We left California a year ago, with the goal to find our boat. We searched-searched-searched and finally found her in Port Charlotte, FL! Introducing “Un’Me” (pronounced You and Me, perfect huh?). She is a 1976 41ft Islander Freeport ketch. She has a center cockpit, a king bed aft cabin, full keel, 5ft draft, 14ft beam, 1 head with shower, a rebuilt Ford Lehman diesel engine, 20gph water maker, auto pilot, GPS, electric windless, roller furling, Bimini, good sails, generator, 200 gallon water capacity, and a 200 gallon fuel capacity. She has a water heater, propane tanks, dingy davits, dingy with outboard motor, bbq, 3 anchors, tv, radios, battery charger, solar panels, refrigerator, freezer, stove/oven, microwave, deep double sink, plates, silverware, cookware, fishing poles, scuba gear, power tools, extra hoses and parts, manuals, charts, cruising books and we’re still finding more every day. With all that being said, she needs LOTS of cosmetic TLC, maintenance and I’ve never cleaned up more rat shit, rat piss and rat hair in my life.
The owners, a blue water cruising couple sailed her for 30 years, unfortunately the wife got cancer (ironic) and passed. The husband now has either Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s disease, the doctors are unsure. As crazy, frustrating and exhausting – physically and mentally, as the week was in purchasing our new beauty, we want to thank this wonderful couple who loved this boat as much as we do. We’re making her our home and feel blessed to have found exactly what we were looking for.
We took her out on my birthday as our maiden voyage and were elated to leave and truly start our journey, only to get grounded/stuck outside the locks in low tide. So begins our lives ruled by the tides. A wonderful couple stopped and helped us, we reentered the locks backwards, frustrated we debated our next move. This amazing couple, D&D, invited us over for pool time, drinks and dinner only to be 6 houses away and down the canal from exactly where we were. We ended up tying up where we had just left 6 hours prior, uggghhh. We pooled, we drank, we laughed, we feasted on salmon, steak, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, a beautiful salad and they had no idea how special they were making my birthday. We were definitely meant to meet them.
The next morning we had some battery issues and poor David had to crawl into the engine compartment again after spending the past 8 days, all day in there. We tried to leave again at high tide, made it through the locks and after a long 9 hour trek through Gasparilla Sound/Charlotte Harbor and up the ICW, we finally made it to our new home Cape Haze Marina…Hallelujah! Thank you again David for your wonderful hard work in getting us up, running and solid – You’re Amazing!
So here’s to chasing crazy dreams, heart’s desires, not giving up, sticking to your goal plan, showing appreciation, lending a helping hand, meeting new friends, going with the flow, sharing and loving. My heart is full and overflowing. Oh yeah, then I got a job at the marina!
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Cheers Friends! Life is Beautiful! Aloha!
Janell, David and Makana Lawrence