What is "S/V Three Moons" ?

The catamaran, S/V Three Moons, was acquired (July 2017) by Captain Derek Patterson.  The vessel, previously known as "Two Can", sat delapidated in Ozona FL for over 5 years and needed a complete refit and make over.  This process was undertaken July 2017 and after a laborious undertaking, completed in January 2018.


S/V Three Moons was dechristened of her old name and rechristened on September 8, 2017 . Note that on September 6, Hurricane Irma reached its peak intensity, with 185 mph (295 km/h) winds and a minimum pressure of 914 hPa (27.0 inHg), making it the second most intense tropical cyclone worldwide so far in 2017, behind only Hurricane Maria, and the strongest worldwide in 2017 in terms of wind speed.   Irma made landfall just hours after our christening ceremony and we walked away from her feeling it was a 50/50 chance she'd survive the winds in Ozona Florida.  She did survive the storm and we continued the work on her to get her to where she is today.  A little red wine on each bow goes a long way apparently, along with asking for the mercy of Poseidon and the other wind gods of ancient Greece (remember we are just a few miles south of Tarpon Springs Florida... the world renowned Greek Sponge Docks)  !


S/V Three Moons is "Sailing Vessel (S/V)" Three Moons.  The name "Three Moons" is an originally derived name that Captain Patterson and his wife had named their previous powerboat... "Two Moons".  Okay... still doesn't explain much does it .


"Two Moons" concerns Captain Patterson's two young daughters (at the time in the early 2000s).   Of course years later after the naming of that vessel the Patterson's had a third girl, of course.  Thus today with this vessel acquisition, it made sense to name this vessel the "Three Moons".   The boat is dedicated as such to Anna, Adrienne and Ava.. the original Three Moons.  


S/V Three Moons has a long history with the sea.  She is one of only about 300 ever produced and was sailed on her own bottom (boat speak for "actually sailed") back in 1976 to the Americas.  Quite a feat at that time I'd imagine, taking over 3 weeks. 


The original Iroquois 30-footer had its origins in the mid-1960s offshore racing scene, but it was soon recognized that it offered a good starting point for a boat with more comfortable accommodation. After 70 examples of the original model were built, the Mark 2 version (ours is the MK2a), which featured larger and better-finished accommodation was launched in 1969. 


To date, according to the UK based FB page on McAlpine-Downie Iroquois Catamarans, the group has only located just under 200 of all surviving Sailcraft models worldwide (a total of 1/3 of all originally produced are either missing, sunk or otherwise). Sailcraft (the British maker of our vessel) with Rod McAlpine-Downie as the multihull boat designer, built the first mass produced glass fibre catamarans the world had seen.  S/V Three Moons has been to the Caribbean several times and all over the Florida coast.  As of the 2020 sailing season she is nearly 45 years old.


We invite you to come experience this rugged and well traveled one of kind British built sailing catamaran.  

Your Crew

Captain D

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Derek Patterson obtained his OUPV Charter Captains licensing via the United States Coast Guard in the Summer of 2016.  Captain D, as his friends call him, has been an avid powerboat skipper since the age of 10, with over 30 years experience on the water .  The past owner of a 27ft power cruiser ("Two Moons") for over a decade, Captain D has much experience both on inland lakes (Tablerock Lake, Missouri) and for the past 10 years, on the waters of the SunCoast of Florida.

Captain Derek Patterson has a high regard for the safety of his guests. You can feel very confident that Captain D will provide you and your guests with one of the greatest experiences on the waters of St Joseph Sound and the Gulf of Mexico!

Captain Jon

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Captain "Jon" Jonathan Castor

spent 10 years in the United States Coast Guard, spending most of his time with ATON or "Aids to Navigation" .   Jon also served the United States with two consecutive years overseas in Bahrain with the USCG.   


 Jon is a Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain up to 50 tons, working for his 100 ton license in the near future.    


After retirement from the Coast Guard he has spent the majority of his time as a master diver and an IMCA recognized Commercial Diver.   "Being a Captain is what I love most in my life, I've worked on several offshore fishing charters, I'm also an avid sailor, sailing for 16 years".