Ty and Suzanne Giesemann cruised aboard S/V Liberty from June 2003 until June 2006.  They sailed to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, the Bahamas, and points in between for the first 18 months. They then crossed the Atlantic Ocean to explore the Mediterranean.  Ty and Suzanne welcome you to enjoy the ups and downs of their voyage with them through the pages of this website, which also serves as a tribute and memorial to Ty's daughter and Suzanne's stepdaughter, Susan.
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Liberty is a 1980 Morgan 460 sloop.  She was completely refit in 2002, making her the perfect cruising and live-aboard boat.  In 2003 Ty and Suzanne sold their house, put most of their belongings in storage, and moved aboard Liberty to prepare for their cruising life.  In June of the same year, upon retiring from their respective careers, they set sail as full-time cruisers.  The story of this transition and their initial cruising adventures is told in Suzanne's book, Living a Dream.

Liberty at ken and jan

What's it like to sail across an ocean?

Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean was a major milestone for us as cruisers.  Throughout the voyage Suzanne kept a detailed journal of her thoughts and impressions. To get a feel for one woman’s view of what it’s like to cross an ocean, read “Atlantic Crossing Journal.”


We cruised with a canine crew member, our little buddy, Rudy. To read about some of Rudy the Sailing Wiener Dog’s adventures or to find out what it’s like to be a canine cruiser, check out Rudy’s Page.

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While cruising in Croatia, we received the tragic news that our Susan had been struck and killed by lightning.  Join us here for a tribute to Susan, our eternally shining light.

Susan at beach CROPPED

“It is the journey, not the destination that matters.”