I need to take a moment to rave about Guru Tattoo in Little Italy, San Diego, Ca, USA.  An extremely professional and clean business, this tattoo shop has a dedicated following and fair prices that match the detailed and perfect artistry from each practitioner.  When some of the senior practitioners in the shop have 2-3 month wait times to even talk about starting a tattoo; there’s gonna be some badass ink.  Tim McEvoy is one of the best and his ink speaks for him.  If you’re looking for a great tattoo and want quality over a quickie; Guru is a great choice.  Check out the progress of a full sleeve tattoo that took five months to complete:  Continue reading

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Evolution of a Great Tattoo

Pulled Pork using Big Green Egg – 1st Use of the BGE on our Sailboat

As I write this, I’m overcome by how far we’ve come as a family since last Presidents Day Weekend.  Here’s the link to my post past year (but the pics are missing for some reason): https://livefree2sailfast.com/2018/02/19/two-boats-in-1-weekendwhat-the-hell/.  Presidents Day Weekend last year we closed on Tulum 5 and bought our dinghy in the same weekend.  So, this is actually our one year anniversary of owning our boat.  Yeah!

I posted about getting a Big Green Egg for my birthday: https://livefree2sailfast.com/2019/01/12/your-introduction-to-my-green-egg-cooking-experience/.  I’ve been having a mount built for the boat that will hold the Big Green Egg securely and safely for cooking on the boat.  Continue reading

Wanna Head South?

Middle of winter and it’s cold!  Dream of casting off lines and heading south?  What’s really keeping you here?  Not enough money, relatives health, boat’s not ready, we don’t have enough sailing experience, the kids don’t want to go, we want to continue to build our nest egg…..ect ect ect.  I’ve heard some of these in my own life and had to set them aside.  I was “woken up” to how short life can really be and I’m a HUGE advocate of living your life while you can…while your own health is good enough to fully enjoy things and even if your boat and finances are not perfect.  Will they ever be?  I have no intention of dying without living.

If this is where you want to be, isn’t time to make it happen? Courtesy of Pexels.

If you want to head south but just haven’t had that “wake up moment” where you see yourself dying without living…DON’T WAIT.  Head south or west or east or north.  If you are on the West Coast and want to head south this year,,,,,sign up for Baja Ha-Ha in May and take off with us in November!

I have no financial ties to the Baja Ha-Ha, I'm just sitting here in a rain and wind storm on our boat wishing we were already somewhere warmer.

 

Book Review: Portraits of Courage

I’m reviewing a book I’ve owned for nearly two years;  but just couldn’t figure out how to write a review worthy of the book or the folks featured in the book.  This is a deeply personal subject for me as I know someone in the book and was blown away when I found him inside it.  I had to read the book, twice.   Continue reading

Multi-Year Coast Guard Vessel Documentation is now available

The Coast Guard has just allowed folks to start renewing their Coast Guard Documentation for multiple years vice one year at a time….which is a recent change.  Attached to this email is a document that gives you contact info and you can also learn about it online at the Coast Guard website.

Multi-Year Documentation

Credit for getting me this info goes to Mr. Jimi Laughery, as I had no idea about this change either.  Thanks Jimi-

Thanks to “Sailing Totem”

A huge thanks to Mrs. Behan Gifford on the Sailing Totem website for including this tiny (but growing) website and blog in their Cruising Family Blogs section.  This means our website is featured and there’s an RSS feed that will make sure all our posts update on their site automatically, sooo super cool.

A bit about the Sailing Totem Crew- Totem is the name of their boat.  Jamie and Behan Gifford and their 3 kids headed south from the West Coast of the US some 10 years ago, eventually circumnavigating the globe.  With their oldest in college now, the rest of the family is still on the boat and now in Mexico somewhere (having finished their circumnavigation.  They are regular guest speakers at various boat shows and Mrs. Gifford writes for SailFeed by Sail Magazine (one of my dream jobs).  Her husband Jamie is called “the cruising sailmaker” as he will consult and help anyone order sails for their boat and the Giffords have a sailing consultancy business as well.  Behan Gifford has also co-authored one of the definitive texts about sailing and voyaging with kids, called Voyaging with Kids.  The book is great but not yet reviewed on LF2SF because I haven’t finished reading it yet.

If you hit the link to the Sailing Totem website and purchase the book, they’ll get a few Amazon pennies and totally deserve them for all the work done on the book and on the website.

Thanks again to “Sailing Totem” for putting us on their site with RSS feed, that’s awesome!

Quincy’s Corner- 19021

Quincy the Boat Dog is a Great Dane.  She often smells like a wet dog and tends to sleep, eat and wag her tail quite a bit.  Sometimes during the day when I have boat work or have to run around doing errands, Quincy goes to doggy day care and LOVES it.  But I never thought I’d see her do this……. Continue reading

Sporadic posts but life continues-

Gotta apologize, as the posts have been a bit sporadic these last couple weeks as life has been busy but we keep going.  Hotwife had a hip operation so it’s been a week of having the kids on the boat with her elsewhere; then when she as able to get back on the boat on crutches I needed to take her to appointments for most of the next week.  So I missed my usual writing schedule and missed some of the work I needed to do around the boat as well.  With hotwife back on the boat, things have settled down a bit.  Take a look at Quincy, she won’t even move now when crutches go over her:  But it’s been a productive couple of weeks regardless.  Hotwife and Pirate Kate attended the Women’s Sailing Convention last weekend, I was able to determine the cause of my broken bilge pump and I’m getting it changed out with a new one, I finished my Small Boat Diesel Engine Course and we’ve set solid dates in March to haul Tulum 5 out of the water for a bunch of repairs and upgrades.

We’re looking to do the following while T-5 is hauled out:  three coats of bottom paint, drop and inspect the rudder and it’s bearings, have a dripless seal installed on our shaft, have a freshwater foot pump installed in our front head, have a saltwater foot pump installed in the galley, have the gray water flow changed from our 50-gallon (below the water line) tank to direct overboard and possibly remove the tank, unfreeze all the throughhull handles and fiberglass over throughhulls we don’t use and clean and paint the main bilge.  But this also gives me strict deadlines to get the washer/dryer taken out and if I’m going to put in a composting head…I’d like to get it done before the haul out.

So we have a bit to do.

We’re a family who got a good deal on a great boat and now have to dedicate the time to fix systems and give her the TLC needed to prep her for cruising.  We’re doing just that.  We’ll start our YouTube Channel in June and post every one of our complete free video travel logs on this blog.  We’ll also continue to post with mongo lots of pictures as we go along. If you want to read it all and share in the action, please think about following us and continue to follow us as we go.

Quincy’s Corner- 100203- Rock and Roll Great Dane

A storm on the dock is nothing like a storm at sea.  Sometimes it may actually be worse than a storm at anchor or on the ocean because you’re tied to a dock and can’t move naturally, so a sailboat’s motion changes and gets jerked around quite a bit.  Interesting motion when you’re living on the boat with two small kids and a Great Dane onboard, with rain and high winds predicted, but really high winds not expected.  Here in Southern California, storms are generally pretty mellow and although they can dump some good rain, they’re usually predictable.  Yesterday’s weather pattern wasn’t that usual So Cal storm.  The wind clocked around to come from the South and increased to 30-40 mile an hour gusts with heavy rain coming in on top of the wind.   Continue reading