Snow Goose is a shallow draft (center board), double head sail
ketch, that was built (of steel) in the Netherlands in 1956 at
the KOK shipyards. I have been told that she was sailed around the
world in the late 50’s to early 60’s and then was brought to the
Chesapeake area. In the early 70’s she was brought into the Great
Lakes and by the end of the 70’s she had rusted through. Two guys
bought her and replaced a lot of the bottom steel plates. Later,
another man bought her and did some large upgrades to her. I bought
the Snow Goose, fourteen years ago and after a few years of sailing,
I took her to my home for a seven year long rebuild. Now she is our
The Snow Goose is Length- 41 feet on deck, 46 feet over all *
Width—12.5 Feet * Depth- 4.5 feet (board up) 10 feet (board down) *
36 foot water line * Displacement-15 ton * Mast height 55 foot above
water * Sail area (about 900 sq. ft.) *Steel hull with a laid teak
Anna and I have been sailing together since 2001. Edie joined
our crew in 2006. In June 2009, we moved onto Snow Goose with Edie, (
the dog) and Baby (the cat).
Rich: "20 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lin and Larry Parday
at the Holland Yacht Club and my life was changed afterwards. Their
lifestyle of world travel for 9 months a year and working for 3 months
every year rang a bell in my soul. I have always loved travel and
adventure so after hearing their talk I was hooked. It has taken me
close to 20 years of study, and experience to achieve this goal. On
Oct. 1, 2009 our new life begins".
Anna: "I got my first taste of sailing in my 20s, but
was unable to pursue the lifestyle. Sailing satisfies my passion for
travel and adventure and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead".
Edie: "I'm a 9 year old Cairn terrier and I guess that the water and
sailing are OK but I LOVE the feel of the wind in my face".
Baby : "I was a feral cat and Rich found me when I was 2 weeks old.
After 3 months on board Snow Goose, I decided that I'd rather live on
shore so I moved to Texas with Anna's daughter Angie who, I now take
Call us: Rich 616-453-8979
callus : Anna 616-437-9805
Snail mail: Rich DeCommer and Anna Armstrong
757 Ferndale Ave NW
Grand Rapids MI 49534