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Ray Aldridge


Ray Aldridge has been a studio potter for most of his life, a writer for a long time, and a boat designer for a short time.  His novels and short stories have been widely published, and he is the book editor for Living Aboard magazine.

He's been sailing the Gulf of Mexico for over 30 years, in a variety of boats, starting with DoubleDare, a 27 foot catamaran designed by James Wharram. Though he subsequently owned a series of monohulls, Doubledare remained his favorite, until he designed and built his little trailerable cruising catamaran.  Slider has now become his all-time favorite, with her ergonomically correct seating inside the hulls, her stability, and her handiness.  She was built to demonstrate the comfort and safety advantages of small open catamarans; there are no similar designs available.  She was named after the red-eared slider, "a deceptively fast aquatic turtle."

Ray maintains a website (http://slidercat.com/blog/wordpress) which contains a
number of articles about Slider, her photos and videos, her cruises, and a growing collection of base camp descriptions for small boat cruisers.

He's currently building the prototype for a new car-top catamaran.