From the Beginning

Our dream…to retire when James turns 55, myself 50 and sail away into the great blue yonder.  Yup, we all have dreams and some of us out there share this same dream. We have ten years to turn this dream into reality.

James has owned boats in the past, a powerboat first and then a Beneteau 323.  After the sale of both he became a beachcomber, a sailor without a ship.  I have had no real experience, the occasional fishing trip and ferry ride, lol.  Shortly into our relationship, I understood how important his passion was and I was excited to give something new a try. About a year into our relationship (November 2016) we came across a CS 22 for sale at an auction, we decided on the highest price point and WE WON!  The first time we seen her, she was so sad looking, but we fixed up the trailer and pulled her home.   We spent the next several months during the weekends working on her.  We must have cleaned out about 50 clay wasp nests, hence the name Yellow Jacket.  Fast forward to summer 2017 and we have a beautiful boat ready for the water, we added items, took out items and designed a crutch for the mast.  We now have a week vacation and decide to take her to the Thousand Islands.

The Boat Show!

We are here at the Toronto Boat Show! We are excited to see all the exhibits and vendors… honey hide the credit card! Items of interest this year…

– Instruments

– North Sails

– Teak, and interior items

– Sunbrella material

– Windlass

– Manson Supreme Anchor

Just to list a few 🙂

We will report back with our thoughts about the show and the items we purchased!

Photo 1

One of my favorite pics! The blue sky, puffy clouds, American flag in the wind, and Ocean Phoenix sitting pretty on her mooring.

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Photo 2

Our first night on Ocean Phoenix on the water.  We had just gotten her into the water and there is no better feeling then your boat gently swaying in the water.  Best sleep ever.

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Photo 3

My amazing and loving family. We all enjoy the boat and each others company. And sometimes we just like to kick back, relax, and have fun together!

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Photo 4

This is her first trip to the water in 4 years.  She had been on the hard for that time and once we gave her a new name, painted her bottom and ensured all was safe…in she went!

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Photo 5

James at the helm, this is the first time on Ocean Phoenix and without assistance.  Being on our vessel has been amazing in every way.  The total sense of joy, relaxation and peace that we get from being onboard is priceless.

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Photo 6

First time at the helm. I was so excited to share this experience with James.  As we are learning and exploring what Ocean Phoenix can do and what she can handle, it’s great to learn all the roles on a sailboat.

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Photo 7

This is the day that she became Ocean Phoenix.  It took a lot of research and soul searching to find a name that means something and that is fitting for her.

Ocean Phoenix port

Photo 8

64 feet up in the air…LOVED IT.  When you have your partner on deck and you trust him 100%, going up the mast is a great time, with a great view. Thanks James

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Photo 9

Best KID ever.  We are very proud of him.  He loves the boat and caught the most fish! This pic made the list as he looks so relaxed and at home.

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