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Inside Polk Magazine May 2011 : Page 14

A Lifelong Dream Becomes a Journey sailing to the other side of the world hese days most everyone is concerned about the rising costs of fuel and how to conserve to get the best mileage possible. One Haines City couple ex-perienced those needs to the extreme when they set sail across the Pacific Ocean with one tank of fuel. And, of course, since there aren’t any gas stations along the way, it had to last. Jim Lyle put his knowledge and experience to the test when he and his wife, Martha, set sail from the Panama Canal aboard his 43-foot yacht, Special Blend, with 1,200 gallons of fuel to make the 3,000 nautical mile trip – pass-ing only two other boats during the 20-day leg of the ad-venture at an average speed of 6 knots, or approximately 7 mph. “I knew that we could either go fast or a long way but we couldn’t go a long way fast,” Jim laughed. “I conserved fuel for the first part of the trip just to make sure.” The journey to the other side of the world was some-thing that Jim said he’d dreamed of most of his life. As an avid reader, he enjoyed Moby Dick and Swiss Family Rob-inson along with other similar-themed books. “I wanted to go see what I’d read about,” said Jim, who owns his own well-established fertilizer business. “And, of course, I researched where we were headed.” Martha said she certainly wasn’t going to let her hus-band have the trip of a lifetime without her. So, she braved her sea sickness and the fact that she knew she’d miss her three daughters and grandchildren. After making the decision to “live the dream,” they chose their mode of transportation – a 43 foot Nordhavn trawler --a luxury yacht that sleeps seven and has most 14 INSIDE POLK | May 2011 T By aNiTa whiTaKeR Jim and Martha Lyle

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