Monday, October 17, 2011

S/V Ellen Louise is Shipping Out

We have a date. Our Ellen Louise will be loaded to a truck bound for Maryland on October 27th. The delivery will take about a week and should be unloaded in Annapolis by the 2nd or 3rd. We are looking forward to this move with cautious anticipation. This is going to be a new chapter in our lives that we are embracing fully. Wish us luck.

Friday, October 14, 2011


A year ago I made an unofficial announcement that we would be leaving to start our grand cruise in exactly one year (Countdown 10/23/10). Well, we are leaving, but not going the way we were expecting. We will be loading our boat onto a trailer and shipping it across the country to the Chesapeake Bay. I know what you are thinking, this is back tracking, why would you leave sunny San Diego for cold and wet Annapolis in the winter? But to be totally honest this has been a very hard decision. There are of course outside motives and factors that I don't usually mention here. There always are.

This move will mark a new chapter in our lives. We will continue our journey towards circumnavigating the earth, just with a different starting off point. We will still be living aboard and we will still be working on our own boat while juggling life, money, and adventure.

Deciding to move the boat to the East Coast has been a tricky choice. On the one hand we have great friends and jobs here in San Diego. The weather is very suitable to leaving our hatches open for months at a time and our mooring is very sheltered and calm. However, there comes a point in a person's life where they have to choose to continue on the path they are on or choose a new different one. We have chosen the different one. It may be harder but we feel that it is the right way to go. Yes it will be cold, no it won't be cheap, but it will be a new chapter and will give us a new outlook. We will be closer to family and able to help out in ways that we cannot do from this side of the country.

We do not have a date set yet but we are expecting to ship the boat by the end of the year. If you have any experience with this sort of move we would appreciate any advice. Also, if any of you have experience boating in Annapolis, can anyone recommend a specific boatyard for unloading our boat? What about marinas in that area that allow live-aboards? We welcome any relevant insights.

To all of our friends here: you all will truly be missed. Thanks for being such amazing people. We have enjoyed our time here with all of you and can't thank you all enough for being such great friends.

-L & M

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
and sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear;
though as for that, the passing there
had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
in leaves no feet had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
and that has made all the difference
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Epic, life changing, unexpected news is coming very soon. Here is a hint.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Annapolis Sailboat Show

It has been a few weeks since I have posted and a lot has been going on around here. We took a last minute  trip to the East coast and figured since we were already there that we had to go to the boat show. The Annapolis boat show is the largest in-water boat show in the country and just happens to be in my hometown. I remember as a kid going to the show and just wandering around for hours. The show is almost exclusively production boats the all look pretty much the same. It has been about 5 years since I have been to the show and as I walked around I couldn't help but wondering what was so entertaining for all those hours I spent here as a kid. Sure, maybe all these new shiny sailboats have gigantic aft cabins and state of the art galleys but I couldn't get past the generic look of all the boats there. Obviously, I am a classic boat enthusiasts, but I can usually muster up some interest in these types of events. Not this time. This time I kept thinking about how much I love classic lines and narrow beams. Our Ellen Louise has character, history, and is a beautiful old lady. It is moments like these that remind me why all those hours of varnishing are worth it: character.

Photo from the boat show website

ps. Thanks to the guys from Selden for getting us passes and throwing the best after party of the show.