The Who and Why of Us

Buying and Living Aboard a boat seems to be a “dream” of many people. So, who are we and why are we doing this?

Steve and Debbie Russell are just everyday people that are newly retired.   We call South Florida, Boca Raton specifically, home and could have been like most retired couples – stay in the house and take some trips throughout the year.   That just didn’t appeal to us.   More trips to Home Depot, yardwork, and pretty much the same everyday life that we had during weekends while not working.  Now that seemed like it could be boring to us.   We weren’t really cruise ship people as we don’t really like THAT many people around at one time and definitely don’t like someone controlling when we can stay and when we can leave.   So what else is there?

Well, we could take up RVing, but we are truly water people.   Debbie grew up in Michigan on Lake Huron and her dad always had boats and sailboats.   Steve has spent the last the last 14 years re-inventing himself from owning a computer consulting business to the marine industry that involved yacht management, yacht deliveries and yacht brokerage.   Debbie worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years, most of it as a “road warrior” putting 30,000 miles a year on her company car.   Why not trade road miles for miles on the waterway?

We really got the “bug” with one of Steve’s clients where we would act as their Captain and 1st Mate on trips throughout the Bahamas.   Additionally, Steve was hired as a delivery captain numerous times and Debbie took her vacation to be the 1st Mate on trips as far as Port Clinton, Ohio and Keemah, Texas.   Life as a delivery couple was not very relaxing, but both of us noticed all of the people enjoying that morning cup of coffee or “docktail”………that seemed to be what we were looking for………adventure, new places and the community of boaters.   Could that be us?

14 thoughts on “The Who and Why of Us

  • March 28, 2017 at 7:06 pm
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    Hi Debbie:

    Wow!! That’s truly a fun way to leave your retired life, full of adventures, hanging out with old friends and meeting new people, and doing all that while in the water. It is just perfect!! I just can imagine the beautiful sunsets that you are going to enjoy.
    I wish you the best!!! Be safe and take care of each other. Not sure if you remember me but I was an account manager at Brown and Brown Miami Lakes. Now I’m the marketing manager in our Homestead Office.

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    • March 28, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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      Congratulations on the promotion. Yes, of course, I remember you. Tom Jones is one of my dearest friends. Would you please share my website with him? Can’t remember if I sent it to him. I kept a list of people that expressed an interest in following our travels.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 3:24 am
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    Debbie, I am so glad that you set this up so that we are able follow your journey. We will live vicariously through you until our retirement time comes 🤗. I am very excited for you guys, what an inspiration you are. I wish you the best! Stay safe and enjoy! Bon Voyage!!

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    • April 2, 2017 at 2:10 am
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      So good to hear from you. Will think of everyone as we pass by Melbourne this week.

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  • March 31, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    Deb and Steve

    Enjoy! Safe travels and we’ll see you somewhere on the water!
    Lying in South Beach right now.

    Mar and Steve
    m/v Remember When

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    • April 2, 2017 at 2:09 am
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      Wish we were traveling together. Our 1st day was picture perfect and one for the record books.

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  • April 9, 2017 at 3:24 am
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    Hello Steve and Debbie,
    This is Dean & Julie Eakin from Islamorada FL and we are friends of Lat & Cindy Farr who have introduced us to your blog. Julie & I are in the beginning stages of planning our loop trip so we will be watching your blog and travels closely! We hope to meet you in person some day , perhaps in old Key West after you first trip around. Let us know if there’s anything we can do for you as you travel. Also we are going to share your blog with Julie’s father Roger, who is a wealth of information regarding boating. He built his own sailboat and lived on and traveled many years on it. He also had a dog and he often was several days at sea so he might be of some hell with that issue. Looking forward to following your travels. Wishing you a safe and amazing journey.
    All the best,
    Dean & Julie

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    • April 9, 2017 at 2:19 pm
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      It is amazing to connect with people along this journey. So glad that Cindy showed you our blog. We are also creating video. We have dockage in Key West for Nov. 1st for the annual Parrothead convention Meeting of the Minds. You could pay us back by catching some fish as we pass through the Keys. Will be planning to reach out to Cindy then. You should also look over the site for the Loope’s Association. It is full of information and try to even register for a Trawler Fest next year. We didn’t go, but many planners go to it. It will be interesting to bee Looping in this big Cat!

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  • April 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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    Way to go Steve & Debbie! Impressed that you are fearless and following your dreams. I hope our paths cross again soon. Sandy Griggs

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    • April 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm
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      I remember telling you all about it over lunch in Jacksonville! We are coming across many other Loopers on the same path!

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  • May 31, 2017 at 8:29 pm
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    hi Debbie

    Just checking in on you… just found your August farewell email and wanted to check in on you..I ready it and turned GREEN with envy all over again. LOL is it still FUN? are you still out there? . how is the Tan going.. my best wishes and prayers for your continued journey
    Marie Anello – Keen battle mead

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    • June 3, 2017 at 1:36 am
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      So good to hear from you. Things are great and we are up in New York. No tan – entire May was cold and rainy. We ran the heater a lot, but it didn’t dampen our spirits. Exploring and meeting all kinds of people from everywhere that are doing the same thing. I just placed a non-owned policy for us thru USAA since we no longer have a car and we occasionally rent cars or drive a courtesy car from the marina. How insurance of me!! It is STILL fun and more! Say hi to everyone.

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  • June 24, 2017 at 10:39 am
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    Your boat is gorgeous. I can’t wait to read more about your adventures. Welcome to Port Dalhousie!

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    • June 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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      I can’t believe you found our blog! I hope that you will follow our Great Loop adventures. We will be enjoying this part of Canada for awhile. It is nice being “boat neighbors”. Hopefully, one day you will also make this journey. The people that we have met have been so generous and nice.

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