The Story of Tumbleweed…

by Sara on February 23, 2012

We purchased Tumbleweed over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a last minute trip that cost a small fortune in miles but reaped many benefits. We looked at, surveyed, test sailed, and finalize the purchase of Tumbleweed all in one trip. It wasn’t that easy though… Chris had already spent 2 weeks on the east coast the month before searching for the perfect sailing vessel for our adventures. He went from Annapolis, to New York, down to Virgina and back again. He came back to Bozeman after 2 weeks of hotels and rental cars with a TPI Catamaran in mind to buy and a ton of knowledge to sort though. He then flew back out to New York the following week to survey the TPI and found it infested with mold. The boat surveyor didn’t even think it was safe to be aboard and didn’t want to finish the survey! Back to square one. Chris then headed down to Florida, the catamaran mecca of the USA, which meant they had about 10 vessels available in our price range. BUT what we did find was our new home on the Gulf side of Florida in a 42′ Manta Catamaran that we named Tumbleweed.

It was shortly after Thanksgiving that we made the final decision to move onto the boat permanently and sail the world. It has been quite a whirl-wind of a time since then! We booked a flight to Chicago (with a drive to Ohio in mind) for the Christmas holiday and then a one-way ticket down to FL! We had 2 weeks to pack up our entire house, rent the house out, collect what we wanted to move onto the boat, get all our vaccinations to travel the world, visit doctors while we still have health insurance, wrap up all other business in the state of Montana, Christmas shop and say goodbye to all our friends in the great city of Bozeman. It was 2 weeks full of hard work, lots of emotions and lots or beers every night with friends! We had such an amazing little going away get-together at Ale Works the night before we left, THANKS FRIENDS!

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Now what we have been doing since Dec. 28th when we arrived in Florida? Oh boy have we been busy! Visit our “Initial Boat Work/Improvements” to see the list of what we have been doing for the past 2 months. It has truly been a huge learning experience that has taught us about our boat, each other, and that we are READY TO ACTUALLY SET SAIL! Although the marina queen lifestyle isn’t so bad at Regatta Pointe Marina with our hot tub, work out room, laundry services, internet, free ice, restaurant happy hour that is 10 yards from our dock. Oh and I can’t forget Margaret and Michael, the most helpful and fun loving Boston couple at the marina, who have been great! Yes, even with all those positives, we are ready to SET SAIL! We thought it was going to be Monday, Feb. 21st that we would head out but after our sail to St. Pete’s with my best-est high school friend Brandy (Roesch) Save, her husband Rodney, and my boyfriend’s girlfriend, JC, we needed a few more days to get everything dialed in. Now it’s Thurs, Feb. 23rd (Gregerson’s birthday) and we were ready to leave this morning… of course we wake up to dense fog and and 30 mph winds. The new plan is to get fishing gear, paddle boards, a Sat Phone and our hatch screen tomorrow and then head out on Sat. Check out the posts to see when this marina livin’ is going to end!!

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