July 20, 2021
Upon our arrival in J’ville we procured a slip in Lamb’s Marina. The only marina with covered slips that I have ever seen that was not on one of the inland rivers.
Next day we were jonesin’ for some BarBQ so we found this spot on Tripadvisor
After lunch we headed to Tybee Island on the Georgia coast where the Savannah River enters the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, about that “Funny Thing…” It has been awhile since our last post. Coupla months back while we were anchored out at Cape Canaveral we came to a decision. It was time for Whisky Business to find a new Captain and Crew. We had always wanted to cruise the Bahama’s but they were closed due to Covid. Ditto for Canada. As much as we have enjoyed the cruisiing lifestyle it has its shortcomings. We were losing touch with our friends back home as we would spend spring, summer and fall on the boat and winter at our Florida home. Missed family something terrible! In order to cruise the Bahamas and Canadian waters we would have to wait another year for everything to open up (maybe). We are just not as commited to the cruisiing lifestyle as others so it was time to sell.
Nine years ago I decided (me, not Debbie) that we were going to do the Great Loop. For 4 years, every morning over coffee I searched the interweb for suitable candidates. We looked in the Great Lakes, Florida, everywhere east of the Mississippi. One day I find a boat only 90 miles away in Cincinnatti. Deb sez this is the one. She became the fantastic vessel Whisky Business. Such a brilliant choice. Built by the folks at Kentuckiana Yachts in Jeffersonville. We had the brain trust for these boats at our fingertips. Those guys gave me a skillset whereas I never had to hit the “Oh Shit” button. On top of that I made some great friends there too.
Upon our arrival in Jacksonville we placed an ad on the Great Loop Forum. Three days later we had an interested party. Within a week we had a deposit. As of 4:30 on July 19 Whisky Business had a new Captain and Crew.
Meet Captain Doug Pelton and First Mate Judi Chapman. Judi is the reason we allowed Doug to buy the boat. They came to inspect the boat after hiring a broker to do an ititial inspection. Took ‘em for a ride and decided they would be the perfect couple to take over WB. They will be changing the name to “Mobile Home” as Doug owns trailer parks.
Deb and I are already talking about our next boat, something that can be trailered to great cruisiing areas and has outboard engines. I gotta tell ya, as much as I love Whisky Business, I am tired of crawling around the engine room.
Name of the next boat…I’ll Have Another, WHISKY BUSINESS.
Ya know, there is a saying, the best 2 days in a boaters life is the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Not so. This boat, which is nothing more than a compilation of hardware, systems, fiberglass, wires and really heavy stuff was our home for the last 3 cruising seasons. She is so much more than that. For over 10,000 miles (at 9MPH) she took care of us in seas that I would never dream of going out in, but ended up there anyway. Did we shed a tear when we left her? Betcherass we did. Always kept us safe. Doug and Judi have promised to take good care of her during their time with her.
There is another chapter to Debbie, Jerry and Whisky Business however. In early August Deb and I will take a 4 day cruise with Doug and Judi to acclimate them to WB. We are looking forward to one last cruise, BURNING SOMEONE ELSES FUEL!!!!