“There’s still so much to be done.” – Jimmy Buffett (Last Mango in Paris)
Truthfully, it started back in 2002. Living in Boston, about to graduate MIT, and facing a sad job market with few prospects, we decided to head south. With one full semester’s wages as a down payment, we purchased a 1967 Cheoy Lee Offshore 31 Ketch named “Mi Luv.” Having basically thrown a dart at the map, we decided to move her to Bradenton Beach, Florida. We departed the mooring at Dinner Key in Miami, immediately ran aground, dropped back, hired a captain, and eventually made it around Florida.
We lived aboard our beautiful ketch for nearly two years, surviving four hurricanes in six weeks in the summer of 2004. Working full time, we gave our old girl as much love and attention as we could afford, but certainly not as much as she deserved. Once we’d moved her up to the coast of North Carolina and ourselves several hours inland, it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to keep up an old boat of that size. So sadly, we sold her, but happily, we bought a 1972 Tanzer 16 that has made for a good deal of fun sailing on the lakes of central NC.
Then 2020 arrived. We’d talked for years about wanting another “yacht” – sorry little Tanzer, but I missed nights at anchor. Not being able to go anywhere other than our own house for months, well, that just accelerated our plans. We signed the form and secured a build slot with Island Packet in June of 2020, one month after my cancelled 40th Birthday trip to the Bahamas. Construction started October 2nd.
Andros Island, we’ll see you in the future. Hold on to my deposit.