2 Weeks in Florida - Boat Projects, Checklists, and More Boat Projects

Network switch for the navigation electronics - luckily there was an open port
After spending a couple of weeks in Florida getting familiar with the new boat, moving our gear from the Nordhavn 40 on board, and working to prep the boat for our seemingly imminent trip to Panama, everyone is back in San Diego for the week. Before we get into some of the details of our prep - a little bit of more information about the new boat. Cassidy was adamant that the new boat not be named after her. 'It's too much stress' said the 8 year old. Respecting her wishes, we had a new name pi...
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A Preview of Our "New" Vessel

Ties to the dock in St. Petersburg, Florida
The last few months we have included a lot of research, a trip to mexico to see a really cool ocean crossing catamaran, a couple of failed offers on a boat that we were very interested (a Nordhavn 47), and finally ending up with us being owners of an awesome boat that is somewhat of a departure for us - it has a sailing rig. We don't have ANY experience sailing! But we will learn and the good thing is that we can run the boat in the interim without becoming experts at handling the sails. The bo...
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And She's Gone

Contents of Locker 1
It's been months since we've posted anything to this blog but we have hit a couple of big milestones in boat ownership over the past couple of weeks.  There's an old cliche about buying and selling boats that goes something like this:  'The best two days of a boat owner's life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat'.  Well within 2 weeks we've had both of those days.   The sale of our Nordhavn 40, M/V Cassidy officially closed a couple of weeks ago - and we've officially take...
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The End of Chapter One

Another great dayon the water
I have been meaning to close out the first chapter of our trip.  I sit down and start to type.  And nothing comes.  There’s so much to tell.  But nothing comes to me.  We have tons of photos of the final leg of our trip so a LOT of them are going to be dumped into this post... One thing is for sure....it’s the end of a chapter, not the end of the story.   Our trip south was planned somewhat abruptly.  Over the summer, we fell in love with the Nordhavn 47 and a plan was hatched.  We thought the ...
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Anan Bay, AK - Bear Country

Fishermen in training
Anan Bay Wildlife Observatory was one of the most memorable stops on our trip.  Sixty permits are available per day during the peak bear season (July and August) and we were lucky enough to secure a spot.  It takes a bit of planning to get there, given it’s remote location and unsafe anchorage.  And our visit was not with incident. We arrived the day before our permits and found an anchorage with secure holding just 6 miles across the channel at Fool’s Inlet.  The name likely warned off other b...
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Ell Cove, AK - And along came dinner

First fish caught in AK!
When we were in Sitka, I broke down and finally bought some fish.  Dougal was exacerbated.  “You are really going to buy fish?”  “Trust me,” I told him, “as soon as I do, you will catch one.”  I’ll get back to this.  First, let’s talk about our experience in Ell Cove.   We made our way from Sitka to Ell Cove over three days.  The trip could be done in a day, but we took our time waiting out the rapids at Sergius Narrows and ducking for shelter from the 40 knot winds in Chatham Strait.  After al...
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Your list of work to be done looks surprisingly small, just shows how well she has been looked after.  Will the tools you had on the 40 be sufficient or do you need to buy another swag of tools, more importantly did Cassidy get to keep the 'pretend' anchor.

 glenp1955  3/26/2019


---Reply posted by Cassidy, MV on 3/26/2019

Indeed the boat was in really good shape when we took possession of her.  

I think the tools we had should be sufficient.  This boat has one less engine to maintain so that is a definite plus.  There are some new things to learn like the control system and gear boxes for the Hundested prop and the hydraulics for all the sailing winches.

And that "pretend" anchor is probably a good chunk of money considering what the full size Ultras cost!  So no they didn't let her keep it.   They use them as demo in various substrates to show how the anchor digs in relative to other designs.

“...too much stress!”  That sounds like something Tea would say.  They are two peas in a pod!

Big congratulations on your purchase and new adventures to come!  Wishing you wonderful and safe travels.  Tea sends Cassidy a big hug ??

 lsengelein  3/26/2019


---Reply posted by Cassidy, MV on 3/26/2019

Thanks - and Cassidy says hi to Tea.

Your reasons for keeping the name were exactly the same as ours, plus adding one more complication prior to leaving BC.

 Alonabay  3/26/2019