It has been so much fun hearing from so many of you over the past 2 days.  Responses have ranged from very new friends, such as Marianne and Pierre (Swedish boat, Tekla)) who got our phone number from the site and came for drinks in the cockpit last night, to very early cruising friends Bob and Judy (Pooh Bear), whom we met in Annapolis in 1997 and now know are going to cross the Atlantic this winter--as we plan to do! Other wonderful comments have come from friends made in our high school days, family, and even a few "unknowns".   We really hope that this will be a quick and easy way for you to find us as well as for us to know what you are up to.

The beautiful photo above was given to us by Scott and Mary (Egret) who have a Nordhavn 46 and are anchored nearby.  They are wonderful photographers and this is Cormorant at anchor in Gaeta, with the lights of the navy base and Gaeta Veccia in the background.

Our new motor mounts arrived late yesterday and they are being installed now.  If all goes well, we will also confirm new insurance for the boat today and will be sailing west before the weekend.  Our first stop will be Ponza, so more on that later.

Our winter home, Gaeta, Italy
Well this is it... the new website, initially developed with lots of help from our friend Peter, on Purr.  We hope you enjoy it. Please post some comments so we know you are out there!

We spent the winter in the small town of Gaeta, Italy in the marina here.  We had a fantastic time, learning some Italian, doing lots of cooking and boat projects with our good friend, and the only other live-aboard in the marina, Jayne, and traveling by land to Venice, Cinque Terre, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily.  There were also lots of short trips within the Rome-Naples area, and a wonderful 6 week trip back to the USA for Thanksgiving and Christmas.   

Now we have finished our annual haul-out and have started to cruise again.  After a one week shake-down to Ventotene, Ponza and Palmerola, we are back in Gaeta now but in the anchorage rather than the marina.  When our new motor mounts arrive next week and we get them in, we'll be off, headed west.  Join us by checking this site to see where we are and what we are up to.