Kindred Spirit, the Mariner Orient 38 trawler, is a multi-talented boat. She is our home for now and our transportation. She has served as a cargo ship and a temporary storage unit for friends. Yesterday, Kindred Spirit tried out a new role as a ferry boat.
And I shall watch the ferry-boats And they’ll get high On a bluer ocean Against tomorrow’s sky
… lyrics from Sweet Thing sung by Van Morrison and also by Jeff Buckley
Ferries from the other islands were all taking reservations for the trip to the Man O’ War Flea Market. We decided to gather a few friends and use Kindred Spirit as our own personal ferry for the 5 mile trip from Hope Town. Dan and Marcia (Cutting Class) and Anthony and Annette (Magnolia) joined us for the day trip.
Funny story about this next photo. I ran into another cruiser, Sandy on Horizon, that I had met two years ago in Ferdandina Beach, FL, who excitedly said I must meet her friend, “the other Kindred Spirit.” We had heard the call sign “Kindred Spirits” on the VHF since we arrived in Hope Town and did see this other Kindred Spirit once over in Marsh Harbour – a large and stately Nordhaven motorsailer. Sandy introduced me to Karen who exclaimed she needed a selfie of us together! 😉 As we talked, I was most amazed to hear how they came to name their Kindred Spirits. From Anne of Green Gables – just like us. Imagine that. At least we can distinguish each other by the plural and the singular, although that is often hard to determine on the VHF.
After naps and chores, we gathered on Magnolia for dinner. Anthony made his delish chili.
Another day, another “first.” Good times with good friends on the water.