About the Book
Many years ago, my wife Millie, (now deceased) and I dreamed of living and cruising on a boat for an extended period of time. This book takes you through the planning process, the preparations prior to actually leaving family and friends behind and buying a suitable boat on which to live and cruise. It is not meant to be a procedural guide; rather it is a record of places we visited and the extraordinary folks we met along the way.
It looks at the day-to-day activities of living aboard and the unanticipated demands that go with the lifestyle. Follow us as we begin our journey aboard the m/v French Quarters in Florida near Sarasota, and proceed to Fort Myers, Key West and Fort Pierce. We embarked from Fort Pierce on a cruise north on the Atlantic ICW to the Upper Chesapeake Bay, returning to Punta Gorda, FL. From there we embarked on two other passages: to the Bahamas and across the Gulf of Mexico to Gulfport, MS .
If a dream like this has ever crossed your mind, you may decide after reading this book that living and cruising on a boat is for you too. Make it happen. I dare you.
Virtual Tour of French Quarters (FQ) Interior
Sights and Scenes Along The Way
MV FRENCH QUARTERS
1987 Heritage Trawler (40 ft). Twin Volvo 200 hp diesel engines. 7.5 KW generator. Two Air conditioners. Two staterooms. Two electric heads, one with enclosed shower. Enclosed Fly Bridge with helm station. Enclosed sundeck with Ice Maker. Mid-ship salon with sofa/bed.
Well equipped galley with Microwave/Convection oven, Electric stove and Refrigerator/Freezer. Dinette for six crew. VHF Radio, GPS, Radar, Depth Finder, Autopilot. Windless controlled from Bridge. CQR and Danforth anchors. Two 200 gallon fuel tanks. Two water tanks. Range: 400 miles.
Cruising speed: 9 Knots. Pressurized water system.