Thursday, April 20, 2017

The New Moondance!

We found our new boat/home - yeah!
The New Moondance

After months of looking from the East coast to the West coast, we got lucky.

Visiting Darrell and Sarah (m/v Scrimshaw)

Our good friends, Darrell and Sarah (Suncoast Yachts) found the boat we have been looking for in San Diego, California.

Captain Doug at the helm
The new Moondance is a 1984 Ocean Alexander 38' trawler (built in Taiwan).

She is in great condition, met all of our requirements, most of our would-like-to-have's, and in our price range.
Beach Art

Plus, she is on the Pacific and a short distance from all of our friends in Mexico - yeah!
Hanging with Deb and Kath at Ocean Beach

We are looking forward to sitting out on the sundeck watching the world go by - our favorite past time.
Possum rescue

Of course, we have already generated a list of enhancements and improvements.
Doug walking Clara and Bobby

Fortunately, most of them are "want to's" and only a few "have to's".
Relaxing on Orcinius

Thanks so much to our friends John and Lisa (s/v Orcinuis) for letting us stay on their beautiful boat.
Danette and Doug at the Barn Dance

Made life so much easier (and cheaper) as we went thru the boat buying process. Sweet people!
Fishing not catching

Our current plan...
Sunrise on the Columbia River

Hop back and forth between Texas and San Diego working on Moondance until we can move aboard full time - hopefully soon.
Dinner with the family in Washington

Of course, we are going to have to work while living aboard in San Diego!
Oyster slurping contest - yuck!

Paying California prices, plus buying a bunch of boat goodies is going to cost big bucks.
Catching up with the crew of Bella Vita

We are definitely going to need a job at West Marine for the boat discounts!
Washington State Capitol

So excited that the search is over and we can get back to the cruising life.
Doug and Cloe and Widget

We have missed it, plus our cruising friends.
Good friends Roger and Laurie

Come and visit us sometime if you are in the neighborhood!
World of Weed - oh boy!

PS: This is a collection of pictures from our 3-month road trip (TX, NM, UT, ID, OR, WA, OR, ID, OR, NV, CA, AZ, NM, and TX).  We were pooped!
Stonehenge Memorial in Maryville

Loved seeing friends and family along the way.

We missed some and didn't get to visit long enough, but loved every minute of it.
Katy and Levi - sweet

Plus, we enjoyed our  house sitting gigs in Olympia, Washington, and San Diego, California.
Great friends from La Grande!

Great places to stay, plus we got to play with the doggies!
I won a TV - hah!