Thursday, April 23, 2015

First Love

Your first boat will always hold a special place in your heart. When we found Nomad, we really couldn't afford to buy her but we risked it and reaped the rewards. She was sturdy, stout, and oh so forgiving of our stupid newbie tricks. She patiently taught, we slowly learned.

When the time came for new dreams, Nomad moved on. She stretched her wings to a huge lake in Idaho, plenty of room to romp the way she loved, flouncing her drifter skirts with no shallows to worry her keel the way Carlyle Lake did. Her new owner was happy, and we were happy she had a good home.

That owner recently fell on hard financial times, and once again Nomad was looking for a new home. I received an email this week from her newest owner and it seems that Nomad's string of good fortune is unbroken. She has found a devoted, skilled, caring owner with plenty of time on his hands to care for her. She sports a new roller furler, a beautiful new cabinet in the galley, and some loving small improvements throughout. 

The time to send her on her way was definitely at hand in 2011, but we will always remember her with fondness, and we're so happy her trail of Good Kharma seems to be unbroken.

Fair Winds Nomad, and treat your new sailing partner well.


Unknown said...

Tim and Deb,

Nomad is being well loved and sleeping soundly for the winter on the water with a new full cover and aging gracefully. We had fun racing her the last few years and learned a lot finding her limits. We could do well when the wind was really up but stranded on those near breathless starts. It is a good thing here is always something to learn.

Good luck on your new adventures and hope you make it back to the water when the time is right...


Deb said...

Steve so happy to hear from you. I've been thinking a lot about Nomad these days while getting Kintala ready to sell. Nomad was a great boat and if she'd been the Compac 35 we likely would have kept her. You're absolutely right about the wind. She loved to kick her heels up at 20-25 knots but it took the drifter to get her moving at less than 10. Do you still have the drifter or did it bite the dust? It was sort of on its last legs when we sold her. I had done a lot of seam repairs.

Keep us posted on her occasionally.

Unknown said...


Yes the drifter is still flying and has had a repair or two.

If you guys ever fly out this way you will always be welcome aboard for a sail. It's beautiful here...