Tulum IV under way in San Diego Bay

On Friday the 17th I signed the last of the paperwork to finalize the sale of Tulum IV,,,,and she sold to a new owner who loves her just as much as we did.  I’ve always been an advocate of the fact that the boat will sell when the right person comes along,,,,all others just seem forced.  And, in this case, I knew during the survey that we had found the right owner.  Without getting into details, the sale was smooth and easy and we simply had to clean her out on Saturday and continue cleaning her on Sunday.  Sunday morning at 0830 we put the new owners lock on the main hatch and stepped off her for the last time.  I miss her already, but it’s time to look forward to what’s next.  For us, this is another step toward Bluewater cruising.  We know we want a slightly larger, older boat with a different berthing and cockpit setup than the last one,,,,and we’re taking our  time to find the right boat.  I’ll discuss the two boats we toured on Sunday in another post, as they were very different but we had a favorite.

As far as now being a sailing blogger without a boat- we still adventure travel as a family and we are looking for another boat, so this is a natural progression.  We continue to work with Yachtfinders and Windseakers in San Diego to find us another suitable boat as their advice so far has been pretty good.

Stay with us as we work through finding the right boat, financing it, buying it and eventually cruising it-


Offer Accepted

Shhhhh, we didn’t tell you all everything about this last week, cause we didn’t want to jinx anything.  We received an offer to buy Tulum IV last week and after some hard negotiating by the  potential new owner,  we accepted the offer.  So, on Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday; the Sea Trial, Haulout and Inspection were conducted on Tulum by a crack surveyor, several boat brokers, the potential new owner and me.  What a great San Diego Day to get out on the water and sail.  Tulum performed like she loved the wind, getting to 7.2 knots in 15 knots of wind under full sail.  I loved it, I think the potential new owner loved it and I think Tulum loved it.

This time, we hauled her out at a boatyard/shipyard in National City, California, close to where we have her slipped, it was really convenient.  She looked good out of the water and seemed to have a great survey.  Here’s some pics:

Out of the water, Inspection Started. Nothing major found during Hull Inspection that I know of-

Below are some of the stories I’ve written throughout this year of having Tulum up for sale about the sales process and the work we’ve put in to get to this point.  I was glad to meet the potential new owner on Veterans Day and I think Tulum IV would be a perfect boat for him and his family.  I hope things work out.

Stay with us as we work through this process-

Vagabond 47 Look-See

We get to go take a look at a Vagabond 47 tomorrow afternoon before she goes on sale in San Diego.  See, we gotta keep up on our research “cred” as sailing and cruising blog.  She’s ultra salty and I love the pirate ship lines, but looks like she might need some upgrades and gear.  As long the price stay low, she might be worth it to someone with time to fix her up and a pirate like outlook on life!   Here’s some initial pictures a friend sent me:

If you study some of the pics, you’re going to see some things that trick you’re eyes, but they’re real.  Yep, looks like there’s a bit of damage to some of the sails, sail covers and canvas.  That’s ok,,,,that’s easy stuff to fix for a price.  The decks look great and the rest of the boat we’ll see tomorrow.

Stay Salty and Stay with us,,,,we’re working on big things right now that we’ll update you on over the weekend.

Baha Ha-ha 2017 in San Diego

Today at 11am,,,,another Baha Haha will kick-off with over 154 boats signed up as of early October.   The Fever for this caught me in 2014 when my parents were at the HaHa goings-on; giving talks about their circumnavigation and selling their books at the events.  We bought Tulum a year later and I’ve been waiting to get into the event myself, but we’ll wait a few more years (retirement).  If you’ve never checked out the site, it’s got lots of good info and you might catch the fever too.

Just down from Tulum on our dock is this pretty lady, taking off Monday morning at 0500 to get fuel then onto the Ha-Ha.  We wish them all good luck-

And, if you’re in San Diego and want to go check it out or think you might want to do it next year, here’s the event map that most boats will take through San Diego on their way out of the harbor:

Crappy Blogger or Working Hard?

They say great bloggers are very consistent, but these two weeks my posts have been sporadic and I’ve been working hard.  All this work was done either because my wife was home or I knocked it out after a full day of work.

BEFORE I painted it! Looking South

AFTER Paint, Looking South

BEFORE- Leach Line and Sewer Tank getting inspected-

AFTER- Tank Fully Certified

Pool Safety Fence after getting eaten by Mastiff


New GFCI Plugs after Mastiff Ate them off the wall

Concrete Sealer Applied

Concrete Repainted, two coats!

Outdoor Fireplace Cleaned

22 Foot Tree Stump taken down with my Dad’s help,,,,Quincy photobombed me in this pic

Deckhands helping paint the pool deck!

Ok, I have not posted on a regular basis so now I’m back and will work to get back on my regular schedule.  Thanks for sticking with us!

busy weekend and week

Yep, this was a busy weekend and the upcoming week will be busier.

We continue to work toward getting our house on the market; which is driving the work.  But,,,,being who we are, we play hard too.  Busy weekend: Got to get off the dock and get out sailing (FAST IS FUN); was invited to a 7-course wine and food pairing (dinner party)  where I felt a bit like the “hick from the sticks” and came home to have my new paint gun “explode” a bit (connection to the hose wasn’t tightened like it should have been”.  So,,,white paint is pretty much everywhere.

After I got the broken Fitbit cleaned up again, it says I did 16,145 steps today for a total of 6.88 miles.  Not bad for a day with no scheduled physical training.  I’ll enlighten you with all these stories as well as pics of the work we’re doing on the house this week.  It goes on sale about November 7th.  If it doesn’t sell by mid-December, we’ll take it off the market, put it back on the market in the spring.  This is a HUGE step in our journey toward starting to get ready for cruising,,,,,as it means no more house payments, home and flood insurance payments or property taxes,,,,and we can start to downsize our stuff (we’re doing that now,,,slowly).  I love all this,,,,,cause I like to simplify whenever possible and realize this is a good means toward our end (cruising).  So, with white paint on my hands still and all over my Fitbit,,,,I’m signing off, but will be back this week with pics and stories from this weekend and this week.


I didn’t workout today but got a lot of work done,,,,which reflected on my Fitbit.

I prepped the house for some touch up painting today, worked on getting the pool deck ready for paint and tried to clear up lots of miscellaneous projects I should have done 5 years ago to make the house better, but just getting around to it as we get ready to sell it.

So, the Fitbit says 16,671 steps with a total mileage of 7.09.  Not bad for a day with no running, just climbing ladders and working on miscellaneous projects.

Yes, we’re really doing it.  Our house goes on sale on 07 November.  Probably won’t sell this season so we’ll put it on sale again in late March for the spring season.  Gotta sell it so we can move on with our non-formalized plan, which entails retirement, moving to the boat and starting to get ready for our trip with a known timeline.  Can’t really do all that with a house payment while trying to be retired and take care of my girls,,,,so we’re putting it up for sale.

What we’re doing now; to prep for cruising then

I’ve read a lot of cruising blogs.  Most of them start as folks are leaving for their trips and end when the trip is over.  Who wants to read about live back on the hard and how much those folks miss their boat and adventure lifestyle?

We’re not doing that kind of blog.  I started this blog three years ago with the idea to build a group of friends and followers now,,,like when me and my wife are still working full-time, have very young children, just bought a sailboat and have not germinated that be all do all cruising plan yet,,,,,cause we’re not there yet.  I’m not yet retired, my wife isn’t yet retired and my kids are still very young and very in school.  We’re literally still working toward our goals.   The blog will continue  in an effort to take you through our loooong preparation phase, our actual trip and probably continue after we get home,,,,simply because it’s a fun outlet to bring you info and advice on travel and sailing.

So what are we doing now, to prep for cruising then:

I read a lot of blogs and books on cruising, sailing, adventure travel etc.  They all have advice (like my blog does) about how to get started, keep going and how to reintegrate. I’ve taken it to heart and both me and my wife know we need to do some things now to get ready to go,,,,,but we’re also not the types off the deep end,,,like we don’t always have singular focus.   We like a bit of moderation so we can still have options?  Does that make sense?   So,,,what have we done already and what are we doing right now,,,at least two or three years from sailing away:

1.   We bought a boat,,,,three years ago.  We decided to put her up for sale a year ago,,,,she’s still for sale.

2.  Taking a promotion in her job,,,,my wife moved onto our boat, which is 3 hours away from where we live.  I stayed here with the house, dog and kids to give them a stable lifestyle (for now) and until I retire.

3.  Like most of the blogs and the books say,,,,,we’re trying to eliminate or reduce our debt load,,,,,quickly.  We’re paid off my wife’s car, we paid off all of our credit cards and reduced our credit card usage from 3 cards to 1.  And,,,,we’ve decided to only use the one card that gives us airline miles, to start saving those miles up for when we need them.

4.  In the vein of reducing our debt load,,,we’re putting our house up for sale 9 months before I retire to force ourselves to get it up to par for sale,,,,and because the area we live in is kind of remote and we have a better chance of selling if we can get it on the market during the right seasons.

5.  We’ve started looking at the boat for things to make it more livable,,,,like a new canvas dodger that doesn’t leak, new mattresses and clean water tanks.  It’s nice to have clean water that tastes good.

6. Lastly, I put a lot of effort into looking for high quality, inexpensive stocks that pay monthly or quarterly.  If we can keep buying them consistently and roll those dividends back into the purchase of more stock while we’re in the US and working, the snowball effect works.  I also look carefully at penny stocks in developing sectors that I can buy very cheaply,,,,then hold them until they go up.  There are several great developing areas in the US and Canada right now that are actually starting to pay dividends, go up quickly in value and may offer a great opportunity for someone like me to make more money.  But we’ll see.  I use 80% of my small amount of investment money for the dividend stocks that pay monthly or quarterly and the other 20% for developing industries.  I’ve also found that Peer to Peer Lending (like on Prosper) has potential for higher interest rates on earnings and you have monthly payments.  But,,,,like most people, I don’t have enough invested anywhere to actually live off,,,that’s a bit of a pipe dream right now.

I got bored with our current stickers and shirts and have redone them to become a bit more up to date and simpler, looking forward to getting those in soon.  Also get to get back onto the boat next weekend and see the new mattresses and see how the canvas project is going.  We’re getting new matching sunbrella dodger and updated cockpit cushions.  Boy,,,,,do we need them.  I’m convinced the cockpit cushions and dodger are originals to the boat,,,which means stuff is 17 years old.  I know the mattresses are original, cause they are the same spec as came from the Hunter Factory.  Time to update! Can’t Wait.

171007 & 171008

Good Morning and Happy Columbus Day Weekend (at least here in the US)-

171007- I had to set-up and help run an 8-year old birthday party.  It was fun chaos but didn’t get any workout in.

171008- Not going to do a formal workout today because I’m taking down a tree in the yard and working on cleaning the areas around the house.  We’re prepping it for sale,,,,so it’s gotta be done.

Selling the house is yet another milestone in moving toward our dream of cruising on our own sailboat.   Once we sell the house and I retire, we’re going to move onto the boat as a family.

Small Boat Sailing with Warrior Sailing and the VA Summer Sports Clinics

The blog was a bit slower than usual last week because I had the humble honor of sailing all week with the Warrior Sailing Program in support of the VA’s Summer Sports Clinics.  I’d love to say I coached all week, but in all honesty,,,the quality of the four senior coaches at this clinic was staggering,,,,and I was only too happy to learn from them and soak up the knowledge.  Every day was a learning experience.

Saturday I went back to my first marina and spent several hours getting reaquainted with the Catalina 22, which I’d be sailing in addition to the 16.5 Capri.   This was a great day, because the whole family got out on the water in this much smaller sailboat than Tulum IV,   relearning the basics and getting the kids and us experience on a different sailboat.   Monday – Friday,  I sailed with veteran participants, coaches and staff from Warrior Sailing and the VA Summer Sports Clinics.  This was humbling.  I’ll work through several stories this week to share some of my experiences, which can’t be replicated anywhere else because of the caliber of both the participants and Warrior Sailing staff.  During the week, I was able to eat lunch with a future Olympic skier, sail with a veteran who has earned his Basic Keelboat Certification while totally blind, meet the first amputee the Army allowed to deploy to combat in Iraq and watch the outstanding senior sailing coaches mentor veterans with every sort of injury into having a great time on a small sailboat,,,,while actually learning how to sail for themselves.  None of us gave “boat rides”, all of us involved the participants as much as possible and you could see it in their faces as they came off the boats.

So,,,,while the blog was slow last week, I was off doing what I write about,,,,living free and sailing fast (as possible on the small boats while keeping mostly upright)!  I took vacation days to help out and got to sail all week.  While the only material possession I took away from the clinic was a hat, I came away rich in humble pie and experience from watching our veterans sail and getting to sail with the four senior coaches, who are some of the best sailors I’ve ever met.

If YOU are on active duty or a veteran and are interested in attending one of Warrior Sailing’s 3-day camps; check out their website and put in an application.  The camps are completely paid for, but they ask that you fund the initial cost of your airline ticket, then you’ll be paid back.  If you’re an experienced sailor and want to volunteer to coach, put in an application on the website and they’ll see where there’s a spot.

I learned a lot from this camp that I’ll work into several blog posts, but the biggest thing is the feeling of giving back to the veteran community and asking nothing in return.  I’m good with that (but a shirt wouldn’t have been too bad either)!

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