First, you may have noticed the blog’s been a bit silent this last week…ya know…. because of the holidays but also because we’re out doing what we write about…adventuring AND traveling with kids. We decided to take one last trip to Paso Robles wine country in 2018 and perhaps our last for several years…as we may not make it again before we cut the dock lines in 2019. I’ll write about some of those adventures in the next few weeks.
Good Morning and Happy New Years. I waited to write this post until this New Years morning to see if I would be more excited and changed on the first day of 2019…and it worked. Although a bit hung over, I made the bed early, paid bills, started breakfast and started to think through this first post of the New Year for LF2SF. Like last year, 2019 will be another year of change and firsts for the LF2SF crew but not lots of New Years resolutions. Hotwife will retire, Tulum 5 will come out of the water and have some upgrades and improvements and we’ll cut the dock lines in October for Baja Ha-Ha 2019. As of today, this is now 10 months away. In those 10 months, we’ll want to get lots of things done and prep the boat and family, see friends and family and the girls will continue in school till summer and beyond. This last week in wine country, I slowed down to think through some of the challenges that lie ahead; working through where a very changeable outline of how we get there in my little head. Not much is set in stone with our family – we’re flexible and trying to teach the kids to adapt. Here’s some of the things we’ll work through and I’ll probably write about this coming year as we go forward (sort of the framework in my head for this year):
- (Short) Diesel Engine Course in January
- San Diego SunRoad Boat Show (Jan)
- Fighting the Funk- How we kicked mold and mildew ass! (Jan)
- Going Domestic- Our new sewing machine and learning to sew Tulum 5’s new curtains (Jan)
- Going more Domestic- Sewing Dinghy Chaps (Jan/Feb)
- De-Installation (Tear Out) of the (working) washer/dryer currently on the boat
- De-Installation (Tear Out) of the current fresh water Head and Installation of a Composting Head
- Women’s Sailing Convention (Feb)
- Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show (road trip with kids) (April)
- Catalina (Ca) Spring Break Trip (April)- Overnight trips, spinnaker practice, engine test
- Baja Ha-Ha sign-up, Crew Rosters and Official paperwork (May)
- Tulum 5 Haul-Out- (June/July)
- Catalina Extended Trip- Shake Down- (Aug)
- Cutting the Docklines- (Oct)
What’s not mentioned above is all the work on the boat that needs to get accomplished and the amount of gear we still need: boat haul-out, water maker, life raft, some way to wash clothes (tearing out the washer and dryer), a new composting head, a portable A/C generator, possible installation of a wind generator, teak deck work, teak varnishing, sewing and installation of new curtains and dinghy chaps and the myriad of other things that go into prepping a boat for bluewater sailing.
I’m also going to write more about financing our trip and how we’re doing it, along with working on the site and standing up the YouTube channel.
If you’re new to the blog or reading the blog, thanks and welcome. If you’ve been with us since the first year when I had a total of “7” followers and “0” likes…thanks for staying and reading. The point of the blog is to read it…so keep clicking and reading please-
LF2SF is not associated with the boat shows mentioned in this post.