Oriental has been our home for six weeks. Tomorrow we leave.
Six weeks ago when we started our sailboat search, we had only heard of Oriental because of some boats we’d seen listed online. We had no idea that Oriental was “the sailing capitol of North Carolina” nor did we know that of all the places we could have started our journey, this by far was the best place for us to be. We met some wonderful people during our stay here and we learned so much about our boat, ourselves, and each other.
To Paul & Nancy @ Triton: You were our first home in Oriental! Thank you for your help and advice and for guiding us through our first few weeks of boat ownership.
To Doug and Anne: We wish you 500 Sailcraft man-hours-a-month so you can get your boat on the water and get going on your adventure!
To D & Don: Wish we had the chance to check out Southern Cross – thank you so much for the MANY words of wisdom and advice. We’d love to spend another evening hearing more sailing stories over glasses of wine – that was so enjoyable.
To Merna & Dale, s/v Someday – SO nice meeting you two! Dale, thank you for all of the insights and helpful pointers AND the charts!!! Such a wonderful gift, thank you SO much! I have been sitting at the table all morning pouring over them. SO glad to have them 🙂
To Debbie L! – s/v Illusions will sell quickly, I am so sure – she is a beautiful, well cared-for boat. Thank you so much for all of your help and best of luck in your new land-life!
To Ben & Ed @ West Marine – you guys are awesome! Thanks for all of your help and guidance!!
To Paul @ The Village Hardware – thank you so much for all of your help and for letting us borrow your car to get our propane tank fixed. All the best! “The Swiss Miss” and “The Little Canadian” 🙂
To Sailcraft: Darryl, Chris, Andy, Dan-the-welder, John, Z, Canada-Dan, Alan, Shannon – you guys are amazing and talented and have been so, so patient with us. You are each so good at what you do – we were in the very best hands possible
To Mark Lucas: We cannot put into words how thankful we are for your guidance, expertise, and, most importantly, your friendship. You are going to kick @$$ as Mariner One: your business will thrive because you are the best at what you do and because you take the very best care of your clients.
Some photos of our stay in Oriental, NC: