Reblogged: The Truth Is…Life Owes You Nothing — Dream Big, Dream Often

I couldn’t help reblogging this from “Dream Big, Dream Often”.  Give it a read and soak in some integral truth !

An observation of the world around me intended to provoke thought in you.

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Book Review: Sailing Log to Blog to Book- Sequitur, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style

I’m one of those sailors who dreams of taking the information from my log and blog and eventually turning it into a print book; author Michael Walsh has done just that with his book: SEQUITUR, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style.  Author Michael Walsh and his partner Edi have written a book here that’s right on the money for me as a future cruising sailor: they have the sailing chops to tell a true story with an authoritative voice, they are great cooks who include pics of their gourmet meals in the book along with great wine choices for those meals and there’s info in the book that’s directly out of a sailing logbook and/or was present on their SAILBLOGs Blog site, Sequitur.  Incidentally, that specific SAILBLOG site still gets tremendous daily traffic, as it’s still up and running although Mr. Walsh has moved onto another blog site for their European Canal Travels (www.ZonderZorg.ca).  The site has LOTS of cruising information, just like the book does.

Sequitur, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style is a soft cover book of 678 pages crammed full of pictures and great stories.  Published by ZonderZorg Press in 2013, it’s for sale on Amazon and through the ZonderZorg Website directly.  The book does what I want it to when I start reading it….it starts with the basic info about Mr. Walsh and his partner Edi, how they acquired the Hunter 49 (brand new), put her together and started working toward a cruising dream.  Then step by step the book starts to take us along on their journey down the West Coast and the decision-making process that takes them through the Rouring 40’s and around Cape Horn.  In no way the first Hunter to put on some serious ocean miles but this is one of the first stock Hunters on record (that I know of) to actually round Cape Horn and keep going.  Written in meticulous detail it’s obvious that much of the info in the book came from Sequitur’s written logs or their SAILBLOG entries, which I applaud.  I love the fact that they have included cooking recipes that work on a boat, great wine and food pairings and info on how to do a big trip like this in comfort and style.  After their time on Sequitur, Michael and Edi moved on to other adventures, selling Sequitur and purchasing a century old canal boat in Europe, which they chronicle in several new books as well as their ZonderZorg website.

The book is for sale on Amazon and LF2SF would be tickled pink if you followed the link we provided above to check it out and purchase it.  YES, we would get about two whole cents if you make a purchase decision and use our link.  There….we’ve given you our disclaimer.  I liked this book and it will remain a staple in Tulum 5’s library.  Have a great day and a great weekend.

If you want to read about another Hunter with some serious ocean miles, Google the S/V Follow You, Follow Me on Sailblogs and about their miles.

 

 

Reblog: Would You Like a Reblog? Leave a Link — Dream Big, Dream Often

The website DreamBig, Dream Often hosts regular changes to get your own site reblogged or highlighted by simply leaving links, stories or info and then paying it forward by reblogging their site.  I see only benefit to this plan, so I want to give you a chance to look at some of the writings on his blog and give it a chance if you want to give it a read.

An observation of the world around me intended to provoke thought in you.

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Reblog: For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000 — The Cruises of Marlinspike

Here’s a great pair of sailors who’ve lived their plan and are now putting their boat up for sale in the Caribbean.  Having already sold one sailboat, I’m aware of the challenges of boat sale and am especially empathetic to the challenge of selling a boat from far away….like if your boat was in the Caribbean and you had to come back to the US.  These folks have kept the boat in immaculate shape and worked hard to improve her while sailing the Caribbean, so the boat should be a steal for someone who wants to really sail the Caribbean.  Plus….LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION- you can pick up a great newer boat for a great price that’s already in one of the world’s premier cruising grounds…..nice!  If you’re interested, check out their website and tell em that LF2SF sent you-

All good things must come to an end. This was the third year of our planned three- to five-year Caribbean cruise, and having sailed the boat throughout the Eastern Caribbean, from Grenada to St. Thomas, we agreed that it is time to bid farewell to our beloved Marlinspike. This was the perfect boat for us: […]

via For Sale: 2011 Beneteau 43.3, $119,000 — The Cruises of Marlinspike

Alexa scolded me!

Be very careful when you’re having a brain fart and forget her name. Yesterday I called Alexa Siri by mistake. Once I remembered her name, she played me 9 minutes of the Jonas Brothers instead of Metallica. Jonas Brothers is not music that inspires me to Bilge Paint!

7-year old birthday party today….yeah!

Waterhorse Charters.com and TRLMI

Good Morning Everyone, it’s been a crazy long week and more to come next week.  This whole week I’ve been working on the boat (of course) but I’ve also been going to night classes at Training Resources Limited Maritime Institute (TRLMI) for a Diesel Engine Maintenance Course.  YES, I’m still trying to improve my weak mechanical skills and since I have a firm grasp on my own failings, I already know that I’m not the greatest at mechanical stuff…..and the high jump!  As a bonus this afternoon, we were allowed to go on a field trip to check out the engines on Captain Zach’s Newton 46 dive boat.  Zach is one of the students in the class and owns Waterhorse Charters and Dive Shop (in San Diego).  Because San Diego has a large sunken warship (Yukon) just off the coast, Waterhorse Charters specializes in taking folks out there who come to train for thier PADI or other Wreck Dive Certification.  The boat is spotless, has more than required safety gear and his engines are in great shape.  I was pretty impressed, cause I’ve been on some pretty janky dive boats in a couple of places, but Captain Zach knows his stuff and has a Master’s License to prove it.  Me and him sat in class for a couple of weeks in January 2017 at the (then) Maritime Institute for our Masters License Training, but Maritime Institute has since become TRLMI.  I get to wander around the San Diego Sunroad Boatshow tomorrow and then finish up my last Engine Class tomorrow afternoon as well…too much fun.  I’m getting LOTS of stuff knocked out on the boat and the next two weeks will be huge weeks for the boat.  Next week I have someone coming on the boat to look over my spinnakers with me.  Pretty excited, as I don’t have much spinnaker time and every second counts for good experience.  In order to shore up some of my weaker points and stop paying ripoff prices for work I can probably do, I’ve also signed up for a week of class for Outboard Engine Maintenance in February and another week of class for Onboard Electrical Systems in March.  If you’re interested in these skill sets, TRLMI offers the classes and has a world-class training facility where you’ll get hands-on + instructors who are willing to take the time to explain crucial details along with real world experience.  If you want these skills, highly recommend you sign-up for a class somewhere and improve yourself.

I’ll do another couple of posts with more detailed info and pics on Waterhorse Charters, TRLMI and the boat show.

https://livefree2sailfast.com/2017/01/15/100-ton-captains-course/

https://livefree2sailfast.com/2017/01/22/successful-captains-license-class/

So the above reasons are why I missed Wednesday’s post, but I’m working hard to stay with it.  Today was another painting with bilge paint day on the boat before I went on the field trip and I’m gonna have to throw a second coat on tomorrow, then be done with that portion of the paint project.  I’ll have some pictures of before and after to awe you with my painting skills and the nastiness of the areas painted….you’ll see we’re making slow progress.  Next week it’s into the engine room all week to clean the engine, change the coolant and the oil and then attempt to get to the impeller to change it.  My engine is literally put in backwards because of the velvet drive and V drive operation…so getting to the critical bits of it is literally painful boat yoga for midget’s and my kids won’t go into those spaces.  I try to bribe them, pay them and threaten them but they will won’t go into those impossible to get to engine spaces so I have to do it….next week. Ok, still got paint on my hands so I have to clean up- see ya-

Reblogged: Want to Retire Early?

If this is where you want to be, solid finances will help, ALOT.

When I came across this post from the Aroused Blog post, I knew I had to reblog it.  This post feeds directly into another I’m working on in conjunction with an article I’ve read from the November 2018 issue of Kiplingers magazine.   Ever heard of the FIRE movement?  This is unique group of highly motivated individuals who save their money in large amounts with the express desire to retire early.  I wanted to retire early and have achieved this in my mid-40’s, but I had never even heard of this movement when I started toward retirement.  Read the interesting article below by the Aroused Blog and consider checking that blog out, then keep an eye out for my Weds or Fri post as I discuss the idea of retiring early in conjunction with going on an extended cruising trip.

via Want to Retire Early?

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MLK Day in the US-

On this day that the United States uses to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, I’m proud of our diversity and the unique nature of the United States.

We’re not sailing this weekend- but I’m looking forward to the  first Boatshow of the season next weekend.  LF2SF will be at the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show and looking forward to it.  We’re only going to three boat shows this season, but we’ll cover them with photos and stories as we go.