Anomalous.  Good word.  A great boat name.  Especially if you are a liveaboard.


This weekend was spent moving out of our home of 10 years, the home Alison and I dreamed about for years.  The one she and I built with our own hands.  And our hearts.  To say the least, there were times of emotion.  And it did not help that we were struggling to find moorage for our soon to have new home as well as trying to pin down the details on our temporary home that we need to stay in between the home sale and the boat purchase. The word “homeless” was jokingly tossed around.  Well, half jokingly…

Zoe on deck
What dis word you speak of, homeless?

Earlier this year, for research purposes, I made a few calls to marinas on Lake Union to check on open slips.  With 3 calls, I had two great slips that were available.  This was early, a couple of months before we even knew that Insignia was going to come our way.  Check that off the to do list, moorage was going to be easy to find.  Fast forward 3-4 months.


There are dozens of signs like this around Lake Union.  I just didn’t see the small text “except for you”.

Moorage is not available.  Liveaboard, um, yeah.  Even more difficult.  We are on at least 12 waiting lists.  So off I go, literally pounding the pavement looking for a slip, carefully deflecting the “are you a liveaboard” question until I can pin down the marina’s “unofficial” policy.  I even used our insurance guy as a connection.  Chris had great ideas and some additional contacts, but still no luck.  We finally catch a break and find a sublet that will work at Shilshole Marina.  It is available July 1st, just days before we anticipate having our boat up to Seattle.  We have a home.

Back to Anomalous.  We met Darren and Lisa on the dock.  They are our new neighbors.  We had a great conversation with them about their story, the marina, and the community. They have been living aboard for four years (their second time since they have been married) and love it.  They do not have a storage shed.  What they have, they have on the boat.  We need to pitch more things…

We are deviating from the norm.  Exciting!  Looking forward to the new community and neighborhood.  Moving towards our next dream.  And a few tears as we let go of the “normal” stuff we worked so hard for.  But can’t wait for the christening party in little over a month!

Let’s party!


Naming the Nordy. What’s in a name?

Naming the Nordy. What’s  in a name?

In my little company with a big footprint, we name things.  We name buildings and neighborhoods.  We’ve even named streets for cities and new developments. Kevin and I named Island Dog Sign Company and its namesake vessel that was a product of the company sale, Island Dog.  Bean, our beloved yellow lab was the island dog, the source of the company’s name, started when we lived on Vashon.  And she loved that boat, wind whipping in her ears, a big dog grin on her happy lab face.   Kevin and I also named Red Propeller, with a bunch of input from our creative friends.  Red – a self-created acronym for real estate development.  Propeller – a person or thing that drives, or causes something to move further or onward.  At Red Propeller we help our developer clients to move their projects forward in the market. The Red part is important to this story.  So then Kevin started another sign company, Waypoint Sign Co.  Another naming exercise in the living room of our house with adult beverages, of course.  There’s a little trend here – boats, islands, water:  favorite things.

So now, we need to name our dream Nordhavn – our new “hoat” – boat/home.  One night after just having met Jeff Merrill in LA, a silly first idea hatched.  We were hanging around our hotel in Marina del Rey (can’t get away from boats…) after a great day walking through every aspect of a different Nordhavn 55 with Jeff I joked that we could call the new boat Havn Fun.  Or Havn____ (you fill it in – Havn Dinner!  Havn Drinks!).   Funny, yes.  But the boat just seems a little too serious for that.  So we kept thinking.

We looked at world traveling names – like Atlas.  Or new life chapter names like Chronicle. Not too exciting.  And then we thought about names that were about the freedom to roam and explore and discover:  all things we what we want to do with this new boat.  We want to go unusual places all over the world (sadly not right away), challenge ourselves, meet new people, join a new community (the Nordhavn community which seems to be super connected), be on the water.  Again, hmmm.

And then we had a working name.

But then, we went to meet the boat, currently named Insignia.  The working name just didn’t seem like it was strong enough for the boat.  But we still liked the idea of it.  It just needed a modifier and a bit more of a story.

So, we thought some more.  And we came up with the name that seems to feel just right.

Introducing:  Red Rover!

Why Red Rover?

It’s playful.  And fun.  But it has a story and a meaning.

Red – of course, real estate development.  Both of our businesses are a part of this world – and as such, development is a big part of who we are, what we are interested in and what we talk about with our business hats on.  Of course, when you own a small business, your business hat is always on.  And I just love the color red.

Rover – a person who spends their time wandering.  And of course, a good canine reference. Got to have that.

Red Rover – a fun game where one team calls their opponents “over” to capture the opponent into their own team, their own community you could say.  In our world, we are moving over to a new chapter and a new adventure – and we’re becoming a part of the trawler, Nordhavn and cruising communities.

So there you have it.  Red Rover, Red Rover, Alison and Kevin are coming over!  And hence the name of the blog:  Comeonrover.  🙂




Wow! That went fast…

Wow!  That went fast…

It has been three weeks since our last post.  We were just getting ready to head down and look at Insignia, a Nordhavn 55 that Jeff Merrill (Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales) arranged for us to visit.  Over the course of those three weeks, we made the decision to buy Insignia, put her under contract, finished the last punchlist items on the house, listed the house as well as the house selling in under a week.

Our truck taxi. My first time seeing one of these. Was a blast to ride in, especially on a hot evening!


Alison and I connected thru LAX where Jeff joined us on our flight to Mazatlan.  We took A 25 minute taxi ride (regular Mexico cab, not what is pictured!) to the hotel to check in and then a 3 minute cab ride to the marina.  We met Neil at the head of the dock and walked down together for our introduction to Insignia.  She is beautiful inside and out!  Wow.  Our in-depth tour wouldn’t start until the next day but we did a walk thru of her before heading to the flybridge for a cold cerveza.  At that point, Alison and I knew…

Yes, this will work…
Beach walk before departing Mazatlan.

Big oceans, small world

Prior to going down to Mexico, we did our typical google search to see what we could learn about N5505.  We read a little about Neil and Elaine Williamson, the current owners, and that Insignia is their second Nordhavn.  Prior to Insignia, Neil and Elaine ordered a new 57.  It sounds like this won’t be their last Nordhavn they own…

The small world part?  Alison stumbled across a blog that connected the prior owners (Don and Lili Weippert) of N5505, when she was known as Lilipad, to us.  Don and Lili are good friends with Mark and Rita Hanses.  We bought our 1998 Bayliner 4788 from Mark and Rita 8 years ago.  We remember Mark telling us stories about being on their friends 55…  Small world.

Our home with the For Sale sign. We will miss it.

Oh, yes, we need to finish the house…

Alison and I returned to reality two days later with our to do list for our home.  We had wanted to have it listing ready the Tuesday after our return but knew that was too aggressive of a timeline.  We needed another weekend to get it ready.  Thankfully mom and dad came over and helped us wrap up our to do list (second weekend in three weeks).  The house was listed Tuesday night, May 3rd and it went pending 5 days later.  What a hot real estate market right now.  Thankfully we don’t have to try and buy another property right away.  We do close on the house May 26th – fortunately, we purged the house of many things that aren’t needed anymore.  But it is still “moving”.  This will keep us busy…

Trying out the new Nordhavn gear that arrived.

So when do we get her?

The last week has been full of talking to surveyors and juggling everyone’s schedules to make dates fit.  Insignia is still down in Mazatlan.  Neil will be bringing her up to San Diego, targeting an end of May arrival.  At that point, Neil and Elaine will spend a little time getting her ready for us.  The surveys are scheduled for June 13th and 14th.  We look forward to seeing Neil again and finally being able to meet Elaine!  We hope to close about a week later, give or take June 21st.  We are currently talking with our potential crew on departure dates (from San Diego to Seattle, with a San Francisco pit stop) but hope to be in Seattle early July.

Jeff and I out on the streets of Mazatlan. I believe this was before the first margarita…

 Busy next few weeks

We have re-energized our search for moorage here in Seattle along with discussing what our summer plans will be.  This is on top of moving out of the house and planning for closing on Insignia and the related need to re-supply her before we bring her home.  Oh – and we are off this weekend to Knoxville, TN to bring Kirsten home from her first year at University of Tennessee.  Go Vols!