Welcome to our Blog.
We are Brenda and Tom Lahey and “Kissed Some Frogs” is the name of our boat, a 42 foot, 2006, Beneteau Swift Trawler. Originally from New Hampshire, we now live in Palm Coast, Florida. Here in our blog, you can read about our adventures, projects, and experiences.
Brenda enjoys boating, baking, photography, counted-cross-stitch. She collects perfume bottles and other unique art glass. Formerly a manager at a national retail chain, she retired in 2019.
Tom enjoys boating, hiking, and writing. He collects antique Stereoviews and Stereoscopes and dabbles in woodworking, electronics, and things mechanical. Tom has worked in software and technology for most of his career and spent the last 12 years before his retirement in 2017 working for a financial services company in London, England & India.
We grew up in Manchester & Bedford, New Hampshire, within a few miles of each other. We met in high school marching band and were high school sweethearts getting married the year after Brenda graduated. We lived in New Hampshire until 2013 when we got sick of the snow and moved to Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (just south of Myrtle Beach) where we built our “dream home”.
Our decision to move to Murrells Inlet was partially based on our (mostly Toms), desire to get a large cruising boat when we retired. In 2017 when Tom retired, we purchased our Beneteau Trawler and started planning for our grand “Great Loop” trip. After 2 years of short one to three-week cruises, we left in April of 2019 for a year on the boat cruising around the eastern United States and Canada. 7,000+ miles and 12 months later, we got back home to South Carolina and found we really missed cruising!
We headed back south on the boat in December of 2020 and spent the winter cruising around Florida. In March of 2021 on our way back home, we stopped at one of our favorite marinas in Palm Coast, Florida. Palm Coast is on the east coast of Florida, about halfway between Daytona Beach, and Saint Augustine. We had seen condos with a private marina on previous stops there, and decided to “just take a look at them”.
When we saw the “simple-condo-life” where we could just close the door behind us and take off on the boat, no lawn mowing, no house-sitters, AND where we could look out our back door and see the boat just feet away, we decided to move. By April 1st, less than 30 days later, we had sold our home in South Carolina and moved to our new home in Palm Coast where we, and “The Frog” now live.
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