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Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

Photo by Elliott Bay Yacht Sales

I know, I know. I’m WAY behind in updating you on our progress. That’s because we’ve been busy working on that progress or working to pay for the progress. Both are so time consuming. I promise to add new photos soon and let you know what’s new on Sundown. In the meantime, here’s a great review about how well suited she is for blue water sailing.

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Tix2Ride

Woot! It’s a day of celebration at Port Sundown. We made our final boat payment! Sundown is all ours. Well actually, we’ve had Sundown’s title since we bought her. We took out a loan against one of our 401k retirement accounts and paid for her in full, so the monthly payments with interest we’ve been making have been to ourselves. Still, it feels great knowing we’re finished paying off that loan, because now we have that much more money each month to invest in refurbishing Sundown and getting her ready for our cruising adventure. Our ticket to ride–or sail–feels that much more real. Yea!

 

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Paul Coelho quote

Last night we had dinner with two couples who live in Fort Collins, Colorado. While that’s not extraordinary in and of itself given we live in Fort Collins, too, it is VERY extraordinary when you consider that all of us plan to move aboard boats in the near future and set sail to parts unknown. (more…)

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Sailboats often are associated with a life of ease, rest and relaxation, and tasty umbrella drinks, right? Wrong! I’m not finding that to be the case, yet. What I have found is sailboats require making some sacrifices. (more…)

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As a “seasoned” boat buyer, I can formulate a plan of attack to find acceptable boats, get them inspected, offer advice to sellers and even get a sailing trip out of the deal with an efficiency that may border on illegal. (If you think I’m kidding, read on!) (more…)

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Our first boat-warming gift!

We received our first boat-warming gift this week! (more…)

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A Stormy Lake Superior

In Part One of this story, I made the analogy between buying a boat and the tips found in a July 2010 Sailing magazine article about “Steering by Compass,” which are: (more…)

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