David and Maureen
Maureen and I currently have or mail sent to a Townhouse in Henderson Nevada. After four years of commuting back and forth each weekend, we finally came to the conclusion that we live on Destiny in Seattle! Our home port is Ballard, Washington.
If it were not for the fact that Maureen's job is based out of Las Vegas, we would live in the PNW year round.
Maureen and I have been boating together now for over 34 years. When we married, I owned a Super Sunfish. We soon traded that up to a Hobie 16. The Hobie was a great boat until our daughter Meghan came along. At this point, we moved up to a Catalina 22. We added a West Marine 9' inflatable to our Catalina to use as a dinghy. After two years on the 22, we decided we needed more space. We moved up to a Catalina 25. The following year after we purchased Tenacity, we decided we wanted a power boat also. We purchased a 19 foot Searay to use for water skiing and just plain fun. This was the first time we were to be multiple boat owners.
Tenacity was with us for 18 years when we decided it was time to move to a "stink pot" (sailors talk for motor boats). We started looking at the largest trailerable trawlers we could find. We considered Nordic Tug 26 as well as the 27 foot Tolly Crafts along with anything else that we thought we could easily tow.
When we boarded the Ranger Tug at the Seattle Boat Show, we knew we had found the boat we were looking for.
Along with Solitude we also owned, a 9' foot Boston Whaler, 13' Boston Whaler, 6' inflatable, and 2 kayaks. Some people would call it a small navy. We love the water and the solitude you can find while on it.
After two and a half years of great fun on Solitude, we made the decision that it was time to move up. We ordered a new R-29 while in Seattle for the Rendezvous. After placing the order we decided that we were going to moor Karma in the PNW. If you have never boated in this area, you would never guess what you are missing! Spectacular scenery, great people, and unbelievable water!
After two and half years with Karma, we decided it was time to once again expand. We were spending over 200 nights aboard so, I guess you could call us liveaboards. Once again, at the Seattle Boat Show, we found a new boat that would fill our needs. Destiny is a Helmsman Pilot House 38. She has a fourteen foot beam giving her ample livable space. We made the purchase and put Karma on the market. Karma is now residing in Canoe Cove in BC. Bought by Leon Scott and his wife.
After once again relocating to Henderson Nevada, we decided we needed a "Lake Boat". Since we always loved the Ranger 21EC, it was an easy decision. We hashed out the deal with Jeff and before we knew it, we were once again the proud owners of a Ranger Tug! "Stella Maris" will be used to explore the great desert lakes of the Western United States. Her first adventure after leaving the PNW will be to Lake Powell. We will spend seven days exploring the canyons and vast basins of this magnificent body of water.
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