C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marina Bound

With NOAA forecasting gloom and doom we decided to come into the marina.  Storms were predicted for the area and we didn’t like getting glares from the guy we were near.  So, after coffee in town at the Bean we went back to our boat and began to pull up the anchors.  It was a good thing the Cape Dory guy was not on his boat as we did have to push his boat away from our anchor while we pulled it up.  We were not in danger of fouling our lines or doing any harm to his boat but his vessel had drifted atop our anchor.  
Jeff used some fancy footwork and fended off the boat.  Oddly enough it was not the side with all the fenders!

We then started the motor and docked at the marina.  That thankfully was uneventful.

Weather prediction it is only really a guess and the guess was not the reality.  No storms.  Oh well, Jeff and I rented some bikes and rode all around town.  It was fun to see all the old houses along the waterfront.  This is another place that I would love to live.  Don’t know what I’d do for a job but the area is wonderful, laid back and friendly.  Well, most folks are super friendly.

The folks we met- Bill and Lynn, Gil and Laura, and the beautiful boats we looked at on the hard at a yacht brokers was worth the price of admission. 
Bill and Lynn are on a Nordhaven 43 called Wandering Winds.  They traveled from California through the Panama Canal.  What an adventure!  We chatted for an hour or so.  He is a NOLS grad (national outdoor leadership school) from the 70’s.  He remembered so many snippets from his course.  What a cool thing to hear about.
Gil and Laura are “locals”  they moved here from other places and Gil makes wooden furniture.  Laura owns a sail loft as well as is a chef.  We had lots to talk about since they just took possession of a Drascomb Gig.  That is the same type of boat that The Mag is.  They are in the process of restoring it.  Maybe once we get back to Florida we can help them out with measurement if need be.  Not too many of the boats were made.  I think I heard Jeff say about 100 or so.  What a wonderful small world!

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