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 - part two...

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, monitor, or question. But having a good person managing the job helps. And they got ‘er done… a few little blips yesterday and today which were taken care of fairly quickly ( nothing is impossible if you are can throw money at it)..

The original list was fairly small, comparatively - but things happen and there are issues you can’t see until you actually get in there and look. New shafts for main and wing - been there, done that… replace all the rigging for the mast and boom and replace the two lifts… check..bottom paint… new toilets!  new garburator! various electrical issues tracked down and dealt with… life raft inspected and repacked…

when you are heading out on another long adventure, knowing you have done everything you can to make sure the boat is the best it can be is the only way to go. Whether you can save money and do the work yourself or, as in our case because we don't live here in San Diego, you find someone you can trust to do the work and make sure you communicate with them continuously - it all adds up to peace of mind when you finally untie and head back down into the great unknown.  Well, it’s not really the great unknown because we kind of have an idea what to expect - but beyond that, when we put our heads together and pick  our next destination, that’s when preparation is key. 

The past few days have given us an opportunity to meet and talk to some more adventurers, and along with our friends who are currently cruising on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, these new acquaintances are opening our eyes to the possibilities. Boats like ours have travelled  to the bottom of the earth, and back - across to Hawaii the way some of us head over to Pender Island and drop a hook for a weekend… sailors who are starting  to live out their dream, who have come to our marina here in preparation for setting out and exploring the rest of the world, not just Mexico, but beyond, and beyond, and is breathtaking to think of the possibilities, and not a little daunting to take that second step ( the first step was to get down here - now the real fun begins!)

Meanwhile - it’s lovely to be back on our floating home, after the hard work of moving from the coast house up to the lake house and compressing 4000 square feet worth of furniture into 2000… needless to say no vehicles are being stored in the garage. But now we are here, I am forgetting all about those problems- except as I am sitting typing, Lawrence is describing the issues involved with taking our boat down to Mexico… since we docked a few hours ago he has been on the phone talking to various people about what we need to do.. protocol and such…it’s starting to look very convoluted and difficult. 

I think I will go back to thinking about something I’m good at and understand - menu planning !!!!!

After all, no matter what, the crew has to eat! Speaking of which - it's Wednesday night in Chula Vista and I haven't heard the band start up at the pub.  I think we need to quick working and head over there to see what's up!



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