What was the most remote place you have cruised?
Kristin’s work schedule kept us close to cellular signals and airports —- so, the majority of our cruising has been on the US east coast — from Newport, Rhode Island to Key West, Florida. We’ve traversed the Gulf Stream to spend time in the Bahamas as well (flights and cellular data service are fabulous!).
We spent 10 years slowly exploring the rivers in the Chesapeake, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. These are not geographically remote — but, provided us with quiet, scenic anchorages that most people don’t take the time to explore. The Nordhavn 40 is nimble and can tuck into many anchorages that bigger and deeper boats cannot. Places like Edenton, NC, and Onancock, MD, come to mind — where we poked into, enjoyed a relaxing visit, and, met wonderful friends that we’ve had for years!
One of our favorite places is Cumberland Island, Georgia — the anchorage is large, with good holding. And we can dinghy over to the state park to walk the beach on the Atlantic Ocean, looking for wild horses and surf to swim in.
We’re city people and we have enjoyed harbors and anchorages that have access to good food and entertainment — like Charleston, Baltimore, and Sag Harbor. We owned a slip in Charleston, but our dinghy took us back and forth to our private floating condo and the city life in other more populated harbors.
We’ve been lucky enough to crew with Nordhavn friends to Alaska and Halifax — a completely different experience, for certain.
Wayne, you have used some of your architectural skills to make some nice improvements. What is your approach?
I have a keen sense for open spaces, structure and clean lines. For example, replacing the two fixed tables in the saloon with two hassocks and an adjustable, freestanding table, created a more comfortable open area in which to live and entertain (and a space for our yoga practice).
I designed the enclosed TV cabinet, to hide that appliance from view. And I applied the carpet tiles as a way to fit the floor space from edge to edge, but also leave access to the engine room panels.
Freestanding Saloon Table and TV Cabinet
When you are anchored out – what do you guys like to do?
We have spent most of our cruising years at anchor – so, we learned to exercise, cook, work, and do maintenance with whatever resources we had. We kayak, explore rivers with the dinghy, practice yoga on the deck, explore trails on land, swim (when in blue water), and do chores. There are always chores!!!
Because of our style to move slowly, we have found special snorkeling spots (in the Bahamas), hiking trails (on the east coast of Maryland), and state parks to visit along all the water ways.
One passion of Kristin’s is to find the local farmers market —- we’d often time our arrival for the Saturday morning opportunity to get local fare and seasonal vegetables.
Kristin – you used KEMO SABE as a remote office before that became THE thing to do. What is it like working from a boat?
I am grateful for the opportunity we had to cruise while I juggled the rigors of an international team schedule. I recall many 4am calls in a quiet anchorage, delivering a presentation. I missed a few 5 pm happy hours — but, Wayne always put my cocktail in the freezer, awaiting the end of my last meeting…..
We always cruised within the boundaries of a cellular signal —- which grew as years progressed (currently, you have a cellular signal as much as 5 miles offshore in the US — sometimes more!). And, my roles always required a lot of travel, globally. The US east coast ports offered many access points to large airports —- so, our navigational plan took careful consideration of how we could get to somewhere, and, when we could get there. We learned to never push the boundaries — weather rules.
Please tell us about the cruising community and being out there with other trawler folks.
We can’t gush enough about the cruising community…… It is what we will miss most without a vessel like KEMO SABE.
We’ve met many, many people over the years —- some we met once or twice, some we found along the way, over and over again. We remain friends, with or without distance.
At each harbor, we help each other, we spend time enjoying simple things — like a cool breeze, or a sunset), we organize to walk to the farmers market, we cook together, we mentor each other and, we watch each other’s boats. Oh – and, happy hours. We have lots of happy hours. It’s a mobile community!
One of our favorite stories is a Nordhavn 50 (and Nordhavn 57) owner who knocked on our hull and asked if we would be friends with his wife while he was away…. (thanks, Stan!) Of course, we fell in love with her…
We could write a book about all the wonderful friends we have, near and far.
The learnings you accrue through the experience of others – and, through their teachings is so incredibly valuable.
Now that you are veteran Nordhavn 40 owners, can you look back and think of something that you wished you had known or learned earlier in your time aboard that might benefit someone looking to buy a Nordhavn 40?
We wish that we both had retired earlier. 😊 The cruising life is full of exciting challenges, offers opportunities to learn, provides natural independence and green living; and it is introspective AND entertaining.
Something we would have done differently is to hire a captain early in our ownership years. The captain will expedite your learning of how to handle a full displacement, single screw vessel; how to dock; and how to maintain your systems.
We knew a lot, as owners of sail boats —– but the rest we learned on our own, and, through the incredible resources of the Nordhavn Owners Group.
As we mentioned earlier, we never wished for a bigger boat — the Nordhavn 40 was perfect for us, with regard to maneuverability, nimbleness, maintainability, and livability. We chose to fund upgrades on KEMO SABE, versus a new vessel.
Thank you, Wayne and Kristin!
For more information on KEMO SABE, please visit her dedicated website www.Nordhavn40ForSale.com and contact listing broker Jeff Merrill with any questions. KEMO SABE is located in Del Ray Beach, FL.