Cruising on Last Dance

This blog archives the adventures of Glen and Jill Moore and provides a means of communication for friends and family. Exploration and adventure have been synonymous with boats and water for centuries. The joy of adventures shared while exploring new places and meeting new people has built a strong bond for Glen and Jill. Last Dance is the platform for the exploration.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." St. Augustine, 354 - 430

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats." The Wind in the Willows, 1908, Kenneth Grahame, 1859 - 1932

"I've never believed speed and ease are conductive to living fully, becoming aware, or deepening memory, a tripod of urges to stabilize and lend meaning to life." River Horse: a log book of a boat across America, 1999, William Least Heat-Moon,1939 -

The Great Loop -- The current adventure is a circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, cruising north up the east coast through New York into Canada, across the Great Lakes to Chicago, navigating multiple river systems south to Mobile, along the Gulf coast to the Florida Keys and back to St. Augustine. This trip by boat is commonly referred to as the Great Loop. Progress and current location are indicated by the red line on the map to the right. It was titled the Traceless Path in recognition of a German sailor we met in St. Augustine who published booklets of his travels with hand-drawn, detailed maps describing his travels across the water as the Traceless Path.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Boat

Many of our land-bound friends (LBFs) have expressed difficulty in understanding how we will be accomplishing this adventure on a boat.  Some have asked; "Will you be staying in hotels?" and "Where will you eat?"  To assist these landlubbers understand the boat on which we are cruising, we thought a description of the living spaces is in order.  

Last Dance is a triple cabin cruising boat, often referred to as a "trawler."  She resembles a shrimp boat or off-shore fishing boat.  Arthur DeFever, who designed Last Dance, began as a designer for Pacific tuna trawlers. His designs always include capabilities to handle difficult waters.  She is powered by two 6-cylinder diesel engines with a 3-cylinder diesel engine powering an electric generator.  She is more like an entire city than a house as she has multiple power generating systems, waters systems, and sewage treatment systems.

The interior has all the comforts of home, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath home.

The galley (kitchen) has a double sink, stove, oven, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and toaster oven.  There is ample counter space for cooking and baking and, unlike some boats, is a "double butt" galley with room for two or more people to work together on preparing meals.   

The aft cabin (master bedroom) has a full-sized bed, reading area, desk, chest of drawers, hanging locker (closet), and a tall locker which houses linen and a washer/dryer.

The aft head (bathroom) has a tub, shower, counter/sink with storage and, of course, that appliance with the same name as the room.  The head (toilet) is much more complex than one found in a home.  It is computerized with 4 types of flushes, can use salt water from under the boat, or fresh water from the boat's water supply.  It is supplied water from two different pumps and has a pump/maserator for evacuating the contents.  It is plumbed to a sewage treatment system, which is operated by another computer.

The salon (great room) serves as a combination living room and dining area.  It has a high/low adjustable table that doubles in size with ample seating to serve dinner for 6.  This space also contains the lower helm allowing the boat to be operated from this area.

The forward stateroom (2nd bedroom) has a V-berth, essentially two single beds arranged along the bow of the boat in a v shape.  This stateroom has drawer and cubby storage and a standing locker.  It has its own head (bathroom).

Hopefully, this description and photos will help those who are land bound better understand the floating home where we now live.  A future post will describe the outdoor living spaces and the mechanics of this vessel.