Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Best Day of Your Life!

They say that the two best days of your life are when you buy your new boat, and the day that you sell it. This may be true for some people, but we have owned several boats, and never felt this to be true. We have always felt a little sad when we sold a boat, as if all the good times and fun we had on it, were going with it. Not really true of course, but we were moving on to something else, and knew that the experiences we had on that boat were now in the past. We never sold a boat to get away from it, maybe that is why we always felt that twang of sentimental remorse. Our boats were always in better shape when we sold them, than when we bought them! I mean, why have a boat and not give it what it needs, take care of it and fix it up the best that you can, so that you will enjoy using it? Well, that is why we just sold our other boat, we know we are now too busy to use it and keep it up. The absolute worse thing for a boat, is to sit unused. It will literally freeze in place, and slowly become a boat statue, as if it took a gander at old Medusa herself. Unless you are in Ireland, cause there are no snakes there, so I guess you are safe from roving Medusa's.

As it turns out, our friend Mike and his wife Sherri wanted to buy the boat, and that's good, but then again, what happens if something goes wrong with the boat? This might lead to some weirdness down the road if that should happen. But, in the end, we made a deal that we both were happy with, and now she belongs to our friends. Congratulations! We love this boat a lot, and if the sailing thing ever ends, we will buy another one just like her in a second. The boat is a World Cat catamaran with two outboards and is a great fishing platform. The boat is safe and heavy, and made it possible for us to go where we wanted and fish when we wanted in safety. She will be missed a lot. Take good care of her, Mike.

Oh, and Mike, try to resist filling the boat completely full of ice like we did on a trip to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. We had so much gear, enough for three people to eat and camp for three days, including bait and fishing gear, water, and 1200 pounds of ice on that boat, that it was just almost up to the scuppers on the sides! Try half that much ice and some dry ice on top, should work better. Anyway, we are busy overloading the shit out of the sailboat right now, you would think we would have learned. What to bring, What to leave behind? Like the pioneers did, we face the same dilemma.


  1. dear chris and joyce,I could'nt agree with you more! I still long for the days of my first boat,22' sea ray. I was 20 yrs old and not a care in the world!.Sheri and I are going to enjoy our new boat, all I have to do is finish up this power plant outage and get down there! I just took some time to catch up on your blog and am looking forward to reading about your next leg of journey! p.s. still think we should rendezvous at Kathy and Steves! Mike

  2. I know you need some time off, and play with the new toy. I wish I was there when you get there, to kinda show you everything. Come off plane slow, try not to get that wave of water over the engines, it is bad for them. As for Steve and Kathy, we should be there in 10 or 12 days from now. Come on down!