Five Years of Home Free

August 18, 2022

It was on August 18th, 2017 when Home Free became our boat, and what a time it has been.

Taking possession of Minky in Gouveia/Corfu, Greece . . . and becoming Home Free

A big thank you to David Whalley who sold us an amazing, well loved and beautifully maintained boat, and the entire entourage who helped as we diminished our incompetence. James Knight (and the whole team at Yacht Tech), Thanasis Paitaridis in Gouveia, and there are many others (Bob Senter, Steve D’Antonio have never been paid a penny for their great advice on the Nordhavn Owner’s Group, but they have saved me from my skills deficiency many times.)

For those that don’t know, the boat got it’s name because we sold our house, and planned to go cruising. Jinhee was going to retire in early 2018 and we would be off to see the world. As it often turns out with the best of the best, she was instead promoted and the boat has taken a bit of a back seat.

We have also picked up a house again and do hope to spend time there with friends and family, but we look forward to being less home and more free while fitness, social order and finances allow.

As mentioned last week, Jinhee will be finished the bulk of her work responsibilities within a couple of months, and we will try this again.

We look forward to the next five years on the boat (Unless James finds us a reasonably priced upgrade . . . James?!) Tonight we will open a bottle of champagne to celebrate the first five years!

Same Dock, New Name

8 thoughts on “Five Years of Home Free

  1. Where has that time gone! I hope you both get to spend more time on-board, now that Jinhee will have more time. Thanks for the mention, it is much appreciated. David.

    1. You’re more than welcome. Did you ever get my message about travel to Napa valley? Are you heading to North America anytime soon?

      1. Hi Don,
        Yes I did thank you, I leave on Tuesday and I’m really looking forward to it, except for U.S. Border control!

      2. Have a great trip!! You won’t have trouble with border control. 🙂

  2. Cheers to you both! We look forward to toasting with you next time we cross paths!

    1. When are you heading south? We definitely aren’t going north now.

  3. So my inquiring mind was looking at the two photos and thinking I don’t remember seeing the hydraulically operated ramp when I was there. Then i noticed the second photo was noted as not current.

    Did the ramp go at the same time you had the incident at the rear requiring the rework?

    1. My passarelle was ‘negatively impacted’ by a piling while leaving palm cay, Bahamas in 2020. The big mistake was listening to the very helpful dock hand who didn’t know the difference between port and starboard.

      It is safely tucked away in the shed of YachtTech/NordhavnOnly. Perhaps we will reinstall someday? We miss it where we are now as we are on a fixed dock.

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