Yes, we have sold and closed on the sale of our Kadey Krogen 44, “Next Dance”. It was certainly bittersweet, especially for Pauline. Although we only had her for just under two years, we loved every moment aboard her. Now, we look forward to taking delivery of our NEW Kadey Krogen 48 in December. It is already an exciting process seeing her being built from afar, in Taiwan. Things are progressing well and actually ahead of schedule. She will probably be delivered via ship to the U.S. around the beginning of October and we will take delivery the end of November. We simply can’t wait!! We will be keeping the name.
We had a hectic couple of weeks getting the boat ready and all of our personal items moved off of the boat. We have rented a storage locker in Stuart to house all of the things that will go back on to the new boat. After everything was off, the boat actually floated 3″ higher in the water! It is amazing how much stuff we had on board. We have brought some things back to Denver which we decided were not necessary on the next boat – such as an ice cream maker and excess shoes and clothes (Pauline’s of course). They go in our storage locker here.
We had the survey and inspections on the boat 5/7 and 5/8. It was quite an exhausting experience, especially for Mark. The new owner was there, along with his broker, our broker, and three other inspectors the buyer had hired. Everything went well and Mark received many comments over those two days on how well the boat was maintained. The new buyer is over the moon. He will be taking her up to Virginia in early June. We are sure he will have many years of enjoyment on her. Here is a photo of her leaving the St. Lucie River heading into the Atlantic Ocean to test the stabilizers.
We finished unloading all of our personal items, including Ming and Pema, and headed to the hotel for the evening. In the morning we will begin our long road trip back to Denver, with the cats sharing the middle of the only seat in our pick-up truck!! If nothing else, it feels good to leave the boat in great condition and ready for the new owner.
The next morning we got up, had some breakfast and were on the road. It will be a long few days to reach our destination, downtown Denver. We will be there until September 30. At first we were going to head towards New Orleans and spend a day or two taking in the sights and eating the wonderful food. We would have then continued on interstate I 10 through Dallas/Fort Worth, then work our way northwest to Denver. However, after looking at the weather reports with heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes in our path, we decided that we will visit New Orleans by boat at a later date.
Our first day on the road was uneventful and we got as far as Atlanta without the cats getting car sick. The next day, after tracking down our hiding cats who hide in the room attempting to avoid another long day in the truck, we got an early start. We drove generally west through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi ending for the night in Little Rock, Arkansas. Beautiful country, good roads and little traffic.
The previous day, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel restaurant to have lunch at and rented two audio books. You actually purchase them then return them a to a Cracker Barrel further down the road for a refund. The difference in dollars is your “rental” cost. The first book we listened to turned out to be one of the worst books we have ever “read” (listened to) in our lives; “Micro”, by Michael Crichton. Sort of a cross between “Honey, We Shrunk the Kids” and “Lost World.” The writing, character development and plot were so bad, we continually laughed out loud. Yes, we finished it 16 hours and one day later. What else did we have to do!
From Little Rock we drove to Oklahoma City then headed north to Salina, Kansas. In the afternoon, we drove under some very dark and ominous storm clouds and endured periods of heavy rain, so bad, that we had to pull off the road and wait for them to pass over. Scared the **** out of the cats. That night while watching the weather on TV, we learned that Salina was surrounded by tornado watch areas. But we just had more heavy rain and lightening.
Finally, the next morning we headed west to Denver, listening to our second rented book. Much, much better, but no award winner. We arrived in Denver in early afternoon, dropped off the rental books at Cracker Barrel and found our new home for the next 5 months, the Barclay Towers, located at 16th St. and Larimer, downtown. The apartment is small, but will be perfect for our purposes while we are here. We have only been here a little more than two weeks and have already been so busy. We have seen friends, gone down to Sante Fe for a few days to visit our friends Dick and Vicki, doctor appointments for Mark, Pauline went out with her friend Pat to a Cha Cha dance lesson, up to Breckenridge to see Scott and Emily, Pauline took her good friend Doni to her chemo appointment, happy hour with our friend Pam from Wisconsin. Whew!! Finally had one of our only nights in last night and just watched a movie. If this is a sign of what our stay in Denver will be these next few months, it is going to go fast.
We have also sold Mark’s pick-up truck and purchased a 2015 Rav 4! It’s great to be driving around in a little more comfortable vehicle. I’m sure the cats will appreciate the extra room on the way back Florida later this year.
We received our latest photos of the build of our new boat. It is so exciting to see the progress. We have been told that it is again ahead of schedule and will probably be completed mid-August, but it is unknown when it will be able to be shipped. Take a look at the progress!
It is so exciting for us! We have picked out the furniture coverings, chairs and bedding. We are working on carpeting selection too. We don’t think we want “wall to wall”. We prefer to see some of the beautiful wood floors, so will probably go with area rugs again. We think we are going to go for a more “contemporary” look this time. Lots of fun picturing what the final product will look like!
This was a long update. Next our adventures in Colorado along with the progress of Mark’s hip replacement and recovery!
Until the next time, fair winds and following seas . . .