Lifestyle Change


It was difficult to leave.  I poked around, checking Odyssey, making sure everything was all right.  Outside a Carolina Wren chirped its merry song from a nearby bush.  Aboard Odyssey the morning sun added a bit of sparkle to her interior.  I kept finding little things to do, excuses to stay just a bit longer, soaking up the feeling of being aboard, enjoying memories surfacing of prior days and events aboard.

Finally I pulled myself back to the present and took on one last sad task.  Slowly I furled Odyssey’s flag, a well-practiced task, now unusually difficult because of a lump in my throat and tear stained eyes.  It was time to leave.  It would be difficult, but I knew the next time I was aboard, Odyssey would be different, jut a nice interesting boat owned by someone else.  Our Odyssey would be forever locked away as a series of memories, blog entries and photos to be enjoyed as they surfaced.

I took a few minutes to take one last picture of the transition, Odyssey and the Trek together for the last time.  Then it was time to leave, drive out past the brilliant azalea bush– a wonderful hint of the land-based beauty we enjoy.  It was time to move past the hurt of leaving our boating lifestyle and the vessel that made it possible and to move on to new adventures.

We’d reluctantly decided to put Odyssey on the market after years of discussion.  The love of being aboard, on the water, traveling, finding new anchorages and places to explore had slowly been offset by reality that we were changing, and compensating for age and changing abilities by doing less and less of what we loved.  It was time to move on and find new adventures within our capabilities.

Talking with friends who had sold their boats and tracking selling prices on boats for sale provided a feel of the market.  Most boats like ours were taking a year or longer to sell.  Former owners suggested having a comprehensive list of notes to work from so the occasional questions about items not in the sales listing could be easily answered.   Finally we put together two plans. First I set up a comprehensive for sale web site showcasing Odyssey’s details and unique features making her ideal for cruising and at the same time allowing the potential buyer, dreaming about ownership the opportunity to explore in detail and discover the answer to questions they might ask.

With the web site started, we set up our cruising plan for the next year.  We would attempt for part of the year to sell her ourselves while we explored.  We made arrangements for storage on the hard during hurricane season with a broker working on selling her while we were ashore.

We were ready with firm plans for the next nine months.  We turned on the web site and set off traveling up the Potomac to spend April in Washington, DC enjoying spring as the first leg of our plan.

We’ve always cautioned our friends that our plans are always subject to change and change they did.   Almost immediately we had inquiries.  The first caller visited, look around, commented that he didn’t need to take pictures because the web site was so comprehensive and then said they wanted to buy Odyssey.  That was our first shock.  The second shock came instantly as a complete surprise to both of us.  Neither of us could respond immediately because of the lumps in our throats.  We hadn’t anticipated our emotions would get in the way when faced with an offer that meant we would turn Odyssey over to someone else.  Finally we managed to say yes.

Odyssey passed her survey with just a few minor items to correct and we worked our way through the emotional shock of selling her.   With the sale completed we rode Ron and Linda Jones across the Chesapeake from Deltaville to Taylor Creek.  Ron and Linda provided us one last adventure aboard as they worked Odyssey into the shallow creek waters to tie up.  She’s in good hands and soon will have a new name and adventures as Ron and Marry prepare to retire and start exploring.

We’ve moved on, our Coastline Cruising adventure (for now) is complete.  Now we live aboard our Safari Trek RV full time.  This summer we are full time volunteers at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuse in NY and get a RV site in exchange for our work effort.  Future posts will provide a glimpse of our lifestyle change.

That’s all for now,

Don and Ruth



3 Responses to “Lifestyle Change”

  1. Tim & Michell Smith Says:

    Well, Don & Ruth, we had some wonder times with you. Moored stern to stern in Annapolis was great. Playing tag with the Shell y T and Odyssey as we covered much of the same waters; A1A Brewery in St. Augustine where we had a mini-rendezvoux with Ammy Boo; sharing meals and wine abourd both of our boats. It was great.

    Best of luck on your future adventures.

    Tim & Michelle Smith
    Shell y T
    (currently moored in Bellingham, WA and available for charter with San Juan Yachts)

  2. Bobbie Hanna Says:

    Don & Ruth – We are very happy for you, but yet quite sad. We know how hard it must be to give up the boating lifestyle. Please feel free to stop in any time and visit. Remember we even have space to park the Trek! John & Bobbie Hanna

  3. Martha Says:

    Don, well written and sincerely felt, indeed. We will lift a glass or two when we see you. Mike and Martha

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