A Time of Change


I’m willing to bet that this post will come as a major shock to some of our readers. For those of you that don’t already know, Party of Five has been listed for sale.



From day 1 we always knew this adventure would eventually end. In the hundreds of cruising blogs I have read, I was always fascinated when the end came for those cruisers.  Some cruisers ended for financial reasons,  some for health reasons, and others because they were just done. However, I have always respected the ones that knew when it was time to quite and ended on their own terms. I never realized how how hard it would be to actually know when that time was upon us. While I’m not one for cliche sayings, the cruising community does have one that is repeated over and over. “We are all out here as long as the FUN or MONEY lasts!”.  While I wouldn’t say the “fun” has run out for us, it has definitely changed. There are so many reasons why we decided it was time for us to quit cruising. Here are a few.

– As the kids grow the boat keeps getting smaller.

– Boat maintenance is no longer fun!

– Tired of saying “Goodbye” to great friends.

– I got fat (again) and now I’m super freaking hot all the time.

– It has become normal and we no longer see things like we did in the beginning.



So the next question. “What are we going to do next?”

Well, we really have no idea. We aren’t done adventuring as a family, we are just done cruising. However, we have no idea what that next adventure will be.

Maybe we will find some strange corner of the earth and visit for a while (Albania anyone)!

or, Maybe we will search out another tropic paradise and see what its like to enjoy from land (Nicaragua anyone?)!

or, Maybe we will try to immigrate to one of our favorite locations and try to integrate (parlez vous francais)!

or, Maybe we will head back to Canada, find some problem people have and build a business solving it.

or Maybe we will head back to Canada, integrate back in and figure out how to adventure in the off time.


The fact is, nothing is off the table, but the table is overflowing with options right now. We have spent the last 4 years living in a state of constant change without ever knowing what was next. We are looking at this like just another passage. We will adjust the plan as conditions dictate and things will work out.

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  19 comments for “A Time of Change

  1. Henrik
    January 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Good luck with whatever you guys choose to do! Whatever happens, someone is going to get a helluva boat!

    • travis
      January 7, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks fella.. Its been an insane 5 year ride… But its been everything I hoped for.. and more!

  2. Georgette and Russell Drolet
    January 7, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Good luck with whatever you plan to do, but really hope you are coming home.

  3. Dean Drolet
    January 7, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    looking forward to seeing you all and catching up. It’s been great reading these adventures, but I think it’s gonna be even better to hear about them first hand.

  4. Mike kneafsey
    January 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    The boat photos look great. Should sell quickly at that price.

    • travis
      January 8, 2020 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Mike. We know we priced her on the low side but are looking for a quick sale and then move on to the next adventure. We have seen so many friends try and eek every penny out of the sale and have it drag on for a long time.

      Anyway.. I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You”. You helped us immensely when we first got started. Not only with accepting and forwarding our sail to us, but with knowledge. Without you and a couple others in the owners group I could never have refitted her. Again.. Thank you.

  5. Clayton Corbin
    January 8, 2020 at 5:43 am

    Please contact via email. Thank you.

    • travis
      January 8, 2020 at 7:00 am

      Email sent!

  6. NikiFoxE
    January 8, 2020 at 6:05 am

    So glad that we were part of the early years! We totally understand the drag that repairs sometimes become.

    And frankly, we always marvelled at how the five of you managed sanity in such close quarters!

    We hope your sale proceeds smoothly — and we hope that regardless of where and how, we see y’alls before too long.

    • travis
      January 8, 2020 at 6:55 am

      Nice to hear from you guys..

      I do hope we get to sit down and have a drink together. You never know where we will end up.

  7. January 8, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Good on you for knowing when to let go. In an odd sort of way its kind of inspirational as I (we) try and decide if we want to give the lifestyle a try. Change can always beget change, but we tend to forget that even though that’s why why we named our boat Never for Ever 🙂

    Still, sad to see this adventure come to a close. Try and keep up the blogging so we see where you land.


    • travis
      January 8, 2020 at 10:08 am

      Thanks for the kind words Bruce.

      I’m going to do my best to keep blogging, but I think it will depend on where we go and what we do. I’m hoping we can find another adventure that will inspire us.

      Maybe we can sit down for a drink some day!

      • Macblaze
        January 8, 2020 at 10:14 am

        Well if you are back in YEG at some point and have the time, I am up for it.

  8. Barbara
    January 9, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Good for you! When the boat is gone, you will still be the Party of Five and that’s what matters.

    • travis
      January 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Ahh.. I almost missed this comment.. Thanks Barb.. We have had an amazing 4 years. It has surpassed my expectations in every way. I have such fond memories of those early days with you and Stu. I really couldn’t have done it without you guys.

  9. Dawn Scobie
    January 13, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Wishing you all the very best!!! ❤️❤️

    • travis
      January 13, 2020 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Dawn.. Its been a great 4 years..

  10. The Olena's
    January 15, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Good luck! We wish you the best in your new life.

  11. Luc Lalancette
    March 10, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    It was so nice to follow you guys on this amazing adventure and in a way I was living that dream thru you. Good luck on your future endeavour and although I never met any of you in person, I feel I know you all. If you come back to Edmonton, I would like to go for a coffee or beer.
    Thanks for sharing

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