Kia Ora! Coming to you live from New Zealand, 15 feet above sea level, aboard the good ship Quixotic: Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family!
We have so much to be thankful for this year. Thank you to all our amazing family and friends for all their love and support. Thank you to all our amazing guests who have helped make Quixotic Charters an amazing success in only the first year. Thank you to our amazing resident Mermaid for an incredible amount of hard work, determination, drive, and for putting up with all my crap; I don’t know how she does it! We are thankful for our health and well-being. And lastly, we are thankful for the amazing vessel Quixotic, for taking care of us and seeing us safely through rough seas and across oceans and for being our luxurious private floating island.
After arriving in New Zealand almost a month ago, we spent some time exploring the North Island; hiking, glamping, exploring. Then we set sail down the coast and linked up with friends along the way exploring hidden bays and hiking some amazing terrain. Then we spent about five days docked downtown in the Whangarei town basin getting our fill of city life. Now we find ourselves hauled out at Norsand Boatyard, where Quixotic will be for the next few months as we travel back to the states for an overdue visit with family.
The haul out went well and we are now scrutinizing every inch of Quixotic for any sign of stress or fatigue after beating her up over the past year and a half since launching in Fiji. We have dropped her rudders for a full inspection and found that one will need to be replaced due to a slight bend in the shaft that was most likely from the cyclone. We are also drying out and re-glassing a couple areas where the Fijian worksmanship was just not up to par. But all is going well and Quixotic will leave here in phenomenal condition once again and ready for the 2018 charter season!
Happy Thanksgiving to our family and amigos back in the states. See you guys soon.
Lewis & Alyssa
24 November 2017
Norsand Boatyard, Whangarei, New Zealand