Reflections 2019

Exciting year with a lot of challenges – and memories we never will forget. Grateful for our experiences and what we have and ready for the changes we want to take on in the new year

Rollercoaster year – our boat gives us incredible joy and obstacles. There is nothing more beautiful to go out on a sunny day with the boat, set anchor, swim in the water, take a shower at home and watch one breathtaking sunset after the other …. On the other hand the list to fix things on the boat is very long. The most frustrating part are the leaks. As of today we have not found a solution. However the highlight has been that Marcus designed and constructed switches for our heaters so now we can turn the heater on and off remotely. Also we are very grateful for the most wonderful neighbors one can wish for – without their constant support we wouldn’t be where we are today – Thank YOU so much!


We started 2019 in beautiful warm Jamaica with a few beautiful scuba dives.


We love Mexico – we had the fortune to travel to Mexico with Marcus work again. This time we went hiking along a volcano and even more exciting we rented scooters to explore the city center.

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Organizing storage

When we moved out of our Manhattan apartment, we stored all bulky and seasonal items into a container which was stored in a warehouse. After 20 months it was time to decide what to keep and what to let go. It was astonishing how much we could fit in our boat for all the rest we had very thankful takers.

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Later in March we were invited to a wedding in Colombia. Our friends Andreas from Switzerland and Juanita from Colombia celebrated a beautiful wedding at the beach. We were so lucky to be invited and able to share the magical moment with the lovely couple. We also meet the families who were very welcoming.

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Jamaica birthday & Goodbye

After Colombia we did a quick stopover in Jamaica to celebrate our friends Clive 50th birthday party. We stayed a last time in our own AirBnB, unfortunately our contract was not renewed for 2020. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot and hope one day we will have our own airbnb again.

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Confirmation of Marcus god child

In April Marcus godchild Melanie had her confirmation – we travelled to Switzerland to celebrate this occasion. This was very special for Melanie as she can’t see Marcus very often.

Wedding Shelter Island

In May – we flew with our own private airplane to the Hamptons to celebrate Jennifer and Josep’s dream wedding with their wonderful family and friends.

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First Trip with our boat

After some serious boat driving practice – we put all our courage together and kidnaped our experienced neighbor Don and off we went on our own first boat trip to City Island to visit our friend Alex & Noelva. This was a day trip we never will forget.

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Next Wedding Upstate New York

In August our friends Ewa and Bill got married, the celebration took place in the Adirondack (Upstate New York). A lot of adventures we had the pleasure to experience during this wonderful wedding trip.

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Parties on the Boat

Luna exploring

Our cat Luna is made for the boat life – while exploring the marina she found a new friend called Hans, she loves to hang out on his boat and gets a lot of attention from her new friend.

Luna’s favored hobby is to check out boats only to see, if everything is in order

2020 here we come – a new decade – new adventures – new memories to be made…..stay tuned…..

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Celebrating the season, family & friends

The last few months were filled with celebration of the season. A lot of birthdays, thanksgiving and holiday events.

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Autumn Sports Event

The Autumn sports activities started officially in the last week of September with the Half Marathon in the Hamptons. Our Swiss friend Andreas was joining us for a longer weekend and running with us as well. The event was well organized with the best after party ever. As it was the end of the season, there were not many other people besides the runners – we had the beach almost for ourselves.

The next event was the “Tour de Credit Suisse” a bike tour from New York to Raleigh NC in beginning of October. This was the 2nd time I participated in the 4 day event and it was even better than the first time. I did daily videos, the same as last year. You can see there the fun we had and the great friendships we build. I was so lucky to be able to do it again.

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Day 1 – Tour de Credit Suisse
Day 2 – Tour de Credit Suisse
Day 3 – Tour de Credit Suisse
Day 4 – Tour de Credit Suisse
Thanks to everyone who participated and organized, this was an amazing tour.

End of October was the Marine Corp Marathon in Arlington VA, Jolanda was running a 10k and I was running the full marathon. Despite the rain, we had a great time in Washington DC.

Finally I decided to pursue a new outdoor sport. Some of Jolanda’s friends convinced me to go frostbiting with a sunfish. I have to report that I make good progress. Last weekend I even finished every race (we did 5). I had to buy a drysuit and of course tested if it keeps me dry with a beer in the “beautiful” Marina water. Stay tuned…

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It has been one year …..

since our journey started to pick up our boat in Maryland

There were a lot of ups and downs during the last year, but overall we are still happy with our decision to move onto the boat long term. Especially our friends and neighbors were a big help to keep us floating. Thanks so much everyone:

We went twice to Coney Island, once to City Island and did a few cruises around Manhattan. In addition we did the initial trip up from Maryland (see last years blog). Overall we did 105hrs driving the boat.

The memories we have the honor to experience on the boat are priceless and our friends enjoy spending time on the boat as well. Most of the vital parts have been fixed now but there is still a long list to fix for next year. We are already planning some exciting trips for 2020 (which is a very special year for both of us). Stay tuned, we can’t wait for the next adventures.

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Another Adventure – another beautiful wedding

A few weekends ago we were fortunate to be invited to our friends Ewa and Bill’s wedding upstate New York. The place is a beautiful estate for members only. Bill’s family is a member since many generations. For the wedding Ewa asked us if we could organize a white convertible to drive her to the ceremony. So we booked a flashy white convertible BMW two months ahead on Turo (it is a website like Airbnb for cars), the location for the pickup was around our corner. Unfortunately the night before we were supposed to pick up the car, the owner cancelled the booking. Desperately we booked a convertible with HERTZ at Newark Airport in the middle of the night. The next morning we took a Lyft to the airport and the incredible HERTZ team managed to get us a white convertible (Chevrolet is not BMW but we did not mind as it was white).

After we arrived we were greeted by our friends and their family with an awesome dinner. The next day we explored the estate and we could not believe that we had an entire lake including island on our own. It was so peaceful and scenic. 

The wedding ceremony was outstanding and our convertible was also one of the highlights.

The party went long into the night and we danced until the next morning. Ewa and Bill we can’t thank you enough to allow us to be part of your wedding. Your amazing friends, family and location made it an incredible experience for us.

See below the video taken from the wedding by the toastmaster.

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On August 20th ……

79 year ago Marcus Mum was born. We going to meet her on Christmas this year to go on Vacation and see the Christmas market . She was planning to visit the boat but this year she was just too busy with all the travel plans.

59 years later Marcus made his first skydive jump in Luetzelinden / Germany. This year marks his 20 years in Skydiving. Unfortunately I have no pictures from this historical event but I found one from the following year in Indonesia and one of the first jumps Jolanda and Marcus together in the air.

And of course the most important date was August 20th 2005 when Jolanda and Marcus got married at the Brissago Islands in the south part of Switzerland. The wedding was a weeks long celebration with 18 different nationalities.

Even Luna was in a celebration mood.

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More home improvements

Last weekend was very productive, I exchanged the broken toilet seat, we tightened the rubber hoses from the heater so they don’t leak any more. We might have solved the leaking of the aircon (time will tell) and also we took apart the generator. A big thanks to our neighbors, without them we would not be able to do that. It took us (or better Don) two days to losen the generator to be able to take out the coils of the generator. The service centre of the generator has helped me to troubleshoot and it seems that the coils are shot.

Now we just need a shop who can help us to replace the coils and of course put everything together again. As a little thank you we invited our supporting crew to a dinner at our favorite restaurant The Archer which is partly owned by Jolanda’s sailing buddy Jessie and has the most delicious drink and food menu.

There are some more projects in the pipeline e.g. building a new housebank (if someone can tell me where to get cheap golf card batteries let me know). On the downside I learned that ALL of the leaks which I thought I fixed have proven me wrong after the last thunderstorm. Next weekend is skydiving time, so a little brake from dirty hands in the engine room.

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Finally back in the air

I did a quick and dirty cut of the jumps I did last weekend at Skydive the Ranch. Many thanks to my friend Christian who took the video. Can’t wait for more this year.

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Home improvement update

We have been working hard – Here is a little summary what we have been doing.

There were a couple of points on top of our priority list: Fixing leaks, replacing broken port propeller, replacing the V-berth mattress in the guest bedroom. As it was getting very hot, making sure all the AC units are running , find out why the generator is not working (so we could stay offshore overnight) and last but very important: paining the stairs and furniture.

(1) Fixing leaks around the windows and the back balcony. Our neighbor Don showed me how to apply Silicon on the window frames to seal the windows, so I spend a couple of days to remove the old caulk and apply the Silicon, also I re-sealed the wood/fiberglass on the back of the boat. First was the master bedroom window and I can confirm that this is now sealed, for the rest I have to wait for the next big shower to test if it was successful. This was already a big achievement as the wood in the bedroom started already rotting away.

fixing the window

(2) During our trip from Maryland to NYC last year the boat hit ground and the propeller got damaged. As it was getting warmer now we had a diver replacing the prop with a spare one we had on the boat as well as getting the damaged repaired. I was surprised how damaged the prop was – did not expect that a part of the propeller would be missing.

Bend Prop

(3) We will have some visitors in July so we decided to replace the mattress in the guest bedroom. The old one might has been as old as the boat itself. I was cutting the foam according to the old size and a friend of ours did a beautiful job sewing the cover. Now we are all set for the visitors and they will have hopefully a nice comfortable bed.

(4) Our other neighbor Frank works in the business of air conditioning and he identified that the compressor of our unit for the master bedroom is not working any more (the previous owner told us that she never got the bedroom aircon running). I did some research on the internet and found a company based in Florida which sells replacement units the installation was straight forward since the connections were all the same as the original unit. I would recommend Aquaair any time, only thing they could improve is the handling of the shipping which took a while and I needed to call them a couple of times to get the shipping date and tracking number.

Three guys one cat replacing the aircon

(5) The generator might be a long term project, the engine is running but the motor only produces minimal voltage. Good thing is that there is some measurable voltage, bad thing is that this thing is very big and heavy. Getting that part out and services might be a big task. I will keep you updated. If anyone has some tips please let me know.

This monster will be a piece of work

(6) Most fun part was the painting of the outside stairs and two tables on the flybridge. Jolanda’s first attempts to paint a $10 table with $50 paint :-). I think she got better and had fun in the end, our neighbors was admiring her paining skills.

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First boat day trip – City Island

We were looking forward to our first trip with our boat and Memorial Weekend Monday was the perfect day to visit our friends Alex and Noelva in City Island. There is their friend’s mooring ball right in front of their house and the water is deep enough for our boat. One challenge was to time the ride up the East River so that we do not have the current against us. Hell Gate (north of Roosevelt Island) can be a bit of a pain if you would go up against the current. Luckily I found a webpage where you can look up when the right time is to travel the East River. The following link together with an updated tide chart helped to time the passage:

Our friend and neighbor Don, who is seriously boating since 20 years joined us and gave us good advice. His wife Pam was out of town and we thought he would appreciate some entertainment. We left at 11 am in the morning and it was beautiful weather, only Luna was suffering a bit, because of an allergic reaction. After 2.5 hours we arrived at City Island and we picked up the mooring without problem. Our friends greeted us with an amazing seafood lunch. It was a very relaxing afternoon watching our boat in a very different location.

With a nice sunset and seaplanes taking off next to us on the East River we made our way back home safely. An experience we hopefully will repeat very soon.

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