to the adventures of the sailing vessel Luck of a Fool. With this blog
site, we would like to share our experiences with our family and
friends. And if someone else is considering cruising on a sailboat,
maybe our site will help them, too. We will also share how we started sailing and how we selected our Beneteau 423. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures.
After talking about starting a blog for a few months, I decided to
start with an article I wrote for the Black Hills Sailing Association
newsletter. Over time, I will add more information about ourselves and
The Roths are on the adventure of a lifetime.It started in September 2012 when Mary sold
her dental practice and accepted a position in Fairhope, Alabama as an
associate dentist.We sold our home and
the majority of our possessions.We even
sold our Catalina 25 to Brian and Jackie Killion.In Alabama,we rented a condo for a year to make decisions on where to live and what
boat to purchase.In January 2013 we
started looking at boats.Discussing all
our options, we decided on a boat that we would be able to live aboard in shoal
waters after Mary retired.The plan was
to work about 5 years, then move aboard the boat.Living in Alabama made it much easier to find
a boat.We took weekend trips to Pensacola,
Biloxi, St Petersburg, New Orleans, and Memphis.The 2007 Beneteau 423 Oceanis in Memphis was
it!It had been on a lake in Arkansas
(so in fresh water).The owner had a
cabin on the lake, so it was very lightly used and in beautiful condition.A few of the features on our wish list were a
walk through transom, a Yanmar diesel engine, a generator, heater/AC and a bed
that could be entered from each side to avoid crawling over each other.
Working with Murray Yacht Sales, an offer was made and
accepted in June 2013.The boat was
brought to Mobile Bay from Memphis by truck/trailer, and the sale was finalized
June 26, 2013.About the same time, we
made the decision for Mary to retire so we could begin our sailing adventure
while we are both able to move about the boat.We set the goal of October 1, 2013 to be living aboard the boat. That was when the lease on our condo would be
Dave went to work deciding what needed to be added to the
boat to be able to live aboard and began the installations.Mary started working on what possessions would
go with us on the boat, what heirlooms needed to be brought back to family
members, what could be sold at consignment, what sold at auction, what to give
away or throw away, and what would go into storage.
Boxes began to arrive daily from UPS, FedEx, and USPS.The list included Single Side Band Radio, radar,
solar panels, a dinghy and outboard motor, and new batteries.Dave started installing equipment around all
the rain showers that were a daily occurrence.
For Dave's birthday in July, he was given a hernia.So surgery was scheduled for September
3.We finalized several of the projects
so we could enjoy Labor Day weekend with the Killions, who drove to Alabama
from their new home in Cape Coral, Florida.
During Dave's recovery in September, we had the boat pulled
out of the water for more boat projects
We made a road trip back to SD and MN to bring back the
family items and see family before setting sail.After returningto AL, we will finalize projects and settle
into the boat.Sometime in November, we
will start our journey.We will explore
the Gulf of Mexico, the Killion's swimming pool, the Florida Keys and the
Bahamas this winter.The tentative plan
is to then explore the East Coast and the Caribbean over the next few years
avoiding hurricanes in the process.A
major goal would be to sail to Europe, but we don't foresee sailing around the
world at this time (at least Mary doesn't).
To quote Jimmy Buffett: there isn't any doubt, if it doesn't
work out, the pleasure was worth all the pain.