Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

We have had a change of heart - a while ago we had the opportunity to trade up to a Nordhavn 50. It was too much of a deal to pass up, and although we absolutely love the 46, we saw an opening for dealing with the un-acknowledged two foot ( four foot) itis and we bought Worknot, an N50 we had the pleasure of meeting on the 2015 Cubar cruise. The story has unfolded through this blog somewhat - and now we have done the Cubar 2017, in our new Northern Ranger II - another stellar Nordhavn that we have totally fallen in love with. 

In a perfect world, we would be able to keep the 46 up in Canada and cruise her around the Pacific Northwest, but that is not possible. We are hoping that someone will fall in love with her the way we did, and we will once again be a one boat family ( I lie .... we have about 14 little boats up at the lake and down on the coast and on the 50 - but it would be nice to divest ourself of the 46 and make someone else's life perfect the way ours was when we found her.

And so the story continues - we are back in Mexico, the future is unclear but I see more cruising ahead! And again, we have found the boat of our dreams, our forever boat, and we know she will take us on lots more adventures! 

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!  

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There’s a Reason You Should Always Sleep on the Same Side of the Bed.



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 side… I shudder to think of the results!

At this point, we are in Vancouver - at the rental - we have been here for a day and a half, after spending another long long weekend on Vancouver Island with some of our Cubar group and some extra guests, all boaters and all great fun.

                                                                                                 The Gang at Seaforth...

Tonight we leave for San Diego again. The last time we went, we drove our little red truck down to leave at the Marina,  so that we had a vehicle to travel between Ensenada and San Diego.  There are things on the 46 that need taking off and bringing up to the 50, and that seemed like the best way to handle it. It also made for a fun road trip. (107 in Sacramento, no air conditioner. ‘nuff said … however visiting wineries on the way down and up made the heat all very bearable!)

                                                                                          Wineries in Guadalupe Valley... well worth the visit!

Our time in San Diego also included the renaming and naming ceremony - now that she is fully Canadian and her name is official! That was a lot of fun - Ken and Christie Donnelly and Jeff Merrill and his co-worker helped us to make it all legitimate…. needed help drinking the red wine and the champagne!

                                                                                                             Northern Ranger II

Tonight we will fly down, and be there for the haul-out of the 46 ( hull, teak, and keel cooler) … and perhaps get a chance to start looking for people to do some work on the 50. 

In the meantime, our future home up in the Cariboo has been somewhat threatened by the wildfires that are raging through central BC. Our town of 100 Mile has been affected, as have local communities around it, but our lake ( Horse Lake) has so far been safe. Fingers Crossed. But very smoky - and exciting, too, because the water bombers use the lake to gather water. Most of our neighbours have evacuated but some are sending some very interesting pictures of the planes. 

                                                                        Pontooning and fishing on our lake.. just a few days before the fires!

The whole thing reminds me of our hurricane watch on La Paz last summer. Always something, isn’t there??? 

So another work holiday, although really we always manage to fit in some fun - hopefully the weather will be warmer than the last time so we can enjoy the back deck. 

Our move from Vancouver to the Cariboo is now set in stone, as the house we are living in is slated to be either moved ( Google Kitsilano and check out the streets and trees… this would be a mammoth task!!!) or demolished, the beginning of September. 

So August will be mostly about packing and moving…. 

and when we are settled, somewhere in September or October.. hopefully we can take our new Northern Ranger out for some shakedown time… to get us ready for Cubar 2017… November! Can hardly wait!


Loved reading your blog Penny.   How will I know when you post something or do I have to go in and "look"?


 sandra nerreter  11/22/2017


How exciting for you!  A new boat is always a dream come true.  I came across NRI for sale on 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!)

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


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   10/31/2016


...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