We realized our dream to become full-time cruisers, made friends and co-workers envious while sprinkling inspiration amongst same.
We are Russ and Lori, who traded in our land-based life for life aboard our 41’ Maine Cat catamaran, s/v Ortolan. Our dearly loved home went on the market March 2010 and sold April 2011. Every means possible was used to lighten our load of worldly possessions: tag sales (met some wonderful people, including the first owner of our house), craigslist, donating, consignment, dumpster and what remained that we didn’t take with us, got stuffed into a 10×10 climate controlled storage unit.
Our first cruise south along the AICW began Oct 10, 2010. Our journey took us west to the Dry Tortugas and as far north as Sarasota on Florida’s west coast. Our second year, as well as the third and fourth, took us back down the AICW with a hop over to the Bahamas where we saw for ourselves that the Bahamas are better! Summers were spent either on a marina dock or on a mooring ball, mostly in Deep River, CT
Many have joined us vicariously on our cruising adventures.
And then the wind shifted; our new home became a land boat, aka a motorhome called m/h Annie. We picked her up in VA on Sept 8, 2014 and spent two months in CT getting her spiffed up and ready to travel south for the winter. Off to Florida- where else would we go the first year!?? 🙂
Uh oh- Sept 2015 and Annie is being replaced by a 2006 PDQ34 power cat we’ve named Twin Sisters. Our reliable land cruiser served us well, but just couldn’t compete with the call of the sea… “Russ, come back, come back….” And as of Jan 2022 we remain full-time cruisers.
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