Who are we? Boat nuts. Nordhavn raving fans. Water lovers. Adventure seekers. Kirsten and Mike’s parents. Zoe and Max’s humans.
While that pretty much sums us up, for those readers who aren’t quite satisfied with that series of statements, here’s a bit more.
Boats and the water have captured our hearts and minds for years. Early in our relationship we lived on Vashon Island where we felt that we of course needed to own a boat! What we could afford and what we wanted were a bit different however, so we ended up with a hunter green Old Town Canoe. Our farthest cruise? Across Quartermaster Harbor. In 2004 we rented a houseboat on Lake Shasta in northern California. About an hour into the experience I (Alison) turned to Kevin and said, “let’s buy a boat!” Being a man who loves anything with an engine, Kevin needed no further encouragement. One week after our return to Seattle we had a brand new 22 foot Bayliner ski boat. We reveled in our newfound mobility and speed, flying around Lake Washington with kids on skis, tubes, the infamous “taco” and a wakeboard. After a few seasons on the lake we yearned for more. Hmmm… Puget Sound? Why not? Off we went!
At the end of each summer day and the end of each boating season we found ourselves feeling great sadness. We had to go home for the night or worse, put the boat away for the year. So… after Kevin sold his company in 2007, we bought our first cruising boat – Island Dog, a 4788 Bayliner pilothouse cruiser. In the next 9 years we put 10,000 nm on that boat, all in the Puget Sound. Island Dog lived at Skyline Marina in Anacortes, WA for many years and the San Juan Islands were our weekend playground – all year round. Our boat was a gathering place for friends, family and lots and lots of kids. And dogs. Of course. It was glorious fun and we loved every minute of it.
Somewhere along the line we went to the Seattle Boat Show and walked on board a Nordhavn. The sales person (who may have been Don Kohlman – not sure!) handed us a DVD (yes a DVD) of the 2004 Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, otherwise known as the NAR. We came home, watched the video and about 30 minutes into it turned to each other and said “I want to do that.” We’ve watched that video maybe 60 times since. And with the realization that we wanted to experience the world by boat, we became Nordhavn Dreamers. For a long, long time. We raised our kids, worked hard at building our respective companies and suddenly the dream seemed achievable.
In 2016 we sold our house and bought our beloved Nordhavn 55, Red Rover. And this blog began!
We’re Kevin and Alison Jeffries. We live on our Nordhavn 55, Red Rover with our Mexican rescue dog, Max (as you read through you’ll see lots of photos of the most beautiful black dog, Zoe. She was with us from the beginning but crossed the Rainbow Bridge in Huatulco, Mexico in January 2022.) In June, 2019 Alison “retired” from her Seattle-based company, Red Propeller. At the same time, Kevin handed the reins of his architectural signage company, Waypoint Sign Co., to his amazing leadership team. Wala! In an instant, our long-time dream of cruising full-time came true! We headed north to British Columbia to relax a bit and in September, 2019 we left the PNW, with the bow pointed south. Cruising life had begun!
But what about family, you might ask? Our kids are pretty much grown up. Kirsten graduated from the University of Tennessee in May, 2019 and then completed a fellowship at the Institute for Rowing Leadership (IRL) at Community Rowing in Boston, Massachusetts. She is also a boat nut, but of the human-powered variety as she is a super-fit rower. Kirsten is just starting her career as a Division 1 rowing coach at Loyola Marymount University in sunny southern California. Our son Mike solves the problems of the mysterious computing cloud during the day and runs around on nights and weekends with his awesome wife Jenny and their rescue dog Andy. The other Jeffries live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While they are pretty far from the ocean they love their own adventures hiking in the mountains and traveling. Jenny is going to be our resident fisher-person on some upcoming adventures. So stay tuned for that!