Home Sweet Home

When we were contemplating purchasing a catamaran, I was set on a brand new one.  I was afraid of taking on other peoples’ problems (as in buying a house), and I was a little leary of the word “used.”  However, when Barry finally convinced me to agree to look at a couple of used boats, I was pleasantly surprised!  There were additons on these boats that I liked and added features that we would have had to buy, or probably would not have been able to buy if we had purchasd a NEW catamaran (such as water maker, oversized generator, TV in salon and owner’s berth, extra shelving in owner’s cabin, and a custom made mattress, to name a few). We were also able to buy a bigger sized cat if we were to buy a previously owned vessel.  THAT was appealing to me 🙂  We bought our 2007 Lagoon 420 and moved aboard a couple of months afterwards.  As the months went by, we had a fun time investigating the nooks and crannies, finding items such as replacement parts for the boat, miscellaneous gadgets, a hand vaccuum, and a table ironing board…it was like Christmas!

We have been on Beatitude now for a year and a half, and it is home to me.  One of my favorite activities I enjoy is going to the cockpit as the music is playing through the speakers and read, paint, work on the computer, etc., as I enjoy the outdoors.  There’s nothing like it!  I still have a lot to learn and have to admit I am a little apprehensive about “the unknown,” but I am determined to look ahead! I am  reminded of the saying I wrote in my first post, “WE CANNOT REACH NEW HORIZONS IF WE FEAR TO LEAVE THE SHORE.”

Living on a used boat, there are some things that need a “facelift”.  One item was our coffee table.  The veneer was coming off of it, and it was an eyesore.  This past week Barry bought some wood and figured out how to make us a new coffee table!! Not only does it look great, but it is special to me because he made it.  As we continue to make Beatitude our home for the next several years, we will continue to make some changes here and there, but overall it is a haven where we appreciate our blessings and our opportunity to travel in a way we never imagined.

Barry shaping the wood for the table top.

Barry shaping the wood for the table top.

Staining the wood.

Staining the wood.

Voilà! A new coffee table!

Voilà! A new coffee table!

Ready for you to come visit! :-)

Ready for you to come visit! 🙂

14 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. It looks lovely. The only downside is we don’t get to see you very often.
    Are you going to obtain and learn ‘short wave radio’ and ‘Morse code’ for when your phones won’t have a signal? Or do you have ‘satellite phones’?

    • I know 🙁 I miss All Saints! As you know, when we cant make it there we attend here in Sarasota (but All Saints is my all time favorite!!) 🙂
      We have a single sideband radio (SSB) which is like a short wave radio.
      We also have other ways of communicating (for example – satellite device where we can communicate but it’s not a phone) I am glad you are following our blog. (and keep us in your prayers too) Thanks!

  2. Great job Barry! Glad you are feeling at home in your catamaran (since it is your home for a while!). Love you 🙂

  3. Hey dear friend, I may not comment often but I follow your blog! Sure miss seeing you but knowing you’re enjoying life on the water makes me happy for you both.

    • That is important to me knowing dear friends are following our blog 🙂 I miss you too! I will try to come and see you when I get back from Massachusetts and Ohio! (by plane not boat!haha)

  4. I love reading about your adventures. I admire your ability to know what you want (well, at least Barry) and to go for it !!! And, you,Cindy for hanging in there for YOUR MAN !!!!! Stay safe and you have my best wishes and prayers.

    • Thanks! At the risk of sounding a little mushy…. what I want most is Cindy Carey! I appreciate her willingness to go along with my crazy ideas. She is amazing! If she says no more Beatitude, then it will be bye-bye Beatitude!

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