We Made it to Mexico!

We Made it to Mexico!

Sorry for the delayed and very lengthy update but for the last five weeks we’ve had no internet access and very little cell service. We fell victim to the beauty of remote Baja. The vast majority of people rush through this area due to the weather, lack of services and less than ideal anchorages – topped off with the temptation of the tropical water and drinks down South. We did experience the weather, lack of services and less than ideal…

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Stay Classy San Diego! – We’re Heading South

Stay Classy San Diego! – We’re Heading South

  Well, we didn’t get “Step Brothers” watched at Catalina Island or “The Anchorman” watched while in San Diego but we got a lot of mileage out of the endless supply of one-liners in both movies.  I feel that I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t include at least one of them.  So if the title to this blog doesn’t make sense, watch “The Anchorman”.  It’s one of my favorites (certainly not one of Sonni’s favorites). Firstly, we apologize for…

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Break Out the Flip Flops, We Found Summer!

Break Out the Flip Flops, We Found Summer!

Whales off the coast of Monterey, CA. We left Monterey on another cold, foggy morning and headed for Morro Bay 107 nautical miles away.  The trip took us about 20 hours and would be our last overnight sail until Mexico.  Morro Bay is a small tourist town on either the South end of Central California or the North end of Southern California.  There has been much debate on the subject, however, after rounding Point Conception the debate was settled.  Within…

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Half Moon Bay, Capitola, Santa Cruz and Monterey

Half Moon Bay, Capitola, Santa Cruz and Monterey

  After crossing under the Golden gate, we found a slip in a marina in Richmond, CA which is northeast across the bay from downtown San Francisco.  We had planned to anchor out but the slips were only $17/night with showers and laundry facilities included.  We couldn’t pass that up.  We met another couple headed for Mexico on their boat S/V Soulstice, Steven and Jen, who are roughly our age and also enjoy great food and drinks and are on…

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The Golden Gate Bridge from below.

The Golden Gate Bridge from below.

Passing under the Golden Gate Bridge!   PLEASE NOTE: We added a “Subscribe” button on the right side of this page if you’d like to be notified by email when we make updates. Now for the update! We had a great week of layover in Crescent City, CA waiting for a weather window to continue South. It was a very foggy trip from Coos Bay, Oregon but well worth it. We met Steve and Chelsea on S/V Jean Anne and Nigel…

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We’re Officially Offshore Sailors!

We’re Officially Offshore Sailors!

Ready to leave the San Juan Islands.  West Beach Resort Pier on Orcas Island.   Just a quick update on the last week.  We left Orcas Island in the San Juans and headed for Neah Bay on the tip of the Olympic Peninsula.  The ride was pretty easy up to that point.  Monday we headed out to make the “Big Left Turn”.  We were escorted out by a dozen or so humpback whales feeding on the bait fish in the…

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One Month to Departure – The “fix it” list is getting shorter!

One Month to Departure – The “fix it” list is getting shorter!

The last month has been spent getting the last of the projects done before heading out the Strait of Juan de Fuca and making the “Big Left Turn”. We had a visit from Sonni’s parents over the 4th of July week, Brad’s parents after that and had several nice nights at anchor with Simon’s family and CRABBING SEASON STARTED!  The food has been pretty hard to live with… Dungeness Crab Benedict! Dinner with Sonni’s parents. Dinner on Lummi Island with…

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A Day with the Sailmaker

A Day with the Sailmaker

  Wow, what a day.  They say it isn’t possible.  We have spinnaker that points! But I need to back up a bit.  I visited Yager Sails last winter to order some new sails for our  adventure on our 1980 Tartan 37c.  When I walked through the door I wanted a new genoa and an asymmetrical cruising spinnaker.  What every good cruiser needs in their sail quiver.  After a few very informative visits with Don Yager, he told me he…

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Living Aboard – Lessons learned and a great weekend of sailing

Living Aboard – Lessons learned and a great weekend of sailing

We have now lived aboard for 2 weeks.  Still early and though many have done this for years, I think the first few weeks are the biggest adjustment.  We’ve gone from 3000 square feet to 300 square feet and though we though the adjustment would be easy, things on a boat just take longer.  Whether its fixing a water pipe or fixing a gin and tonic, things just take longer  Just getting ice for the gin and tonic now includes…

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Soggy Decks and Rotten Bulkhead

Soggy Decks and Rotten Bulkhead

November 2017 Hauled the boat out in Bellingham for some repairs.  We had some soggy deck core on the starboard side and a rotten bulkhead that the chainplates connect to.  The chainplates hold the cables that hold the mast in place.  Very important.  We started with disassembling the cabinetry. You can see the dark spot and some water coming from under the chainplate on the left.  All that cabinetry must come out. The bulkhead is made of some plywood sandwiched…

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