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This post has been a LONG time coming, and though most of you already know from Facebook, but WE BOUGHT A BOAT!!

Introducing Aquila, a Beneteau 393, 40 foot sailing yacht with a forward Pullman berth and shower/head, and queen sized aft berth with an additional shower/head. She has a full galley to port and a spacious living area and tons of storage.

And though Aquila is her name for now, we have already filed our USCG paperwork to change the name to something that’s closer to our hearts and exemplifies how our lives have matured to the place we are now. I’ll give you a hint, it’s about changing one’s life priorities and perspectives to things more meaningful and adventurous.

Can you tell we’re excited? We closed on her a week ago today and have been in a mad scramble to order provisions for the galley and safety gear like inflatable PFDs with harnesses and tethers to keep us aboard during the passage to bring her home. We’ve also been coordinating a few minor repairs that were found during the survey: VHF radio needs replacing, one of the starboard shrouds needs replacing because the swage at the top of the mast had a small crack in it, new anchor light on the mast, new starting battery for the motor, and a few other little things. We’re also having the fuel tanks emptied, polish the fuel, clean the tanks, and fill them back up.

The plan, so far, is to rent a small SUV next weekend, load it up with our belongings, and drive down to St. Pete and spend our first night aboard Aquila while we prepare her for the passage home later that week. Weather permitting, we’re going to set sail for a 3 to 4 day passage home on March 15th. We’ve hired a captain to help us out. While Shelly and I feel confident in our sailing experience, we are also smart enough to understand that a 400 mile passage in the open sea 100 miles off shore is far more serious than the day sailing we’ve been doing for the past few years and getting ourselves and the boat home safe is the most important thing.

In the mean time, we’re getting our passage meal list together, scrubbing the new nesting cookware, music playlists, packing, pricing out jerry cans for extra fuel, lining up a rental car, and sooo much more.

Please feel free drop in any questions or comments below! We love to talk boat!