Introducing ourselves. We are the Conger family
. I am David, my wife is Marlena and we have two girls Kaci (8) and Hayden (7). Several years ago after attending a boat show
in San Diego
we have had the same dream. Cruising the world together before the girls get spoiled with the notion of "normal" fed to them on TV, Movies, peers. We want them to see as much as possible with their own eyes not via a TV screen
and grow up with this foundation under them.
I will also apologize in advance that my writing style leaves a lot to be desired by all who have not met me in person. If anything I post can be read the wrong way usually it is...so I accept likely I have a long way to go to figure out how to express myself online without coming across badly.
So, why are we here? Well, me writing this means we are close enough that I'm no longer scared to speak of it publicly. If our latest counter offer is accepted on a nice Lagoon
410 we will cross a point of no return. This dream will become truly real. Just for perspective we are currently living in Sacramento California
area and couldn't feel farther from our dream.
The idea of possibly landing in St. Martin in a couple weeks to do a survey
, sea trial acceptance of this boat is surreal. We are ready, we are able, we just need as much help and wisdom as we can get. I promise we are all ears.
We were open to starting anywhere on the planet and it's our budget
that is truly deciding where. It appears it will be St. Martin as that's where this boat is.
What we lack in actual boat ownership
and hands on experience we have made up for in research
. Our children's safety
is paramount. To prepare during these years we have taken ASA
courses up to 104 (both of us separately so we did not distract each other). We bought and owned a Catalina 30
for a year and sailed it often out of San Diego
. We bare boat chartered an Athena 38 in the BVI. It went better than I could have imagined. Those two engines and the sensible layout made it something I was immediately comfortable with. We did this the last week in October so there was some wind
and good experience to be had that week.
Yes, we know it's hurricane
season June 1 there and that weighs heavily on us. Remember we've looked for years and the boat sort of found us and that's where it lies currently. We are afraid if we don't buy this one this may not happen.
So, my sole reason for writing and joining here is to accept that we realize although we are generally very private people we can't do this without help. We have read your articles, books
, movies and have met some of you in person at boat shows. You are a community we have grown to really like. Every book, every article, everyone we meet at boat shows has been so inspiring to us. We truly do look forward to meeting you all in person out there someday. Just today we are trying to focus on the immediate things. I will not ask for answers here and leave this as an introduction
What I bring to the table? I spent my career as a large scale Database Adminstrator. Oracle mostly on Unix. Then a few years ago I got into open source things. Open source means you can download the hardware
online and do it all yourself. I learned enough to build these tiny electronic things that fly quite sophisticated multi rotor and fixed wing things. Ya some call them drones but before you picture something else these are basically autonomous toys with sometimes a camera
on them. I hope to bring enough tools and bits to put together some flying things while onboard so if you see something small flying around don't panic it's harmless and I'm probably showing someone how it works sitting at a laptop
on one of the boats nearby.
We figure surely wherever we go someone has a computer issue, network issue, database issue or wants to know more about flying drones or possibly even build and fly one. My wife's career was in International Finance with a large technology company in San Diego (QCOM). So we hope to give as well as receive here and out there. My girls are pretty wicked at Minecraft so with some luck I'll setup a mobile Minecraft server and your kids
(or you) can join in the fun with us.
See you all soon, your positive encouraging comments welcomed, coordinates to link up with your family
, advice, places to see and avoid...all that wonderful stuff. Thank you in advance.
David, Marlena, Kaci and Hayden Conger