Sailing in Abundance - Live Your Dream

The mark of a great shiphandler is never getting into situations that require great shiphandling. Admiral Ernest King, USN"

05 October 2016 | Maximo Marina
27 August 2016 | Maximo Moorings
24 August 2016
01 April 2016 | New Smyrna Beach, FL
16 March 2016 | Oasis Boat Yard
21 November 2015 | Oasis Boat Yard
28 September 2015 | Myrtle Beach Yacht Club in Little River, SC
14 June 2015
16 May 2015 | Staniel Cay
02 May 2015 | Harbour Island, Eleuthera in the Bahamas
30 April 2015 | Harbour Island, Bahamas
17 April 2015
13 April 2015 | Bimini, Bahamas
06 April 2015 | Key West, FL
04 April 2015 | Longboat Key Moorings
25 March 2014 | St. Petersburg, FL
07 June 2013

Back to the Boat

23 December 2011 | Henderson, NV
David - 29 Degrees and Frost on Cars
The leaves have mostly fallen from the trees and I spent many hours raking and bagging them, at first with some resentment for the sheer pointlessness of the act. But I tried to see each leaf as a fallen protector from the blazing desert sun that would overcome our roof mounted AC unit but for the assembly of leaves above. It helped a little. Beer was a better cure for my frustration. You can't see the 29 degree Farenheit temperature in the photo but it's cold. Trust me.

Here I am in front of our little travel trailer, also known as the "Boat Trainer" which has allowed us to get a preview of the simple life and work with each other in small spaces. The boat seems big by comparison and it's an easy transition. I never did bring the garden hose in and wet everything to practice leaving a hatch open, and I didn't tip it over with a forklift to simulate a knockdown. We don't miss the "Big House" on the golf course at all. We will miss the simplicity of our trailer once we sell it, but we plan to get another one and tour North America after our cruising days are complete.

We leave today for Norfolk to get some rigging work done on the boat and then sail further south toward Myrtle Beach, Yvonne's home area, if we can get the rigging work done before New Year's weekend. Yvonne has to be back at work on the 2nd of January.

It was terribly hard to leave the boat slipped at Bay Point Marina in Norfolk, VA nearly three weeks ago having just bought her, but we had to take care of things in Las Vegas. My biggest concern was freezing temperatures there in Virginia, but there were no really cold nights since we've been gone. It's much colder in Las Vegas!

Yvonne received the final check for her sale of her driving school - Hoorah! Now we can afford electric winches for the boat. We like the Lewmar 55 EVO model. They are a bit pricey, but we think they will be a very important bit of gear for us over our years cruising.

I have a new Manson Supreme anchor and 300 feet of 5/16" HT chain waiting for me at West Marine in Norfolk and can't wait to install it on Abundance. I decided a 60 pounder would do the trick and we will have a CQR on the port side of the anchor rollers as a backup with 175 feet of chain and about as much nylon rode behind it. The Lighthouse electric windlass should be fine with these two sets of ground tackle.

We will take the boat to Hampton, VA tomorrow afternoon and get our riggers going on chainplate inspections and bolt replacement. They will get the chainplates sealed with new covers and new bolts where needed and install some needed spreader boots on the lower spreaders. Finally, they will tune the rig so we can do some ocean sailing.
Vessel Name: Abundance
Vessel Make/Model: 50' Custom Center Cockpit Cutter
Hailing Port: Las Vegas, NV
Crew: David and Yvonne Hoch
About: David retired from Clark County on 11/11/11 and Yvonne is an Occupational Therapist who will be working as a travelling OT over the next few years to help keep the cruising kitty pumped up.
Extra: We have been doing improvements to Abundance to make her more comfortable and safe for worldwide voyaging. We will leave Saint Petersburg, FL on March 4, 2016 headed for the South Pacific
Abundance's Photos - Main
Local activities in St. Pete and elsewhere while working on the boat and working full-time jobs
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Created 16 May 2017
Arrived April and left in March of 2017
61 Photos
Created 5 October 2016
Left Saint Augustine 3/19/16 for Saint Petersburg
7 Photos
Created 1 April 2016
On the Hard at Oasis Boat Yard from Thanksgiving 2015 to Easter 2016 - Bottom Job, topsides paint and more
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Created 1 April 2016
95 Photos
Created 15 May 2015
Abundance begins her cruising life with eager crew, David and Yvonne. We left St. Petersburg, FL on April 4, 2015 and went to Longboat Key to celebrate Easter and our starting the journey on Monday, April 6th.
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Created 29 April 2015
Victor and Robin joined us for a week of marina-hopping along the west coast of Florida
40 Photos
Created 18 June 2013
We hauled the boat for many improvements including a bottom job, bow thruster, keel coolers, fish finder, rudder repair and pressure wash decks.
69 Photos
Created 18 June 2013
We removed the Grunert AC450 holdover plate system and installed two Danfoss compressor-based systems with evaporator plates.
7 Photos
Created 18 June 2013
We covered the existing cabin sole with NuTeak, a two-month project
20 Photos
Created 18 June 2013
May 3-10, 2012
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Created 10 May 2012
44 Hour Passage with some great sailing
19 Photos
Created 23 December 2011
First port of call - Gardner's Marina then Golden Nugget
15 Photos
Created 23 December 2011
Sailing (motoring) to Atlantic City, November 25th, 2011
13 Photos
Created 23 December 2011
Photos taken by the Surveyor, Jeff Gonsalves
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Created 23 December 2011
11 Photos
Created 5 December 2011