Voyage Itinerary

Aboard Kismet:

Jim and Lisa Favors left Charlevoix, Michigan in the fall of 2005 for a 6,000-mile, 10-month, Great Loop boating adventure. The 10-month cruise turned into a five year, unplanned, live-aboard lifestyle. In 2010 they decided to sell their 40' trawler and buy a house becoming part-time land dwellers again in their hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. They also changed the way they boat by downsizing to a 27-foot trailerable trawler, a Ranger Tug R27.

The Favors feel the beauty of owning a trailerable boat is the ability to pick up and tow the boat to new cruising destinations, places that could be 400 or 500 hundred miles away or even cross-country. What would have taken up to eight cruising days, at slow trawler speeds by water, with a less direct route, now takes them only a day's travel by towing the boat on land to their next cruising destination. The Favors had nothing against taking the time it took to cruise to new destinations when they were full-time live-aboards. However, now that they own a house again they like to split their time between home activities and boating. During the summer they are cruising their home waters of Michigan and the North Channel of Canada. The Favors plan is open ended, flexible and will provide many new learning experiences, both on and off of the water.

 
 
 

When they took possession of their new Ranger Tug, in 2011, Jim and Lisa spent a month cruising Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands before heading back east and were able to explore two well-known inland lakes, Lake Tahoe, in California, and Lake Powell in southern Utah/northern Arizona. While driving across country they used their boat to as an RV at campgrounds and state parks. That winter found them cruising in the salt water of Florida again — they followed the west coast from Tarpon Springs down to Key West returning to Michigan, by land, in the spring. Their fall cruising of that year included a month traveling the Tennessee River.

Their plans for summer cruising in 2013 will take them west again, first to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in northeast Utah and then back to the Pacific Northwest where they will cruise Canada's Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and beyond with a group of Ranger Tugs.

Their plans for summer cruising in 2013 will take them west again, first to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, in northeast Utah and then back to the Pacific Northwest where they will cruise Canada's Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and beyond with a group of Ranger Tugs.

 

You can continue to follow the Favors' as they explore different cruising grounds in their trailerable trawler, Kismet by visiting their blog at: Trailer Trawler Life.