Beatitude’s Interior

Several people have asked for pictures of the interior of the boat.  We’ve shown a number of pictures of exterior, but not many of the living area inside.  So… here it is. We are really quite comfortable and so thankful for God’s provision of adequately spacious accommodations.  Originally, we were looking at catamarans in the 38′-39′ range, but decided that since this was going to be our home, not just a periodic getaway, we wanted to be comfortable.  Lagoons are noted for their relative spaciousness.

Looking down the owner's hull toward our bedroom. (The entire port hull is dedicated to an owner's suite.)

Looking down the owner’s hull toward our bedroom. (The entire port hull is dedicated to an owner’s suite.)

Our Berth. The tapestry adorning the wall over our bed is a replica of a section of the Bayeux Tapestry chronicling the victory of William the Conqueror over Harold in the Battle of Hastings, 1066.  We picked this up in Bayeux, France a couple of years ago.  Interestingly, the wording (in Latin) of this section reads, "In a big ship..."

Our Berth. The tapestry adorning the wall over our bed is a replica of a section of the Bayeux Tapestry chronicling the victory of William the Conqueror over Harold in the Battle of Hastings, 1066. We picked this up in Bayeux, France a couple of years ago. Interestingly, the wording (in Latin) of this section reads, “In a big ship…”

Looking the other way down the owner's hull at our bathroom (head) and separate shower.

Looking the other way down the owner’s hull at our bathroom (head) and separate shower.

The guest bedroom in the aft starboard hull

The guest bedroom in the aft starboard hull

Looking down the hall of the starboard hull at the second guest bedroom.  Each bedroom has its own head and shower.

Looking down the hall of the starboard hull at the second guest bedroom. Each bedroom has its own head and shower.

One of the guest heads

One of the guest heads

Our salon.  One of the most desired features of Beatitude is the 360-degree panoramic view from the salon.  It also lets in a flood of light.

Our salon. One of the most desired features of Beatitude is the 360-degree panoramic view from the salon. It also lets in a flood of light.

A view from the salon, looking across the galley (kitchen) and out onto the cockpit

A view from the salon, looking across the galley (kitchen) and out onto the cockpit

Although not technically an interior picture, this shows part of our outdoor living area under a hardtop bimini.  Our spacious cockpit and helm station.

Although not technically an interior picture, this shows part of our outdoor living area under a hardtop bimini. Our spacious cockpit and helm station.

Good Times

Woohoo! Three days have clicked off the countdown timer since I started the countdown! Only a few more hundred to go!

The view from our bed each morning upon awakening! Not bad!

The view from our bed each morning upon awakening! Not bad!

We have now been liveaboards for a little over a month, now. I think I speak for both of us when I say that we really are enjoying living aboard. We are really thankful for a comfortable boat equipped with all the necessary conveniences. We’ve stayed overnight in Lakeland on numerous occasions when I’m working several days in a row, but I find that living out of a suitcase gets a little old quickly. Perhaps, the commute is the lesser of two evils. We’ll probably decrease our overnight stays and see which is better.

In the meantime, we’ve enjoyed hosting additional friends in our new home. On the 19th, we had two families on board with us, eleven souls in all. Fortunately, we had 12 life-jackets on board and didn’t have to go out and find more (By law, one must have one PFD, personal flotation device, for every person on board.) We sailed out into the bay for a bit, anchored at DeSoto Pt. for lunch, went ashore to the DeSoto National Memorial and returned to the Marina to play a few games and relax. What a great day!

The Crew at their safety briefing from Captain Doc (as my wife has now named me).

The Crew at their safety briefing from Captain Doc (as my wife now has named me).

The Ladies: Cindy, Louise, and Deena

The Ladies: Cindy, Louise, and Deena

The Captain and the Admiral

The Captain and the Admiral

George and And Dan Securing the Mainsail in its cover

George and And Dan Securing the Mainsail in its cover

The whole gang at the Holy Eucharist Memorial honoring the 12 priests who accompanying Hernando de Soto on his 1539 landing in the U.S.

The whole gang at the Holy Eucharist Memorial honoring the 12 priests who accompanying Hernando de Soto on his 1539 landing in the U.S.

The mangroves along one of the walking trails

The mangroves along one of the walking trails

The dinghy "taxi" ride back to Beatitude

The dinghy “taxi” ride back to Beatitude

Back at the Marina, around our salon table playing games and having dessert

Back at the Marina, around our salon table playing games and having dessert

Yesterday, we were blessed to spend the day with Dwayne and Georgia Brown. Due to our “severe” winter weather (Windy and a high in the mid-60’s), we chickened-out of going sailing and instead relaxed in Beatitude most of the day. Dwayne was kind enough to lend me his fishing expertise and accompany me in search of some fishing gear. I am now the proud owner of Shimano Blue Water Fishing Rod and Shimano Tyrnos Reel loaded with 350 yards of 40 lb. test line. Now… for a chance to use it.

Georgia and Cindy

Georgia and Cindy

Barry and Dwayne.  The Browns refreshed our memory on how to play Euchre.  It must be noted that Barry and Georgia emerged victorious!

Barry and Dwayne. The Browns refreshed our memory on how to play Euchre. It must be noted that Barry and Georgia emerged victorious!