From the current owners -
is a serious blue water cruiser that has
circumnavigated two and a half times around the
world with three different families. She is strong,
safe, and a very well built boat. Bear has
been lovingly maintained over the years. She can be
a high latitude expedition boat, or a tropics
cruiser. The next adventure awaits a serious sailor
who with his crew or family can safely navigate the
Bear is a custom made steel hulled ketch
designed by Bruce Roberts and was built by Mr. Perry
Smith, a professional electrician and welder.
Bear was built at a small airport in Minnesota
over nine years where Perry was the airport manager.
Bear started to be built in 1981 as the
hull number reflects, but was not launched until
1990. We, quite uncommonly, have photos from Perry
that detail from the lofting through the
construction on how Bear was built. Perry
knew exactly how many welding rods, 14,200 it took
to build the boat.
The beauty of
Bear is that she was built by one man. She
can be readily maintained by one man. Bear
is a rugged yet comfortable, no nonsense yacht that
has proven herself through several
We spoke to
the designer Bruce Roberts while we cruised Ireland
and he remembers Perry Smith and the building of
Bear. He states if he was to buy one of his
built designs, Bear would have been the
boat. Perry followed the plans exactly.
was originally named Linda Marie, for his
wife, who raised two boys and worked as a nurse
while the boat was being built. Perry and Linda
sailed the boat down the Mississippi to Florida and
back, and then sold the boat around 1993.
We are also
friends with the two previous circumnavigators of
In 1993, John
and Karen Flannigan bought Linda Marie and
sailed her to the Chesapeake where she was re-rigged
with larger winches, anchor windlass and open ocean
safety gear to be made ready for circumnavigation.
Linda Marie was renamed Jump up Bear.
John and Karen, both physicians and their two small
children, aged 4 and 8, sailed around the world and
returned to the Chesapeake around 1999. During their
stop in New Zealand, John had a new stainless steel
galley top with two sink basins installed and a
bathtub. They are now retired and sailing their
steel schooner in the northeast USA.
In July, 2000,
Chuck and Dianne Osgood bought Bear from
The Flannigans and delivered her to Maine where she
spent three years being upgraded, including sails,
rigging, epoxy barrier coated hull, water maker and
fuel lines, all professionally installed. Jump
up Bear name was then shortened to Bear.
Dianne left Maine and sailed to the Mediterranean
for two years, then sailed to Trinidad where
Bear was fitted out for a second
circumnavigation. The Osgood’s left Trinidad and
circumnavigated between 2008 and 2010 and returned
to Trinidad where the hull was again epoxied and
painted. They returned to the Chesapeake where my
wife and I purchased Bear in the Autumn of
Bear to Florida, installed new Furuno Radar,
new navigation panel, new engine muffler and our
personal items and sailed off to Europe with our 6
and 7 year old daughters. sailed to Cork, Ireland in
June 2011, and stored her in Ardrossan, Scotland for
the winter. We returned to Scotland in May of 2012,
installed new engine control systems and wind
generator. During 2012 sailing season, we sailed to
northern Scotland, the Outer Hebrides, and Orkney
Island. Then set off for Sagafjord in Norway and
eventually wintered Bear outside Bergen in
In 2013, we
sailed Bear to Gothenburg, Sweden and
through the Yota canal to Stockholm. Then to the
Alland Islands, Tallinn, Estonia and over to St.
Petersburg Russia. We then sailed to Finland,
Gotland Island and onto Copenhagen and eventually
stored Bear in Fehman, Germany for the
winter of 2013.
In 2014, we
left in May for Kiel and over to London. A trip down
the English Channel and over the Bay of Biscay to
Spain, Portugal, Madeira, Canaries and across to St.
Thomas and arrived in Florida December 2014.
January 2017 was spent refurbishing Bear.
The improvements are listed in detail in the
specifications here. We then left Florida Jan 20,
2017 and sailed to Panama via Cuba and the Cayman
Islands. In May, we went through the Panama canal
and onto Columbia, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, the
Society Islands, Tonga, and then onto Fiji where
Bear was stored ashore in a Cyclone Pit at Vuda
We are now in