24 Oct End of an era, Start of an era
Why? you might ask…
The quick answer is that after completing a semi-circumnavigation we’ve been struggling to think of where we want to go next. We’ve cruised our way through over twenty-five countries and have come very close on a couple of ideas. We joined the Waikiki Yacht Club in anticipation of taking the boat to Hawaii, and then had trouble finding moorage. Weird as it sounds, a marina in Hawaii accepted us, and then rejected us at the last minute. We felt burned by the whole situation. We then got serious about Ireland, but were having trouble making it fit our schedule.
Ultimately, the idea that excited us most became (drum roll please) … America!
The reason we are selling Sans Souci is simply that we are thinking about getting a smaller boat with which we can do Florida’s Intercoastal Waterway (the ICW), and the Great Loop. We thought about buying a small boat just for the Loop, but don’t really want to own two boats. Plus overall, the truth is just that we’ve been in the mood for change. Every few years we like to shake up our lives and do something radically new. Part of being a boater is being a person who likes new adventures. As part of this, last year we sold our home in Mexico after living there for twenty-two years. We still love Mexico and highly recommend life in Cabo, but it was starting to feel a bit like “been there, done that”. Maybe it’s a mid-life crisis. I don’t know or care. I just know that the time had come for new horizons and new experiences and that is what we do best.
This has been an unbelievably tough decision. Sans Souci has been more than a boat to us. She has guided us safely around the world and taken us places that no other form of transportation could have reached. We’ve been on a campaign to make Sans Souci better year after year and can’t think of any way or option that would make her better. Our next boat may take us new places, but we will ever own another boat that provides as much comfort.
So, what are we buying?????
We are in the final stages of working on a purchase order for a Grand Banks 60.
Many of you may know Grand Banks as a company that has been around for a while making trawlers.
Grand Banks took on new management a few years ago. They acquired a small Australian boat builder named Palm Beach, and through the transition the CEO of Palm Beach became the CEO of the consolidated company.
Grand Bank’s CEO is a gentleman named Mark Richards who has quite a sailing reputation:
| From Wikipedia: |
Mark Richards is an Australian sailor and boatbuilder, best known for his achievements as skipper of Wild Oats XI, 8 times line honours winner of the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.
In 1995, Richards founded Palm Beach Motor Yachts in Australia, which was acquired by Grand Banks Yachts in 2014. Richards is currently CEO of Grand Banks as a result of the acquisition.
As a professional sailor, Richards has sailed in 2 Americas Cup challenges, has achieved World Match Racing victories, has won the Sydney to Gold Coast yacht race, the 2003 Admirals Cup, and has taken out line honours and handicap honours in the prestigious Rolex Sydney to Hobart races.
He has been revolutionizing Grand Banks and whereas there are some long-time Grand Banks owners who are sad to see long-marketed models go by the wayside, he has restored momentum and profitability to the company via some bold moves.
|Category A – Ocean: covers largely self-sufficient boats designed for extended voyages with winds of over Beaufort Force 8 (over 40 knots), and significant wave heights above 13 feet, but excluding abnormal conditions such as hurricanes.|
And, a couple of other things that helped make our decision … The GB60 can run at over 30 kts, and cruises comfortably at 20kts (two to three times Sans Souci’s speed). And, at ten knots it claims to have an over 2,000 mile range!
Anyway.. this is just a short burst to let everyone know what is happening. As I get time I’ll post more about the equipment decisions I’m making and why.
As always, thank you!
Ken and Roberta Williams (and, our faithful crusing companions Toundra and Keeley)
Nordhavn 68, Sans Souci