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10 January 2020

Saying Goodbye To Tickety Boo | A Sad Farewell To Our Moody 346 Sailboat


Yep, it's true. We're saying goodbye to Tickety Boo, our Moody 346 sailboat. It's a very sad farewell on our part. This isn't the way we thought our future would be unfolding, that's for sure.

You might remember that about a year ago, we hauled Tickety Boo out at Indiantown Marina in Florida to check her bottom. We had leak in the bilge by the compression post which was discovered during a rigging inspection. Once the boat was out of the water, you could see that Tickety Boo had a crack in her hull by the keel stub - a pretty serious issue.

That put an immediate halt to our plans to head to the Bahamas. Instead, we headed to the workyard for repairs with the hope that we'd be back out on the water in no time.

Things didn't turn out as we hoped. We spent all of last year trying to get things sorted. The insurance process took a while to work through. Once that was finished, we lined someone up to fix Tickety Boo.

All good, right?

Nope. He bailed on us.

Then we lined someone else up. He flaked out on us.

Then we lined another person up. Yep, you guessed it . . . that didn't work out either.

Turns out it isn't easy to get someone experienced and reliable to fix your boat.

We toyed with the idea of fixing it ourselves, but decided it wasn't a project that we wanted to take on.

There we were - stuck with a broken boat that we couldn't get fixed and faced with a tough decision. An emotional roller coaster ride ensued. What to do, what to do . . . indecision took over our lives for quite a while.

By the time the end of 2019 was nearing, we were no further forward. In fact, it felt like we had moved backward. Because we wanted to make sure that we could get our boat fixed, we had put all our other boat projects on hold last year. So even if we could have managed to find someone to fix Tickety Boo in the end, we'd still have lots of other work to do on her.

Finally, we said enough is enough and we made the tough decision to say goodbye to our sweet little sailboat. Life is for living and hanging around on a broken boat in a workyard isn't our idea of living.

We're currently going through all of our stuff and deciding what to sell, what to get rid of, and what to keep as we prepare to downsize and move into our tiny camper once we've found Tickety Boo a new owner. Then we'll probably head out west. That's the extent of our plans for now. We need time to regroup and decide where to from here.

For those of you who have followed us for a while, you might remember our tiny camper. Her name is Scamper and she's a 13' Scamp travel trailer. Yeah, I know, her name isn't all that clever. Curious what she looks like? You can see pictures of her HERE.

We originally bought Scamper in 2015 and traveled around the States before buying Tickety Boo. She seemed roomy enough at the time, but after living aboard a 34' sailboat for the past four years, this is gonna involve some serious downsizing. But it will be fun. And it will be an adventure, something we've been sorely missing for the past year.

We'll be putting Tickety Boo up for sale soon and I'll post all the details here and over on our Facebook page. I'd love to get your help spreading the word when the time comes. She'd be a great project boat for someone with fiberglass skills (or who wants to learn about fiberglassing). Maybe she'd be the perfect boat for you or someone you know? Feel free to contact us if that's the case at thecynicalsailor (at) gmail (dot) com.

As for what's happening with this blog, I'm not sure yet. But, in the meantime, you can find me over at my writing blog. And if you're a Mollie McGhie fan, no worries, I still plan on writing my humorous sailing mysteries. If you want to be notified when I have new releases, please sign up for my newsletter and/or follow my Facebook author page.

52 comments:

  1. Sorry you have to say goodbye to your boat - your home. You already lived a downsized life, so I can't imagine going even smaller. I do recommend you get rid of Simon though. He definitely takes up too much room.

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    1. Simon has already staked out his part of the camper :)

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  2. Ellen, I'm so sorry. Just think of it as a new adventure in your life.

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  3. I'm so sorry you must say goodbye to Tickety Boo. Scamper looks very cute even if small. My hubby and I might get a teardrop trailer one day to travel around in. It would be about the same size. Though it is amazing what they can do with compact vehicles this days!

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  4. Oh that's so sad and I can only imagine how hard a decision it was to make. Grr to those people who let you down! Scamper does look very cute, I'm often tempted by the van life to get to see inland places. Wishing you many wonderful adventures!

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  5. No wonder Mollie was in the workyard. Writers can always use their life as fodder for a story. Sorry the boat has been so frustrating, but there's always a reason for everything. 13' camper? How about upsizing to a 24'camper? Pure luxury!! Best wishes on your new adventure!!

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  6. Tough decisions. All the best for the new adventures ahead of you.

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  7. So sorry to hear that but as you said life is for living and living in a ship workyard isn't what you were expecting to do for so long. I am sure Scamper will be happy to be back out on the road again.

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    1. Scamper is very excited to hit the road again. Who knows, maybe our paths will cross at some point :)

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    2. I really hope our paths will cross! :-)

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  8. So sorry to hear about your boat! I feel your pain, as we finally left the dock in November to head towards the Keys, but just one week into our trip .. we learned that not one, but two of our rentals were about to be vacant! We have a small budget that relies on our rental income, so we can't pay a property manager, nor someone to repair our homes when we can do it ourselves. We always feared this day would come, but we'd hoped to at least get a year "out there" before something like this happened! We're now back in Louisiana, sleeping on an air mattress in one of our rentals while we repair & rent it .. then on to the othrr rental! We visit our boat in Pensacola while we figure out our future plans.

    Sometimes life has other ideas for us! We try our best to adjust, as I know you are. A camper is a great alternative! We often wonder if that may be in our future. I'm sure great adventures await you out West! Big hug!

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    1. Oh, Cheryl - what a nightmare for you guys! I'm so sorry to hear about what's happened with your rentals.

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  9. Oh, yikes! You guys will be okay, no doubt here.

    And I think this might be the making of a new cozy mystery series, our heroine and her husband and their adventures traveling across the US in a camper.... :)

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    1. That does sound like a fun idea for a cozy series :)

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  10. I'm so sorry this has happened to you. I know how much you both loved your sailboat. I do remember your travel trailer though. I guess I've been here longer than I know.

    Please keep us up to day on what's happening in your life.

    Have a blessed day and weekend. Big hug. ♥

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  11. That stinks! So sorry you're leaving behind your boat - but I hope you find lots of fun adventures with Scamper!

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    1. I'm sure we will have lots of great adventures going forward :)

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  12. I'm so sorry,Ellen. I can't even imagine what that must have been like to deal with. I know you'll come out the other side excited about your new adventures, but that doesn't make it any easier in the present. All my love and best wishes with it!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hope all is well with you - Hugs!

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  13. Sorry to hear this. Boats can be such a pain in the ass. I don't know how you stuck it out in the yard all this time. I would have went insane. You guys will find another adventure and be writing all about it soon. Hang in there and cheers to you both for a full recovery from this.
    Paul

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    1. I think some might argue that we have gone a bit insane being in this workyard :)

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  14. Oh, that’s sad! Best wishes for your new life with Scamper.

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  15. That must have been a hard decision to make. I hope you'll soon be having new adventures in Scamper.

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    1. It really was, but it's good to have finally made a decision and now we're moving forward.

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  16. Well, bummer. It stinks, but you made the smart choice. (Not that that'll make it any easier.) Good luck! Here's to some bigger and better adventures ahead. Well, maybe not "bigger"... but definitely better... and fun!

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    1. You cracked me up with the "bigger" comment. So true. We're going bigger, but in a smaller way :)

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  17. :( I'm so sorry. That's not a very happy post. Regardless, I wish you many exciting cross country adventures! (We just got back from a 2400 Mile road trip. So much fun.)

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    1. Wow 2400 mile road trip and I bet that was with the kids. You're a saint!

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  18. This is not the news any of us wanted, not at all. My hope is you can get another boat and set sail for adventure again soon, if that's what you want to do.

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    1. Thanks, Mimi - I really appreciate your support and encouragement :)

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  19. I was just thinking about you the other day, and had an inkling that all was not well with the boat. So sorry it's turned out this way, but more adventures to come. Maybe you'll find yourselves wishing for another watercraft in the future. If you ever head this way, we would love to see you. Happy Trails!

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    1. Ooh...Alaska! Who knows - we may end up that way :)

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  20. I'm sorry that you're having to sell your 'home'. Does that mean that Mollie will move to. I see Simon has made his decision.

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    1. Mollie is going to stay on her boat. She has a few adventures on the water left to do.

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  21. Again, I’m sorry to read about the fate of your sailboat. Not an easy decision or blog post to write. You’re probably happy you didn’t spend more time on boat projects in 2019 now, as that would feel more like a waste of time and resources.

    Enough is enough when it comes to situations that make you unhappy. We came to that point on our sailboat as well, but that was more for external reasons. We have to realize life is worth living, like you point out so wisely, and sometimes that means moving on to a different moveable home and adventure. You’ll love traveling around in Scamper! Scampi would be a good name as well. :-) Good luck selling Tickety Boo!

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    1. Scampi is a cute name! We'll need all the luck we can get finding a new owner for Tickety Boo. It isn't easy to sell a boat :(

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  22. I'm so sorry it all worked out like this. Indecision doesn't make for good sailing.

    As I keep finding out over and over, this journey I've stepped into isn't about one thing. It can be very fluid and I'm not always sure where it will lead next.

    I'm sure your journey will take where you need to go now. I'm I sounding like an Instagram post yet?

    Go west! Scamper wants to go west!

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  23. I am sorry to hear that you had to give up your boat! Good Luck on your adventures ahead.

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  24. So sad to hear about the sailboat, though the idea of traveling all over in a camper is more my cup of tea and the Scamper is cute as a button. I want one!

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  25. I'm so sorry, Ellen. I can only imagine how difficult and sad this must be.

    Sending you hugs and love. x

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  26. Sorry you had to give up your boat. But I'm glad you're looking forward to a new adventure. Good luck with your travels!

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  27. Oh, I'm so sorry for your struggles and this difficult decision. It seems you're making the best of it, for sure.

    ~hugs~

    It's difficult finding good help for almost any project. We lucked into a really good contractor, but even he flaked on us last year. He was supposed to return and paint our new deck.

    ~sigh~

    I like the name "Scamper" and would love to downsize but cannot imagine living in something quite that tiny. You will have a blast, I bet, and I look forward to reading about your adventures. By the way, someone I know has a small camper, though a bit larger than this, cleverly nicknamed "Bill's Little Red Suitcase" by one of his friends. Heh... Best wishes!

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  28. Oh no, I'm sorry to read this. It had to be so hard to make this decision. Wishing you all the best as you get through these changes!

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