Last Sunset on Tulum IV

Tulum IV sold.  I’ve put the story on a post for tomorrow, but couldn’t wait to show you this sunset from her deck, during our last night onboard.

Stay with us as we find and buy another cruising sailboat and prep her to sail away!


Sailing for Fucktards — Art of Hookie

Yeah,,,,couldn’t pass this great article up from “Art of Hookie”.  If you’ve ever read his stuff, it’s funny, griping and keeps you figuring out if he likes his bikes or boats better.  And there’s a fair amount of bitching thrown in there too, which I like.  However, I need to interject here just for a second, cause the guy he’s talking about in the first paragraph who can’t always get his boat back on the dock smoothly might just be me,,,,,as not all docking is perfect in my world.  I do like his stuff about anchors, and I did google “Rocna Anchor Review” to see if his was on there, and it is,,,the first one just like he said it would be.   I looked into buying this brand but went with another of the same lineage, for my own reasons.  I have that post in here under “Shiny Michelle” if you want to look it over.  I liked this post and he has some very intelligent things to say about anchoring- Take a read and make sure to check out his blog if you haven’t already,,,,Art of Hookie is a good one.

Yes this is the title of the book I’m never going to write. Chapter one Don’t be a dick! Having spent the …Continue reading →

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Working a Boom Vang

A re-blog from a great site that puts out all sorts of technical information for sailors; especially if you’re handy and want to do much of the work yourself.  Most sailboats have some sort of a boom vang on them, but this article actually tells you when and how to use one,,,and how to cheaply make one if you don’t have one already.  Might be worth the read,,,,,check it out-

Source: Control Your Mainsail Shape Better With a Boom Vang

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:

My boat is good for my OCD!

Hot Wife says I may have some OCD tendencies and that the boat may be good for them,,,,,cause I’m constantly working on it or improving it if I can.  When we’re out sailing,,,there’s ALWAYs something to do on the sails, lines, rigging or course corrections.  So, it’s a win-win.  But inside,,,,there’s MORE to do and I love it.  This weekend, I’m down here to relax after a very long week of working on the house,,and I’m determined to repaint the bilge cause it’s a dirty white.  Last week our new mattresses finally came in,,,,and what a HUGE improvement.  The photos will tell the story, no new canvas or dodger yet, but it’s in the works:

Old Mattress in Girls Room- NO, that’s not pee, it’s water that came through a hatch by you’re truly and dried in that pattern.

New Mattress in Girls Room,,,,SO much better

Mattresses getting moved onto the dock

Old Setup, two separate smaller mattresses,,,that I had made with Walmart Foam three years ago

New Mattress, SOOO Much Better and worth every cent!

Our new mattresses were bought and made right here in San Diego by San Diego Boat Mattress.  I think this is one of the best boat purchases we’ve made, worth it already.  If you ever need a mattress, give Pablo Hernandez  a chance to show you a great mattress or talk to him by phone or email, it might save your relationship or your back.

(We have no financial interest in Mattress Makers), I just thought enough of my new mattress to make sure you know where to find your own!

Is this expensive stained glass?

We were invited to a fancy dinner party over the weekend and at this nice fancy house, I was blown away by their expensive stained glass.

So now I’ll put it to you,,,,is this expensive stained glass?  This photo is unedited, taken with my iPhone-

A simple yes or no will do,,,,or an explanation if you think it isn’t!

171016 / 171017 / 171018


After a long day of working on the house Sunday, I was worn out.  Took the day off from working out on this Monday.


Feeling guilty for NOT working out Monday, I hit the gym hard Tuesday.

Started with 3 sets on the neck machine.  Did 3 sets of 15 regular squats and did 3 sets of front squats (very hurty).  Finished off the workout with 3 sets of light shoulder shrugs, done perfectly.


Since we’re working to get the house sold, I had to come home during my lunch break from work for a contractor to come fix the pool fence.  The Mastiff ate part of the pool fence several years ago and we’ve never fixed it.  The contractor arrived one hour late and instead of taking 20 minutes to fix the pool fence, he took over an hour.  Needless to say, I didn’t get in a workout at lunch.  Came home after work and continued repainting the pool deck.

Oil spill in Trinidad – we are floating in a horrible ‘national disaster’ — Becoming a Sailor

This re-post just in from “Becoming a Sailor” about an oil spill in Trinidad,,,,bet you won’t hear about this on US National News- Give this a read to realize there’s things going on in the world you may not always hear about,,,but on this blog we look for things like this that effect sailors all over-


There’s been an oil spill in Trinidad. One group is referring to it as a national disaster because of the impact on livelihoods and fish stocks. The oil spill may have started last night as the smell of fuel overpowered us in our beds. We are moored in Chagauramas, Trinidad. The entire harbour has been […]

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