Best Christmas Present Ever!

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Yes, our new boat is absolutely the best Christmas present we could have ever imagined. We closed on our new “Next Dance” on October 20, but we did not move on board right away. We had a commitment to be in the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show the first week of November and decided to wait until that was over and the boat was back in our slip before moving everything on board.

Merry Christmas Florida Style

Merry Christmas Florida Style


The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is over and Mark, along with another captain, brought Next Dance back to Stuart. I drove back from Fort Lauderdale with the cats. So, we are now officially full-time on the boat! It feels so good not to be moving around from place to place and know that we will be on the boat for the upcoming future. We have emptied our storage locker here and everything is stowed and in place. The boat feels like home. We have actually just finished decorating the outside of boat for Christmas. We’ve had our first two dinner guests and have wowed them with the culinary skills and use of the wonderful galley and grill.

The boat show went well and I think Kadey Krogen came back with a number of good leads. Kadey Krogen does not build “spec” boats, only custom for owners. So they ask owners if they can use their boats for a few shows. They are quite good about the whole experience and shows are at our discretion and our schedule. The Fort Lauderdale Show is the largest in the world – yes, bigger than Miami. It was ungodly hot and also incredibly packed with people. We spent some time at the show, but also spent time at the little house we rented. The house had it’s own pool and a great place to relax. Ming and Pema enjoyed the fenced in yard to wander in. It was nice to get away from it all from time to time.

Here are some pics of the interior of the boat.

Salon - Starboard Side

Salon – Starboard Side


Salon - Port Side

Salon – Port Side


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Galley, Buffet and Wine Fridge!

Galley, Buffet and Wine Fridge!


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Den/Guest Room/Office

Den/Guest Room/Office


Guest Head (aka bathroom)

Guest Head (aka bathroom)

Master Head (aka bathroom)

Master Head (aka bathroom)


Master Stateroom

Master Stateroom

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Pilot House Settee - where the Admiral gives commands to the Captain!

Pilot House Settee – where the Admiral gives commands to the Captain!


The pilot house - where a lot of the action takes place

The pilot house – where a lot of the action takes place

Fly bridge - a great place to watch sunsets and have a cocktail.

Fly bridge – a great place to watch sunsets and have a cocktail.


Single Malt!

Single Malt!

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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There's room to dance up here!!

There’s room to dance up here!!

These are some pictures of some of the fused glass panels I made that lay on top of the port lights (aka windows) in some of the rooms. I could probably make a lot of money making these if I was so inclined! There was a lot of interest at the boat show. Not sure that I’m up for that. I put the glass panels up for the boat show, but we took them down before Mark brought the boat back up. I hadn’t secured them on the bottom and didn’t want them flopping around on the Atlantic Ocean! We finally have them up!

Fused Glass Overlay of Fish Swimming

Fused Glass Overlay of Fish Swimming

Fused Glass Overlay - it's "an abstract sea anenome" of course!

Fused Glass Overlay – it’s “an abstract sea anenome” of course!

Abstracts in our Stateroom

Abstracts in our Stateroom

We slowly moved our things on board and they are now properly stowed. It is a welcome feeling not to have to think about where the next thing will have to go. Yes, I actually have more room to stow some more kitchen things! Wish I hadn’t taken my ice cream maker back to Denver 🙂

Of course, just like a new house, there are little things that are wrong and need to be fixed. We’ve not encountered anything major (hopefully not “yet”). Just some fairly minor things. Kadey Krogen has been superb in getting everything taken care of as quickly as they can. Great customer service!

When Ming and Pema moved back on board, it was just like being on the old boat for them – everything was very familiar with just some new smells. They are once again enjoying the different levels inside and out. They love being outside looking at everything going on around them. They will be very happy not to be moving from place to place for a very long time! We do spoil them. On our previous boat, there was a ladder up to a hatch over the aft deck which they loved to perch on the top step and look at what was going on around them. We decided not to put the ladder in because it couldn’t be used to access the top deck (our dinghy is stored over the hatch), and it opens up more space in the aft deck. There is a yacht carpenter here who does incredible work and has been on board to make one minor repair. He is putting together a prototype cat tree for us of some platforms that will clamp onto a pole in our aft cockpit. If we like it, he’ll build one out of teak. Merry Christmas Ming and Pema! In the meantime, we have purchased a cheapo cat tree for them, but carpeting over cardboard is not the best idea in a salty environment . . . but they are enjoying it.

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We will not be visiting any family for Christmas; it will be just the two of us this year. But we are going to drive over to Naples on 12/27 and spend a belated Christmas with our good friends Kirby and Susan Shoaf, and Jean Woods and Scott Hickey from Milwaukee, who have just built a home there – just around the corner from Kirby and Susan. A good time is sure to be had! We are looking forward to seeing the new home. Here is a pic of Pauline going off to send Christmas packages to the family!

Santa's Helper!

Santa’s Helper!

For New Years Eve, we will be joining 16 other Kadey Krogen’s rafted together in a nearby bay. Some new friends of ours on their 55’boat will serve as the “host” boat for the gathering. This should be a blast! We will be rafting up 3-4 boats on a single anchor and taking our dinghy’s over to the host boat. Pictures from that will be in the next blog. There are 29 Kadey Krogen’s currently in our marina! And more in other surrounding marinas not too far from here. Every Tuesday morning there is a Kadey Krogen breakfast at a local restaurant in Stuart. Recently there have been over 40+ people attending these breakfasts! It really is a family. After the first of the year, boats will start departing for other warm locations. There are a number of people that are heading to the Bahamas. A bit jealous, but we know that it is best for us to stick near the United States this first year. We know things are going to happen on a new boat and want to be close by a full service marina to get them repaired.

But in 2017, our current plan is to head to the Bahamas and then on to the Caribbean. Can’t wait to swim again in that turquoise water again and enjoy the good life down there.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful “Holiday”, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2016 and hope to see some of you somewhere.

Until next time, fair winds and following seas!

Pauline and Mark

“CAT TALES” – The Adventures of Ming and Pema

Santa Paws (Pema)

Santa Paws (Pema)

Santa's Elf (Ming)

Santa’s Elf (Ming)


What can we say furriends, our mom is nuts! She has dressed us up in these goofy Christmas costumes just so she can have a picture. Oh well, I guess we can amuse her for a bit. But we’re not putting up with having them on too long!

We are enjoying our time on board our new home! We find some new spots to hide all the time. Our Mom and Dad will be searching for us and we are playing hide and seek, so of course we must be very quiet and not meow to let them know where we are. Eventually they find us though! Our new favorite place to explore is Dad’s engine room. Wow! Now that’s an exciting place. Plenty of things to hide behind. We don’t know why they don’t like us to be down there. It’s so cool!

What??  It's just the generator.  What's the big deal?

What?? It’s just the generator. What’s the big deal?

We have seen fish jumping out of the water and really big birds flying around too and small boats going by. There are always people coming on board to either do some work or just look at the our pretty new boat. Mom has done a great job of decorating and gets lots of compliments! We’ve explored all of the areas outside on the boat and really like the cat tree that they bought for us! Usually they let us walk around the boat without getting too nervous. If it’s not too windy we like to go on the top deck and sit under the dinghy and look around.

Checking out the dinghy

Checking out the dinghy


Pema

Pema


Yes, I am the Captain!

Yes, I am the Captain!

We’ve been out on the water a couple of times while they practiced anchoring with the new windlass. It was very calm, so we were not bothered at all about being on the move. The engine on this boat is also much more quiet and it doesn’t scare us too much. We hear we’re going out with a lot of people for a big party on New Years Eve. Meow.

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have a Pawsome New Year.

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!  It's the best time of the year!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas! It’s the best time of the year!

Respectfully submitted,

Ming and Pema

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12 thoughts on “Best Christmas Present Ever!

  1. WOW! What a gorgeous boat, or is it a ship? Love the pictures & the cats. They are s-o-o-o cute! Thanks for thinking of us & hope to see you when you come to CO. Merry Christmas & the best ever New Year. Rita & Wes P.S. Do you have a “snail” mail address?

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    • Rita, our snail mail address is: 411 Walnut Street, #10484, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. It is a mail service we are using. We have them forward our mail to wherever we may be every two weeks. Wishing you two a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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  2. Wow. Congrats. Nice to see how the “other half” lives. The nomadic life obviously suits you well. We are well. Still welcome a visit if you are in the Philly area, or on the St. Lawrence. Traveling lots – South Africa twice this year, London, and Croatia, which was a highlight. What a coastline!! You would love it. Have a great holiday. Len

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    • Hi Len! We will certainly let you know when we get up that way. Would love to see you and finally meet your wife! Perhaps when we are up north on the east coast this summer we can try to connect. Mark and I were in Croatia several years ago. Yes, it is a wonderful place. We have never seen water so pristine. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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  3. Great looking vessel! Looks like you have room for more cats. We haven’t found the time to document our new home as well as you have, but we have been enjoying the mobile digs. We need to hook up some time, planning on being in Florida next winter. Merry Christmas and Happy New years from Bob & Penny

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    • Thanks! We are loving it, as much as it sounds like you two are enjoying your time traveling the states. We hope we will be able to connect with you when you come down to Florida next winter. Our plan is to again be in Stuart, FL for part of the winter. But who knows, plans change. Hope you and Penny have a wonderful Christmas in California with your family. So great you can all be together. Also wishing you well in finishing up your chemo. Best wishes for a great 2016.

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