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Here's a list of a few of our hobbies, projects and interests.

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Cruising & Sailing - We travel a lot, mostly for work but sometimes for pleasure.  A lot of the trips have been cruises on Holland America, Princess, or Cunard ships, or more often lately, running our own boats or sailboat charters.  Here's a summary of our cruises and sails so far:

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Alaska on Holland America's Veendam in 2003 for our honeymoon, with Heidi's Aunt Kay and Uncle Dick.

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Alaska on Holland America's Statendam in 2005 with Heidi's parents.

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Canada and New England on the Princess' Star Princess in 2006 with Heidi's parents.

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Transatlantic, New York to Southampton, in 2007 on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 with Karl's Mom for her birthday.

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Transatlantic, Southampton to New York, in 2009, again on Cunard's Queen Mary 2.  There is just no ship and no trip like a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary.  Here's a scan of the hymn sheet for the Sunday morning service on the Queen Mary.  Very British, and very moving to sing some of these on an ocean liner in the middle of the Atlantic. Queen_Mary_2_Hymns_2009.pdf

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Caribbean cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Carnival's Carnival Destiny in March 2011 for our shared birthday, with Heidi's parents.

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Transatlantic, Southampton to New York, Queen Mary 2 yet again, with Karl's Dad and his wife Jordan, August 2011.  We had a fantastic time again, and Dad and Jordan are now good friends with our Britannia tablemates who happen to split their time between UK and Orlando, FL. 

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Sailing Classes - In March 2012 we took a sailing course at Colgate Offshore Sailing School off Captiva Island in Florida at the South Seas Resort.  Captiva Island is beautiful, and shockingly expensive.  It was a pretty serious sailing course, no goofing around.  We had a British sailing instructor who must have been descended from Captain Bligh -- "Karl, what point of sail are we?"  "I don't know Captain, please don't flog me!"  "Heidi, move the tiller, you're luffing!!"   We sailed a Colgate 26, a small boat but it still taught us a lot.

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In July 2012 we chartered a 32 foot sloop, a Catalina 320, out of Harbor Island Yacht Club in Long Beach, California with our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer.  However, for the first time in 192 years there was a freak cold thunderstorm off Long Beach, lightning, freezing rain, and horizontal sleet and hail.  We sailed back to Long Beach for lunch at the Hotel Maya hoping the weather would break, tried sailing out again, and got smacked by the storm again.  We finally aborted the sail -- no fun being soaked and cold.     

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Penobscot Bay, Atlantic Coast of Maine, on the Schooner Heritage for our 10th wedding anniversary in August/September 2013.  You can't really call it a cruise in the typical sense.  It was a great sailing adventure with our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer from Arizona again.  We hauled sails, slept in the bunks, rowed the shoreboats, got soaked with two days of heavy rain and fog, learned sail-hauling songs -- and we would do it again in a second.   The Maine coast is spectacular and SchoonerFest in Camden was just icing on the cake.  The Maine Windjammer Association

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Savannah/Tybee Island, on the charter vessel Zingara, a 38 foot Morgan sloop with Captain Steve Horton and his son, sailing with our good friends Bob and Kathy Caldwell on a visit with them for New Year's weekend in 2013/2014.  The weather was awful, rained constantly, but any days on the water are good days.  We expected to sail the Zingara again with Peter Kiefer and his wife in February 2014 but then Savannah was hit with yet another storm.    www.compasssailing.com/

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July 2014, sailing from Long Beach to Catalina (California), on the charter boat Coconut Telegraph, a 37 foot Beneteau sloop (373), from the Harbor Island Yacht Club www.harboryc.com, with our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer again.  It was a pretty easy sail (and motor) over and back over a long weekend, although we got sunburned pretty badly.  Grabbing a mooring ball on a stick was a pretty new experience for us, and they pack the mooring field so tightly it was good practice.  We hired an instructor for the first day to help us fill out our sailing resumes, Captain Frank Dixon,  http://wcsail.com/blog/ 

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September 2014, sailing the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State and British Columbia, with our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer again, and our new friend (and Janet's sister) Valerie Eve.  It was a week long charter on the 45 foot Jenneau, Misty Blue Yonder from San Juan Sailing.  http://www.sanjuansailing.com/charter-detail/sail/misty-blue-yonder/index.php?id=11  It was a spectacular week on the water, sailing from Bellingham to Sucia Island, Friday Harbor, Pender Island/Poet's Cove, Tod Inlet, Rosario, and a last night in Chuckanut Bay.  We took 600 photos, and even though we came prepared with very serious foul weather gear, we never used it.  Beautiful weather and beautiful sailing every single day.  We also hired an instructor for the first couple days of the sail to continue our sailing training, but also to make sure we had a good feel for the boat and didn't do something awful like smack the rocks in the San Juans.  Learning to sail with charts, tide tables and current maps was a new experience and very interesting.

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May and June, 2015, we sailed our new boat, Xanadu, from its home marina in Somerset, Massachusetts to near Albany, New York on the Hudson River, a 300-mile trip -- but that's a whole story in itself so we'll give that trip its own page elsewhere on this website.

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August 2016, we chartered a 50 foot Beneteau called the Belle Serena from Nanaimo Yacht Charters in British Columbia.  Once again we sailed with our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer, and their friends John and Catherine.   The Belle Serena was a beautiful boat but a fifty-footer was by far the biggest we had ever chartered and it was very intimidating when we first saw that huge boat at the charter dock.  Everything went well though, we never touched bottom (which is a great accomplishment in Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca), we timed the tide through Dodd Narrow and didn't get swept away, and it was great fun to sail as you can see in the video below.  During the weeklong charter we sailed -- not in this order -- to Poet's Cove on Pender Island, Telegraph Harbor off Thetis Island, Ganges on Saltspring Island, Genoa Bay (with a tender ride to Cowachin Bay), Brentwood Bay Marina near Todd Inlet and Buchart Gardens, a rough but exhilarating day on the Strait of Georgia itself, and Mark Bay off Protection Island.

 

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March 31, 2017, after hopping over to Venice for a quick overnight stay, we took the train to Trieste, Italy, to sail away on the brand new Majestic Princess with our good friends Kathy and Bob Caldwell. It's a beautiful ship.  Through some lucky timing and accidental web searching, we were able to grab a balcony room on one of the top decks for a preview voyage -- kind of like the "soft opening" of a new restaurant before the actual maiden voyage.  The sail away from Trieste was so memorable -- a band on the balcony of the terminal building, thousands of people on the wharf, water cannons on fire boats and daytime fireworks.  We stopped in Kotor, Montenegro and then through the Straits of Messina and on to Rome (Civitavechia).  Here's the Martime News video of the sailaway from the harbor in Trieste.  Majestic Princess Sailaway

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Boating at Home -  In the spring of 2009 we bought a 19-foot Bayliner Capri and usually took it to Lewis & Clark Lake above Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River near Yankton, SD.   Here's the website for our Marina, Lewis & Clark, the only "real" marina in South Dakota: www.lewisandclarkmarina.com.  Here's a nice YouTube video of our boat, our dog Peanut, and the cliffs on the South Dakota side of Lewis & Clark Lake on a fall evening.

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Courtship - We had so much fun on the Bayliner that we started shopping for a bigger boat by the following summer.  In late April 2011 we found a Carver 3207 Aft Cabin for sale on Craigslist on Lake Texoma, just north of Dallas.  We got the insane idea to fly to Dallas for the weekend and take a look.  We made a deal on the spot (I know, stupid, didn't even take it for a test drive, a/k/a "sea trial" but we were lucky, the engines ran very well).  A few weeks later the boat arrived on a big tractor trailer at the Lewis & Clark Marina in Yankton, SD.  We renamed the  boat "CourtShip" because our work in the legal system pays for the boat, and because we struck the purchase deal on the weekend of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton which seemed like a big deal at the time.  In 2012 we spent our second summer living on the boat almost every weekend we were free.  Marina life on the water is so much fun -- a whole world away from the pressures of daily working life.   

Here's a video from launch morning.  It was a very exciting day.

We used a stylized version of the British Royal Navy crest as the ship's logo.  The name and crest on the transom are displayed like this:

Courtship

 Yankton, SD

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Xanadu!!  Big news, in October 2014 we noticed a boat on eBay and various places online, a 1996 Mainship 37 Motor Yacht, kept at a marina in Somerset, Massachusetts.   We bid on the boat and to our great surprise, we got it.  The following weekend we flew out to Newport, Rhode Island to take a look.  The boat is in fantastic shape and the previous owner could not have been any nicer and more helpful -- and he's maintained the boat incredibly well.  We completed the purchase and then between now and the launch in the Spring 2014 we'll transfer the federal boat documentation with the Coast Guard, do some upgrades (new radio, add an AIS transceiver, and a dinghy), arrange shipping, and otherwise get the boat ready for the Great East Coast Adventure.  We're hoping our friends Peter and Janet Kiefer can join us again.  We'll hire Peter to sail (well, motor) the boat from the marina in Somerset to a marina in Bristol, Rhode Island, where we'll take formal delivery and possession.  We'll then motor it to Newport, maybe Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Block Island, then Long Island Sound, Mystic, then up the Connecticut River so I can blow the horn at the Chester Ferry; down to New York, around past the Statue of Liberty, and then up the Hudson to have it pulled and trucked for the long trip to South Dakota. Should be great fun -- but lots and lots of planning and preparation.  We're going to keep the name.  Thanks Samuel Taylor Coleridge.    

 

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Cooking - Heidi is a great cook.  In a cooking competition she could slap Gordon Ramsay silly until he cried and begged for mercy.  Here she is in the midst of the creative process.

bulletWoodworking - Karl is an avid woodworker.   One of his favorite websites is the woodworker's forum on www.woodnet.net.  In the summer and fall of 2010 he finally turned an old backyard tree fort into a Japanese bench or gazebo.  You can find a gallery of that project by clicking here: Japanese Gazebo.

 

bulletThe 2013 Ice Storm - In April 2013 Sioux Falls had a really bad spring ice storm that did a lot of damage to trees.  Here's a gallery of some of the trees in our yard: Ice Storm 2013.  Beautiful and just awful at the same time.  We could hear trees cracking and falling all over the neighborhood.