Sailing The Dream: Couple Builds 78-Foot Schooner, Docked In Gloucester

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A couple from Michigan are taking their dreams to sail the high seas to the Commonwealth with a 78-foot schooner they constructed with the help of volunteers and docked at the Ocean Alliance in Gloucester harbor.

Julie and Hugh Covert spent two and a half years crafting their vessel, the "Huron Jewel," and say they're now on a new nine-month expedition called the "Dream Inspiration Tour," to inspire others to follow their dreams. Hugh says the Huron Jewel is the ninth boat he's built.

"We launched and christened her, and it felt like we were getting married all over again. We're trying to encourage people regardless of their age to make their dream happen," Julie said.

Though Julie wasn't sure of the idea when Hugh first brought it to her, she's now happily playing a vital role onboard as first mate of the Huron Jewel.

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The pair is giving dockside tours of the Huron Jewel in Gloucester harbor until Wednesday, after which they'll head out for their next destination in Baltimore.

"And then [we'll head] onto the Florida and the Bahamas— somewhere warm for the winter," Hugh said.

WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.

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