He spent six years in the Coast Guard Reserves, concentrating on search
and rescue. He was co-owner of a boatyard in Maine for 24 years and owned
and operated a 28 passenger water taxi year-round for six years. Earl has
a keen interest in marine biology and maritime history, which is reflected
in 'Bonnie Lynn's' extensive onboard library. He enjoys sharing his
love of the ocean with the guests that sail aboard 'Bonnie Lynn'.
If they desire, he encourages guests to participate in all aspects of
sailing and makes them feel very comfortable.
Bonnie grew up in Michigan, but shortly after graduating from college,
joined the Peace Corps and headed to Fiji, where she taught school for two
years on one of the outer islands. From there she spent time traveling in
Australia, hiking/mountain climbing in Tasmania. She then moved to New
Zealand, where she taught school and enjoyed spending weekends and
vacations hiking and climbing.
Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie owned and operated the
Schooner Flying Fish for thirteen years, chartering her extensively from
Nova Scotia to the Bahamas. They sold Flying Fish the summer of 1996 and
immediately began construction of 'Bonnie Lynn'. She is the
culmination of many years of planning and hard work . 'Bonnie Lynn'
has been their home since 1998 when they started chartering her in New
England in the summers and the Caribbean in the winter. They are one of
the busiest charter boats and are well known throughout the Caribbean and
the East Coast. Earl has spent most of his life on the water. He
was born and brought up on the coast of Maine. His earliest memory is
being on his father's lobster boat in Friendship, Maine. Earl has
skippered yachts and work boats since his teen years and for 30 years he
has held a Coast Guard Captain's license.
On her way back to the States she visited several South Pacific Islands
and traveled extensively in South and Central America. Before setting sail
on 'Bonnie Lynn' she was working in adminstration at their island
school in Maine. She grew to love sailing in the mid-80's , when they
spent six months living aboard and sailing with their two sons. She worked
summers as first mate and chef on the 'Flying Fish' for 12 years. She
helped to start a community sailing program on their island in 1997.
Bonnie also has her Captain's license and when not working wonders in the
galley, she is on deck with the guests. She feels that each charter is
unique and she strives to make their experience equally as unique and
Together Earl and Bonnie create a relaxed atmosphere. They thoroughly
enjoy entertaining and their guests inevitably become friends that often
return year after year. Their love of the sea, and their joy of sailing is
evident to all who share their magnificent schooner. 'Bonnie Lynn'
is their dream and they want to share her with