Shear Madness

Shear Madness near Ilulissat, Greenland

Shear Madness near Ilulissat, Greenland (photo by Steve D’Antonio)

These are the voyages of the 72 foot Nordhavn trawler Shear Madness and her owners/crew Bradley Rosenberg and Kathy Clark. Please join us as we cruise to interesting places all over the world. Take some time to explore this site using the drop down menus above.

Visit our blog to read about our most recent trips, see information about the boat, learn why she is called Shear Madness, read the story of our lightning strike and resulting repairs, look at photos, see videos, and read our book reviews. If you are interested in discovering the cruising life for yourself, check our our Cruise with Us Program. Click the Follow button to automatically receive an email when we post an update.

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  5. #5 by Tom Reid on March 19, 2019 - 10:19 pm

    I just sent you an email but hadn’t finished. Sorry. I’m saddened that you have decided to put cruising behind you but I understand. Is it possible to get a copy of your provisioning list and the maker of the headset you use for communication with the crew. Thanks in advance. Have a good life.


  6. #6 by Mathew on September 26, 2018 - 7:26 am

    Miss your videos very much.
    Will be taking delivery next year of norhavn 76.
    Was wondering if you still had your provisioning inventory sheets and info?
    What a great way to track everything.
    Thank you


  7. #7 by Reb on October 8, 2017 - 6:43 pm

    Hi all
    Noticed your prior listing for selling Shearmadness N72 also considering other Nordhavn trawlers in the 72-84 foot range. Should your N72 Shearmadness be considered for sale contact email this post. The upkeep on your boat seems outstanding compared to same class pre owned Nordhavns I’ve seen. Save seas


  8. #8 by Reb on October 8, 2017 - 6:08 pm


    Hi all
    Awesome video & thumb nail footage.
    Your navigational plotting tutorial was absolutely enlightening & beneficial for all cruising enthusiasts hungry for adventure.
    Does the Noble Tech Trident plotting software auto up date? Have you ever had to up grade the electronics on your Nordhavn?

    Enjoy the bounties of the sea


  9. #9 by Real Provencher on August 14, 2017 - 3:57 pm

    I’m looking at purchasing an N64 that has an MTU Series 60 engine. How has your engie performed? Any unexpected issues? Your thoughts are very much appreciated. Thanks!


  10. #10 by Darren Boggs on October 10, 2016 - 12:58 am

    Are u guys ending your travels? I noticed that shear madness is up for sale!


    • #11 by Scott Hilbert on October 15, 2016 - 10:04 pm

      Very sad to see you sell her. I love the Utube videos and reading if your adventures!


  11. #12 by Bobby Christian on February 29, 2016 - 1:13 pm

    A wonderful dinner with Kathy, Bradley and my lovely wife, Patti, in Charleston at The Grocery. Good wine, great food and amazing people!

    Enjoy the LowCountry!




  12. #13 by Alison & Martyn on October 1, 2015 - 7:29 am

    Last Chance followed you out of Solomons Island and part way up the Potomac River.
    Is National Harbor a good spot for us to come in this potentially rough weather?


  13. #14 by wayne on September 11, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    Really enjoy your videos….great work.


  14. #15 by Dawn Silver on September 17, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    It was a pleasure to meet you this evening. Thank you for the tour of your lovely boat. We’re so lucky to live where we do, getting to spend time with such interesting people! Wishing you safe travels and hope to meet you again soon, maybe on more southern waters 🙂 Cheers, Greg and Dawn


    • #16 by Alex_Paxton on November 9, 2014 - 4:20 pm

      I am unclear on how to comment on Shear Madness, first hand; however, I did see her elegantly moor in Bald Head, yesterday afternoon! (Nov. 8, 2014) on her way to Palm Beach. Nice mooring in a very tight yacht basin!


    • #17 by Robert Beattie on January 30, 2015 - 2:32 pm

      My name is Robbie Beattie from Virginia. Could you help me with contact information to the owners of the cruise. I am very eager to learn more about their adventures and prices.



  15. #18 by mike gavala on July 9, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Hello this is a message for Taylor Shedrow, I just learned yesterday that you are mating on this beautiful yacht from your dad. Just got done reading everything on the website and what an adventure this sounds like with a wonderful group of people. Remember keep your head down work hard and listen and the knowledge you gain here will be with you the rest of your life. Good luck on your journey and if you want to keep me in the loop just email me. Sincerely Mike Gavala Ft Myers Fl.


  16. #19 by Connor D. on June 25, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    You guys should consider taking your ship through the panama canal and do west coast things. You should go to California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii. A Nordhaven 72 has the fuel capacity so you guys could definitely do Hawaii. At some point you should also do Europe, like England, Ireland, Italy, that sort of thing. ALL OF THESE WOULD MAKE GREAT YOUTUBE VIDEOS! 🙂


  17. #20 by Adam on June 23, 2014 - 12:33 am

    Hi Kathy and Bradley! My girlfriend and I follow your blog and absolutely love it! We are both looking to retire early, buy a Nordhavn, and travel the world. I just saw your most recent post about being in Portsmouth, RI. We live nearby and were wondering how long you would be in town and if you would be willing to speak to us for a little bit. We are very interested to hear how you got into cruising, and also hear about your experiences with your Nordhavn since we are considering buying one. Please feel free to email me and let me know if you wouldn’t mind speaking with us. We promise we won’t take up much of your time! Thanks!
    – Adam


  18. #21 by Mark Hayes on February 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    I was in Beaufort this weekend and saw what I immediately recognized as a Nordhavn, and it was Shear Madness! Welcome to NC and I hope you enjoy your stay in Beaufort!


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  20. #23 by Pat Thompson on November 11, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Hope you guys make it to Newfoundland in July 2014


  21. #24 by Natan on October 22, 2013 - 4:49 am

    About five years ago we started maikng photo books for my inlaws. We give it to them at Christmas and they contain photos from the previous year. Not only does it make a great gift but it’s really nice to be able to flip through it every once in awhile. It’s a shame to leave prints just on the hard drive!


  22. #25 by Gustavo Rodrigues on September 26, 2013 - 7:46 am

    Hi Kathy and Bradley. I follow your adventures and videos. I Like it very much. I´m from Brazil and if you´re thinking to come to Brazil one day, contact me. I have a 41 feet at Ilhabela and I will like to cruising with you some day. Ilhabela is a very beautiful place, the sea is very blue and we have many dolphins here. Look this place on the google and come to navigate with us one day. I can show you all our region and beautifull beaches. Have a good navigation in every sea. Your boat is awsome.


  23. #26 by Stacy Hayes on September 16, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Kathy and Bradley, so sorry to hear of Bradley’s father’s passing. Please accept our condolences. i suppose that was the cause of Bradley’s running back ‘n forth from Nova Scotia. Unfortunate tragedy in DC today has overshadowed any good news to report but Vicky and I so much enjoy your stories of adventure on the hi-seas. The Chesapeake will have to suffice for now.


  24. #27 by Jody M on August 13, 2013 - 4:01 pm

    We had the pleasure last night watching her come into Liscomb Harbour.. Just found your page.. Have a WONDERFUL sailing adventure


  25. #28 by Eric Meslow on July 23, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Please continue to make your videos! There is a huge number of us out here that take them for what they are meant to be and find much value in all your hard work.


  26. #29 by Sarah Mckeough on July 6, 2013 - 9:10 pm

    My family and I (50 ft Ferretti) were anchored near you in Provincetown today and were very curious about you boat so we googled you and were very excited to read about your adventures! Have a safe journey to Nova Scotia! We will be following your travels!


    • #30 by Chick Allen on July 6, 2013 - 9:19 pm

      Hello Kathy and crew. We we anchored next to you outside Potter’s Cove sough of Bristol RI on July 3, 2013. We we in the Shannon 39 when you paddled by to say hello. Beautiful boat and great story with postings. Enjoy your trip to Nova Scotia! We hope to see you again.

      Chick & Barbara Allen s/v Second Wind


  27. #31 by Caren & Phillip Merrick on June 22, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Loved reading your recent posts! What adventures you & Bradkey are having. After bareboat chartering in the BVI for a few years, we are now proud owners of a Fountaine Pajot 44′ Helia Catamaran called Glad In It. Spending a lot of time on the Chesapeake this Summer before she heads to USVI charter fleet. Our 14 and 11 year old sons love it & after 5 years of sailing camp, are quite handy to have around! Still working on corporate boards advising entrepreneurs & mgt teams.

    Hope to connect with you in a port one day! We’re inspired by your maritime adventures 🙂

    Caren & Phillip Merrick


  28. #32 by David hunt on May 31, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    Myself and a friend were sitting at the Waterway Cafe in Palm Beach Lakes. Saw you boat go by and decided to google the name. Interesting story and continue your wonderful journey. Dave


  29. #33 by Anonymous on January 1, 2013 - 11:00 am

    Bradley and Kathy – Thanks for the opportunity to join you aboard your tender yesterday to watch the Class-C races. What a blast! Nancy McCarley , M/Y Aloha Friday


    • #34 by Anthony Almonte on June 23, 2013 - 11:58 am

      i am looking at you boat right now as its near the center of the great salt pond block island, i just wish i could swim right to your boat



  30. #35 by Zen on December 28, 2012 - 3:28 pm


    My name is Zen. My wife and I are in our late 60’s and about to retire. 24 years ago we sailed on 2 different catamarans and logged 50,000 blue water miles and quit sailing in 2000 to go back to work. We are just about to a stage where we can cash up everything and go back to the sea we love.

    The question for us is what kind of vessel? If we were to go back to sail then the only choice for us is a Catamaran. However it always seems the storms blow up at night and we no longer have the desire or youth to deal with sails in 40-50knts of wind. So I have been looking at expedition type trawlers and from all I have read on the net it seems that Norhavn is the choice. There are several for sale on the net and we are looking at buying the largest we can afford in the 68-76 foot size range. Eye on Inside Passage III.

    I only have a couple of questions for you if you would be most kind and give me your thoughts.

    1. Maintenance costs: Setting aside any fuel or berthing requirements, what does it cost to maintain these type of vessels. When we retire we are going to only have so much left over funds and I am a little concerned how costly it is to maintain a vessel of this size and systems. On the catamaran it was very low cost. If you could give me some kind of idea you would be really appreciated. We would make the Nordhavn our permanent home.

    2. Ride and stability: Catamarans are very stable at sea and at anchor. I realize that Norhavns have stabilizers but I have never been on a Norhavn at sea so do not know how it rides. Also what about at anchor. In the past I have had several people sailing monohulls come and knock on the door asking to sleep in our cockpit because their boat rocked so badly in the swell that they could not sleep.

    In our minds we visualize going anywhere in the world we desire to go. Sitting in an enclosed wheelhouse protected from the wind and rain. Hopefully with good weather planning missing the big ones.

    We are currently living in New Zealand but originally born in the USA. Fairbanks Alaska and Seattle Wn. Seas in this part of the world average 15-25 feet when ocean crossing. Have you run in these type of seas and how is the ride?

    I will not burden you with any other questions since these are the most important to me.

    You are appreciated. Happy New Year!



  31. #36 by Good Fortune on December 7, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Stuck on land recovering from surgery. Your blog keeps me sane. Rick & Patti, Good Fortune


  32. #37 by Marcianne Laycock on October 31, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    I have been thinking and worrying about you two. Glad the anchor held and that all is well.
    Marcianne L.


  33. #38 by Anonymous on October 30, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Glad to see all is well on Shear Madness …..

    Best regards,



  34. #39 by Anonymous on October 17, 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Hi Kathy and Bradley: Noticed you are off on your adventures again, fantastic boat. Best Wishes – Alan Bolt


  35. #40 by Lynn and Loretta Johnson on September 28, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Kathy,It was so nice meeting you and Bradley. I guess you had just finished getting the info on the MTOA when I introduced myself. My wife and I enjoy crusing the Chesapeake on our Albin trawler the LorettaJean.We keep our boat off of Middle River on Frog Morter Creek.I have been following your voyage up the Chesapeake.I think it is so wonderful that you and Bradley take the time to post your travels for the rest of the boating community to enjoy.Now I can put some faces to the blogs I read.Have an enjoyable time exploring the Chesapeake Bay.So long for now Lynn and Loretta Johnson m/v LorettaJean.


  36. #41 by Anonymous on September 5, 2012 - 9:19 am

    Beautiful boat. Love following your adventures!


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