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End of this Journey

Posted by on July 18, 2015

All good things must come to an end…..

After waiting over three weeks at North Palm Beach Marina, the ship designated by our shipping company to carry His Idea from Florida to British Columbia finally arrived. This was a longer wait than we anticipated, however the Captain used this time to work on boat projects, and the Admiral visited Vancouver for a couple of weeks to start catching up on things at home.

Planning for the shipping of our vessel began last year. We chose Sevenstar Yacht Transport, a subsidiary of a large Dutch marine transportation business, after investigating and getting quotes from three companies.  Arranging transportation by ship is a fairly detailed process that involves considerable expense, significant documentation, special insurance, customs brokerage, and proper vessel preparation. That said, it was an excellent choice for us to get His Idea home.

Loading day was June 7th.  After a short trip down Lake Worth we were alongside the ‘Thorco Isadora’, a modestly sized general cargo freighter of the Maersk Line. Loading moved quickly once the crew was ready for us, so we were on the tender and out of sight before His Idea was hoisted aboard and secured on deck.  It would be a number of weeks before we would see her again, and we hoped for good care of our prized possession!

Fast forward one month to July 10th.  After approximately 6000 miles of ocean travel, including transit through the Panama Canal, Thorco Isadora was berthed at the Chemainus, B.C. lumber terminal, and ready to unload His Idea into Pacific waters. We were very happy when we heard from our customs broker that His Idea had been cleared for discharge by Canada Customs. Our vessel was one of seven boats to be offloaded at Chemainus – the largest was 72 feet – and we took possession by mid-afternoon. The boat’s engines started up fine and we made it to our berth at nearby Chemainus Marina under our own power. Other vessels were not so fortunate, as some had to be towed to the marina by the tender.

While in Palm Beach we had arranged for shrink wrapping of the deck house and installed polyetheylene covering on the decks to protect His Idea from the elements during the trip. This was a good thing, as she arrived covered in bird droppings, large grease spots (we assume from the deck cranes), and what looked like hardened cement dust. Even with this protection it took us quite a few hours of scrubbing to get her ‘ship shape’.

Excited to get His Idea to her new home, we departed the next day. Although the weather was much cooler than we were used to in the Caribbean – jeans and jackets, my word! – we had a lovely cruise via the Gulf Islands, Active Pass and across Georgia Strait to Point Roberts Marina.

Final Words About this Journey

What a marvelous adventure we have had: four seasons of cruising; 18 months of live-aboard lifestyle; three diverse countries; almost 10,000 miles of ocean, lake and river exploration over an area too big to calculate; remote anchorages, small town docks & big city marinas; so many interesting people to meet and befriend along the way.

Our decision to end our travels in the east and return to cruising in the west was made with a mixture of regret and anticipation. We’ll lament the places we didn’t get to – and no doubt, some days, the warmer weather – however our dreamy memories will be a good tonic for that.  And we have the west coast of North America to get excited about – the Gulf and San Juan Islands, Desolation Sound, the Broughton Archipelago, and (hopefully) the Inside Passage, Haida Gwai and Alaska too.

If you’ve followed our travels, we thank you for that, and hope you enjoyed reading the blog as much as we enjoyed writing it.

For those of you who may be dreaming of a similar adventure, don’t wait too long. It’s never too early to start planning, and when your day comes, go do it!

Happy cruising…..

John & Ria

The crew shrink wrapping His Idea's deck house in North Palm Beach

The crew shrink wrapping His Idea’s deck house in North Palm Beach.

All ready to go.

All ready to go.

Preparing to load His Idea on the forward deck of Thorco Isadora.

Preparing to load His Idea on the forward deck of Thorco Isadora.

One of the fun aspects of transporting by sea was following the progress of the ship from Florida to B.C.; this is a screen shot of Thorco Isadora approaching Victoria to pick up the pilot for the last portion of the trip to Chemainus.

One of the fun aspects of transporting by sea was following the progress of the ship from Florida to B.C.; this is a screen shot of Thorco Isadora approaching Victoria to pick up the pilot for the last portion of the trip to Chemainus.

Watching Thorco Isadora off Victoria as she heads for Haro Strait; this knoll was a short walk from our friends place in Victoria; thanks for hosting Bill & Liz!

Watching Thorco Isadora off Victoria as she heads for Haro Strait; this knoll was a short walk from our friends’ place in Victoria; thanks for hosting Bill, Liz, Dex and Gus!

Thorrco Isadora can just be seen in the hazy distance.

Thorco Isadora can just be seen in the hazy distance.

Waiting patiently for Customs Clearance in Chemainus Harbour.

Waiting patiently for Customs Clearance in Chemainus Harbour.

The view from the marina.

The view from the marina.

Our turn to offload.

Our turn to offload.

After more than four weeks, touchdown into Pacific waters.

After more than four weeks, touchdown into Pacific waters.

View towards Thetis and Kuiper Islands from the marina - familiar cruising grounds for the Captain and Admiral.

View towards Thetis and Kuiper Islands from the marina – familiar cruising grounds for the Captain and Admiral.

Sharing Active Pass with a B.C. ferry.

Sharing Active Pass with a B.C. ferry.

Picturesque Geogina Point Lighthouse, Mayne Island.

Picturesque Georgina Point Lighthouse, Mayne Island.

Approaching Point Roberts; the marina is dead ahead.

Approaching Point Roberts; the marina is dead ahead.

His Idea comfortably berthed in her new home!

His Idea comfortably berthed in her new home!

Postscript – the Final Stats (2012 – 2015)

  • Statute miles traveled – 9429
  • Hours of motoring – 936
  • Diesel fuel used (including generator) – 11829 litres (2602 imperial gallons)
  • Average MPG  – 3.8 (not including generator; 3.6 MPG including generator)
  • Average fuel cost – $1.19/litre
  • Average fuel cost per mile – $1.39 (not including generator)
  • Average daily moorage cost – approximately $35/day
  • Extremes of latitude and longitude
  1. E : 69.33 degrees West (Grande Bergeronnes, Quebec, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, east of Quebec City)
  2. N: 48.26 degrees North (Chicoutimi, Quebec, at the western end of the Saguenay fiord),
  3. W: 90.38 degrees West (Valley City, Illinois, on the Illinois River, north of St Louis)
  4.  S: 23.33 degrees North (Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas).

11 Responses to End of this Journey

  1. Charlotte Kerr

    Dear John and Ria,
    I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed reading your blog over the past couple of years! Through it, I have gained a more complete and interesting view of the wonders and beauties of both Canada and the U.S. I wish you continued fair winds and following seas on the next portion of adventures aboard His Idea – and sincerely hope you will continue your blog, and of course, that you will feel free to contact us whenever you are in the the Annapolis MD USA area.

    Charlotte and Doug Kerr
    Abbotsford III
    Currently moored (for the Summer) Annapolis MD

    • john-and-ria

      Charlotte & Doug,

      Thanks for the good wishes and encouragement to continue with the blog.

      Hopefully we’ll make it back to the Annapolis area one day (another visit to Washington DC is on our destination list), and please look us up should you travel to the Pacific Northwest.

      All the best with your cruising and other adventures…..

      John & Ria

  2. Anne

    Welcome home John and Ria! I really enjoyed your blog over the course of your travels. I look forward to hearing what adventures you have in store next!

    • john-and-ria

      Thanks Anne – hope we get a chance to see each other again one day!

      John & Ria

  3. Elizabeth Kabush

    We are going to miss your blog on your travels with wonderful stories and photos of your experience. It is nice to have you both back and we look forward to future reports as you explore BC waters and beyond.

    Regards,
    Elizabeth and Bruce

    • john-and-ria

      Thanks guys – we look forward to getting together soon!

      John & Ria

  4. Dom Linder

    Congrats John and Ria! Welcome home!

    Look forward to seeing updates about your west coast adventures! :-)

  5. Doug

    Yahoo!!! “His Idea” home at last. I consider myself very lucky to have played a small part in your journey to date and am looking forward to reacquainting myself with “His Idea” as time permits. Congratulations on completing your dream trip and thank you for giving us followers the ability, through your blog, to travel along with you over the past few years!

    Have fun on the West Coast now!

    Cheers,

    Doug

  6. Mindy

    Thank you for such interesting writing over the last few years, with the photos as well. I got to see it all through your eyes. Looking forward to reading about wherever the current takes you on your next adventure!

    Mindy

  7. Bill C

    One important data item i did not see is what was the shipping cost?

    • john-and-ria

      The cost, inclusive of US and Canadian customs brokerage fees, additional insurance, and shrink wrapping, was about US $22k.

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