Marine Survey and Back

From Key West, FL to Montreal, QC the distance is about 1800 boring miles. Baba Ghanoush, cautious and focused as a mule, is capable of going at not more than 50 miles per hour, which means about four long days of driving through three different types of climates, going from tropical through moderate to continental.We have done this trip many times in the past aboard one of those commercial trucks, and so we don’t think it is a big deal. Plus, we have a stop in the middle.

In South Carolina, we detour from our rout to visit Brian and Joyce, our neighbors from Bois-des-Filion and good friends (the guys who helped us repair and clean Baba Ghanoush in October, and prepare for the trip), who are snowbirding in a nice three-bedroom-three-bathroom condo in Myrtle Beach. We spend there two days and nights, enjoying the condo and all its comforts, a walk on the beach, some discount shopping in OldNavy, and Joyce and Brian’s exquisite cuisine&company.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We are now driving back north on Interstate 95, somewhere in New York state. The heater is on. The sky is the same color as the highway: dirty-grey. So are the leafless trees and the dead grass, and so is our mood. We are even starting to see patches of grey snow. The tiny transparent ants who descended from a tree somewhere in Jacksonville climbing aboard our RV in the beginning of this trip are nowhere to be found. Either they abandoned the premises knowing deep in their guts that we are heading towards below zero temperatures, or are presently hibernating in some cosy unknown to us place in Baba Ghanoushe’s old body.

Going back from Key West, Florida to Canada in the beginning of March sucks. It is like going back from summer trough fall into winter. But we have to return to Quebec and deal with our bank, our house, our stuff, and then go again to Key West by the end of the month to take possession of the boat, and basically, to move aboard.

Her name is B&B Adventure but that will change soon. She is a 2001 Robertson and Cane Leopard 38 owner’s version, which means, she is 38 feet catamaran and has three big cabins. Built in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, these boats are heavy and stable, not as fast as other catamarans the same size, but very roomy and comfortable. Which is more important to us, as we are not going to race her, but live aboard, spend lots and lots of time in the galley and the salon, in the cabins and in the cockpit.

Haul-Out for Marine Survey

Haul-Out for Marine Survey

We did a marine survey and a sea trial in Key West a few days ago, and we have signed the acceptance papers. The survey showed a number of little things that need to be fixed, and a few bigger repairs, but nothing major or urgent (or that is what we are thinking right now, optimistically…). Still, my head hearts just thinking about what are we getting ourselves into… For sure, every (used) boat needs some taking care of; being a boat owner means also a permanent state of fixing, maintaining, and upgrading (or paying for it). But before the repairs, we need to worry about bank transfers, vessel registration, cruising permit, etc. So, Montreal, here we come!

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12 thoughts on “Marine Survey and Back

  1. Greg

    Love those Leopards! Does “owners version” mean that it was never in the charter fleet? I’d love to hear more about your experiences narrowing down to this boat and former charter vs not.

    Congrats again, have a safe drive north.

    • Greg, Owner Version simply indicates the boat’s layout: three instead of four cabins (the charter version). There are two individual cabins in the port hull with a small head in between, and a bigger cabin with large shower&head in the starboard hull. Nice big galley and salon.

      But the boat has been chartered for some time, which means more usage but also more maintenance. She has been out of charter for the past 3 years, and that in this case is a bad news, as she has been sitting in a military naval base unattended, and shows signs of neglect… Still, we got a good deal on the boat (or so we think) and are prepared to spend some more money and time fixing whatever needs to be fixed.

  2. Sulla

    Congrats on the purchase! I have been following you on Cruisersforum and here on your blog. My wife wish you nothing but good luck and look forward to every post.

  3. Congratulations! I’m glad you all have found your boat. I really enjoy your writing style and outlook on life. Hopefully the boat will provide you and your family with many new adventures to document here.

  4. A new adventure! I love reading about your adventures through life. It almost makes me want to start blogging again … but only almost. Thank you for sharing and please know that your words make one person very happy!

    • Thank you Rich, for your positive wonderful words! I would love it if you start blogging again. Share your art with the world, great poems!

  5. Someone once asked me how much we had put into our boat, a 20-year-old wooden catamaran “Take Two.” My response: everything. As long as you know that your boat is like a family member and that you’ll put in whatever time, energy, money and love is required, I think you can make peace with the neverending list of things that need fixing.

  6. I just stumbled on your blog and am so glad. We’re still new to traveling as a lifestyle. My wife is a travel nurse and I home school our 11 year old. We left Kansas for Washington and have been up and down the sound. And now we’re eyeballing sailing as a lifestyle. We have much to learn, I’ve never even been on a sailboat or the open ocean. I look forward to reading along!

    • How nice to meet you! I am always happy when more travelling people stumble upon this blog.
      How are you travelling right now, by RV? How is the home schooling going on? I will soon write about our home-schooling experience so far, and it will not be a fun-happy-no-problem tale…
      About the cruising in the ocean thing- we also have very limited experience sailing, and everyone’s advice is to get some experience before “the big leap”. And I agree with that. If possible, try it first (here IT stands for The Ocean, the Live-aboard Lifestyle, etc.). But if you have been cruising on land extensively, you have already to some extend experienced “the nomadik ways” and so the Big Blue is just a next step. Good luck to you and your family! Keep in touch.

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