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New Adventures


May 31, 2013
Storing Our Shiny Red Tug


May 13, 2013
Viva La Difference


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Swinging Free & Easy


April 15, 2013
In The Middle


March 29, 2013
On The Hook


March 18, 2013
Tinker Time


February 28, 2013
Jumping Into the Mix


February 15, 2013
Time Travel


February 6, 2013
Charlevoix - A Small Town With A World-Class Reputation


January 15, 2013
The Perfect Ending


January 1, 2013
Magical Weather & Mysterious Ports


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Collins Inlet, Killarney, & Little Current


December 1, 2012
New Neighbors


November 16, 2012
What Makes a Perfect Anchorage?


November 1, 2012
Are We There Yet?


October 15, 2012
CHANGE OF LATITUDE


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Womens Roundtable


September 15, 2012
Freedom to Discover a Southern Gem


September 1, 2012
Promises


August 15, 2012
Nice to Have Options


August 1, 2012
Go West!


July 15, 2012
The Perfect Boating Vacation Destination


July 1, 2012
Propane


June 15, 2012
Flagler’s Folly


June 1, 2012
Everglades Detour


May 15, 2012
Making New Friends


May 1, 2012
Something Old and Something New


April 15, 2012
Florida’s Wide Open West Coast


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Life On the Water in a Trailerable Trawler


March 15, 2012
Becoming Second Nature


March 1, 2012
Last Dance


February 15, 2012
Call it Romance or Mystique


February 1, 2012
Natural Wonders Abound


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Hardly a Care in the World


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Wide-Eyed Anticipation


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On to New Cruising Grounds


November 15, 2011
Sharing the Love


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On the Water Again


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First Impressions


October 3, 2011
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Fun


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Getting the Show on the Road


September 1, 2011
Lets Dance!


August 15, 2011
Getting Our Ducks in a Row


August 1, 2011
Summer Without a Boat


July 15, 2011
The Water and The Boater Home


July 1, 2011
One Step Closer


June 15, 2011
Time Keeps on slippin’ Into the Future


June 1, 2011
Made in the USA


May 15, 2011
Making the Right Truck Choice


May 1, 2011
Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder


April 15, 2011
What Goes Around Comes Around


April 1, 2011
Wishing Star Interlude


March 15, 2011
Helping Hands


March 1, 2011
THE PERFECT BOAT!


February 15, 2011
Weighing the Options


February 1, 2011
Making a List, Checking it Twice!


January 14, 2011
The Science of Towing


December 30, 2010
The Upside of Downsizing


December 15, 2010
The New Plan!


December 1, 2010
Homeward Bound-The Final Leg


November 15, 2010
Somethings In The Water


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Our Turn to Relax & Smile


October 15, 2010
Gem in the Rough


October 1, 2010
Whats Your Favorite Place on the Loop?


September 15, 2010
Reflecting Pool


September 1, 2010
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder


August 15, 2010
Canadian Wonderland


August 1, 2010
"Low Bridge, Everybody Down"


July 15, 2010
One Day At A Time


July 1, 2010
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!


June 15, 2010
Lets All Do the Rendezvous


June 1, 2010
On the Hard


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Falling in Love With Key West


May 1, 2010
Helping Women Get On Board


April 15, 2010
Key West - A Repeat Performance


April 1, 2010
Unexpected Pleasures


March 15, 2010
Mom Cruise


March 1, 2010
Okeechobee Bound


February 15, 2010
Chance Encounters


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Three Nights in Paradise


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New Frontiers


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A Friend In Every Port


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Dealing With A Temperamental Lady


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You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello


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A Cult Following


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Somewhere in Time


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Unlocking Our Minds Eye


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Its In My Nature


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The RBS Antidote


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Crab Crazy


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Sights And Sounds Of The Bay


July 15, 2009
Sights And Sounds Of The Bay


June 15, 2009
Our Last Leg North


June 1, 2009
Northern Migration


May 15, 2009
Priceless


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Hello Goodbye


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Let The Sun Shine In!


April 1, 2009
Dont Worry, Be Happy


March 15, 2009
Bahama Bound


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What Do You Do All Day?


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Slow Motion


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On The Hook With A Million-Dollar View


January 15, 2009
High Anxiety


January 1, 2009
A String Of One-Night Stands


December 15, 2008
Pushing Into New Tennessee River, Upstream To Adventure


December 1, 2008
All Together Now


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Kismet in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ike


October 31, 2008
Our Love Affair With The River


October 16, 2008
Big City Lights


October 1, 2008
The Adventure Begins


September 15, 2008
Prepping For The Loop


September 1, 2008
The Space Ship


August 15, 2008
Jumping Aboard In Seattle


August 1, 2008
If We Knew Then What We Know Now!


July 10, 2008
The Second Time Around


July 1, 2008
Our Turn For The Great American Loop

   

What Goes Around Comes Around
By Kismet, Friday, April 15, 2011

By Jim Favors

The first boat Lisa and I bought together was a used 20-ft. Four Winns Sundowner with a cuddy cabin. It was a good boat, nothing exceptional, it was how we boated with that vessel that made it memorable. We towed our Four Winns all over northern Michigan so we could explore the lakes, rivers, and small harbor towns. It almost seems like yesterday when we were anchored out overnight in that small boat on Torch Lake or Lake Charlevoix, among other local hot spots, using our Porta Potty in the cover of darkness and eating finger foods out of a small cooler. Although I’m not interested in ever having a Porta Potty again, I am excited about the prospects of owning another trailerable boat. For us, what goes around is coming around; at least as far as the trailerable boat part is concerned.

Lisa and I enjoying a quiet anchorage on Torch Lake on our 20’ Four Winns Sundowner.

For people who are true boaters, water rats if you will, it really doesn’t matter what the mode of water transportation is as long as they’re able to get out onto the water. If we can get from point A to point B safely and in reasonable comfort that’s what’s important. I suppose if money was no object then we’d all have the biggest and newest boats, but lets face it most of us don’t fit into that category; a few do, some pretend to but really most just don’t. In addition, I’d say a few creature comforts make for a more civilized boating experience, but size is not necessarily where it’s always at. We’ve found that it’s truly amazing what amenities the boat factories have been able to get into a 25 to 28-foot boat. After it’s all said and done, it’s really more about the experiences along the way, not the amenities, that matter most when spending time on the water.

Our old Four Winns boat didn’t have any of the amenities that we’ve come to enjoy on our more recent boats but we remember that never stopped us from spending every summer weekend on our floating, trailerable cottage.

Speaking of experience, I remember cruising up the Hudson River a few years ago in New York, enjoying the scenery of the fjords in the Highland stretch of the river. This part of the river was one of the more pleasant natural surprises of our Great Loop trip! As we came around a bend in the winding river, I saw something in the water, on the west bank, heading south, floating with the current. At first I couldn’t make out what it was, certainly not a boat, it looked more like a stacking skid (the kind they move stuff around on by fork lift) with a broomstick stuck in the middle of it, some fabric, and two small shapes. Lisa grabbed for the binoculars and exclaimed that it was two young men on a make shift raft, Huckleberry Finn style. My point here is that as they float down the Hudson they’ll see the exact same scenery and sights as everyone else, probably have more fun than most and I certainly would hope they’d have one heck of a memory to pass along to friends and family. We later heard the boys were heading to New York City, an estimated 80 miles downriver.

 Heading north on the Hudson River Fjord area (where we had the small raft sighting), the hills start to get really big. This area is just 40 miles north of the Big Apple.

I wonder if that home made raft was trailerable? Probably a bit rustic for Lisa’s taste and just a little short on the creature comforts for our liking! Besides, lately we’ve had a continuous stream of leads and recommendations for what type of trailerable trawler we should consider buying. Ever since we sold our 40-ft. trawler and announced our plans to downsize, we’ve gotten phone calls, emails and many welcomed opinions and suggestions as to what we might like to consider. We never discard an idea, as we value everyone’s thoughts as to what they personally like and more importantly, why. The reason there is no perfect boat is because we all have different opinions as to what makes something attractive, functional or desirable, one that will meet our own unique needs.

 The Nomad 25, don’t let looks fool you, this boat has everything you need to be comfortable on the water.

It seems to me the more we delve into the trailerable trawler arena the more we learn. After spending time studying, what I’d call the usual suspects of Ranger Tugs, Rosborough, C-Dory, North Pacific, and Nordic Tug we started to hear about other trailerable boats. Our friends Wade and Susie know of someone in the Keys who represents the Nomad 25. They were not sure what the boat was and like us had never heard of it before. The only thing we knew, before checking it out online, was that it fit the description of being trailerable. The beauty of the Internet is that we can learn about anything with just a few keystrokes. We found the boat has everything one would need to be out on the water but for us it doesn’t fit the characteristics we’re looking for. That doesn’t take anything away from the Nomad because there will be many others who’ll think the Nomad is the perfect boat for them. Again, it’s about being out on the water in the boat that fits your own particular needs and budget.

Lisa was talking with Christy Martin, the publisher of Life on the Water Magazine, about our boat buying plans and she asked if we had considered the Nimble Nomad (not to be confused with the Nomad)? Again, we were dumbfounded because we had never heard of this boat either. This led to another Google search for Nimble Nomad (www.nimbleboat.net). Nimble Nomads, made in Tampa Florida, have been built since 1990; they also produce models called Wanderer and Kodiak. The Nomad version is a 25-ft. trawler built to accommodate a small outboard engine (up to 50 hp). I was able to download their brochure right off of the website for additional information. It was on their “our boat” page I learned that the 26-ft. Kodiak and the 32-ft. Wanderer could be built as either a trawler or a motor-sailor, making the Nomad line of boats more desirable for a larger group of boating enthusiasts. Could the motor-sailors be also called trailer sailors? When talking with Cliff, their sales representative in Annapolis, MD, (240-447-0202), he shared with me some exciting news; a new 29-ft. Nomad was being designed for introduction at the Annapolis Power Boat Show in October 2011. He stated that their goal was to enlarge the cockpit, make the cabin two feet larger and have a separate shower for the new Nomad series. The new 29-ft. will also be trailerable, just like all the other Nimble Boats.

 25’ Nimble Nomad cruising North Carolina waters, during the spring of 2011.

As I write this, I’m in northern Michigan, sitting in our family room. I’m looking outside and see the remnants of winter melting away as the season finally works its way into spring. Boaters up north will soon be preparing to launch their boats for the summer season. For many of you, the lucky ones that have been down south boating over the winter months, your water adventures continue. We are both jealous and envious of everyone who has plans to be on the water as the summer unfolds. So, with that in mind the pressure is on us to make a boat buying decision soon so we to can get back out on the water with you.

From the assorted collection of trailerable trawlers we’ve studied online, boarded at boat shows, visited at peoples houses, marinas and boat yards over the last several months, one of which we’ll end up buying, we’ve started to compile a wish list. We’ve poked and prodded into the engine compartments, checked out the fit and finish, headroom, galleys, investigated storage and so much more to discover where the advantages are in each boat. We’ve done so much investigating our heads are spinning with almost too much information. When I look back I counted 14 different vessels we’ve researched, some more seriously than others, that’s a lot of boat images and specs to draw upon – you’d think it would make the decision making process easier.

In summary, we’re still reviewing the construction methods, design, propulsion options, galley configuration, stateroom layouts, standard and optional equipment, fit and finish, and price (sometimes with the owner’s forums as a valuable tool) to determine which one will become our new Kismet. Ultimately we are looking for a comfortable boat that we can continue our boating adventures on. In the end, the most important thing for us is to be out on the water. We can tell you that we are very close to making this very important decision and we can’t wait to share it with you, hopefully in the next Log.