Boats today,,,,,Star Wars Tonight!

Saw two boats today…..

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A second look at a possible Tulum 5

It’s simple enough.  We were on the docks on Saturday looking at the Aleutian 51 with the owner of Yachtfinders and Windseakers.  He also happened to represent another sailboat I’d seen on the website and we decided to take a second look at it,,,,,cause the first time we had kids with us and couldn’t focus like we wanted to.  Very hard to spell and harder to pronounce, we were taking a second look at a Wauquiez Amphritite 43.  Interestingly enough, hot wife reminded me that the very first boat her and I agreed on and actually surveyed was a Wauquiez Amphritite 45, but the deal fell through and we bought Tulum IV instead.  I didn’t take too many pictures of this boat this time, but I’m planning on going back a third time this coming Saturday and will take more detailed pictures.  You can hit the link above to check her out or google Captain Fatty Goodlander, who writes for Cruising World Magazine and just circumnavigated on the same boat.

How To Choose The Right Solar Panel — The $tingy Sailor

I’m very interested in making my own power.   Going to harness wind and solar on the next boat and looking for a boat already rigged for one or both, so this article grabbed my attention very quickly.  If you’re a sailor and not hooked into the “$tingy Sailor” blog/website, you should be.  They give no-nonsense advise that most anyone (even me) can work through on common sense subjects.  Check out this great post about the different color panels and installation methods.

If your sailboat’s battery runs out of a charge before you run out of the need for it, installing a solar panel might be a good option for you. It might be the only option for you to recharge the battery if you normally moor without access to shore power so that you can use […]

via How To Choose The Right Solar Panel — The $tingy Sailor

Boats and Microbrew, a good Saturday-

Today we had the pleasure of going on-board both an Aleutian 51 Ketch and a Wauquiez Amphitrite 43 then grabbed a great lunch.  Later, while Christmas shopping, we blundered into a new San Diego Micro-Brewery, Kilowatt Brewing in San Diego.

If you’re ever in San Diego, check out this little brewing company with great beer and a friendly staff.

Kilowatt Brewing Company,,,,great inside-

Kilowatt Car- a classic with a great paint job

We’ll detail our time in the Aleutian 51 and the Wauquiez 43 in upcoming posts-

A starting point- thoughts on buying a sailboat

I was thinking (when we still owned Tulum IV) about how easy, fun and stress-free buying another sailboat would be (when we sold Tulum).  I’m not sure about you,,,but I’ve now realized that it’s not going to be all fun and games buying this second boat,,,,,cause we have to be able to afford it and we need to be able to get most of what we want,,,,or be prepared to keep looking.  There are factors at work that are often out of your hands when buying a boat or buying another boat: the boat’s current owner (mindset), the boat’s quality and current gear (some or all of which will need to be upgraded), your financial position (most of the time you need to have 10% of the OFFER in cash just to make a viable offer), the time of year (on the east coast), your knowledge and availability to look at boats in your local area or in areas where the boats might be (we’re not going to look at a boat in Ventura right now) and many, many other factors.  In the last year, me and/or hotwife have probably looked at more than 25 different boats, often finding the “one” only to find out it’s got a deal on it, it’s been built in the backyard 30 years ago or that it still has black iron tanks and needs a complete tank job.  As I know, there is no perfect boat unless you have one custom-built with each and everything built perfect and you don’t have to worry about money.  For the rest of us, most production boats won’t be perfect but need to be as near to perfect as possible for what you’re going to use it for.

And that last line of the last paragraph is what you need to focus on when buying a sailboat- what are you going to use it for and what are you looking for from it?  In our case,,,,,we’re doing everything but can’t buy a boat that’s built to do everything, so we’re gonna do the best we can.  We know that after I retire the whole family will move  on the boat for several years at a dock in the US,,and it will serve as our floating home/condo.  We’re hoping that after several more years, we take off into the wild blue and coastal cruise for several years in warm places.  And, I know that I want a boat that has the ability to safely transport us across oceans,,,because we might get the yin or yang to head over to Greece and Croatia for a season.   We’ve also discussed heading home to the West Coast of the US the easy way (vice bashing back up the entire coast of Mexico), which is a very long and involved sail through the South Pacific, to Hawaii and finally back to Cali.  Luckily for us, we’re flexible so our plans can change and we’ll bend with our plans.  We’re headed out to look at the Aleutian 51 this morning.  She might be suitable, she might not be, but we know some of the things we’re looking for so we have a bit of an advantage in that.  I’ll put my thoughts into words this evening along with some pics.

Remember why you sail,,,why you voyage,,,,why you travel?


Time to Downsize and Invest in Ourselves

As I prepare to retire and we (as a family) come to grips with the fact we’re going to be moving onto a boat as a whole family within 9 short months, we’ve gotta downsize and look carefully at what needs to be done to achieve our eventual goal; casting off the docklines and setting sail into the sunset.

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I love my International Readers!

Monday we had lots of readers from 11 different countries and I couldn’t love it more.  Keep it up!  Folks from all over the world are following and reading this little blog and I wanted to write a quick note to say “thanks”.

This coming Saturday we go to San Diego to check out an Aleutian 51 Sailboat

After Christmas, we’ll bring you posts on our family road trip to Tombstone (home of the OK Corral and the Wyatt Earp Shootout), our trip to the Grand Canyon by Train and a review of the town of Prescott, Arizona.

Don’t just read this blog,,,,follow it and our adventures.