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Operation offshore

On our first date, Tim said, “You know I’m moving to San Diego, right?” To which Gretchen replied, “I have a laptop.” It didn’t take long for us to recognize that we both had sailing dreams that were bigger than racing small boats on Lake Michigan. Tim wanted to live aboard and Gretchen wanted to cross the Pacific under sail.

Fast forward nine months and our dream was born. We began shopping for a boat that was in budget and could take us offshore. We found Felicità and sailed her as much as we could while I was back and forth between Chicago and San Diego.

Fast forward 13 more months… got hitched and figured out how we were going to relocate Gretchen (and her business!) to San Diego. In addition, we created a very long refit projects punch list and a budget that we’re about 50% confident is big enough to cover it.

Fast forward another 8 months and we moved Gretchen, Ocho, and her business across the country… in the middle of a pandemic. And that’s when we really got down to business getting ourselves and our boat ready to shove off. The official start of “Operation Offshore.”

Follow us here as we refit the boat, shake down our fixes, learn what we’re sure are going to be a million lessons, consume a cocktail or two, and, if all goes as planned… point our bow toward the western horizon when Tim retires.

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The refit projects continue! Sails, new topping lift, cutter conversion complete.🔹 New episode up on YouTube. Link in bio. 🔹 #vitaminsea #yacht #yachting #bluewatersailing #offshore #oceanlife #saltyvibes #offshoresailing #sailingadventure #gntsailing #boatlife #sailinglife #sailinginstagram #sailstagram #oceanlover #oceanlife #sailing #boatlife #simplelife #digitalnomad #liveaboard #sail #sailingcouple #mothermotherocean #catalina42 #northsails #precisionsails
We get two critical path projects done including installing our @hydrovane and converting to a cutter. 🔹 Link in bio 🔹 #vitaminsea #yacht #yachting #bluewatersailing #offshore #oceanlife #saltyvibes #offshoresailing #sailingadventure #gntsailing #boatlife #sailinglife #sailinginstagram #sailstagram #oceanlover #oceanlife #sailing #sail #sailingcouple #catalina42 #hydrovane #selfsteering #cutterrig
It’s official! We cast off the lines on Oct. 31 as part of the #bajahaha cruisers rally. The date is set. The fee is paid. Just a few more projects to go! Mexico or bust. 😎
It’s not the ocean and I’m not sitting on a sailboat, but having our land based home on this bend of the gentle Eagle River ain’t half bad. 🔹 Happy Friday y’all! 🔹 Tim’s been working hard on the boat back in CA, while I recover from Covid. I’ll be back to the Pacific next month. ⛵️☀️
We had an amazing weekend with our first official guests aboard Felicità as full-time live aboards. 🔹 The sailing was awesome, the food was delicious, the drinks were cold, the euchre was competitive, and the laughs were the kind that make your cheeks hurt. 😎☀️♥️
Six hours of champagne sailing today. 17-22 knots 👏all 👏 stinkin’ 👏 day. ⛵️🥂 #sailing #catalina42mkii #sailingcouple #sail
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