So, Dale, tell us a little something about your cruising to date and where you have been so far?
I grew up on the water in Victoria, BC and have been in love with boating since I can remember. Our family’s cruising started 20+ years ago with a 22’ seasport and as our family grew so did our boat. To date, we have cruised Prince William Sound, around the San Juan Islands and the west coast of Vancouver Island. Our family LOVES the ocean and we are dedicated boaters. We live in the middle of Alaska and it is a 365-mile journey (one way) to the ocean where we kept our previous boat in Valdez, AK. We would make a mad weekend dash just visit our boat for a mere 2-3 days. Since it was daylight most of the time during the summer we never had much of a problem traveling at night. Currently, we fly 2000 miles to spend time on our current boat, Serenity. It is a struggle to live so far away from her, our hope it to bring her home to Alaska this Spring.
Why did you choose Nordhavn?
We started researching boats that could circumnavigate the world and Nordhavn was the lead of the pack. We absolutely fell in love with the quality of Nordhavns over 10 years ago and started out our search as becoming a Nordhavn Dreamer. Quite frankly, we never thought we would ever be able to own our own Nordhavn and then our dreams came true last March.
What has been your cruising highlight so far?
Every cruise is a highlight. Just being on the water and enjoying the scenery and family.
Do you travel with an animal/s on board?
No pets on board. We have four beautiful girls with the youngest two still at home and they keep us plenty busy.
What do you do and Glenda do for work, other than smashing a particular Aussie in the Survival Suite Challenge?
Dale works in the construction field and builds commercial buildings and infrastructures. Glenda works at the University of Alaska in the K-12 Outreach department which supports K-12 education throughout the state of Alaska.
Glenda, if there is one thing Dale does that irritates you while underway what would that be?
Dale is a worrier and worries about everything, which can sometimes drive me nuts.
And it’s only fair I ask Dale the same question, so Dale, if there was one thing Glenda does that irritates you what would that be?
She likes her beauty sleep and sometimes takes a nap when we are cruising.
Onto irritating things, have you ever run out of something while at sea that has caused problems?
Luckily we have always been well stocked and prepared and haven’t had any incidences so far. It would be a definite crisis if we ever ran out of beer.
Would you describe yourselves as more hunters or more gathers?
Living in Alaska has prepared us to do both, with that said we enjoy the challenge of the hunt. We are active hunters and fishermen and strive to live a healthy subsistence lifestyle.
Why did you name your vessel Serenity?
The vessel was named Serenity when we bought her and it was the perfect fit for us. Serenity sums up what being on the water is to us.
What other names did you consider?
Our previous boat’s name was FishnFin. Fish as we love to fish and Fin was the nickname of Dale’s grandfather.
What is the one lesson every boater should learn?
Respect the ocean and Mother Nature. Things can change in an instance and your have to be prepared and willing to change your plans.
What is your favourite anchorage and why?
Landlock Bay Port Fidalgo, Prince William Sound Alaska. The entrance to the bay narrows down and opens up into a small private haven. It is your own private oasis with beautiful mountains, wildlife in the hills, fish jumping, eagles and peacefully serene.
What is your favorite Marina and why?
Cap Sante Marina is our favourite to date, as this is where our dream of owning a Nordhavn came true. It’s a beautiful harbour with a quaint welcoming town. We made a lot of good friends and fellow owners there, good times.
What is your favourite quote and why?
Life is too short, so make every day count.
What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while at sea?
We were the only boat amongst hundreds of huge icebergs, which is quite common in the Valdez area. We were waiting meet up with a friend. He was starting to get in close proximity and asked which boat was us. Ha Ha, little did he know we were the ONLY boat and the others were icebergs. That goes to show you how big the bergs were.
What’s the biggest mistake you have ever made on the water?
We once underestimated a bad gale warning and had to wait it out for a few days before we could return to port, it wasn’t a big deal but there were a few small boats that went down. Needless to say, the coast guard had a busy night.
What is your most hated boat job?
Definitely working at keeping the boat clean, its white and shows dirt immediately, especially after she is just washed.
Tell us a little something about MV Serenity?
It was love at first sight when we first saw her, unfortunately at that time she was financially out of reach. We continued to look for Nordhavns the following year while we aligned our finances. During that time, we always compared every other boat to her and they never quite measured up. We worked hard connecting the financial dots and to our pleasant surprise Serenity was still for sale last year when we were finally able to buy her. We truly think she waited for us.
What is the one thing you are most afraid of?
As long as we have each other, we handle anything.
What’s your favourite photo ever taken while at sea and why?
There are many photos and memories at sea. Some of our favourites include our first picture taken with Serenity and our girls fishing and laughing.
What would you never leave behind (besides each other) when heading out to sea?
A fishing rod, we love to fish.
Glenda tell us something about yourselves that nobody knows?
I placed 3rd in the Valdez Silver Salmon Fishing Derby in 2009 and have been on several sheep hunts.
And finally, where to next?
We plan to bring Serenity home to Alaska in the Spring 2017.
Thank you very much for your time, will be watching this year’s progress closely.
Good luck with your travels!