Saturday, January 21, 2012

The times.......they are a changing'!

As some of you may already know, after 12,610 miles on the water and 13,000+ miles via trailer over the course of 7 years we have made a change in venue.  The days of trailering, stepping our own mast and driving all over the eastern part of the US is now behind us.  The last night on board our beloved Grey Hound was New Years Eve and then the next day we pulled her from the water and hightailed it to IL.  The new owners were waiting with a smiles on their faces!

First to summarize our recent changes:

  •  We put into the Chesapeake Bay  at the end of September and cruised around the middle part of the Bay while visiting Amy, Jason and Evan James.
  • In the middle of October we headed south down the Chesapeake and into the ICW which eventually took us to River Dunes Marina where we kept Grey Hound for a few weeks while going back north to visit family.
  • In late November we departed River Dunes and were chased down the coast by cold weather and we decided to make time by jumping outside at Georgetown and two days later made it to Jekyll Island. 
  • From there we went to Melbourne to see Tom and Jean and that is where we got into trouble.  Our first view of the new boat was there.
  • Next is Stuart where we ended up selling Grey Hound and buying Nati, our new (to us) Maxim 380 catamaran.
    • First......after we sold Grey Hound we had to drive to Green Cove Springs to get the truck and trailer.  450 miles.
    • Then we put Grey Hound on the trailer and moved all our "junk" into the Best Western in Stuart so Cruz, the most spoiled orchid didn't get cold!
    • Then back on the road we went.  1,100 miles to Olney, IL.  We said our goodbyes......
    • Then back south and eventually made it to Stuart again.  Another 1,100 miles.
    • Then a survey for Nati.  All was OK.
    • Then a move onto our new vessel.  It's amazing how much stuff you can have on a F-33!
    • Oh, by the way we sold GHP, the Tundra last Wednesday.  For the first time in over 40 years we have NO vehicle for the road!!
  • Tomorrow we leave to head south........another adventure is about to begin!
Over the next week we will be starting a new blog and end this blog.  Stand by for the next generation of fun on Nati.

Our new boat.....Nati


marty said...

Nice boat !!
Good wind and fair seas to both you and Nati.

Jim & Sharon Angel said...

Thanks for the update, now we know what you have been up to. Great looking boat and we weish you fair winds and following seas. Hope to see you soon in Marathon.

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Mimi said...

Love it, Congrats

For some reason my comment came up "unknown". Silly computer, I know who I am.

Captain Dave and Admiral Joanne said...

It was nice passing you on the St. Lucie River. We didn't realize who you were when we were talking but we meet you a couple of years ago in Marathon via Kismet, we were on our Maxim 380 2 moorings northwest away from Grey Hound. It must be quite a change from sailing a high performance boat like GH to a cruising cat. We also saw GH in Green Turtle last year but you weren't onboard. Enjoy and give us a shout at the facebook maxim 380 page.
Tropical Breeze