For family reasons, we turned around at Brunswick last July, returned to Jacksonville, and "parked" the boat at Ortega Landing Marina.  In the fall, with real estate prices still low in Florida but starting to rise, we bought this house and now, after almost 16 years of living aboard full time, we have a land base.   But the anchor does not yet have a solid hold on us.  Within the next 2 weeks we will be heading north slowly with plans to spend some time up the Potomac in Washington, DC and then get to Maine by the beginning of August.  As usual, all our plans are "set in jello" and we will continue to update this blog along the way.

After months alone in the marina, CORMORANT needs a bit of TLC to get ready to go again and we have been working more and more as the weather warms.  Provisions have to be checked, bought, and stored.  The companionway door has now been stripped and oiled (no more varnishing outside teak), and Harry is replacing all the hoses in the head.  The engine is already serviced so it won't be long now!  It just feels like sailing weather and we are almost underway.
Peter and Dorothy
4/11/2013 08:29:47 am

Well done Harry and Jane, with brand new Grandchildren we are also finding the anchor a little more difficult to pick up. But in the end adventure succeeds. Love to you both. PnD. X

Chuck Spratt
4/12/2013 01:02:36 am

After our last post-Easter cool snap, the weather is warming here, too. Strawberry Festival this weekend. Family property is up for sale and a Wal-Mart is being built in Ponchatoula. Times are a' changing for all of us. Have a safe trip north! Thanks for the update!

4/14/2013 04:41:32 pm

Nice pics, and you actually have a nice big space and workbench to do the woodwork! That's a perk in itself... Have fun, and enjoy the ride! XXXO J

4/15/2013 08:24:19 pm

They have to be the neatest workshop shelves I've ever seen Jane. Do we get to see a photo of the finished varnish work?

Brian and Laraine
5/27/2013 10:25:20 am

Wow!! Nice home. Look forward to seeing more of your sailing blogs. We have just returned from a 2 mth van [trailer home] trip to South Australia...fabulous time. First grandchild born a week ago...Primrose. She is beautiful. Sailing in August...maybe to Hinchinbrook Island in Nth Queensland.


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