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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Countdown to Cubar...or ... Chaos is Just a State of Mind



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 down and dealt with, and maybe a shaft replaced…remains to be seen)( Oh and toilets to be replaced... sooner than later I hope)

It’s been a whirlwind trip down here, shoehorned between packing, Lawrence working, a business trip, and oh yeah, more packing. (can’t forget the total eclipse of the sun trip…) The movers come in…..18 days. wow. It sure helps being married to “what me worry?” Talbot… I guess it’s rubbed off on me because my rose coloured glasses are in full-on optimist mode and I don’t have any concerns. Chaos? what chaos?  We will get moved - whether or not there will be any room in the garage remains to be seen.  The boats will all come out of their various yards ready to roll - one in a southerly direction as we return to La Paz in November, and the other - well, somewhere  out there, is a potential owner  who wants a Nordhavn 46 really badly - they just don’t know it yet.  Once they meet Northern Ranger I they will fall in love.  

Ya gotta believe!


anyway - so it’s a quick day in Ensenada, we are puttering around, one last overnight on her - then  tomorrow we drive back to San Diego ( I almost said “home”  …   oops) and fly back to Vancouver tomorrow night.


Some photos of the trip down - never let your guard down but it is  pretty fun - we are getting used to the passing protocol…. luckily along the Guadalupe valley route  there are good stretches of wide shoulders… which are considered “letting people pass” lanes…usually.

After the boat was splashed, the crew had to come along for the ride, to  ensure that everything in the engine room was working well. That was fine by me, as backing out of the dock was made very dicey by the interminable wind - but all went as hoped, and once we were underway and worked the bugs and the air out, it was All Good. Some consternation when the generator was started and no water came out - but they figured it out.  Also some question as to why the engine temperature wasn’t going up at all after running for a while, but whatever needed doing got done  and up she came.  And remarkably, she ran very cool! which is as it should be, as we had the keel cooler dropped and cleaned and new coolant put in - all ready for cruising in warmer climates.

I think the guys from Cruiseport had as much fun playing on the boat as we did, big smiles all around and a few comments about “nice boat!!”… and after helping us into the dock ( not our best effort , but not our worst either), they went back to work. 


Next trip down  will be to hopefully splash NRII and get her back to Chula Vista.  There may be a weekend down to Ensenada with her, to get some paperwork in order - and also to transfer more stuff from NRI, easier to do it boat to boat than boat to truck to border to boat. We think.

And it would be a nice shakedown cruise for the new boat. But meanwhile - there's that move thing to worry  I mean think about. And the eclipse weekend to anticipate....

No chaos here folks.  Nothing to see... move along... ( which is basically my life right now... move along, move along... what day is it? where am I going? what bed is this?)

That's what makes it fun, mon!


And the next day: Sunday we safely arrived in San Diego after a quick drive up and a long wait in the border lineup at Tecate, picked up an Uber to the airport and hopped on our flight home at 4:30,  give or take ( time is kind of stretchy with the airlines lately, have you noticed???) - and back home in time for dinner. Another successful weekend adventure completed.  One step forward.. or probably more like two or three steps forward. Now it's time to pack and get ready for the Oregon Adventure. 

With Lawrence gone for three days as of tomorrow I figure I have lots of time to shuffle stuff out of here and pack what needs to be packed.  What he doesn't know doesn't hurt him ( I promise I won't throw away anything really important - I hope)






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