This is the very first blog of our new journey through life. We have just finished selling Leu Cat, our Lagoon 44 Catamaran sailboat which we spent 10 years sailing around the world, and have bought a Tiffin Allegro Bus to explore North America. We are very excited to begin this new journey and look forward to sharing it with you.
Before we begin, we wish to share with you some very sad news. The new owners of Leu Cat, Susan and Doug, have just emailed us to say that Leu Cat is no more. We sold Leu Cat on August 30th and she was anchored in the lagoon at Sint Maarten. Unfortunately, the massive hurricane called Irma swept over Sint Maarten just a few days later and destroyed much of the island and hundreds of boats, including Leu Cat. Here is the message that we received from Susan and Doug:
“It is my sad task to tell you that Leu Cat is a total loss from Hurricane Irma. According to the last AIS transmission, she ended up against the Skipjack Restaurant on Welfare Road at the short bridge to Snoopy Island at 5:05 am on Wednesday, Sept. 6. That was almost immediately after the hurricane hit St. Maarten. With that information, Ian found her at that location today under a pile of wrecked boats with only the flags on the forward hulls visible to identify her. She is in small pieces as she was blown through the causeway bridge. We are saddened also to know that he lost his Leopard catamaran (which was a business in addition to his surveying) as well.”
We were so saddened to hear this tragic news. Susan and Doug are such nice people and this is the last thing we would want for them. Fortunately, they did purchase hurricane insurance so they should recoup much of their loss. Also, we are saddened because Leu Cat was such a wonderful home, sailboat and companion to us as we sailed around the world. If you are interested in sharing the adventure we had with her, you can go go to our blog site by Click here to go to our sailing adventure blog site
In the days to come, we will be sharing with you our new adventures as we start our exploration of North America in our new home. We have yet to name her and are open to any suggestions that you may have. We will post photos of her in the next few days as the dust settles from our outfitting her. She is a beauty!