Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

Northern Ranger, our 46 foot Nordhavn foreverboat, is now down in La Paz, Mexico, after two fun-filled and exciting  voyages - one in September, which saw us go from Vancouver BC to San Diego California in eight days, and the second in November, when we joined the CUBAR rally and hopped down to La Paz in eleven days. Now we can start doing what we  have dreamed of doing - spend time cruising around the Sea of Cortez and maybe going even farther one day! 

Some photos from our two legs down to La Paz - Anacortes to San Diego, and then the Cubar Rally , from San Diego to La Paz!  

Another Road Trip... and a trip down memory lane....

  •  10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM
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October 18th - Home again - for a while…  We made it - after spending the summer in California and Mexico, the little red truck is now sitting under a slight blanket of snow up here at the lake. After all our concerns about winter coming early to the Pacific Northwest, the drive North was actually quite beautiful. It was incredibly windy at times, (headwind of course) and the leaves were donning their  fall colours rather spectacularly further up into Oregon and Washington - but we didn’t hav...
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Thoughts

  •  10/3/2017 12:52:00 PM
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In all this sadness, being able to concentrate on something positive is a huge help .  While the world appears to be shredding itself into smithereens, and the potential for  evil seems to lurk around every corner, “time spent simply messing about in boats” is a soothing and soul-satisfying pastime. We don’t get a paper delivered to the back deck, we don’t have Satellite TV to give us an opportunity to sit glued to CNN watching the ugly reality of our world unfold - quick bites on the cell phone...
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Countdown to Cubar - part two...

  •  9/27/2017 8:56:53 PM
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Update! We are back in the water, the boat still floats although the captain’s wallet is considerably lighter… but that is boating. What you plan for and what actually happens are two different things. Now I understand all those boats out there called “Change Order”.  Luckily our shipyard down here in Chula Vista was very good at communicating what they found and what they felt needed to be done. It is hard to have your boat ripped apart and put back together when you cannot be there to observe,...
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Countdown to Cubar...or ... Chaos is Just a State of Mind

  •  8/14/2017 5:53:09 PM
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We are in Ensenada on Northern Ranger I, hull newly polished, bottom paint newly applied,  just-varnished teak shining in the sun ( it’s sunny!!!!!  hooray!!!) , miscellaneous mechanical issues all taken care of.  Two days ago we were in San DIego, moving Northern Ranger II over to Marine Group ( the small yard… yeah, right..some mighty fine yachts there!) in Chula Vista, all hauled out and  ready to be worked on ( again, miscellaneous mechanical issues, some electrical gremlins to be chased do...
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July 25th… San Diego, Ensenada, and points in between

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We have spent the past week or two  down in either Ensenada or in Chula Vista, organizing boat yards and such, and getting to know our new boat. While we wait for the yard in Mexico to prep Northern Ranger I for new bottom paint and a spiffy new coat of varnish on all the teak ( after taking everything down to the wood and the bottom coat)…                                                                  Why we have the hull cleaned monthly.. tube worms down here, not barnacles                ...
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There’s a Reason You Should Always Sleep on the Same Side of the Bed.

  •  7/13/2017 5:43:34 PM
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The past few months have been a veritable roller coaster of activity - from the moment we hopped on Northern Ranger I to bring her up to Ensenada to sell until now, we have probably not been in the same place for more than 5 days… and at one point, I figured we had slept in 5 different beds in 7 days. Which accounts for the title… it’s hard enough waking up in a different bed every morning and not knowing where you are, but if you have to get out of said bed in a hurry,  and you are on the wrong...
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Comments

How exciting for you!  A new boat is always a dream come true.  I came across NRI for sale on yachtworld.com which brought me here, and I have enjoyed reading your blog entries.  It has been my life's dream to own a N46 for my wife and I to retire to, one day.  We can always dream!  Fair winds and following seas to you, and maybe we will see you along the way, some day.

 Jim & Tara  8/28/2017

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---Reply posted by Penny Talbot on 8/28/2017
Hi Jim and Tara! thanks for the kind words... we have loved NRI and she is a wonderful vessel to retire on - hold onto the dream, and I hope that you find your forever boat waiting for you in the future! ( just not ours... although that would be lovely... but we would really like to sell her earlier than later.. she has many many miles end years of adventures in her yet and she needs to be out there making someone very, very happy!)
Cheers!
Penny

Looks kinda hot. Still be rainy and cool here for a few months. WAnt to trade? No really that sun can be very bad for your skin. And any more than 5 drinks a day can be bad for you, but need 7 for hydration, or at least good dance moves. What's a girl to do?

 BillC  4/27/2017

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GREAT photos Penny !!!  Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure !!!!

Travel safe and we will see you soon, in La Paz at Costa Baja !!!

Kim

 Kim   10/31/2016

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...getting up at 3 in the morning to look at the stars... I love it, such a picture in my mind. I'm so enjoying your travels Penny. I feel like I'm in your back pocket...learning so much about living on the water.

 Mary Lou  5/16/2016

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