May 2012 – BACK IN
THE USA!!!!!!! Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Pulling into the harbor at Ft. Lauderdale, we all couldn’t help feeling a bit strange
to return to mainland USA after 3 ½ years. In one way it felt comfortable and exciting but in another
way it felt foreign and melancholy. We were surprised to have our friends, Stu and Sandy from Heartsong,
meet us in the channel in their dinghy and then Marc’s Dad, Fred, drove over from Naples to join us for a celebratory
welcome home dinner. But then it was time to work.
Late during our time in the Bahamas, we were contacted by Japanese man who had seen our ”For
Sale by Owner” website and was very interested in Imagine. Through his questions and research we
quickly realized that he was a “real” buyer and that this could be “it”. He was
so committed that he and his wife made plans to fly from Japan on Memorial Weekend and have a survey, sea trial, and haul-out
scheduled for that weekend. We had A LOT to do before then.
Although when you look at the pictures, Imagine doesn’t
look that big, you cannot imagine how much stuff we had stored in her bilges, cabinets, etc. etc. Although
we tried to get rid of anything that we did not need along the way, a family of five accumulates a lot in almost four years.
So we rented a small storage unit in Ft. Lauderdale and started packing and cleaning. With everyone
helping out including Fred and the kids, slowly she started to sit a little higher in the water and look a little less “lived
in”. By the time that they arrived she looked as good as the day that we bought her….well
During this time, we had a big day on Imagine – Caroline officially became a teenager turning 13 on May 18.
My beautiful little girl is a TEENAGER! She actually got to have two birthday parties to celebrate.
The day before her birthday, we had a fun night of bowling and pizza with our boat friends: Stu
and Sandy from Heartsong, Terry, Voahanghy, Marc, and Anne from Voahanghy, and Grandpa Fred. Then she was
so excited to celebrate with her friend from Chicago, Zoe, who flew to Ft. Lauderdale with her mom, Mary, to be with us for
the celebration. It was full of shopping, ear piercing, and makeup – exactly what you would expect.
Thanks to the Varga girls for making the trip to make Caroline’s BDay special!
So with Imagine looking absolutely amazing,
Yoshi, his wife, and the inspector arrived on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. The survey went extremely
well with Imagine showing her true colors and what makes HR’s some of the best cruising boats on the market.
Yoshi and his wife loved Imagine and committed to returning to the US in early June to purchase her. Wow
– we can’t believe that this is happening so quickly.
Although the deal isn’t completed yet, the emotions
are starting to flow. It’s a mix between relief that we may actually sell quickly in this economy
to anxiety that we will soon be experiencing the chaos of the “real” world to sadness that this incredible adventure
is nearing an end.
But for now, we are just too busy to really think about it. We still have years of our lives
to pack up, moving vans to coordinate, bilges to clean, a contract to create, insurance to transfer, oh yeah, and a school
year to finish. We’ll get emotional when it is all over.