What is "S/V Three Moons" ?

The catamaran, S/V Three Moons, was only recently (July 2017) acquired by Captain Derek Patterson.  The vessel, previously known as "Two Can", sat in this very spot for the past 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, just in time for the sailing season.


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 Palm Harbor 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.  

Our logo was chosen as the Celtic Knot or Trinity Knot.  This is the logo found on the main sail and each bow.  Too many reasons for picking this logo to list them all; here are a few: Captain Patterson is of Scottish / Irish decent, has three daughters (thus the three loops), the vessel in question was also built in Brightlingsea, England, British Isles (1976), the circle around the knot denotes a Christian origin (not Paganism), "knot" of course has many sailing connotations ... and you get the picture.

S/V Three Moons has a long history with the sea.  She is one of only 320 produced (ever) and was sailed on her own bottom back in 1976 to the Americas. 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 174 of all Sailcraft models worldwide. 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.  This is her 43rd year of existence and we've breathed new life into her sails with our 2018-19 sailing seasons.

We invite you to come experience this rugged and well traveled one of kind British built sailing catamaran, captained by Skipper Patterson.  

The Captain

Captain D



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!