Detour Ahead for Rode Trippers!

I’d never leave you hanging ‘By the Numbers’…and so the story of Rode Trip and Rode Trippers continues!

When we’d paused, Rode Trip had been hauled from the water in Deltaville, VA and had undergone a mini-makeover to prepare her for prospective buyers. We’d set the price just right, and provided a thorough advertisement hoping that we’d not wait long for the right buyer to emerge. Fascinating people come along when you try to sell things. We received some interesting offers for Rode Trip and here are two of my favorites:
1. An email that read simply, “too little, too slow, too deep, too old to enjoy the $ spending.” I’m sorry, were you actually interested in our boat? I just couldn’t tell from your enthusiastic inquiry. And so, I replied, “Everything else about her is perfect!” Our email respondent replied once again with his opinion that we were asking too much money for a slow moving boat accompanied by a low-ball offer. Maybe, he should have been making offers on faster moving boats.
2. A trade was offered; 7.83 acres of land in Virginia. Interesting. We investigated the land and determined that although it was equally priced (a fair trade), the parcel had been on the market for some time and had not sold. For those interested, send us a note because this man was also willing to trade for a motorcycle or a house boat.

While a fresh coat of deck paint was still drying, we received a serious offer from a man in India with whom we’d been corresponding via email. He had a genuine interest in Westsails, and was particularly interested in Rode Trip because she was water ready. Due to the man’s current location in India, he would be unable to view Rode Trip and so we answered many questions that he had regarding the condition of the boat. He didn’t want her to slip away, and we’d had other inquiries, so he made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. Just like that Rode Trip sold! We were very fortunate to have not needed the services of a broker. We completed a Purchase Agreement with our buyer and he provided us a deposit via wire transfer. We established a final closing date that allowed time for him to make travel arrangements from India to the United States. Chapter One of our cruising lifestyle would soon come to an end. In the meanwhile, Brian and I prepared for Chapter Two to begin.

We locked Rode Trip for the last time and said our goodbyes. Then, Brian and I did what so many transitioning, adult children do; returned to our parents (temporarily) in our hometown in Pennsylvania where each set of parents had readied a guest room for us. During the next few weeks we’d visit friends, sort our belongings, tend to medical appointments, and prepare for our next big move!

The End of an Era

We christened our Westsail 32 ‘Rode Trip’ on 23 June 2012 and among family and friends stepped aboard our new home. Our dream had become a reality. We set sail for anywhere, everywhere, somewhere…we’d figure it out!

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It has been 812 days since we shared champagne with Neptune and started our new lifestyle at sea. The day Rode Trip was hauled from the water marked the end of an era for us.

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Thanks, a BIG THANKS, to our parents, to Grandma G., and to Aunt Margaret and Uncle Barry for helping us to move off of Rode Trip. Many hands made light work and the use of vehicles was much appreciated to move our personal belongings from Deltaville, VA back to our storage corner of Grandma’s basement in Honesdale, PA. Throughout the transition, our family made sure we had plenty to eat and comfortable places to sleep.

Rode Trip underwent a mini-makeover at the yard. She’s looking so good I might buy her myself (I’m sure Brian and Bruce can handle the new boat). Rode Trip is ready for a new captain and more adventures!

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Great Boats Travel Alike

Brian and I continued to wait out a blasting northeast wind before moving once again to cross the Albermarle Sound. We’d grown quite fond of our anchorage behind Durant Island; waking when the crabbers came ’round to check their traps, watching the local Ospreys hunt, fishing for our own fresh Blue Crabs for supper, and each night watching the sun fade away behind an untouched, North Carolinian wilderness. We tuned into local radio stations to get a good does of NPR news and stories, hip-hop, and country. We were well connected to the outside world with 4G which enabled us to check emails, chat with family and friends, and do some much needed researching pertaining to outfitting the new Alliage 41 awaiting us in France. We had been moving, moving, moving! In truth, for the moment, we were enjoying our solitude prior to our return to the hustle and bustle of land.

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Solitude is…well…it can become quite lonesome even when sharing it with your spouse (some may argue especially when sharing it with your spouse). And so, on this particular evening as we laid out our supper buffet style in the cockpit, we were quite surprised and excited to see a sailboat in the distance moving toward us. The sight of the sailboat ignited new conversation, “It’s coming straight at us,” “Well, it’s 5:30, must be coming over to anchor,” “We should invite them for drinks,” “What drinks!? We’ve got one beer left in the cupboard!” And so the anticipation for the new arrival built as the sailboat motored closer, and closer, and closer until Brian exclaimed, “That’s a Westsail!”

Sure enough, our new neighbor was another Westsail 32. Once within shouting range we heard a loud, “Helllllooooo Rode Trip! I’m SO excited you are here!” We waved and yelled back, “Hellllloooo! Welcome to our anchorage!” The Captain anchored his Westsail and without delay Brian hopped into our dinghy, which was already in the water, and dinghied over to pick up our new friend for a visit. We welcomed aboard Peter. He is also sailing northbound on s/v Onapua. Peter is just beginning his own adventures and sharing on his website: www.onapua.com

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We invited Peter to join us for dinner. As it turned out plain ‘ol black beans, corn, cheese, and homemade tortillas were a tasty meal after a hard day’s travel! We were honored to learn that Peter has followed our travels by reading our blog and that some of our decisions were helpful to him throughout his own sailing preparations. Brian, Peter, and I swapped sailing stories and talked technical about Westsails. Peter’s enthusiasm for his newfound sailing lifestyle reminded Brian and I why we too love this lifestyle. There is a connectedness here with fellow cruisers and an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us.

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