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Seattle, WA, United States for Summer residence aboard a 42 foot Grand Banks

My journey starts in Elliott Bay Marina aboard the MV Jubilant, a 42 foot Grand Banks Classic built in 1977. It has two staterooms, complete bathroom in each stateroom, and a central living area with kitchen-sofa-helm. Cruising speed is about 8 knots but it will do more. Power is twin 120 HP Ford Lehman diesel engines with a generator for power while anchored. Alongside a dock with a power outlet, the boat sits silently while charging batteries and providing lighting.

The reason for buying this boat is a retirement project for my husband. Having lived in Seattle before, I know the beautiful scenery, so what’s not to love? Nearby are wineries, inlets and interesting towns, plus the great San Juan Islands. Looking at conventional abodes, like condos , it came to mind that in a condo all you can do is sit and look out the window. That can be done at home in Seal Beach. True, we could just keep renting a boat each summer, but having done that the time aboard just isn’t enough . So…bought a moving condo and something to keep my husband busy. I can decorate and write…he can do whatever it is that owners of boats do.

You can follow my summer residence journey May – September each year at

Where I stayed / started

Elliott Bat Marina/ Seattle, WA

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