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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the elegant Varnebank... not your usual yacht!

Cubar 2019 San Diego to La Paz Aboard MV Varnebank

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Cubar 2019 'Cruise Underway to Baja Rally' formerly known as FUBAR.   Lawrence and I left San Diego aboard Varnebank on October 30th with the Cubar fleet, or at least part of the fleet. There were a number of cubaristas who had decided the night before that the weather was going to kick up and an earlier leave-taking would be better than waiting until daybreak the next day.   Turns out they were right - but we didn't think it would be anything Varnebank couldn't handle and we couldn't tolera...
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there is a lot of stuff to get rid of... slowly but surely

Fork In The Road

  •  10/21/2019
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Life can be way more fun when you occasionally allow things to happen to you rather than let plans dictate what you are doing or where you are going tomorrow. That is why when our good friends in San Diego - ones we met on Cubar 2015 - asked us to crew for them for Cubar 2019... we couldn't really say no. Our Nordhavn 50 Northern Ranger II is waiting for us in La Paz, and we are heading south in the Little Red Truck yet again. This summer was not the fun-filled travel fest of last year, but we...
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leaving La Cruz, local sailing fleet accompanying us..

A Tale of Two Nordies

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May 2019 San Diego Where oh where is Northern Ranger!? I am now at the point where the closest I get to cruising is either living vicariously through other people's posts or dreaming about it...and last night I had a doozy, everyone I have ever cruised with was there!! So fun, and so sad when I woke up and realized I was on dry land. Bummer. So where IS Northern Ranger? Well, NRII is happily ( I assume) tied up and hunkered down for the summer in La Paz. We cut our cruising short in order to...
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give a girl a fish, she will cook one meal- give her a sewing machine and she'll sew forever but forget to cook

more from La Cruz

  •  3/25/2019
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more emails and drama back home, should we stay or should we go? ( a little Clash to start the day) For now we stay... Which is nice because each day we sink deeper into the lifestyle! I go for my walk/run in the morning while Lawrence reads blogs. Or works... sometime there is real work to do, the kind that puts a bit of money back in the cruising kitty. Then I do boat yoga or take out the kayak, and... who am I kidding, most of the time I just make myself another cup of coffee and sit ou...
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just the way we like it!

La Cruz

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Well we finally made it! The weather gods looked kindly upon us, and we were able to achieve our goal of crossing to the other side just in time to have dinner with Sea Level II and then say goodbye to them! Our original plan had been to head to Muertos just around the corner, grab some sleep, and then head across and down around midnight. The weather made us change our minds... it looked good! Forecast was favourable, and the waters were docile, so we just kept on going. Great decision! I...
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view from the lake to the house..

Written in Sand...or Snow...

  •  3/9/2019
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We got the call a few days after we landed back in La Paz. Preparations for our winter cruise south to La Cruz and parts beyond, and north up the Sea of Cortez, were well underway. Plans were in place for friends to fly down and join us for a few weeks, and we were going to meet up with our longtime cruising friends and spend time with them before they point the boat north and head back up to Canada. Our last Mexican holiday together... And then... the text messages. Parent ill... come home....
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sandra nerreter 11/22/2017

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


Jim & Tara 8/28/2017
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.
---Reply posted by TimothySops on 2/14/2018
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to seek out someone with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that's needed on the internet, someone with slightly originality. useful job for bringing one thing new to the web!
---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!)
BillC 4/27/2017
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?
Kim 10/31/2016

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 !!!


Mary Lou 5/16/2016
...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.