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Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch

Traveling!

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The time has finally come to move again, and we’re pretty happy about that. Winter is – in our opinion – over-rated generally, but for Nicki and I, it’s just old news.

Thursday we packed up the little apartment which has served us so well, said good bye to dear friends who have loved us through the last two months, and pointed our noses… West.

No, not south, west. We needed to check in with some family (my mom & brother, and Nicki’s brother and nieces, all in Vermont) so we traipsed off to the land of colder and deeper for the weekend, proudly sporting new snow tires on the little red car. Here’s hoping we don’t have to test them out on this trip!

Sunday it’ll be a six-hour drive back to Rockland, put the car back in storage at the RV, then fire up a friend’s car for the two-hour drive to Portland ME. We’ll get a room for the night, and board a 5:30am flight to Tampa.

I have a feeling it’ll be an early-to-bed evening once we get there.

But there’s lots to look forward to! We’ll rent a car to drive back to Sionna in Marathon on Tuesday, and once there, we’ll start putting her back together so we’ll have a place to sleep, food to eat, etc. Local knowledge says that there’s little or no waiting list in Marathon for a mooring, so we’ll probably try to get one to make the departure preparations easier.

But there’s one more thing to do before we leave, finally, to resume a bit of cruising. We have to go to court.

You’ll remember, perhaps, Our little run-in with the Law back in December? Well that case is finally going to court on March 7th. Appearing in court will require renting a car and driving six hour up, waiting around, then driving six hours back. Which – I’m told – is why officers tend to target visiting boats for their tickets, rather than locals. What boater would be crazy enough to go to all that trouble and expense to challenge a $90 fine?

Well, I guess that would be me. We’ll let you know how it goes…

In the mean time, we’ve seen Robins and Cardinals in Rockland, Maine, so if you’re spending this winter in the frozen North, take heart! Spring really is somewhere around the corner.

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

8 thoughts on “Traveling!

  1. Why don’t you fly into Key West or at least Miami? Much shorter drive. So glad you area heading back to the boat. Safe travels.

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    • As it usually is, the answer is cost. Getting from Maine to ANYWHERE can be a bit challenging, but we can get Portland to Tampa on Southwest pretty inexpensively. The drive is just part of the adventure!

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  2. Of course, if there’s adventure, you will find it! You can make a tour of the Everglades as part of your drive. Enjoy (finally) the warmth.

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  3. Hey if you’re through here around lunch and want to stop for a quick visit let us know. If you want to get to Marathon straight through I totally understand. We’ll try to catch you on the move if not tomorrow.

    Deb
    SV Kintala
    http://www.theretirementproject.blogspot.com

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  4. Just curious. You got a ticket on the water? May I ask why?

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    • There’s a link in this blog for the whole story. In short, the officer didn’t know the requirements for an anchor light, incorrectly believing it must be at the top of the mast – which ours is not.

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