We’ve got a new motto this week: “When life give you lemons, F#@! the lemons and bail!” (From Forgetting Sarah Marshall – a comedy that is near and dear to our hearts.)
Once again a change in tack for Rode Trip. We’ve done all we can to acquire appropriate third-party liability insurance in order to travel into the Mediterranean, and the fact of the matter is we just can’t get insured. At least not affordably; not from our current location in Bermuda. We’ve conferred with cruisers and landlubbers alike to search for loopholes. As I shared in an earlier post it seems that the foreign companies won’t cover a USA Documented vessel. We’ve used a Bermuda address for our mooring location. We’ve even pondered documenting the boat in Bermuda, but that is a lot of hoops considering we’re newly renewed in the USA for this upcoming year. USA companies won’t provide third-party liability only, they want to delve out full coverage policies (pricey policies) and they want an out of water survey within this year to identify exactly what they are insuring. We’ve had responses from companies, USA and foreign, that simply won’t entertain coverage because of the age of our boat (it seems to me that our 38-year-old Rode Trip has still got spunk). Yes, we’ve even had a few recommendations to just fake it and create our own proof of coverage form. Not a bright idea since we can’t afford a 2.5 million dollar Italian mega yacht right now.
So we were bummed, initially, to not travel to all the wonderful places we’d just researched. And we were bummed, initially, to not spend the winter with some very good cruising friends who have already splashed into the Mediterranean Sea. However, we have to figure out what works best for us; and given several factors (finances and hurricane season being dominant) we’ve decided to spend our summer in…drum roll please…MAINE. So rather than being bummed, although we are still tossing those lemons, we’re happy to be nearer our family and friends for the summer and we know there are many many places in Maine to explore.
Our voyage into the Atlantic Ocean has proven one thing: the world is smaller than it seems and offers endless opportunity. We’re thrilled to continue our cruising lifestyle! We set sail today with the intent to land in Mt. Desert Island, Bar Harbor, Maine. Keep an eye on our voyage; we’re still accepting reservations…this time a bit closer to home.