Slow Sailing

05 February 2013 | South Island
29 January 2013 | On the Road in New Zealand
20 January 2013 | Northland
05 January 2013 | Whangarei, New Zealand
28 November 2012 | On our way to the USA!
18 November 2012 | Opua, Bay of Islands, NZ
12 November 2012 | Opua, New Zealand
03 November 2012 | Underway to Opua, New Zealand
23 October 2012 | Ha'apai group, Tonga
15 October 2012 | Ha'apai Group, Tonga
04 October 2012 | Tonga
29 September 2012 | Vava'u, Tonga
26 September 2012 | Vava'u, Tonga
24 September 2012 | Vava'u, Tonga
19 September 2012 | Vava'u, Kingdom of Tonga
15 September 2012 | Apia, Samoa
06 September 2012 | Apia, Samoa
30 August 2012 | Underway from Suwarrow to Apia, Samoa

New Chapter

29 November 2019 | Vero Beach
Heather
As usual, it feels like a lot has happened since I last wrote anything. And I think this will be the last time I write anything here, at least for a good while. Fall came & went in a blur. We did get to Overland Expo East in Arrington, VA where we spent a few days showing off our custom built RV and enjoying the show. It was a great opportunity to meet new people and get a break from constant projects if only for a few days. They had interesting evening films in the evening about overland travel that got us excited to get moving. And it felt good to finally use and also stand back and look at all we've accomplished, and we liked what we saw. Jon has done a first rate job of planning out and constructing the interior cabinetry and it made me feel so good for him to have people admiring it so. The weather & venue were great and on the way back, we got together with his brother Brad for a night and it was good to see him. We don't do that enough.





Right before the show, we listed Evergreen for sale even though we had a few projects we wanted to do to it before actually selling it. Within a few days we had a showing scheduled for right after the expo. That was when we met Jeff & Libbi, and was the first of many visits thereafter because they were interested in purchasing our boat! And so began a few weeks of utter mayhem as we imposed upon ourselves hauling out, pulling the mast, removing all the fittings and painting it, painting the whale stripe, dodger, wind generator and bottom, among other things. It was what we had intended to do whether or not we sold it and we wanted to turn it over a certain way. It made it a bit heart wrenching even though we both knew that we couldn't embark on our new plan if we had our boat to take care of too. Its just too much. But it didn't make it any easier to part with it after 19 years of calling Evergreen home and many, many, miles of wonderful sailing.



With the temps dropping a few more degrees each week we were once again fighting against the weather to get things done in time. It felt all too familiar! We decided that being in the tent at the boatyard was the only way to assure we could keep moving on prepping & painting whatever the weather. We officially moved into the RV even though we had to put the heater installation & cushion and table making on hold to get the boat projects rolling and get the transition of all of our stuff done. Jeff & Libbi came down from Yorktown several times to see the boat, help us with the re-launch and keep the sale process rolling as we were absorbed with doing the projects. They brought us BBQ, Indian curry & fried chicken, always something whenever they visited. We found out that for insurance purposes, we would need to deliver Evergreen to the Chesapeake with Jeff & Libbi in order for them to get insurance. With all we had going on in our rather screwy lives, there was no time to waste so as soon as the mast was back in and the survey complete, we set off in rather crappola weather for the Chesapeake. We had of course emptied the boat of all of our belongings and so now we were trying to put back on things we would need to live on it for several days. All the first day it was so cold that all we could think of was soup (no one had thought of that) and that became the joke for the trip up- we needed soup!! The funny thing is, we are downsizing from 40 feet to our camper of 17 feet and Jeff & Libbi live in a 5th wheel and are downsizing to the boat for full time living aboard. So we're both trying to figure out what we can & cannot fit into our new homes. We had plenty of time to get to know each other and share ideas. After 2 long days we got stuck in Norfolk for 2 more waiting as a strong low pressure passed through. We used one of the days to move cars so that Jon & I could leave once we got the boat set and we also met up one evening for dinner on Evergreen with some friends Jon & Shannon as they were heading south. The timing just worked out that they were docked right across from us that night. Then we made the rest of the trip around Hampton Roads and up the York river and got the boat tucked in at its new marina in Yorktown. We each went back to our previous lives while we waited for the final paperwork to come. Thirty-seven signatures and numerous notary stamps later (that is ridiculous), Jeff & Libbi became the new owners this week and we were for once in 25 years, boatless. We feel fortunate about the quick transfer and we couldn't have found a better couple to pick up where we left off.


So, this chapter has come to a close. We plan to set off in our overland RV on a new but in many ways similar way of exploring. We're reassured by all we know about living aboard and world cruising and we're excited for this new adventure. We won't be giving up living in small spaces, nor being frequently on the move. We'll miss our watermaker and marine head but not the constant worry over the weather or whether the anchor will hold. Although I'm sure there will be other things to worry about just the same. We want to keep experiencing new cultures, wildlife and scenery and it will be nice to be able to take any opportunity we wish to get out and exercise. Hoping to meet lots of like minded travelers as well.

Once we get rolling, we'll have more time to develop out our website VermonsterRV.com with build details, pictures and a travel blog for anyone who's interested in following along. Hope to stay in touch with you there! Cheers!


Overland Expo East

09 October 2019 | Washington, NC
Heather

Well after a few really busy weeks we are off to the Overland East Expo today at Infinity Downs in Arrington, VA to be an exhibitor as a DIY build! We're going a day early to hopefully sneak in a hike in the national forest near the venue. All major systems are up & running and although we still have a bunch to do (like install the heating system & make cushions & dining table), the truck is liveable. It has cooking, plumbing, really good lighting per my request, a bed, sinks, shower, composting head (we have yet to initiate this baby), BBQ, and an entertainment center. The outside storage boxes make the truck look more balanced and provide storage for the propane tank and other gear along with a mounting point for new tail lights. Jon made mirrored doors in the head that look really nice and the galley drawer fronts are finally in and varnished up. We have 1000 watts of solar making amps however since the day we got them wired in the sun hasn't been out of course! After running what seems like miles of wire and hose, all of it is neatened up and tucked into place out of the way. The oil is changed and the truck is washed so I think we're in good shape. We're pretty excited for this mini break and to do something different. Here's what it looks like now:






We've finally started working on the new website, Jon has done some good writing and I'm going through the pics of the build to include on there which serves to remind us of all we've accomplished. We put the letters VermonsterRV.com on the truck so its official!


We celebrated Jon's birthday with Mike & Karen from Chapter Two and it was so good to catch up and see some familiar faces again. I made a cake that actually turned out pretty good and the frosting mostly stayed on despite the fact that it was 97 degrees that day!

This time of year always makes me think of getting south in Evergreen on the ICW. But this year, we are not doing that. We've listed Evergreen for sale because we're nearing the point of being able to move into the truck full time. I feel a bit emotional about it but at the same time ready. Not getting any younger! We plan to finish out the truck, do some projects on Evergreen and then see where we're at.

Happy Fall! Maybe we can put away our third crewmember (the A/C) for the winter!

A Few Pics

27 September 2019
Heather
These are the pics that I couldn't get onto the previous blog post, they went with the text. But good to see that I can still post pics here for now...








Vessel Name: EVERGREEN
Vessel Make/Model: Tashiba 40 Hull #158
Hailing Port: E. Thetford Vermont
Crew: Heather and Jon Turgeon
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Hello! We are Heather & Jon Turgeon of S/V Evergreen. We started sailing in 1994 on our first boat, a Cape Dory 31, then sought out a Tashiba 40 that could take us around the globe. It has been our home for 19 years. We've thoroughly cruised the East coast and Caribbean and just completed our [...]
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