Yes, we have an accepted offer on this “Next Dance”. Fingers crossed and hoping all goes well with the survey and inspection. If so, we should close on or about 5/14/15. Then we will be heading back to Denver, CO. We have not rented an apartment as of yet, but are working on it.
Once we are back in Denver, Mark will be getting ready for his new hip! He can’t wait. He’s been suffering quite a bit these past months. Crawling around in tight boat spaces doesn’t help. His surgery is scheduled for 6/23. Send him good wishes for a speedy recovery!
Construction of the next “Next Dance” (we are keeping the name) is coming along very well. We are actually ahead of schedule. Right now it looks like the boat will be delivered to the U.S. in early October. Once here, the remainder of the commissioning will take place in Stuart, FL. We should take delivery of her early December. What a wonderful Christmas present for us! We will be staying close to Southern Florida in the beginning. We are committed to having the boat in three boat shows – probably the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Trawlerfest. Once that is behind us we will probably head up the east coast to the Chesapeake and beyond. Although it is a brand new boat, things are expected to go wrong and we want to be close by major boat yards to take care of any necessary repairs. Here are some of the latest photos we received. It’s beginning to look like a Krogen!
We were planning to take this boat to the Abacos, Bahamas, but after making the decision to build a new boat and put this boat on the market, we thought it best to fly there and rent a condo. We were there for 12 days and during that time, Heather, Ellie and Anna joined us for a week. We had already booked a condo for them; our place was in the property just adjacent to that in Treasure Cay. Treasure Cay boasts one of the top 10 beaches in the world. You can see why! When we were walking over to the beach for the first time, seeing that incredible turquoise water and the powdery white sand beach was breathtaking. The girls had a blast. We had lots of fun in the sun and the water. Ellie and Anna returned home with a nice tan. On the last day with them, we were able to arrange for a boat to take us out snorkeling, feed sting rays, see sea turtles, pick up a starfish and feed the wild pigs (who sometimes like to swim with you, but not on our trip). Unfortunately, Papa was not able to come. He was unable to snorkel and also felt the boat ride was going to be too bumpy for his hip. Anna celebrated her 13th birthday while in Treasure Cay. All in all, a successful vacation.
Once back, we have started packing up everything that needs to come off of the boat. It is always a pain packing. But the good news is that it is easier than packing up a house. Although it is amazing how much stuff we have on the boat! We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe another eight plastic containers. We say that we are going to be “homeless, boat less and we can’t even call ourselves trailer trash because we don’t have a trailer!”. It is a bit of an odd feeling. We are now the proud owner of, count them, three storage lockers!! This is obscene. We have one in Breckenridge we didn’t have time to empty before taking off after the sale of our house. We don’t even know what is all in there! I’d like to take a match to it. It will get emptied this summer when we are in Colorado – finally! We have another locker in Denver with things that we want to take to our next house; whenever that takes place. And, now one in Stuart, FL for all of our boat possessions. At least we know that this unit is only short term.
My good friend, Pat DeCarli in Denver, has been diligently working to help find us a condo to rent in her building. We think there is a good prospect. We should know shortly if we can rent it. It’s right downtown on the 16th Street Mall. Great location. We can’t thank her enough for her efforts.
That is it for now. The next blog, we hope, will announce the sale of Next Dance. Keep your fingers crossed for us! We are aware of no problems with the boat, but when inspectors and surveyors are involved, they always seem to come up with something!
Until then, fair winds.