Storage of Angelique and Homeless…Are we coming back??…#57


If you remember back to our last post over a year ago “Surprise Opportunity & Everything Changes Right in Our Face….#56”  you understand why we put our boating on hold and put Angelique in storage.  I think we also just needed a break from our travels. It helped put our life into perspective and refocus for a while. Covid changed all our lives. We had a year (late 2020 to early 2021) of questioning just about everything. We questioned where do we want live, our home, our adventures, Dan’s startup companies and the overall life we wanted. The good thing is was had choices!!

A small recap on why we took a break.

1) Covid…..Isn’t everything we do in today’s world wrapped around Covid? In March of 2020 when the world changed forever our boat was in Jamaica and all the islands closed around us. We started to feel a bit paranoid and quickly headed to Florida on our longest ever trip and by ourselves… 4 days and nights. See our trip and how it went HERE… “Leaving Jamaica during the pandemic…#42″ The Islands (Bahama and Caribbean) still had strict guidelines for travel. We wanted our trip to be less complicated, so waiting felt right.

2) Dan had agreed to help a startup “Wildfire Alliance” get off the ground and we thought he could stay focused on that better if we went home for a while.

3) Our Daughter and her husband had just bought a house and they were moving out of our house that they rented for almost 3 years. Our son in Washington had just bought a house too and both our parents were in need of some assistance and quality time spent with us.

Our decision felt right in mid 2021 to go back to our house and unpack all our stuff and have a home again….for a while. So, we decided to pack up our boat and prepare Angelique for some unattended storage. We didn’t really know then how long we would leave her. We assumed that it would be about a year or so. At the time we made this decision we were in Florida. We knew we needed to head to Virginia to leave her in a “safe from hurricane” zone. We picked the “Atlantic Yacht Basin Marina” in Chesapeake VA for a safe and a little less expensive storage. The planning then began.

From February to June of 2021, Dan and I started the packing up Angelique for the long storage:

My mind was on all the food & our soft goods storage. I didn’t want the bedding, pillows, towels, clothes, etc. to get musty or moldy when we left. I figured I would buy about 20 or so extra-large storage bags and pack everything up with some small packets of Silica gel moisture absorbers to help keep everything safe. If you have ever owned a boat before and left your belongings in a closed-up boat with little air circulation, you know what I’m talking about. It happens quickly that musty smell. I wasn’t willing to come back to my bedding smelling bad. We also had planned to use two dehumidifiers to help keep the moisture at bay. BUT…with no one aboard, I wanted to be sure.

During this time we worked hard to get through most of our food to minimize any breakage or leakage while we were gone.

Have you ever seen tin cans and pop cans rust and leak? You never want to, believe me!!

The food would just sit, get old or attract bugs etc. The only refrigeration that was going to remain “on” was the very small drink sized fridge on the back deck, if it didn’t fit in there it was getting eaten or tossed out. We also shut down the chest freezer on the fly bridge…..okay she (chest freezer) rusted out and we had no choice but to haul her off and trash her. This was a good time to accomplish that. All my spices and baking items were sealed in freezer bags and then inside an airtight plastic bin. They stay much better in sealed bags and bins and keep most bugs out. We were doing all this while we were planing our trip up north.

When June hit we were ready to head north and invited our friends Ken and Cheryl to join us. Our friends had never been up the ICW and were looking forward to it. We only had two weeks to make the trip and we hustled up the coast. We did do a couple good stops along the way. Some of the normal stops like St Augustine and Charleston but we did a new one. Stopping at the fish market along the ICW. (R.E. Mayo Seafood, Hobucken NC) You can just pull up to the docks with your boat and buy seafood. Ken came back to the boat with 3+ lbs. of shrimp. We had a couple good dinners and appetizers with all the shrimp.

When we arrived in Virginia at the Atlantic Yacht Basin Marina, we found out that the marina was putting us in covered moorage. This marina has been so great and knew we were going to stay a while and didn’t want us out on their main dock, so they put us back in the covered marina. We felt so lucky to be under a roof which allowed for more protection from the snow in the winter and the sun in the summer.

As we finalized our packing of Angelique we pulling in all cushions and pillows off our front and back decks and moved anything of value inside. Made sure everything was covered as much as possible. The Salon (living room) was a pile of stuff from all over the boat. But it would be safe, dry and stay clean. Dan worked on winterizing the boat, sealing off the engine room to keep the cold out, closing all the sea cocks (sea strainers) to prevent water coming in unintentionally. We reduced the freshwater tank levels, added additional mooring lines on both sides to hold us in case of bad winds/storms should come. Added blink cameras around boat and at the helm to give us monitoring ability of the bilge counts, or any inverter and shore power issues that may occur while we were gone.

We finished our last close-up items and left her. Dan would be the only one that would return during the next year. He would fly back every 3-4 months for 5-7 day stay. He would work on watering batteries, serviced fuel filters, updated software in inverter, main engine oil and filter changes and washed the boat from all the bird poo along with other maintenance items.

When we arrived back to our home in Portland Oregon, our kids had moved out of the house, and we started unpacking our stuff into the house. Dan worked on his start up and I worked on projects on the house. (after unpacking everything) I did some small projects with paint, a couple of  stenciling projects. We also totally redid the Laundry room.

We enjoyed our time home with all our family and friends. But during this time, we had many conversations about what are we going to do next?

When will we go back to the boat or will we? Maybe we should sell her? Are we done cruising?

This was not too hard of a conversation. We really wanted to travel to the places we missed because of Covid, Bahamas and Caribbean. We felt like we weren’t done yet. But we needed to find a way to keep the financial part not such a big hit on us.

Should we sell our house?

We really didn’t want to leave the house empty, plus it cost a lot more without someone renting it. Could we find renters that we trust? It would have to be someone we knew. The house is so beautiful and has some unique architectural details that couldn’t be replaced if ruined. Should we sell her to someone that would love her like we did? We had so many questions and very few answers at that time. But we just kept processing it and thinking about it and tossing around the options. We finally concluded that we should sell the house and be homeless for a while.

I went into full blown packing, selling, and donating our belongings . We have sold houses before, and I know how to stage for a good viewing for a strong sale. We did do two storage units but not much furniture was saved. The house went on the market mid-April of 2022. We had a few offers within 3 day, we picked one and she sold in 3 weeks. We were able to rent back from the new owners and moved out of our house by mid-June. (one year after moving back in) After finalizing all the selling, giving away, and packing up efforts. Yes, we were now house-less, living on Angelique.

How much packing and unpacking can one person do in a year? Apparently, a lot!!

When we finally got back to Angelique we both knew she had done well. I started unpacking, opening her back up and cleaning up. During our first few days aboard Dan got Covid and it halted a lot of the projects. I spent the next week helping Dan recover. I was careful and continued to test negative.

One thing that Dan could work on while he as down besides watch videos and listen to books on-line was our project list…. And BOY OH BOY what an extensive list!!!

See all the upgrades in our next blog. Some pretty cool upgrades were needed & wanted, including a haul out.

We appreciate you being patient with us while we took a break and hope you will follow us again with our adventures.


Surprise Opportunity & Everything Changes Right in Our Face….#56

It has been an emotional roller coaster over the last few months. In early November when we were in Virginia, just before we departed to head south, we had one of Dan’s long time Navy buddies Chris and his wife Linda over for the weekend. Chris told Dan about an opportunity that could change our lives. It was a startup company that was looking for a leader to help get it going. Dan and I talked about this for a few weeks, as we cruised to Florida, Dan also talked to the current leadership team and we both felt this was way too good to pass up. He would be doing something great and help those in need and that was huge! He was extremely excited to be a part of the ownership, COO and President of Wildfire Alliance. BUT this would require us to make some decisions about our life on the water. (More about the startup opportunity below)

Center Channel Marker – Decision Point!

We had many choices to think about…..

  • We could stay on our boat and Dan could work from wherever we were located… which would be an awesome and ideal situation. We would be able to be in warmer locations and continue to enjoy our life aboard Angelique. The drawback is being able to have consistent and strong internet services in marinas, which is sometimes iffy. He would need to have Zoom meetings without interruption, restricting my movement inside the boat while that was happening would be tough on me. This would also limit our ability to move to other locations, except for weekends, which would be tough even on weekends as things picked up. We would need to be assured that we would have strong internet services before arriving someplace new. Some marinas are far from town and without a car it would be difficult for me to keep busy and not get bored all day long.
  • COVID-19 Virus has put an additional complication to our travels to other countries and limited our ability to see all that we wanted to see in any location including in Bahamas, US and British Virgin Islands or any other islands that we would like to see. If we wait a year or so we hoped the restrictions would let up a bit.
  • Our parents were getting older and while we were home for Christmas my Mother took a nasty fall, hitting her head. She had 9 stitches and a pretty black and blue face. Dan’s Father had an episode where he was struggling to move his arms and legs and was in intense pain. This required Dan to drive to Bend Oregon and spend 10+ days with him taking him to hospital, determining diagnosis and arranging for after care once Dan left.
  • After being gone from Portland for 2.5 years, 2 of our 4 kids were buying houses and they were asking us to help them with projects and stuff. I also wanted to spend some time in our house updating and doing a few projects.

Our decision was made… we were moving home to Portland Oregon to our house again. Where Dan could work with good internet and I would have plenty to keep me busy too. My daughter and Son-in-Law have been renting our home and were moving out in March to their newly purchased home. We didn’t plan on finding any other renters, which added a bit more cost to our base budget. So this solved that issue too. Now find a safe & affordable place for Angelique for a year or so.

We started the planning months ago when we knew the startup was really happening. We had made the decision to put Angelique on the hard in a shipyard in Florida and drive home. Yes, Road trip extravaganza!!! We wanted to take stuff off of the boat and bring home with us so a road trip was determined the best solution and a fun adventure. We didn’t want to stop cruising and hope sometime in the next 12-ish months we would be back on our beloved yacht going to exotic locations again.

I was particularly excited about the road trip and had started planning in January what route we would take, where we would stop and how long it would take us. I found a blog site from a guy that talked about their trip from Florida to Oregon, they were moving the whole family. The part I liked the best was this program that allowed anyone to customize the route along the way. If you are doing a road trip, check it out! Furkot –> Trip Planning  

But like everything in our life, we needed to be GUMBY FLEXIBLE!!!! Because unexpected change would hit us hard again!

We had identified the boatyard near Stuart Florida that was big enough to lift us and also store us for a while and had talked to them a couple times. But when we called to get the final paperwork completed, they had changed their minds and said they are doing some construction and needed the space for that. They would not be taking us. So here we sat on Angelique in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida at Telemar Bay Marina with no plans. Disappointed was a very generic term for how we felt, we were pissed off and devastated. We spent 2 days looking for another shipyard that would be big enough to handle our big boat but not be a super expensive storage and we finally found one. Next Dan called our insurance company and somehow there was some miscommunications from our last conversation (change), months ago, with them and the cost would be more than double to leave her Florida (even on the hard) …. NOT what we were expecting. Another hit to the stomach. Now we were questioning everything we were doing… where, when, how, why… all of it!!!

Dan woke up the next morning and he was not feeling good, he was a bit stressed out about all the choices, options, and cost. He started putting together an excel spreadsheet to analyze all the costs with; in the water, out of the water, move north past Cape Hatteras, not move, etc etc….  There were just too many decisions. Driving home was also up in the air. As we were talking about all the choices, we realized any and all of our choices/decisions were up for consideration for change. It was a tough couple of days. Way too much ambiguity.

Once Dan got all the options and cost put on a sheet and we started to analyze them. Our options were;

      1. Stay in FL in the water
      2. Stay in FL on the hard
      3. Stay in FL until June/July and then move north
      4. Move north now
      5. Drive or fly home

They all had a different cost and actions needed from us. The Cheapest option was to move north now and hit Norfolk where we were this summer. The insurance and marina cost were the cheapest we have had. Maybe the shipyards would be too but hadn’t checked on that. It is freezing cold up north in February and the ocean isn’t always as kind either. We really didn’t want to do that choice and looked at the second cheapest option. Leaving her in Florida for a few months and head back to Norfolk this summer when the weather is nicer and maybe we would get to enjoy our trip rather than pushing it to just get her there. The option we picked was this one…We would leave her in the water at Telemar Bay Marina until June/July and then take her up north.

Now do we drive home or not. When I looked at the ticket prices, they were cheep! $100-ish for a one way ticket. That kinda sealed that deal. When we were planning on putting her on land for a year or so, we were going to empty Angelique out of our personal items and drive across country. But with us leaving her in the water we didn’t need to do that like we had first thought about doing. With her in the water if we get some time for a break, we can come use her and see some sights up north that we didn’t see last time. We are always trying to find the Lemonade here!!!

Well, Dan’s start up opportunity seems like a good bit of lemonade…So, here is a bit about Dan’s new opportunity… will provide a service to spray a season long, safe, fire retardant next to homes and buildings. This will be in wildfire risk areas and will prevent wind blown embers from igniting the plants and materials next to the building, which is what takes down over 1/2 of the homes in wildfires. They will also certify it and maintain it for the customer insurance companies, which should save premiums or provide the service for free to customers. It should even help people be able to get their properties insured. It looks like they will save both lives and property in wildfire risk areas, and make good money for themselves and their investors along the way. Dan is happy to address startup investment email inquires to

I will keep our blog site going with interesting thoughts, ideas, and how the company is doing & our stay at home. You will know first about any of our future cruising!

Stay Tuned! We will try and not disappoint you!

Cheers with a big glass of lemonade!

Dan and Angela


Smoke on the Water with Manatees and Rockets….#55

We were still concerned about our temporary fix with the transmission gear (“Loss of Starboard Transmission Controls”) as we left Charleston SC, but Dan was going to keep a good eye on it and our parts would be in Florida when we arrived, thanks to our good friends Chris and Gina who received the shipment for us at their home.

Our first stop on the way to Satellite Beach, Florida was going to be a northern Florida marina in Jacksonville. But to do that run from South Carolina we needed to head out into the ocean for an overnighter, skipping Georgia totally. We had waited for good calm weather window and were ready to head out. We hadn’t done an overnighter in months but this allowed us to make good time, longer jump and use autopilot, doing our rotation watch throughout the night and arrive in Jacksonville Florida early in the morning.

“Just an FYI… we are not able to use our autopilot while on the ICW. It is just too many turns and twists and things to watch out for”

Leaving Charleston, we passed a fishing boat with the typical harem (flock of birds) following for their next feast of fish. As the fishing boats clean their catch of the day, the remains are tossed over for birds’ meal of the day. Our ocean run was perfectly calm for about 70% of the run, the first part of our journey was a little rough…. rough enough for us to be a bit more attentive to the water. We always wear, apply a Scopolamine Patch behind our ear to help with motion sickness and they seem to work pretty good. We cut them in half and share one. There has been talk from others on some boating sites about cutting them might not be the best…but they work fine for us and we keep doing it.  Our overnight trip went just fine with a beautiful full moon to light the way. We arrived at Morningstar Marina in Jacksonville FL early that next morning. We stayed one night and headed down the ICW to St. Augustine FL the next morning.

We really enjoyed our stop in St. Augustine FL last time on our way up north. The marina was a bit expensive, so we decided to anchor out for a few days. We were planning on going ashore with our dinghy to see the town again, but the wind and waves just didn’t calm down. We were also planning on having our friend Chris from Satellite Beach join us. But they were in process of making an offer on a house and he couldn’t join us. We anchored in the ICW in Tolomato River just north of the “Francis and Mary Usina Bridge” which is Hwy A1A. We were on the east side of the river and on the west side was a huge dredging operation with large pipes that floated around and were being moved by the dredger & tugboats. It was fun watching the work from where we were anchored. We also had some extremely cold weather and would wake up to the windows being steamed up and “smoke on the water”. We stayed anchored out for 3 nights.

Our next stop was another anchorage where we stopped on our way north, Titusville near Cape Canaveral. We had hoped to see a rocket launch while we were anchored out and waited for it, BUT just like last time (We Missed the Rocket Launch…#49) it was canceled. We had a bit more hope that we could watch it from land as were headed into Telemar marina approx 15 miles from Cape Canaveral We would head to the viewing park the next day to see the launch from there. As you can see from the map, the far-right red oval is the rocket launch pad area. The top red “X’ is where we had anchored and the bottom “X” is where the park is. Not only did we get to see the rocket this time but have been able to see multiple launches from our marina. One in particular was a launch at night…. what a view.

We are very happy with the Telemar Marina. It is a very small but well-placed marina off the ICW in the small town of Indian Harbor. We planned for this Marina for a couple of reasons. We have friends, Chris and Gina that lived nearby and they so graciously loan us a vehicle so we can go do a few things. This marina is nice because it is tucked away from all the ICW traffic with the point of Merritt Island protecting it. There are no wakes or tides to worry about with a local park at the far end of the marina. Crew teams practicing regularly rowing past us on their way out. I absolutely love my walks and bike rides along the S. Tropical Trail on Merritt Island. The sights and nature are absolutely amazing along this road. I feel blessed every time I walk this way… which is almost daily.

Being in this safe marina also allowed Dan to make his fix to the transmission controls. The parts were waiting for him when we got into Satellite Beach and Dan quickly made the fix and we are now safe…. until the next broken item is found… hahaha

One day we took the truck and headed to a local spot where manatees are known to hang out. It was a fun outing watching these gentle giants slowly move around.

We had tickets to fly to Portland Oregon over the holiday to visit our family members. Being that everything is so tight with the Covid restrictions. We did not have a big family gathering this year. It was hard, but we are grateful that everyone is safe and healthy. We also decided not to give gifts this year and did an “adopt a family” locally in Portland. It was awesome buying gift for a family in need and we all were very grateful for our blessing.

We hope you all had fabulous holiday season with a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from Dan and Angela on Angelique.

Stay healthy and happy!


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