Aug 22, 2014

a bittersweet goodbye


After five months of being back on land, the time has come to say goodbye to our trusty sailboat, Winbrandt. When we first returned from our sailing trip, we envisioned keeping her, returning her to New Bern and maybe even taking her up to the Chesapeake Bay. It was hard to part with her after five months of living aboard, and we couldn't really foresee selling her anytime soon. However, as time passed and we started getting settled back into life on land, our perspective began to change. The idea of maintaining a sailboat that is kept six hours away began to feel like more of a burden. Riley especially, had this constant worry hanging over his head, and issues like hurricanes certainly weren't helping. It was also becoming clear that keeping a sailboat at a marina six hours away was a financially irresponsible decision for us to be making in light of the monthly slip fee and the cost of visiting even only once or twice a month.

On the bright side, we are really enjoying our new life back on land! We find ourselves wanting to spend our weekends here in this city, instead of traveling back and forth to the boat. So, when we received an offer after only having her listed on Craigslist for three weeks, we were able to recognize it as a blessing. Of course, after the deal was finalized, I did shed a few tears!

December 2012: Washington, NC
Riley, the proud owner of a new old boat.
Winbrandt, all fixed up and ready to go.
October 20, 2013: New Bern, NC
Getting ready to set sail on the first day of our adventure!
December 21, 2013: Somewhere in the Keys
 Riley, living the dream.
March 1, 2013: Southport, NC
The last day of our great sailing adventure.


Winbrandt was truly a good boat and she gave us the adventure of a lifetime. The time that we spent fixing her up and sailing her down the coast is something that we will never forget. We feel so fortunate to have been able to see this dream through to the end. Winbrandt helped us to accomplish exactly what we hoped to, and I think that is what gave us enough closure to be able to let her go. I only hope that she will continue to make dreams come true wherever she finds herself next.

10 comments:

  1. Awww, this was so sweet! What a great story and it's nice that she...he? can travel on to fulfill someone else's adventure!

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  2. What a sweet tribute! I'm glad you found a buyer and have such a great attitude about passing her on :)

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  3. Is it completely ridiculous that I don't get too emotional about pets, but this tribute to your boat is just the sweetest! Farewell, Winbrandt. What a good little boat.

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    1. Thanks. :) I certainly got a little emotional while writing it! She really was a good little boat. We couldn't have asked for a much better experience.

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  4. Awe I may have just shed a tear reading this! I hope the new owners are able to take wonderful adventures with her just like you three did!!!!

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  5. Aw, sad day! But what a great adventure to have had the chance to undertake with her!

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  6. i just started following you when you were right in the middle of your adventures. this is truly great, but bittersweet news! best of luck to you now on land :) maybe you'll find yourselves back to sea one day. but think of all the things you have learned! that's the most valuable part!

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    1. Thank you! I don't think we're completely done with sailing, but it had consumed so much of our lives for the last two years, it is kind of nice to move on and do something different for the next little while! But still, it is bittersweet. :)

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  7. Oh my, I know it was difficult for y'all to sell it, especially after so much time was spent in it--it was your home for months! I'm excited for this new adventure of yours, though. It's going to be amazing!

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  8. Oh my goodness, I can only imagine the wonderful memories that were made on the your sail boat! So hard to part with but you will have so many more amazing adventures to look forward to! I bet this won't be the last sail boat you ever own??

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