Rob and I have had some weird anniversaries.
At the conclusion of our first year of marriage, we had a wonderfully romantic time eating the top layer of our wedding cake, camping in the middle of the woods. Much to our surprise, the top layer was banana…
On our fifth anniversary, we both had horrible colds and made a trip to the doctor together.
After six years of putting up with each other, we got a baby-sitter and went for a moped ride, where I broke down 10 miles from home.
My dad had heart surgery on our tenth anniversary. (Thankfully, it went well!)
We dragged anchor in Charlevoix on our eleventh anniversary.
Last year, instead of celebrating twelve years together, we dealt with the stress of emptying out a house, after ten years of living there. At that time, we didn’t know if we would have a home in Houston, when we arrived.
This year, we figured we would celebrate our lucky 13th next weekend, with a must-find-a-boat trip to Louisiana. There were some inexpensive boats there, in our price range. We would buy one, then have an adventure down the Intercoastal Waterway, back to Clear Lake. We would then dock the boat at Kiwi’s slip, and Beanie would attend the school in that area–I gave her teacher permission to give them her files already.
But life is what happens when you’re making other plans.
The day after the fourth of July, Rob did his daily check of Craig’s List, and something unusual was waiting for us. It was a Ericson 35-1, from 1967, the same year that Moonraker was made. It needed love and an engine, but it was a cutter rig with a furler, steering wheel, and a lot of other equipment we’ve never had the experience of owning, on a boat. It even came with an inexpensive slip.
Its name was Breaking Tradition.
When I first saw this boat, docked in the delightfully eccentric town of Clear Lake Shores, it was Moonraker all over again. There is definitely room in my heart for two loves. (Or three? Sorry, Rob!)
We will have our work cut out for us. The interior will need new cushions, and there is a lot of cleaning to do. It will be difficult to get this boat into our current marina, so we will need to find another. (Or come up with a shower, if we keep the slip it’s in!)
We will need to repaint the interior, fix the galley. And…yeah…come up with an engine! Or find a tow to a marina…
Beanie will be attending a different school. We’ll need to research that, and make sure all of her paperwork finds its way there.
The boat is 35 feet long, but at least 1/3 of that is cockpit. We’re probably dealing with less than 300 square feet for Rob, Beanie, the cat, the fish, and me. And right now, it has no fridge. We will have some decluttering to do!
But we’re excited about the boat. It’s more than I could have possibly hoped for. And we love Clear Lake Shores.
The boat is famous, by the way. Its hull number is 7, and there are not very many, if any, more of its kind. Google “Breaking Tradition Ericson 35-1” and you WILL find pictures of this boat.
It’s still crazy that we’re doing this. As a family of 3, we’re doing this. Not for 91 one days a year, but for 365.
Life has become an adventure again. Stay tuned.