Tom and Betty Bowdle


Tom and Betty Bowdle, married for 41 years and longtime residents of Delaware. Tom is a retired professional land surveyor, and Betty is a retired elementary school teacher. Tom loves to hunt and fish, and Betty is a gourmet cook who loves to read. 1950s doo-wop music gets them on their feet. The Bowdles cruise with Rip, their 14-year-old Yellow Lab.

The Boat: 

SOUTHWIND, a1992 42 foot Jefferson. Tom grew up in a boating family and he and Betty gradually worked their way up from a 22 foot boat to the Jefferson. “We love the layout – lots of room for living aboard while cruising, and easy for the two of us to handle.”

Favorite Cruising Destination: 

Hunting Creek off of the Miles River, and Marathon, Florida.

Reason for Boatyard Stop: 

“On this trip we tackled two projects: ZMI designed and installed new rudders to improve boat handling, and they replaced the cylinder heads on both engines. Steering has improved dramatically with the larger rudders.”

Why Zimmerman Marine?: 

“This is our fifth trip to the ZMI. We came the first time based on the recommendations of several long time boaters, and the Zimmerman staff solved a persistent vibration problem for us. We keep coming back because the people there really know what they’re doing, and they take a genuine interest in us and our boat. We feel like we’re part of the Zimmerman Marine family.”