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"

03 December 2017 | Tampa Bay Channel
02 December 2017 | Saint Petersburg, Florida
20 October 2017 | Salt Creek Boatyard and Marina
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

Hampton, Virginia

26 December 2011 | Sunset Boating Center
Yvonne and I drove to Richmond, VA on Christmas morning to spend the day celebrating the holiday with my aunt Doris and her three daughters - my dear cousins Carol, Sherry and Tracey and their families. There were 17 there for dinner in all, including Carol's son Jason and his wife and two children who are living and working in London now.

The feasting began with Eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys before noon, followed by a mid-afternoon power nap. Our evening meal was scrumptuous - lasagna, sausages, sauteed peppers, meatballs the likes of which we haven't had before and plenty of great fellowship with our family. We drove back to Norfolk and slept soundly on the boat upon our return.

In the morning we awoke and began preparing the boat for the 14 mile trip to Hampton, VA where we were to meet the riggers, Gaston and Ralph. We left the slip at 0900 with winds gusting to 24 knots on the beam. Our tachometer didn't work so well and when I set the RPM at 1700 we only made 4 knots through the 2-3 foot chop in the bay. I had read that when the batteries are fully charged, some tachometers don't work well since they depend on the AC ripple on the alternator voltage for RPM information. With fully charged batteries and little ripple, the tach showed too high - so I added power until we had 6 knots. Once we turned west with wind off the nose we could motor sail and make 7.4 knots. The trip took 2.5 hours slip to slip.

We met with Ralph and Gaston (Tidewater Marine Services) and agreed on some things to be done but we will meet again in the morning and settle on a scope of work. The repairs we know we need will take longer than 4-5 days so we won't be sailing south on this trip. We will go back to Vegas this weekend and return to the boat most likely at the end of February.

We walked out for dinner and had blackened tuna with veggies then caught a cab back to the rental car we had left at the marina in Norfolk and drove it back to the boat. We plan to do boat chores and fixit stuff this week while the riggers work on the chainplates and winches - we are putting on some new electric primaries too. Can't wait!!

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
Leave St. Pete, Arrive in Roatan
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Created 17 December 2017
We hauled the boat on October 20th, 2017 to install a thruster. We were on the hard for three weeks and installed a Vetus BOW16024D. Very nice!
23 Photos
Created 14 November 2017
Local activities in St. Pete and elsewhere while working on the boat and working full-time jobs
30 Photos
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.
47 Photos
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
9 Photos
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