get to see her under sail in the Galveston Bay.