Jumping off the daily grind
Dropping it all to buy a catamaran, head to the Caribbean and start a sail charter is not exactly considered the norm. It seems every interaction in sharing our story ends with one big question, “What drove you to this huge life change?” Here is a brief bit on how we found freedom from the daily grind.
Having reached what seems to most a successful point in life, we found ourselves searching for the next big adventure. We had traveled the states in our toyhauler, explored other countries on some fantastic treks and ventured many of the great waters on our sailboat, all ending in the inevitable return to the grind. Yes, something has to sustain the toys and fun. We began to push each trek longer with the good fortune of remote work helping the cause and we started to ask ourselves, how could our two worlds of adventure and career live together as one lifestyle.
One glorious day Cyrus stumbled across some sailing vlogs. Instead of tv we began binge watching every sailing vlog we could get our eyes on. Soaking in the romance, adventure and sometimes misadventures of a life cruising the world. To our surprise, some are even making a decent living of it. The thought of it was exciting but it seemed very far from reach.
In the midst of our inner search we headed out West and met up with my awesome, free-spirited Uncle Tom. He had some golden advice that changed our world forever. He shared a story of a very successful man who had reinvented himself many times in life, each time creating new success. His motto was, “Retire often”. So simple and inspiring. It was that moment that changed our lives forever. We were free to reinvent our future. This is where the new adventure truly started for us.
With new vision, we set off with what we thought was a 4 year plan. Immersing ourselves in investigating cruisers of every kind, we landed on catamarans for their comfort and blue water capabilities. We were on a quest for every bit of knowledge we could soak in on creating a new gig with a catamaran when Cyrus discovered a couple who operate as Catamaran Guru. They had lived the dream and offered advice on both buying a boat and setting up shop. One chat with Estelle and Stephen and we were sold on this being a very real possibility.
A week later we were off to the Annapolis Boat Show to tour a few favorite cat selections. On the list were the Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450, Fountaine Pajot Helia, Bali 4.1 and the Leopard 45. We toured all the boats on our list, opening every cabinet and inspecting every last nook. The winner was clear offering a fantastic cockpit for people to gather alongside the salon and galley, a variety of lounging areas, huge sugar scoops for dipping your toes, large staterooms filled with light and lets not forget those extra sexy soft lines. We were had, and seeing how quickly factory dates were extending far into the future due to the 2017 hurricane devastation, we knew that 4 year plan may just be moving up a few years.
We set off to our favorite place among the canyons of Utah and pondered every aspect of this huge decision for 3 weeks. We ended the adventure by signing a contract on our dream catamaran, giving her the pet name “Mesa” merging our love for the desert with the sea and freedom from the daily grind. The Lagoon 42 would soon be our new water abode, a launch for new adventures.
It is now our mission to share our passion for adventure with those who wish to escape the ordinary routine…if even for a week’s vacation.
We discovered the delicious Painkiller in our toast to new adventures at the Annapolis Boat Show. Stay tuned for our next blog article where we will talk about some of our refreshing new cocktails and latest addiction to mixology.
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“Snorkeling, swimming and great food!Lorraine P. | Trip Advisor & Facebook ReviewHarrisville, Rhode Island
If you enjoy boating and water activities you should consider chartering a custom cruise with Kate and Cyrus @ CruiseNautic.com. They designed an itinerary specific to our group's interests and abilities. We relaxed as we sailed to tropical islands, swam snorkeled and kayaked in crystal clear aquamarine waters and visited unique island destinations.
Their catamaran was a beautiful new vessel with comfortable living spaces skillfully sailed by its owners.
Kate and Cyrus were wonderful hosts catering to our every need. Kate was constantly chopping fresh ingredients to make each meal an event. Cyrus wowed us nightly with his desserts.
We highly recommend chartering with CruiseNautic. It will be a vacation you will never forget!”
“I had a great time sailing with Kate and Cyrus 🙂 also really enjoyed the steak and the microbrew. Thanks you guys! Looking forward to more fun times like that in the future with you both.”Bob G. | Direct ReviewPrinceton, MN
“CruiseNautic is a Trip of a Lifetime!
If our family could give Kate and Cyrus (your CruiseNautic crew) a 6 out of 5 we would! Our family of 6 spent an incredible week with Kate and Cyrus and their puppy Coco over winter break cruising the BVIs.
Their Boat. It's an absolutely gorgeous brand new 42 foot catamaran with plenty of places to relax, soak up the sun, read a book and enjoy mealtime with the family.
The Food. Amazing! Kate and Cyrus provide 3 creative and delicious meals a day including Cyrus's special baked goods (breads, cookies, pies, muffins and more!).
The Service. Kate and Cyrus are so incredibly accommodating and never stopped asking if we needed or wanted anything. They make the Fours Seasons staff seem almost average.
The Trip. It was all expertly planned out and we felt so at ease with how professional and safe Kate and Cyrus are with the boat. They took us to such great spots where we could use the paddle boards, kayak and snorkel gear right from the boat.
If you've ever considered doing this type of trip, reach out to CruiseNautic, you won't be regret it.”Brian U. | Trip Advisor ReviewNorthbrook, Illinois
“Sailing with Kate and Cyrus was an incredibly memorable experience. Every night we enjoyed another bay to snorkel- kayak and enjoy an wonderful sunset, eating wholesome, freshly made delicious dinners.Rhonda K | Trip Advisor ReviewOakville, Ontario
Everything was fabulous and therefore there are no complaints.
You do want to be comfortable on the water, during our day excursions we had fun but at times we bounced around.
Would I do this again - absolutely- would I recommend to friends- I have many times already. We will defiantly catch up with Kate and Cyrus in a different location.”
“Thanks again Kate and Cyrus for an amazing week cruising in the BVI we’ll never forget. Can’t recommend highly enough for families looking for a luxury holiday ‘out of the ordinary’. From jumping off the Willy T to swimming with turtles, every day was an adventure! Hopefully we’ll get to return soon.”Mike R. | Facebook ReviewEngland
“If you plan on sailing the British Virgin Islands and you DO NOT sail then CruiseNautic is the absolute best way to go!! Kate, Cyrus and their cutie dog Cocoa are a fabulous trio!!! They provided a fun, relaxing and safe itinerary for the 6 of us. My husband and I along with our 4 kids (17,17,15,14 yrs) had the most magnificent vacation. They were able to tailor the trip to our needs by providing a variety of activities (snorkeling, tubing, SUPing, kayaking, movie night and so much more). Both Kate and Cyrus are captains and chefs...there was never a lack of drinks nor food that’s for sure!! Wow can they cook!!!! This vacation has surpassed our expectations and we can’t wait to sail with CruiseNautic again!!!! I believe I forgot to mention they have a brand new luxurious catamaran!!! Extremely comfortable accommodations!!! We miss them already!! Definitely doing this again. ❤️Melissa U. | Facebook ReviewNorthbrook, Illinois
“Their experience and expertise put my mind at so much ease and I had the most amazing time on their boat, being that I've never been on this kind of boat before. When it comes to hospitality and meals they are an A+ plus plus. The food was was amazing and I feel like I have lifelong friends now. I would definitely recommend them to all of my family and friends.”Jennell G. | Direct ReviewElk River, MN