There's one other piece of news I should deliver. One of our friends incorrectly reported on her blog that the Shannon was sold and we had gone home. Technically, at that moment, that was possibly true.... however... many of our cruising friends have assumed that meant we'd thrown in the towel, swallowed the hook, lost our minds (or courage) and gone home.... So, for the record, NOT SO MY FRIENDS. We are alive, well, and anxious to get going again..... We've even picked out the name for our new boat as soon as we find her.
Now then, for those of you who are interested.. we have narrowed our search for the new 'ride' to two different kinds of boats... The first is a Freeport Islander 36 (like the SV Eagle, one of our buddy boats on the journey down the coast). These boats are great.. with a huge amount of space, and a pullman berth, tucked into a beamy 36 feet. They have lots of daylight below and a walk-through transom as well. AND then we met up with the Pearson 385. Haven't actually seen one (physically) yet but the reviews are terrific. They're generally slightly newer that the Freeports and very different in layout. They have a centre cockpit, aft cabin with athwartships double bed, forward cabin with V berth, dedicated shower stall, and a nice salon. Many of them are cutter rigged as well. So the Pearson 385 also has us very interested and we have an appointment to view one moored in Barra de Navidad... We have our fingers crossed tight this all works out.... we would really love to be able to continue cruising as soon as possible.
That my friends... is how it's been and how we're doing. Busy ... like all of you... at this time of year, preparing the house for winter and our friends who will be caring for it over the winter. Princess Sophie will lounge with Susan and George for the first month while we boat shop (too hot for a little black dog to wait in the car while we traipse over miles of docks on the hunt). Kathy's coming home to her mom's from mid-November to mid-December and PS will fly back to Mexico with Kathy when she returns.
That's enough for now.. just wanted to catch up.. We hope all of you are well and have enjoyed a fabulous summer... And we hope your winter will be just as good... filled with peace, love and happiness.
The Blog: We will be keeping this blog going.. it's a great way to stay in touch and we enjoy sharing our travels with you. Stay tuned for news of our drive south and search for 'the new boat'.
ttfn (ta ta for now) CJ