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

Found a Home

16 July 2012 | Harborage Marina, St. Pete, Florida
Sunny and Warm with afternoon showers
My cousin John joined me for a cruise from Sarasota to St. Petersburg this past Saturday. We motored and sailed our way up to St. Pete via the Intracoastal Waterway, a total distance of about 33 miles. We left at a leisurely 9 AM and arrived around 3, backed Abundance into a rather narrow slip on E dock and met John's longtime friend, Bob Synhorst. We hung out all afternoon with Bob, had some drinks then went to dinner near the Municipal Marina downtown.

We really like it here, and we moved to A dock yesterday to be closer to the entrance and parking lot. We plan to be here for about a year while we make many improvements to Abundance and save some Boat Units.

It has been a glorious 8 months since we bought the boat - we have traveled many miles, met some really interesting people and learned a lot about cruising, and cruising with dogs, too. We are happy that we brought our boys with us and they have been a joy to have on the boat.

The photo is the Sunshine Skyway bridge as we passed under it in Tampa Bay.
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
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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
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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