Wow, it has been a very long time since we posted. Truthfully, I really didn’t want to bore everybody with the never ending list of boat projects Roxanne and I were tackling. Changing pumps and fixing engines just isn’t that exciting.
We knew when we bought this boat that we had a long hard road ahead of us. And for the last two years we have put a lot of work, and money, into Latitude. Though she isn’t finished and probably won’t be for another couple of years, she is 90-95% done and ready to cruise. The remaining tasks are primarily cosmetic like new cushions for the fly bridge and sanding the teak rails.
We have departed our permanent boat slip in Beau Chene Marina and we are currently on the Madisonville riverfront. We’ll spend the next couple of day provisioning the boat and by this weekend we’ll travel to Slidell and then onto Gulfport MS. After few days there we’ll travel to the Wharf in Alabama where we’ll hang out until the Jimmy Buffett concert in late April.
We’ll then slowly work our way down the Florida coastline and plan to arrive in the Keys by this fall. We plan to stay there during the winter and by next spring we’ll visit the Bahamas.
It’s very exciting to be heading out cruising again. At our home port here in Mandeville we sort of know what to expect from life on a daily basis. But cruising opens our lives up to a daily buffet of new experiences and we often don’t know what to expect from the coming days.