by Lisa Tome
Tom Cole owns a 33-foot cutty cabin boat with all the amenities including air conditioning. During his next major boating trip he will leave that at home. Instead, he'll travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in an 18-foot fishing boat with a 90 horsepower motor. Instead of a galley, he will have a
cooler. Instead of a bed, he'll have a sleeping bag.
He and local building contractor Larry Bathon have teamed up for a boating challenge. Bathon, a bona-fide micro-cruiser, has challenged Cole, to a micro-cruise. They will travel from Chesapeake City to Myrtle Beach, S.C. in
their own boats, measuring less than 18 feet, for the 1,000 mile journey. These boats have no cabins or facilities.
This is the third time Cole has done a micro-cruise, but the first time he's done it for a cause. Past trips have been to New York and a circumnavigation of the Peninsula.
"It's going well so far. I'd like to raise $20,000 and we're starting to gain momentum," said Cole.
The way that the trip works, is that the two will travel in separate boats. They use GPS as their guide and stop at marinas at night to sleep. They travel light with just the coolers, sleeping bags, and clothing.
"If it gets real hot, we have rented a room," said Cole. But most of the time he and Bathon sleep in the small boats.
"We meet such great people. It's fun with the two of us," said Cole.
Cole and Bathon have been friends for a decade. A send off party will be held in their honor on July 20. "We look forward to it every year. And raising money by doing it makes it even more special," said Cole, who is a father of three and grandfather of five.
You may support this adventure by pledging by mail. All proceeds are 100 percent tax deductible and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cecil County. For sponsorship information call Mary Jo Jablonski at 410-398-5076 or Tom Cole at