The Boating RetireesEdited By Ann Dermody
Published: October/November 2013
Whether planned or by chance, these retirees have incorporated boating into their golden years in fun and unusual ways.
Long Live The Annie B
Their thoughts turned to a legacy on retirement, a 34-foot Legacy to be precise.
My wife's retirement present to herself was to truck our 34-foot power-cruiser Annie B to our Florida home at Fort Myers Beach for the winter, then cruise home the 1,280 miles via the Okeechobee Waterway and Atlantic ICW. The trip took four weeks, and we were still talking to each other when we arrived back in Annapolis.
For those interested, the cost was $5,900 to ship the boat by truck, and $6,000 in fuel, plus another $2,000 in marina and food expenses for the return trip, burning 1 mpg at 20 knots. Ann wrote emails to her friends about the various parts of the trip, and merged them all together when she got home. I added photos and made a web page. We may do the trip again in several years. For now we're happy to take smaller trips every chance we get. We're just back from co-leading an Annapolis Yacht Club cruise, the "Southern Bay Wine & Golf Extravaganza," around the western shore of Chesapeake Bay.
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