[Kensblog] Sans Souci is in Florida



I was surprised by this article in a Palm Beach newspaper showing Sans Souci moored in front of a restaurant in Ft Lauderdale, Florida.


Sans Souci in Florida awaiting transport to the west coast



Article in Palm Beach Newspaper

Those of you visiting the Ft Lauderdale boat show have a good chance of seeing Sans Souci!

Our hope is to put Sans Souci on a freighter and have her delivered to the West Coast sometime before Christmas.

I’ve started work on a list of winter projects and will post that list here sometime in the next few days.

For now, the biggest projects I know of are going to be:

– Upgrade the satellite tv system to do HD
– Replace the stabilizers in order to take advantage of ABT’s “at rest stabilization” system (named Star)

More later…

Ken Williams
Nordhavn 68
Sans Souci

15 Comments
  • Jennifer L.
    Posted at 21:55h, 12 April

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    We have thought about it many times, but it requires a time requirement that we just aren’t willing to make. I suspect we could find the money (and, a publisher) without needing to resort to Kickstarter. The Kickstarter games are interesting, but to …


    Thanks so much for the reply! Sad to hear there probably wont be another from you guys 🙁 ..but i still play all the old games (KQ8 most recently) and love them 🙂
    Good luck with sans souci!

  • Ken Williams
    Posted at 08:21h, 11 April

    Response to a post by Jennifer L. who said:

    Hello! Sorry this is off topic but..have you and Roberta ever considered making an adventure game through kickstarter ?? Theres currently a space quest and quest for glory revival going on..it would be great to see a true kings quest (all these new o…


    We have thought about it many times, but it requires a time requirement that we just aren’t willing to make. I suspect we could find the money (and, a publisher) without needing to resort to Kickstarter. The Kickstarter games are interesting, but to my knowledge none of them have done very well. As the teams are now finding, times have changed. The quality that plyers are seeking can’t be obtained on a million dollar budget. It takes big money; like $5 to $10 million, and years of effort, to build a game that can compete in today’s world. Raising $500,000 on Kickstarter doesn’t get a game that can compete today.

    There was just a Kings Quest game released and it looked amazing. It suffered from being the designer’s first adventure game, but if they stick with it each game will get better. It’s worth playing and is broken into chapters. I suspect each chapter will get better and better.
    Anyway… we had our time and now it is a new generation’s turn. we do miss it, and we do think about it .. but, our heart just isn’t in it anymore.

  • Jennifer L.
    Posted at 07:59h, 11 April

    Hello! Sorry this is off topic but..have you and Roberta ever considered making an adventure game through kickstarter ?? Theres currently a space quest and quest for glory revival going on..it would be great to see a true kings quest (all these new ones dont compare to the old), lara bow, or even a phantasmagoria?? Lol. It would be awesome to see!!

  • Michael Akrop
    Posted at 15:50h, 31 March

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    I know Rosario well, and do plan on spending some time there this summer.
    Jeff is hard at work on the boat, and I do have a lot to say. I just need the time to write it all down! I run the HOA here in Cabo, and with getting the house ready for sale,…


    Hope things are going well for you! Hows the work going on your boat and your new home build? Hope to see a new blog post soon!!

    Thanks -Michael

  • Michael Akrop
    Posted at 15:27h, 11 February

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    I know Rosario well, and do plan on spending some time there this summer.
    Jeff is hard at work on the boat, and I do have a lot to say. I just need the time to write it all down! I run the HOA here in Cabo, and with getting the house ready for sale,…


    Great Ken thanks for the update!!

    I ran A/V for UNR School of Medicine here in Nevada. Now i’m in clinical software (EMR). So all of your pictures and posts about your electronics and A/V systems is so cool for me!! I’m a nerd at heart….wish i lived closer to the water!! I would love to transfer to the marine electronics / A/V industry!!

    Cant wait for the update and lots of pictures! Well i’ll let you get back to the joys of HOA’s…..My CCandR’s are two inches thick for my house here in NV. Is HOA’s less drama in Mexico?

  • Ken Williams
    Posted at 15:20h, 11 February

    Response to a post by Michael Akrop who said:

    That all make a allot of sense!!

    We have similar thoughts about our place in PV. When were down in May we were warned to no venture out of the tourist areas!! We used to drive to Tepic and Guadalajara and go into the small villages ect….
    But not a…


    I know Rosario well, and do plan on spending some time there this summer.
    Jeff is hard at work on the boat, and I do have a lot to say. I just need the time to write it all down! I run the HOA here in Cabo, and with getting the house ready for sale, and dealing with various HOA issues, plus Talkspot (my little dot-com 10-year old start-up venture) I’ve been having no problem staying busy. I’m on a plane tomorrow .. maybe I’ll try to write something down.

    Most of what I am doing is installing the ABT at rest (Star) stabilization system. It’s a huge project. I’m also replacing all of the pilothouse electronics and all of the a/v gear.

    But .. more on all that when I get time to write a longer blog entry….

  • Michael Akrop
    Posted at 15:00h, 11 February

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    Hi Michael — Roberta and I love Mexico and our home in Cabo. The home ownership laws have not changed, and are good. Property taxes are virtually non-existent, and in a zillion ways the home ownership costs and lifestyle is as good as it gets (for a…


    That all make a allot of sense!!

    We have similar thoughts about our place in PV. When were down in May we were warned to no venture out of the tourist areas!! We used to drive to Tepic and Guadalajara and go into the small villages ect….
    But not anymore…. So we are looking at renting our place or selling as well. When we bought in the 90’s PV was just really getting popular again and was very safe.

    But i want to know is whats going on with Sans Souci ?? Have you added the “at rest” stabilizers? I was on a new Grand Banks the other day with dual gyros on it pretty cool setup!!

    What other projects are you considering or have Jeff working on?

    Have you considered staying at:

    http://www.rosarioresort.co (http://www.rosarioresort.com/marina.htm)

    I love that place! Your wife will love the Spa as well!! Of course lots of fun to be had at Friday Harbor as well!! But i dont know why im telling you this as you are from the NW…duh!!

    Anyways i know there are probibly 100’s of your blog readers that are wondering whats going on with you guys and of course Sans Souci !! So i hop a massive blog update is in the works!!

    Once again thanks for taking the time to answer my posts and hope the new year finds you and Roberta and family (and the dogs) well!!

    Take Care -Michael

  • Ken Williams
    Posted at 14:44h, 11 February

    Response to a post by Michael Akrop who said:

    Thanks Ken…..Be cool to see the enhancements to Sans Souci your doing this winter.

    On another note i saw on Dreamers that you are selling your place in Cabo! Why may i ask? My folks have a place in Punta de Mita (PV MX). Has some of the Mexican ho…


    Hi Michael — Roberta and I love Mexico and our home in Cabo. The home ownership laws have not changed, and are good. Property taxes are virtually non-existent, and in a zillion ways the home ownership costs and lifestyle is as good as it gets (for a gringo living in a foreign country)

    We worry a little that the drug-related crime that is in mainland Mexico might someday creep its way towards cabo, but most people think it will never happen. That topic was about a millionth of what we were thinking .. it has been and will hopefully continue to be a non-issue.
    Our issue really comes down to “life being too good.” Roberta and I were sitting in the hot tub one night (here in Cabo) and Roberta pointed out we have now lived in our house longer than any other home in our lives. We’ve been here 17 years! In some ways Cabo is a bit of a small town. Even though there are 100s of restaurants, we’ve dined in them all. I play the same golf courses over and over. We hang out with the same people. It’s all good things, but at our core we are nomads. Roberta and I like adventure and new places and new things. We need to feel we are doing something interesting, not just hanging out having fun until we die. We like to be challenged. It’s why we like boating. There’s no feeling as cool as arriving by boat in some foreign country. It’s a really hard thing to explain, but we’re getting old enough that we just decided that if we were every going to move, and build a new house — we should just do it. Kind of a second issue is that our parents are getting older, and are kids are getting closer (we hope) to the magic day when there will be little grandkids running around. We wanted to be an easier flight home to Seattle. Mexico is always a bit of a pain to get in and out of… Plus … whereas in Cabo, we can’t really go anywhere else easily, from Palm Desert we’ll have lots of interesting places an easy drive away — San Diego, San Francisco, Vegas, Sedona, Scottsdale, Santa Fe ..etc. We are thinking of Santa Fe as a hub for a new era of adventure.

    All of that said… both Roberta and I will be VERY SAD when our home in Cabo sells. We know we will never create a life as wonderful as what we have here in Cabo again. Impossible.

  • Michael Akrop
    Posted at 13:38h, 11 February

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    Thanks for reminding me! I will post something in the next week. I just need to get past New Years…. (we’ve been busy doing family stuff for the holidays)


    Thanks Ken…..Be cool to see the enhancements to Sans Souci your doing this winter.

    On another note i saw on Dreamers that you are selling your place in Cabo! Why may i ask? My folks have a place in Punta de Mita (PV MX). Has some of the Mexican home ownership laws changed? Palm desert is great. I have a good friend that is a tribal member of the Palm Springs tribe. The whole area is nice!!

    Well i hope all is well and i need new material on your site to browse at work lol ! But I’m
    sure your busy with life!!

    Thanks -Michael

  • Ken Williams
    Posted at 16:54h, 29 December

    Response to a post by Michael who said:

    When do we get a new blog Ken? We want to hear about the work you have planned for your boat!!


    Thanks for reminding me! I will post something in the next week. I just need to get past New Years…. (we’ve been busy doing family stuff for the holidays)

  • Michael
    Posted at 16:49h, 29 December

    When do we get a new blog Ken? We want to hear about the work you have planned for your boat!!

  • Geoff Potter
    Posted at 17:50h, 06 November

    Response to a post by Ken Williams who said:

    Yup… not worth it .. but, then if you were looking for an excuse to go to the boat show…


    I thought about that…

  • RVN SF VET
    Posted at 22:26h, 05 November

    Sans Souci sure knows where you like to go – a restaurant with outdoor tables and a view. She is a good boat. {;*))
    When she is back in Seattle you may wish to find out if your ?Direct TV? delivers all the local channels that you desire. If not, Winegard and others offer antennas that will pull the digital stations in from up to 60 miles away (depends upon model.) There are antenna site charts on several websites. Sans Souci can’t wait for her new to her slip.

    Ron

  • Ken Williams
    Posted at 21:06h, 05 November

    Response to a post by Geoff Potter who said:

    Man the chance to see Sans Souci in person is so tempting…if only it were a little closer. A 8.5 hr drive is a bit far.


    Yup… not worth it .. but, then if you were looking for an excuse to go to the boat show…

  • Geoff Potter
    Posted at 19:46h, 05 November

    Man the chance to see Sans Souci in person is so tempting…if only it were a little closer. A 8.5 hr drive is a bit far.