join us on our Retirement Cruise
Thank you for your interest in sailing with us. I will give you more information about us, the boat, and the trip.
We are a retired couple living in Dallas, with our boat in a marina in Kemah Texas (between Houston and Galveston). Pam is 63 and in excellent health. Rockne, just turned 59, is currently suffering from kidney disease. His son has volunteered his kidney and have qualified to donate. We expect the surgery in February with six weeks of recovery. I am strong, energetic, and very capable.
We purchased our 43' Endeavor ketch 3 years ago in Trinidad, and sailed her back to Florida, then across the Gulf to Texas. That has been our longest journey so far. We have both been sailing for 4 years. For the past year we have been renovating the boat. New engine, electrical panel, muffler, batteries and solar energy, navigational system, new sails, and a whole lot of other not as major items. Doing our best to make it a safe and comfortable sailing vessel. The boat comfortably sleeps 6 to 8 people. We anticipate completion by May.
We want to build a crew of 4 to 6 people. In addition to our master bedroom/bathroom, the additional sleeping quarters includes a 2nd private bedroom with a double v-berth bed with a 2nd bathroom/shower, 2 bunk beds, and the salon also has a couch that pulls out to a double bed. We determined the easiest, most efficient way for us financially is to rent each bed space. The cost would include all operating costs. Food and docking fees would be a shared expense between us all. We are asking $2000 per month for the private room, and $750 a month for each of the bunks. We prefer not putting anyone in the salon, but it is possible. The cockpit is 9' x 12', with a fully enclosed bimini with windows and screens, and also can sleep 2.
We would like to set sail in May or June heading toward the western Caribbean until after hurricane season, then head to Cuba and the island chain. Then onward toward South America.
We read your blog. Very interesting, you write quite well. Glad you know as much as you do, it appears you know what it takes to be a good crew member. The question is, can you play dominoes!? Let us know if you are still interested, and let's talk more.
We are looking for a good team, good companions, good times!
Rockne Ragsdale and Pam Winters