We talk in this episode about finding the Best Friends in Seattle, then cruising her to Kodiak, Alaska where Larre operated a charter fishing and ecotourism business. Most of our whale and fishing videos are from this time on the Best Friends.

The Best Friends heading north at South Pender Island, British Columbia

The Best Friends heading north at South Pender Island, British Columbia

 

Practicality versus adventure--over the years we've been inclined to go with the adventure. Larre stopped operating Kodiak Wilderness Cruises a few years ago, and the Best Friends has been our second home since then. As part of our retirement plan to downsize expenses, we sadly listed the boat for sale.

As we were posting this podcast episode, our son Bill got word that the Coast Guard will be transferring him to Seattle. We lived in Olympia, Washington for three years and loved spending time all around Puget Sound. We considered moving the Best Friends to the area, but we didn't have enough motivation. Now with grandkids stationed there, it's another story.

South Pender Island, British Columbia

South Pender Island, British Columbia

On the other hand, boats cost money. We still need to downsize expenses or have extra income to pay for owning and operating the boat. Since I'm working to pay those expenses and Larre is retired, we have different perspectives on the pros and cons. Here are some of our options. Maybe you can think of more.

Enjoying the back yard of our second home, the Best Friends.

Enjoying the back yard of our second home, the Best Friends.

  • Sell the Best Friends in Seward so Joyce can retire.

  • Keep the Best Friends in Seward as a bed and breakfast or ecotour boat.

  • Cruise the Best Friends to Puget Sound and use it when we visit the grandkids (and their parents).

  • Cruise the Best Friends to Puget Sound and sell it there so Joyce can retire.

You might guess I lean toward the retirement scenarios and Larre lists toward the boat. We need help weighing the pros and cons. What do you think, and why? Maybe you've thought of another option. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. 

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