Welcome to Smartini Life, the website of Fran Martini, Brian “Butch” Smith, May the Cat, and Smartini, the 53′ Kristen Trawler on which we all live. The word Smartini is, obviously, a mashup of Smith and Martini, and our friends have referred to us as “the Smartinis”, or “Team Smartini”, for some time, so when we bought our floating home, “Smartini” seemed the obvious name for it, too.
Brian is the primary author of the site, so first person references usually refer to Brian. Fran will write occasionally – but will probably post way more pictures than me – she’s good like that. May will be in the pictures now and then, but will have no other involvement in the site.
Fran and I met in February 2005 (maybe I’ll write that up sometime – it’s a good story), got married in July 2009, retired in October 2013, bought Smartini in January 2016, got rid of almost everything and moved aboard in July 2016, and left our home marina (Anchorage Yacht Basin in Indian Harbour Beach, FL) on November 12, 2016.
Our objective: a thorough exploration of the Bahamas and the Caribbean over three to five years, looking for a place to buy a home where we’ll spend most of our time for as long as that makes sense.
Before we begin, though, we still have some stops to make in FL. We just returned from a great trip to the Bahamas for Christmas with our dear friends the Powers family on their boat, Turtle E. Awesome. We’re in Fort Pierce now, hauled out for the second “ten year bottom job” in the last 11 months. (Ugh – more on that later.) After this, down to the Keys for a visit by my daughter Maddie and her friend Brenna. Finally, Fort Lauderdale, for a new captain’s chair, an extension of our Bimini top, and a few other odds and ends. When all that’s done – we’re off! The Southern Bahamas for the rest of the winter, the rest of the Bahamas during the rest of 2017, and then, who knows?
To see where we’ve been, and to know where we are currently (whenever we’re traveling, that is), you can click this link: https://share.garmin.com/FollowSmartini – it will display a map that plots our location from the InReach satellite locator / communicator we have onboard. When it comes up, click on the “+” that appears next to Fran’s name to display the track.
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