[KensBlog] Quick Update

 

Greetings all!

I hope that you are well wherever you are.

This is just a quick update on what is happening with our boat. I hadn’t planned on sending an update because, with all that is going on, who cares about a boat? These are crazy times, with a lot of pain around the world, and even thinking about the idea of boats and recreation seems wrong.

But, readers of my blog have been asking, so I’ll make this short.

Our boat is being built at Grand Banks’ factory in Malaysia. The factory was closed for over two months because of the virus. The factory is back up and running again, but operating under government imposed restrictions.

Under normal conditions our boat would be a beehive of activity with dozens of workers focused on completing the boat. In these days of social distancing, with the health of the workers as priority #1, work has to precede at a different pace.

There is some good news. During the time the factory was closed Roberta and I had no information about the status of the boat. In particular, we were wondering if the boat had been painted. We knew they were preparing the boat for paint, but when the shutdown happened it happened abruptly and without warning.

CygnusCygnus

Now that the factory has reopened I was able to get this up-to-date picture and speak directly with the Grand Banks team in Malaysia. Our boat was painted in the days before the shutdown! I wish the light had been better when the picture above was taken, but it does give a sense of what the final color will be and the state of completion. As you can see, we are creeping towards the finish line and the boat probably would have been completed by now had the shutdown not occurred.

I asked about a revised schedule for when we would receive the boat. No firm answer could be given as we are in uncharted territory. The best guess was that the boat would be factory complete in late July. It will then take several weeks before the boat will be delivered to the West Coast, and more weeks for “commissioning”.

It is very unlikely that we will be cruising this summer. It will be frustrating to receive our new boat and do nothing more with it than to put it away for the winter. That said, the whole idea of boating seems frivolous when measured against all the misery in the world right now. At this point all I can do is hope there comes a day when life returns to normal and such things as summers spent on a boat are once again relevant.

Best wishes and stay healthy.

As always, the best place to provide feedback on this blog entry is on the web-based version of my blog: www.kensblog.com/blog. All feedback is welcomed!

Thank you for sharing our adventure,

Ken and Roberta Williams (with Toundra and Keeley our doggy/’furry kids’ traveling mates)
www.kensblog.com
Grand Banks 60, Cygnus

14 Comments
  • John Blais
    Posted at 19:05h, 09 June

    Thank God you posted about the hot tub! grin…We opened our docks for transients here in Virginia…all we need is a Grand Banks to fill some of the empty space.
    Seriously Ken, thanks again for the update, don’t ever feel guilty as you do provide us all with something upbeat.

    Best wishes to you, Roberta and the pups.

  • Jerome Wiley
    Posted at 01:11h, 30 May

    Wow, very cool that you’re keeping in touch with folks through this blog. Was a big fan of Sierra’s work while growing up in Paraguay in the 80s. And kudos on striking a sober tone in this post — certainly many folks are struggling, others are doing ok financially, but struggling spiritually with the loneliness.

    Not sure when I’d be able to afford a ‘cruising boat’ like this, but I’ve actually very seriously considered moving into a liveaboard boat in Baltimore five years ago (as my only home.) I’ll definitely be coming back to check on the blog, and best of luck to you and yours!

  • Jerry Wert
    Posted at 14:08h, 29 May

    Been following you for ever. Just a thought, have the boat delivered to Florida and start your cruising here. The winters are enjoyable here.
    Jerry

    • ken@kensblog.com
      Posted at 14:43h, 29 May

      It’s a long story … but we can’t take the boat somewhere warm this winter.

      We live in Seattle but also have a vacation home in Palm Springs. Roberta has a mom there who she wants to spend time with. Unfortunately, we have to limit our time in California or we could be deemed residents, which comes with adverse tax consequences. We can’t return to Palm Springs until this winter and Roberta will be counting the days until she can see her mom again.

      We will do winter cruising sooner or later, but need to plan it around family obligations…

      Nothing is ever easy.

      -Ken W

  • Paul Townend
    Posted at 11:42h, 29 May

    Thanks for the update Ken – I always love to read about your boats and adventures (I guess in more than one sense!), it opens up a whole world that I knew nothing about! Although I own a (very) small software company, a boat like Cygnus or Sans Souci is probably not something I can realistically aspire to – but I LOVE living vicariously through you! 🙂 As others have said, your blog is a really fun distraction from everything else that’s happening in the world, and opens the eyes of people like me who wouldn’t have otherwise been interested in boating. Although I’m based in the UK, I was recently in Split, Croatia, and found myself wandering the harbour assessing all the luxury yachts based on what I’ve learnt from your blog, Thank you! 🙂

    • ken@kensblog.com
      Posted at 14:24h, 29 May

      Thank you Paul! Hopefully the UK is starting to open up. We’re in Seattle now and it feels a LONG way from opening back up.

      I miss Croatia. Turkey and Croatia were the best cruising we ever did.

      -Ken W

  • Eric Mueller
    Posted at 06:53h, 29 May

    Hey Ken & Roberta, I’m a fan from back in the Apple ][ days (I worked for Roger Wagner for many years…..) and have been following your blog for a few months now. The new boat looks fantastic and I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. Thanks for the update and hope y’all are doing well. Sending good wishes from Zürich, Switzerland. -Eric

    • ken@kensblog.com
      Posted at 14:05h, 29 May

      Eric:

      Thanks for the memories. I hadn’t thought about Roger Wagner in a while. Those were wonderful years and I miss them.

      And, congrats on living in Zurich. A great city!

      Best! – Ken W

  • Tom Reid
    Posted at 00:46h, 29 May

    Sorry but the previous log should have read “dream” not “real”.

  • Tom Reid
    Posted at 00:45h, 29 May

    Ken, I’m not a blogger but even in these days, some of us ONLY have a real tol look forward to. Don’t even think about feeling guilty of posting the progress or lack of concerning the”boat”. Thanks for your work I’ve read “cruising under power and the GSSR no less than: times each. Take it easy and remember there will be a tomorrow.

    • ken@kensblog.com
      Posted at 00:54h, 29 May

      Thank you Tom!

      I’ll post another entry as soon as I get new information from Grand Banks.

      Our boat will be moving to a different group inside the factory sometime in the next three weeks. They’ll probably send an update at that time. The group the boat is in now is responsible for assembling the boat. Once all equipment is physically in the boat it will move to another group that is responsible for making sure everything works. All equipment will be installed on the boat but will need tested. Grand Banks said that this new group will have the boat for a month. They will be test driving the boat! Theoretically when the boat leaves the factory for the United States it will be ready to go cruising. We’re expecting commissioning to go quickly. It will primarily consist of the interior designer putting in the soft goods (bedspreads, drapes, pillow cases, etc).

      Anyway .. I’ll say more, when I hear that the boat has graduated to the next phase of its evolution.

      -Ken W

  • JOSEPH A WERTZ
    Posted at 23:34h, 28 May

    Looking great! Thank YOU for sharing Ken.

  • Carl Pugh
    Posted at 23:15h, 28 May

    Ken, your “Calgon take me away” posts are more welcome — and needed == now than ever before. Exactly because there is so much misery in the world right now a little mental health break is good for the heart and soul. Thank you! Love the color!

    • ken@kensblog.com
      Posted at 23:32h, 28 May

      😀👍

      Thank you! We hope we get more pictures soon.

      Also, I forgot to mention it but they were loading the hot tub onto the top deck while I was speaking to them

      Ken W