Monday, March 28, 2016
UPDATE for KINGSCRUISINGLOG@blogspot.com
2016 -- WHERE DID THE KING'S END UP?
It's funny what a strange trip we took. I looked at my last post and I sounded pretty discouraged to say the least. I had to be away from cruising to find out how happy I really was. Life is strange.
Let's start back in 2011 - we ended up leaving the boat at Port Royal Marina in beautiful Beaufort, S.C. As it turned out we made 3 cross country trips from June to November. The first one was for us to visit family and friends along the way. We were mainly focusing on David's mother, who lives in Puyallup. After the visit we decided we needed to take care of her and, as we drove back the first time, we decided to sell SIMPLICITY. We did it for the right reason but I soon realized I wanted to finish our adventure on the boat. I remembered how awful I felt but realized I also have never felt so fulfilled. Unfortunately, we had an awesome broker and the second person who look at SIMPLICITY - bought it. It only took us a month to put on the market, survery and close.
Thus the third trip back to Washington. We got here in November and lived in Oak Harbor, Washington for 6 months. In March of 2012 we bought our retirement home in Gig Harbor, Washington. I thought we would never be packing up the house again ... strange ... I now will not say "never" when it comes to our life.
The big move, again, came in July 2014 to Bellingham, Washington. Neither David or I had any small business experience - but we bought a boat brokerage!!! Yes, we're small business owners.
It's now 2016 - we're very proud of all the things we've done for BELLHAVEN YACHT SALES AND CHARTERS! As the days slip by we know we will buy another catamaran - probably name her SIMPLICITY again and go back to some of the happiest days of our lives.
Yes, I know I'll have "those days" again - but they will be outweighed by the "good days!"
We're off on our next adventure - for now.
Don't be surprised to see us bobbing around the Chesepeake or the ICW or best of all, the Bahamas. We met a lot of wonderful people and really want to go back to retirement and play. Smooth Sailing to everyone.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
There's no easy or short way to tell all of our friends that we've sold the boat ..... but that's what we did. I'll start by explaining this past summer. We found a great marina to leave the boat at so we could take a long overdue trip back to the West Coast (for some the left coast or the wrong coast) to visit with family and friends. Port Royal Landing Marina in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina was a wonderful spot, although we weren't there much. We did manage to see the mansion that The Big Chill and the Great Santini were filmed in as well as have some of the best BBQ we've ever had.
I had been planning a long road trip to last from June thru August or September just to get off the boat. We were going to spent time with friends along the way and then spend time with family in Washington and Oregon. We made mooching along the way a new past time and really want to give a big thanks to: Bill and Terri McHenry, Pat & Cheryl Dietrich and Steve and Helen Bastek, all Coast Guard couples we were stationed with in our CG life.
We made it to Washington and spent time with David's mother, who is 87 and lives in Puyallup, Washington (south of Tacoma) and then mooched, I mean moved, onto Steve and Kathy Penn in Port Orchard, Washington. This is where our "moving back" conversation started. We both fell in love with Gig Harbor, Washington, which is a little harbor town across from Seattle so knew we had a place to look at.
I'm not sure how many people knew how unhappy I was with the cruising life. I will admit it was a lot harder than what I anticipated and for a lot of reasons I was ready to move back to the beach. When David and I started living on the boat we both committed to cruising for one year. At the end of the year if one of us wasn't happy we promised to tell the other. I can see people shaking their heads now especially if they know David would sail forever. So, after much discussion, we worked out at a plan to put the boat on the market, if it sold quickly, great, if it didn't sell we would take it to Florida and either cruise the Keys or go back to the Bahamas for one more year.
I wasn't super excited about going back to the Bahamas but was glad I'd be able to see the friends we had made: Tom and Liz, Francie and Bobby, Skip and Carol and Randy and Jeanne, I even had
my COSTCO list ready to go since I knew it was "just one more year" and we'd be moving back to the West Coast.
You can imagine the shock when we called our broker and he told us he had about 5 people who would be interested in our boat right away. Long story short....we got back from the road trip in early September, only showed the boat twice. The last showing lead to the sale and we signed the papers to sell her at the end of October. When you sell a boat you are required to do a survey, similar to a home inspection, to see if there are any problems. We had a major problem with a crack at the top of our boom. To properly repair it would involve taking the mast and all the rigging down (it's called stepping the mast) to the estimated cost of $10,000.00. OUCH....it was time to move on.
Once the boat was emptied we went back to Williamsburg and really mooched off of Bill and Terri McHenry in Kiln Creek for almost a month. Again, another wonderful Coast Guard couple. We also go to say goodbye to Tom and Terri Hessler in Williamsburg, The Hessler's lived across the street from us and our girls grew up together. Leaving Williamsburg was harder than I thought but I knew we were going back to a place we both loved.
We loaded up a 17' UHaul, complete with car trailer, and headed west, again!!
We are now housesitting for #1 son, James, and his wife, Jennifer, who are both deployed for the next 6 months. They have a beautiful house on Penn Cove in Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington. Here's the view from the front window...can't seem to get away from the water!!
We've loaded the garage with all of our worldly belongings that we had stuffed into a 10' x 10' storage unit in Williamsburg. David is actively looking for an IPA ... no, not beer, but an income producing activity somewhere around the Seattle area. We don't know where we'll end up but until then we
have a chance to get back into being beached.
We also connected with David's brothers in Oregon and got to spend time with Zach in Montana, where he is now a full time bread baker at the Park Avenue Bakery. He's also turned into an avid fly fisherman which suits David just fine since he also love being on the river.
We're not sure what the next chapter of our life will be. Just know we appreciate all the friends we have made along the way. If anyone is interested in staying in touch our email address is:
firstname.lastname@example.org We'd love hearing from you.
Friday, May 27, 2011
GRAND TOTAL TRIP FACTS AS OF: MAY 24, 2011 (to Jacksonville)
Days Gone From VA/US: 212 (to Palm Beach)
Days In Bahamas: 149
Total Days At Marinas: 15
Miles Travelled In Bahamas: 1188.45
Grand Total Miles Travelled: 2228.05
Things Overboard: David’s wallet … at the bottom of Lake Worth in Palm Beach, FL.
Total Gallons of Diesel Used: 191 gallons
Diesel Prices: Dec. 10, 2010: $4.55
May 7, 2011 5.75
PK – Colored Hair: 2
Mail Deliveries: 3
Before we start with the latest adventures of the boat I thought it might be nice to show people who haven’t SIMPLICITY what she looks like inside and out.
|Galley: Refrigerator chest|
|Galley: 3 burner propane stove - oven - 2 round sinks|
|Master cabin - we have 2 other cabins with bunks|
|Head (toilet) with escape hatch|
|Looking from port hull thru salon to starboard side|
|Mast is 64' high - we have to watch the height of bridges we go under|
May 10th: No Name Cay is going to be one of our favorite stops. It has everything – beaches, conch and night fishing. Yep, night fishing!! We have gotten in the habit of leaving a fishing pole out with bait on it. Some time’s we get a nice small to medium sized fish, other times not. Tonight was the exception.
|Beach at No Name Cay|
|Floating dinghy !!!!|
May 14th: We’re headed for Great Sale Cay but, as is David’s routine, 2 fishing reels and one yoyo are out waiting for dinner. We managed to get 3 big strikes, 2 at the same time, but to no avail. Skunked again. We were watching the weather and decided to anchor off Little Sale Cay for the night before yet another squall comes through. It showed up with a vengeance. Tomorrow we’re off to the West End to get ready to cross over.
May 15th: We’re still at Little Sale. We started to leave but the winds kicked up to 30 knots with 35 knot gusts…we’re waiting for ANOTHER squall as I type. Time to shut electronics down and put them in the oven. OVEN???? Whenever we have a lightening/thunderstorm come through the first thing we do is put the cell phone, hand-held VHF and GPS unit in the oven to protect them in case lightening strikes us or close by that way if we do get struck we will be able to communicate and navigate.
May 18th through May 26, 2011: We got underway at 7:15AM and are pointed directly at the U.S. After 149 days in the Bahamas it’s time to “go home.” We saw schools of flying fish and about 6 dolphins that played under the boat and around the hull giving us an incredible show. The space shuttle went off and we saw the contrail as it made its way to the heavens!!! I remember how proud I was watching the lift offs when I was younger and I will admit I felt the same pride as we listened to the launch on XM radio.
You know what happens next – nothing good. Once we got on the dock David felt his back pocket for his wallet and it wasn’t there (imagine that!!). I thought he had left it on the table in the salon so we didn’t think anything of it until we got back to the boat. Long story short…
Before I leave I have to thank 3 great ladies: Francie for being my rock during a really difficult time for me. She's cruised for 8 years and helped me work through some really difficult times I was having. We shared a lot in our talks and will remain "sisters" no matter what.
I'm sorry Liz and I didn't get to spend a lot of time together but the time we did share left us with the same feeling as if we had known each other for a long time.
Last, but not least, Carol (and you too Skip). We probably spent the most time with RHAPSODY..... snorkeling, shelling, learning how to clean conch, walking and just plain laughing!!! Skip is like the EverReady bunny....he just keeps going and Carol, bless her heart, just keeps up with him.
It's hard to believe our trip is over. One of the most important lessons we learned was this: you have to grab whatever life brings you and go with it. Everyone tells us "we're living the dream." We worked very hard to make our dream come true. There is never enough time, never enough money, to do "something" you dream about. Whatever is on your bucket list ... do it now. We learned that lesson the hard way. Within the last 6 months David has lost 3 close friends - his age - from heart attacks - out of the clear blue - they're gone.
Enough of the serious stuff .... I'll leave you with this little ode. While we were cruising I started keeping track of boat names. Some good, some bad, many strange and some we just couldn't figure out what they meant. This is no great piece of literary essay...just fun. Boat names with ( ) include the names of people we were lucky enough to spend time with. Here is it:
|Looking towards the west and HOME!!!!!!|
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
While there the guys took on the role of “Hunter/Gatherer” for fish and conch while Kathi and I took on “Seekers of Sea Glass” roles. Carol did a lot of snorkeling with the guys but she loves that AND shelling/sea glass gathering.
One night we all went to Rake N’ Scrape at the Abaco Inn. Rake N ’Scrape is just what it implies: musical instruments are a saw and either a hammer or knife, scraping the saws, however, there is no rake involved. It’s music that gets you dancing. Skip and Carol are such a quiet, shy couple … NOT…they love to dance and were almost the only ones out there dancing.
Carol and Skip
While David was snorkeling another day I was walking the beach looking for sea glass, of which there was none, but I saw piles and piles of these little shells. Turns out they are baby conch shells. The female conch lays egg clusters of millions of eggs at one time. This is what’s left when they die off for whatever reason.
|This is the front of the house..... here's their backyard...|
|Just so everyone knows - David is 5'10" and Zach is 6'7"!!|
In most of the settlements you have to schlep your garbage ashore and deposit it in bins around town where it's picked up on certain days. In Hopetown garbage days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. The truck leaves the dock and they go burn it. After we grabbed our mooring ball, the captain of the BEAUTIFUL, custom made sailboat dinghyed over and took our garbage in for us. What a guy!!!
Later, under Man O'Way, you 'll see some of the Albury's work but this is one of the small Abaco boats we found in Hopetown.
There wasn’t anything we could do except be glad we were where we were and not in the middle of the Gulf Stream. David put his life jacket on, climbed on top of the bimini and secured the sail. As of this writing the “O” ring is still attached to the halyard at the top of the mast. When the wind dies down he’ll climb up and retrieve it. We should have figured something else was going to go after we lost the clew but…….lesson learned the hard way. We had been sailing around with one reef in the sail and were doing fine. Now, we have no mainsail. We still have our jib and spinnaker but no main stinks.
The music was oldies but goodies and really loud but I’m sure it made all the “mature” folk feel like we were back in our teenage years. AHHHH, walks down memory lane. Here are just a few pictures to give you an idea:
After Nippers we made our way to Grabbers Beach Bar on Sunset Beach. This was a much a much more subdued spot with live music, bocce ball and ring toss.
Here's another nice place to sit and have a drink and enjoy the sunshine:
The morning we were leaving I went out on the deck to check the anchor. The water was so clear and calm we got a great picture...
We got tied up at Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbor for a much anticipated HOT SHOWER, provisioning for the trip back and to say goodbye to friends we’ve made along the way and to get the battery charger. I am glad to report all the groceries are on board, the battery charger is installed and we're going to relax until Monday.