Holy Extra Wires!

Wow, check out all these extra wires that my electrician took out of the small space that used to house a bunch of radio’s, but the former owner of our boat claimed them as personal property and took them off the boat.  No worries, cause we’ve got some ideas about radio’s and electronics of our own.

This is one day’s worth of work clearing out the radio area,,,,,the picture below is pretty dark, but you’ll get the idea:

Yep, all those wires used to be in this radio cabinet, what a mess.  Glad it’s out!

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LF2SF- BVI Bound

Here at LF2SF, we write about sailing, cruising, adventure travel and family travel.  We don’t just write about it, we live our own adventures.  LF2SF is off to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to spend some time sailing a bareboat catamaran with family and friends.  We’re taking our 6 & 8-year-old girls on their first real out of country sailing adventure, as we prep for our own cruising trip in the future.  I will make every effort to take advantage of the promised WiFi on the boat and get pics and stories up on the blog as often as possible, but please understand if you don’t see regular posts for a week or so.  We’re off adventure traveling with our kids and several of our friends.

Looking straight toward the Beef Island Airport on Tortola, BVI.  Photo credit to the LF2SF Roving Reporter, Emy.

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Where to charter? My dummy advice

Where to charter??? read the rest!  Hi,,,,I’m so happy you’ve spent enough time to get to this sentence in this post,,,,cause you might actually be interested in bareboat chartering.  So here’s my dummy advice on where to charter: wherever you want; but make sure you know what you’re getting into and you can navigate well enough to get around.  Why you might ask?  Well, winter bareboat chartering in the British Virgin Islands with line of sight navigation is very different from winter chartering in Greece and 1000 % different from winter chartering in Alaska! It’s that simple,,,,know where you want to go, how to navigate and what you’re getting into and then GO!

Personally, I wanted to bareboat charter in Croatia this season but the airline tickets were too expensive and we couldn’t have gone with a group of friends, because of the ticket prices.  Then I looked into chartering in the Sea of Cortez in the Baja, but we already know we’re going there ourselves on our own boat,,,,so we wanted to go somewhere we don’t often get to go to.  Finally, we settled on the British Virgin Islands and actually talked four other friends into going with us,,,,defraying the cost of the boat and the food.  And,,,,the best part is they know what to expect from us and our kids,,,,they have some time with the kids and can stand to be around them.

So find places you want to go with things you want to do,,,,that you can afford and GO!

First Pot on the Boat!

firYep, this will be weird to some of you,,,,but to me it’s a milestone.  Two weeks ago we figured out how to get the propane working on Tulum V and cooked our very first meal on our own boat and on the stove.  A normal process for most people in the world and a very small thing that most don’t think about,,,but on a boat this can be pretty complex.  First, is there propane left,,,,there was.  Next, is the actuator working to get said propane to the stove,,,,it did.  Last, does the stove work,,,,it did.  So we cooked,,,,a great pot of rice to go with the barbecued chicken!

Ohh yeah,,,and the boat got the final word.  The propane cylinders are nearly empty,,,but there’s a hefty cable and cable lock without a key,,,,so I get to cut it off next time I’ve down there.  Wish we had thought about asking for that key!  This is why I love sailboats; there’s always something to keep me challenged and make me think through problem sets.

LF2SF Bare Boat Charter Series

Photo Credit to our roving reporter, Ms. Emmy.

If you’ve ever thought of channeling your inner pirate and crewing your own bareboat in an exotic location somewhere, read on.  We’re NOT chartering experts, but we think we have experience that might help you.  We’re working through the process of doing our another charter;  the first was a bare boat charter in 2011 on a large powerboat and this next one will be a bareboat charter on a catamaran.  We have no catamaran experience but we’re really excited to get it, so we decided to go sail a bareboat for a week or so to get some on-water experience and make a vacation out of it.  For the next three posts and then some more as we approach our charter;  we’ll discuss some of the finer points of actually doing a charter.  Again, we’re not experts but we’ve done a lot of work to get these charters off the ground.  Since the first charter went fairly smoothly in terms of logistics, travel, operating the boat and preparedness; we’ll focus on those areas while also approaching a charter of our own.  Our own charter is less than a month away, so this is relevant information that we’re applying in real life, to our own family charter.  I hope these posts are worthwhile and help inform you if you’re interested in bareboat chartering.

Tulum V

Aleutian 51 MotorSailor

We closed on the Aleutian 51 motorsailor on Friday.  Finally.  I’ll write about this exhausting purchase process in future posts but needless to say I’m relieved.  It’s been a bit of a struggle to remember the positive points that attracted us to her in the first place; but we’ve finally closed and started work on her this morning.  This boat just needs some TLC and of course being a “77”;  she’ll need some TLC + cash put into her at the right time as needed.  But we know she’s got good bones and she has lots of features we like, so we continued to believe in those qualities even when we were worn down by the lengthy process of discovery.  The process wasn’t helped by me blowing out both my eardrums or the fact that we didn’t have an easy time of the sales process, but that’s for other posts.  Right now, I’m totally relieved to do all of the work we did today because I’m back to a production sailboat that’s right for my family and has the ability to become our home on the dock and cross any ocean imaginable if we choose that route.  We’re still selling our own house in the next five months and moving onto this boat in July, to live on her until we change our minds or leave on our own cruising trip.  I love the interaction with all of you and the fact that some of you actually read this blog thing with all these storie, keep it up-

Tomorrow, photo essay of today’s adventure with trash and cleanup,,,,trying to show you what NOT to do when you finally sell your boat and walk off it.  We didn’t do this when we sold Tulum IV and I don’t want you to do it when you sell your own boat.  Stay with us, that story tomorrow.

We’re moving toward Tulum 5

We’re still in the deal for a 1977 51′ Aleutian sailboat and moving forward.  The boat needs a lot of work and TLC, but I think she has good bones.  We’ve had almost every survey possible done to her and know the condition of some of what we’re getting into,,,,I think.  Either a diamond in the rough or a rough diamond?   We will  chronicle this buying experience in a future post series, but need to wait until we close to start working on that series.  This time around,,,,we’re not going into a boat backwards.  Last time we christened her, moved stuff on her and moved her,,,,before ever thinking of closely inspecting and cleaning her.  When we put her up for sale in October of 2016,,,,we started detail cleaning her and figured out we should have done that first and all along.  Who knew that oiling the teak would have such an effect on a boat’s morale, looks and overall smell?  The teak just soaked it up and overnight she took on a healthy glow.  These are the little things we need to take the time to do on a new (to us) boat.  I also need to catalog in writing where every through-hull is and make sure to get to know all the systems.  This needs to happen early, before we start putting anything on the boat.

Stay with us,,,,we’re moving toward a boat that needs TLC but may prove to be a great cruising boat.