I started this post several days ago. Most posts take me several days to write if I need to put some thought and application into them. It’s been raining in San Diego and cold. But the good news is that the new float switches that we just put into our bilge pumps work like a charm. Good News. Continue reading
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.
A friend texted me to say he had seen stories about Quincy the Boat Dog, but not much about the family; so I decided to write that update as a blog post vice a mail-out letter with our Christmas Cards. We’re not trying to be secretive or force the blog, we just didn’t get to doing a mail-out letter this year with the Christmas cards. So…here goes: Continue reading
It’s important that both men AND women have both hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge in order to gain more confidence and safety on the water when sailing or boating. Learning must occur to spark experience. This can be done through boat shows, conferences, reading and hands-on experience- but the point of the first sentence is that it should and can be done by men AND women, not just the manly man on his boat! You see men on boats a lot. This is changing, especially as you immerse yourself in this world and start learning that there are more and more women involved with boating and sailing than you might have thought. There are women sailors and boaters who follow this blog and I hope more will follow as we go. I digress. Calling all Women Sailors and Boaters: If you have the means to get to it, there’s a very good Sailing and Boating Convention just for women coming to Southern California in February 2019. It’s called the Sailing Convention for Women and while it’s not the only one, it’s the only one on the West Coast in the near future. The Convention date is February 2nd 2019 in Newport Beach, Cali, USA. When me and Hotwife were going through the morning and afternoon seminars; I was a bit jealous because there are so many cool seminars that I would like to go to, but she’s going instead. I’ll stay here and babysit (I mean parent).
PS: If you’re around the convention and spot Hotwife, tell her hello-
It’s taken me over a month now to be able to put into words the emotions of watching our former sailboat leave for Baja Ha-Ha 2018. Having your current and former sailboat able to be in one picture is cool enough, but watching your former sailboat glide from her slip one last time proved to me how enraptured I can be with sailboats and the emotions they spark, even when I don’t own them. Continue reading
Our anniversary was Monday but because we knew that babysitting would be in short supply the first couple weeks of December, we celebrated our anniversary a bit early. Continue reading
It’s Veterans Day Weekend and perfect San Diego weather, but we’ve chosen to stay on the dock to keep up our project momentum and give us a chance to take a deep breath. Continue reading
Last week was a long week and my body reminded me this weekend that it was time to slow down. After getting the sleep my body needed, I’m still in a contemplative mood, thinking it funny that the boat and family are providing more great website and posting content that I’ve ever had before. I’ve been trying hard to stay on my M/W/F/S posting schedule, aware that I missed Friday, but back on track. Continue reading
A quick note to say “Fair Winds and Following Seas” to all the Baja Ha-Ha Boats leaving San Diego and other points as they start the first leg of the journey down the Pacific Coast of Baja California, Mexico. It’s my goal to start our own adventure in exactly one year to the day from today….leaving with the 2019 Baja Ha-Ha in October of 19.
Live Free and Sail Fast-
A deep thought from Quincy the Boat Great Dane……… Continue reading