Chapter 24. The Orange Fridge Came Back

-Do you want another coffee Sam?

-Yeah… not so much in the mood to start over the thru-holes…

-I know honey. It doesn’t drip much, but that is the thing to do.

-I wanna splice lines in the cockpit Cass, I am very discouraged.

-Every day brings surprises on Pablo, maybe it will be a good day!

-Yeah…. Says Sam not so enthusiastically.

Sam was very grumpy like the Captain in Tintin that morning. Redoing a work you though was well done is never fun.

TOC TOC TOC! We hear from outside :


-Hey Darkside!


Darkside? Everyone in the hard here knows we changed the boat name and hated the old one. Who could it be? Sam takes a look outside :


-Oh my god! Captain Bob!!! What a surprise! What are you doing here!


Captain Bob? Who the hell is Captain Bob you say? We gotta go back in time when we were about to buy the boat.



Remember when Sam flew back at the boat and needed to make a sea trial. Why, the seller needs to hire a Captain if they are not sailing the boat themselves. This is when Sam met Captain Bob. They sailed on Pablo together for a day while the surveyor was looking at all the system. We then bought the boat while we were back in Canada, once we had the survey’s result in hand. Happy times. Until the phone rang while at the summer work party.


-Hey Sam, Captain Bob on the line.

-Hey sir!

-Did you ended up buyiny their boat,  Darkside?

-Yes, papers are signed. Why?

– You sure it’s yours?

– Well, our bank account is empty, so pretty sure yes.  Why anyway?

– Big storm coming. I see your boat from mine here, and all hatches are open and I can tell you I haven’t seen the previous folks for at least 2 days…no one is coming to close them. You’re gonna get quite a mess in the boat I tell ya.

-Oh gosh! Can you run and close everything?!

-Will do.

Few minutes later, the phone rang again.

– Sam. The boat is a mess, boxes and stuff everywhere. There is even a guinea pig in a cage in there! But, don’t you worry, my wife and I will clean up everything, get the guinea pig out and close hatches. We will bug bomb in there too so all is good when you guys come back in 2 months.

-Wow…what can I say! You guys are amazing.

-That is what boat people do, we help each other. And by the way, I will tell them what I think when they’ll come back to get their guinea pig!


He was almost a stranger but took good care of our boat while we were gone.


Back to the yard; Captain Bob is now at the bottom of the ladder:


-What am I doing here, huh? Just got at anchor in front. Rocky says there is no place for my boat out on the hard because you couldn’t splash yesterday. I am here to help you. The faster YOU splash, the faster I can get my new bottom coat done too.

-Holly molly! I wasn’t expecting help this morning! That brings back some motivation.

-Put your coffee on the table and get that day started Sam. And let’s move that stupid fridge in front of your ladder. Who the hell put that there!


And that was the second surprise of that day. The orange fridge came back. Who took it? How? Where? … Who cares.


While Daddy works with Captain Bob, Matey, Salty and Cass finish to pack the dry good. Or should I say “almost” dry goods. Here Matey in front of the wine. 😉

Chapter 20. Love Comes In One Color.

No more cds in the house (we sold them all!), we’re listening to the radio in the car that morning. It’s commute time from home to the daycare:

-Who sings that song Mommy? asks Salty.

-Her name is Pink, pumpkin.


I see her coming… She will say she loves the song because her name is Pink.

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Chapter 19. The Skill No One Can Learn

Routine visit at the dentist before Sam leaves to go work on the boat for 2 months. He needs to prepare it before the rest of us arrives for good. It’s coming very fast.


-Man…these gums doesn’t look good, the dentist says to Sam.

-That bad?

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Chapter 18. What Did You Just say?

For the last time before we leave, we are with Sophie, our doctor guru. She is teaching us how to make stitches. Honestly : I hope if won’t need some. But if we need some, and cannot reach medical assistance, better safe than sorry.


We bought a pork leg to practice.


-So here, you  turn the thread around the plyers and you pull to make the knot.

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Chapter 16. Don’t Leave Me Yet.

Over the years, Sam started really enjoying wood working. Putting hours to bring back to life a complete collection of old planes that he used afterward, collecting special tools, saws, and buying some exotic wood.

Sam looks at his amazing band saw being loaded inside the pickup of its new owner.

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Chapter 15. The Demotion Of The Lucky Underwear

Very early that morning, we take the plane for a second time; heading to Georgia where a boat that Sam found is waiting for us.

– I am just SO excited !!! I say to Sam.

– I know! The boat is just perfect: our own bedroom with a bed not in the shape of a triangle, separate beds for the kids, two bathrooms, wind generator, solar panels, kitchen like we wanted, central cockpit that keeps us dry and the kids safe… 

– With white cream cushions on top! Brand new from 2014!!!

– Arrghhh…you and your cushions.– I love cushions, ok!

-The best I find is the new rigging as well as the new engine. Just that worth 75 000 USD$. 

– Can’t wait to see all that. I feel it, this is the perfect boat for us.

The next morning when we arrive at the boat, we have a shock. The boat that was so well equipped has been badly maintained in the past 2 years. And what a horrifying view when inside and I see the cushions: 

– They are BLACK with dirt, Sam… !!! 🙁   🙁

– Shit… (even him is disappointed!)

After our own quick inspection, we have to take a though decision. The price they ask isn’t realistic at all. Photos were lying, although equipment is there.

– We have to bargain a lower price. There is too much to do up front.

– Yeah…we have to bargain a lot, replies Sam to George suddenly unconfident.

George the broker (not the pig) calls the seller’s broker with a short but very clear message from us:

“You know as much as I do that it’s a real crime to ask for that amount without putting any maintenance for two years. We need 20 000$ less otherwise it doesn’t worth it for us to move on with the inspection as it was planned.”

10 minutes later, we receive a phone call from the other broker with their answer:

“They offer $10,000 less, and only if you don’t renegotiate the price after the survey of the boat.”

Our heart stops beating. We invested in plane tickets to come from Québec. We had payed for an inspector the next day as well as the fees to get the boat out.

This is how big the drink had to be in the evening trying to cope with the deception.

– It’s not enough Sam….

– I know, Sam replies (he just finished playing with numbers and budget for the 15th time in the past 8 minutes).

– I am really sorry guys, said George. I really think that if the boat doesn’t fit in your budget, it’s not a boat for you. 

Back at our Air BnB room, we have absolutely nothing to say.   Sam breaks the ice with a small voice:

–  … And to think I had put on my lucky underwear for today. 


I laugh. It is funny, and very sad. Because, yes, that boat WAS perfect for us. 


Top photo: with few days left with nothing to do, we headed to beautiful Savannah. Did not cheered us up at all. 


Darkside, named like this by the sellers (star wars fans) has literally gone to the darkside in the past 2 years despite awesome equipment. 

Something that kept us dreaming at this boat: a brand new ENGINE!
Dreamy kitchen where you can hold yourself in the waves.
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Chapiter 14. The Wrong George

Past February 2018.


-Look Salty, this is a photo of the man who’s helping us to find a boat.

She doesn’t look. Not sure why I thought it could interest her…


-He helps to find a boat?

-Yes! We’re going to go back to see him and visit a boat with him soon.

-But I don’t know him.

-No you don’t. His name is George. But look this time, here, that’s a photo of him on his business card.


Salty looks, grins and almost screams:

-This is NOT George mommy!!!


She goes in the living room, visibly upset.


I wait and think about when we met George back in Florida. He said:

“I will give you such a good service finding your boat, that when you’ll come back of your trip, you will call me.”


Salty comes back and brings a plush at 1 inch from my nose and says angrily:

-THIS is GEORGE, mommy!!!


We flew to to meet him again and visited no less than 18 boats in 1 week through the ENTIRE Florida.


There is not much resemblance between George the Pig and George the broker.  But I must admit that I cannot dissociate the two anymore!


Featured image: Sam and Cass driving a mini cooper from Turo through Florida, hopeful to find THE boat…

Chapter 7. Just Lick Your Fingers.

We’ve decided to cast off on a sailboat long before the kids were born. But they were part of the plan, so we’ve waited for them. Since they’re born, we take all precautions possible to make sure they know what a sailboat is. We buy books, have paintings, games…

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