Should I start gushing about my boat now, or wait until I’ve at least crossed some open ocean? Seriously, I’m just loving the Grand Banks. I’m sitting here trying to think of something that I’m unhappy with, but coming up blank. A couple of days in I turned on the Naiad stabilizers for the first time. Mind blown. The boat cruises through big wakes like a catamaran with those on. It’s amazing. We cruise at 8 knots without even beginning to push the engines. We’ve got tons of space. The back swim platform is huge and is in constant use. The list goes on. There’s nothing better than being 3 months in on a boat, and still being stoked with the purchase.
The ICW dolphins, all day, every day. Being up close with dolphins never gets old.
Notice the muddy anchor. The next day I sprayed some PB Blaster on the salt water rinse handle, and got that to turn again. No more mud. And now that I’ve got the watermaker cranking out 30 gallons an hour, I think I’ll even skip the salt water rinse and plumb it to fresh instead. Really get decadent on this boat.
There are hundreds of these along the ICW. The kids look at them all with longing—wishing they could go explore each one.
You get to see both sides of the wealth spectrum when cruising along here.
If/when we do a Great Loop cruise, I think I’ll lower the mast a couple of feet. Quite a few bridges we just didn’t quite fit under. We’re 23′ 6″ with the mast up, which we verified by going under 25′ bridges.
Christmas Eve. Close enough. The kids obviously knew what these were, but they kept calling them canoes. So I was able to say, “I’m only going to give you one clue. They absolutely, positively, are not canoes.” This at least confused them for a few days.
They’ve both wanted kayaks, but Lowe has really, really, wanted a kayak. He was very excited.
We are super happy with how stable these are, and how easy it was for them to really get cruising around.
Of course. Now we need SUPs too.
Christmas morning. The innocence of Christmas is alive and well on our boat, even with an eight year old around. The two of them were off the rails excited about their stockings. Tic-Tacs, PEZ, bubble gum tape, and a couple very small toys. We probably should have just left it at that.
Lowe got his remote control boat. That had been on his list for about 6 months. An impressive run.
Spy Decoder stuff. She loves this stuff. For quite a while she was even writing the fairies in secret code. Much to the chagrin of the fairies.
Look closely at this picture and you may spot what I was sure was an extinct species on the ICW—a sailboat with an actual sail out.
No fish yet.
The time stamp on this picture is 7:43 am. I had a sweatshirt on.
Seeing as the end of the year is upon us, I feel like it’s a good time to point out one more time how I fund our lifestyle. We launched Wanderer Financial in May—it’s been a good year. So, join us for 2018.