This summer I had the opportunity to conduct two separate surveys (tonnage and C&V) on a completely refit Baron Shipyard 60′ steel-hull cutter named “NOMADICA”.
I had seen this boat before, years ago when it was still named “KATA BRAVA”. I don’t remember much about it, other than she looked pretty rough. I couldn’t believe this was the same boat when I stepped onboard years later.
The new owners, Cheryl and Morgan Morice, spent over 4 years bringing this boat back to life. There are no words I could write that would do the refit justice. And while I’d love to get into the nitty gritty details here, it’s much more informative and enjoyable to read about the process from the Morice’s themselves on nomadicadventures.net.
Cheryl and Morgan are both accomplished blue water sailors. They have sailed everywhere from the Mediterranean to New Zealand to Antarctica, so it’s no surprise that their current plan for “NOMADICA” is an ambitious one. After a “breaking in” period around the Carribbean, they will sail the boat north, up the U.S. west coast, through the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, and then cruise the Northwest Passage east all the way to Greenland.
I’m not exactly sure when the Northwest Passage expedition will begin, but I have subscribed to their blog and will be following their journey with interest and envy.
I felt inclined to share Cheryl and Morgan’s story because in a world where I see more and more cheap fixes and pseudo-experts, these two are the real deal. I don’t want this to sound sappy or overblown, but it was genuinely inspiring just talking to them about the work they were doing and the plans they were making. Every time time I was in the boatyard on another survey I saw them knee-deep in another project, usually covered in dirt and sweat, but always with a smile on their faces. Now, 4 ½ years later, they have an amazing boat that reflects that dedication.