STANDING STILL IN FORT LAUDERDALE

We are still at the Downtown Marina, in the same spot watching everyone else come and go! We have had a variety of neighbours, some large trawlers, others smaller sailboats. We are the only constant it would seem. Why? – You may well ask. Well the upshot of it all is we have sold our lovely boat. Very mixed feelings, but the timing was right and we need to move on to the next item on the bucket list.
We decided to list Anything Goes in May, just before we return home however the broker we had been recommended to use was in Fort Pierce when we were and came over to take a look. He suggested, given the economy, he put it on his website and just see what happened. Well what happened was twelve hours later we had a written offer, for our asking price, so what were we to do??? No brainer really. The sad part is we had so many plans for the next four months, even a trip to Cuba, but that has all had to be shelved for now.
We are just sitting here, slowly clearing out cupboards, lockers etc (amazing how much junk one accumulates in nearly three years, even on a boat). The new owners settle on the 29th February and will move on to the boat on 12 March. They have asked us to stay onboard until then so that we can spend a couple of days with them handing over and giving them some advice about a catamaran. We were ok with that although we had decided to take Caribbean cruise around that time to at least have a small experience of some of the islands we had hoped to visit on A.G. Still we have time and certainly intend to go on a couple of cruises before we come home and also tentatively hope to go to Cuba with Scott and Heather.
THE FINAL 'LAST NIGHT" WITH SCOTT & HEATHER

THE FINAL “LAST NIGHT” WITH SCOTT & HEATHER

Talking of our special cruising buddies, they finally departed for Mexico on Monday and had a great crossing of the Gulf. They are now happily in Islas Mujeres trying to decide which beach bar and happy hour to frequent each evening!! Oh the joy of cruising we will miss it, and them.
So to the next chapter. We will be moving into the home of our good friends Rob and Sue Linehan who are currently cruising in Guatemala. They have kindly offered us their house in Punta Gorda on the west coast of Florida, which is great. We have rented ourselves a Chevy Camaro convertible for three months, might as well try and fit right in with the Florida culture??
I am including a few photos of the area, and some more fantastic boats that constantly parade past us. Where we are located is a very pretty area with nice parks and trees.

SOME OF THE HIGH RISE CONDOS IN THE AREA

GARDEN SCULPTURES AT THE MARINA WITH THE JAIL IN THE BACKGROUND!

THE VIEW FROM THE BACK OF THE BOAT AT NIGHT

 However this is a city, not terribly large, but still suffering from the ups and downs of many of its larger cousins. Homeless people, many with some form of mental illness. It is a sad indictment of our society these days. Because we are in an area with such a moderate climate, being homeless here perhaps is not so difficult, if that can ever be said of being homeless anywhere. The park benches have the same people sitting on them in the sun, watching the world go by and I wonder how they feel about all this wealth they are surrounded by. On Friday we walked a few blocks north, towards the Arts Centre, a beautiful area with very modern buildings, but the nearby park looked like a campground with so many homeless people camped out.

A CUTE TREE WE FOUND ON A WALK DOWNTOWN

One other strange thing is that we are moored about 100 metres from a very modern, seemingly windowless building. It is the County Jail. You would not know, it is a very smart piece of architecture. Because we have been here so long, we have gotten to know one of the prison guards! He takes a stroll along the river front in his break and stops for a chat. His area is “8th Floor – Murderers” so he told us. He needs the walk and fresh air and conversation with “sane” people from time to time!! Interesting this cruising life we lead (led)!!

OUR NEXT BOAT??

QUESTIONABLE TASTE??

WE COULD ALMOST TOUCH THIS ONE!

THE JUNGLE QUEEN ON HER REGULAR EVENING CRUISE

I GUESS YOU CAN AFFORD A CREW TO KEEP THE WOOD WORK PERFECT – YOU SURE WOULD NEED IT.

TRUELY A GORGEOUS OLD BOAT

Until the next update from Punta Gorda as the next adventure begins!

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