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Happy 4th of July from LF2SF

Happy 4th of July.  Wherever you are in the world, if you’re an American; 4th of July means something to you.  Beyond the pomp and circumstance, fireworks and speeches….this day should resonate with meaning as a country that wanted a different future for itself.  I’ve been all over the world and through some of the poorest and most destitute places in the world….and this is a great country; and has been for over 200 years-

Here’s to you America-

At this point in my writing, I’m interrupted by Quincy the Boat Dog….who wants to specifically tell you Happy 4th but she can’t really talk….so here’s her shout-out to all of you:

She’s celebrating on the inside- “Happy 4th of July”

LF2SF is primarily a website about prepping to go traveling and cruising (with kids) and our challenges over the last 3-4 years to get from there to here. Last year we sold our house and moved all of our stuff into permanent storage and wwe’ll be rid of our cars in the next few months as we prep to leave the US.  We’re heading out with Baja Ha-Ha 2019 on November 4th; kids, Great Dane and Surf-fur Crew with us! 

Hunter the Guest Dog in his youth decided he wanted to be on this post too, so here’s his parting shot:

Hunter the Guest Dog says “Happy 4th”

LF2SF is a small website trying to grow as we go along.  If you like our writing, please follow our site.  If you LOVE our writing and pics, consider checking out our Patreon site. 

Slips in San Diego for Baja Ha-Ha and CUBAR

Coming to San Diego for Baja Ha-Ha or CUBAR?  Rumor around San Diego is that there may not be as many slips available as there have been in past years….so book your slip early! 

Wanna know more about Baja Ha-Ha or CUBAR?  Check out their websites and check out my CUBAR YouTube Video here- CUBAR 2019 INFO 

LF2SF is actually going on Baja Ha-Ha 2019 and can’t wait to get video and pics of the start and the actual event to share with all of our followers.  Want to help us along? Check out our Patreon Site!  Quincy eats more than you think! 

Great Dane On A Boat: We’re About To Take A Great Dane Cruising

For those of you who can’t already guess, we live on a sailboat with a Great Dane.  She’s 130 pounds of unruly and lovable dog; and she’s definitely decided the boat is hers and she’ll let everyone know that on cue.  Our neighbors (who are also going to be our Baja Ha-Ha Crew) have resorted to feeding her snacks to buy her occasional silence.  She’s not that bad since she’s got that lower pitch bark, but some might think she’s loud (I don’t).  We’ve worked hard to integrate Quincy into boat life and are aware this is a huge change for her (and us)….so we’re taking it slow.  During the week we allow ourselves to put Quincy into doggy day-care for full or half days (during specific projects) but we’re slowly weaning ourselves off this luxury as we get closer to leaving.  We’ve also broken her into her doggy life-jacket, taken her out to anchor and will complete at least one overnight passage with her onboard before we head down Baja.  Leaving San Diego in November will be a full up 3-day passage out of sight of land right out of the gate…so we’re already explored buying Quincy a piece of her own fake grass from the doggy day care that we can fashion into her “spot” on the bow (we’ll see how well this works).  We’ve seen other dogs on boats (on YouTube) and have even contacted a few boats out there with dogs (courtesy of help from Sailing Totem) but we’ve already made the decision we’re not going places where she would be under a crazy quarantine or have to never get off the boat.  We love having a dog on the boat and I feel bringing her adds to the feeling of the boat being a home….we don’t really need a “land house” to bring that spirit into our lives.  Whether a boat is part of a small house movement or not, Quincy the Great Dane has fit into our lives on the boat and we’re making it work and working to make it.  Yep, it’s work sometimes to manage and live with a 130-pound Great Dane on a sailboat, especially when you know you’re going to untie the lines in the next four months and start traveling.  

Here’s Quincy observing a boat re-naming on our dock last weekend.  She did really, really well and didn’t have to bark at hardly anyone.  

 

If you’re new to the blog or just visiting…Quincy writes a column of advice and wisdom every Sunday except today.  My daughter writes the Friday post and I try to write about boat stuff for the M/W/S posts.  We’d LOVE to have you follow us, subscribe to our YouTube Site and check out our Patreon Site.  Quincy will have a 4th of July post up for all of you soon! 

Kids Corner for Friday, June 28th-

Happy last couple days of June.  The kids have been at Camp Grandma which is why there’s been far less Friday posts, but we’re picking it back up again.  Here goes for this Friday: 

Ahem, (cough, cough, cough). Today I will tell you about the dusty volume that tells the story of…………CAMP GRANDMA AND GRAMPA!!(womp, womp, womp). Anyway, we headed WAY out into the desert to this small, desert town called Twentynine Palms. It is the town of my birth. Not really, but I’ve lived there most of my life(6 years), and I REALLY like it. I left a lot of friends the that I was quite fond of. We stayed at the grandparents house for a few days, playing and exploring the yard, finding a bird’s foot(seriously, half of it had the skin clean off, while the rest had the skin on it. It was super creepy), etc. finally, after, like days of waiting, mom and dad left and we left later that day. for what? you might be wondering. well you will find out In the next story, CAMP GRANDMA AND GRAMPA 2!!!TEAGAN UP AND OUT.   

Written by my 9-year old daughter and NOT edited by me much at all.  We currently live on a sailboat with a Great Dane at the dock but leave in November with Baja Ha-Ha to go south.  We publish Kids Corner every Friday by a kid, for kids.  If you have boat questions or comments from your kids, Teagan will answer in comments the best she can.

If you like the writing….please consider following our blog, YouTube site or hit us up on Patreon (the Great Dane eats ALOT of food).

 

Coming to San Diego for Baja Ha-Ha/CUBAR And Need Recommendations?

Are you coming to San Diego before heading out to Baja Ha-Ha 2019 or CUBAR in October or November of this year?  Need recommendations to find great services and contractors in San Diego?  From great restaurants and rigging services to the best book/chart store and contractors (who show up and do the work as promised), I can probably help where possible.  I’ll give you recommendations based on personal experience for services or places I’ve personally used or been to. Ask me via post or blog comments and I’ll give you answers chocked full of local knowledge.  

 

 

Photo Credit to Michelle using an iPhone, with revisions by Stacy. 

Great Dane on a Boat: Rain-Rain-Go-Away

I haven’t been on the blog or my computer for nearly a week.  We missed the usual Friday Kids Corner and the rest of my normal posting days.  In the last week or two we’ve road tripped, worked hard on the boat and continued to discover repairs that need immediate attention.  Stats definitely flog me for inattention to my writing.  This isn’t foreign to me as I value family road trips, work on the boat and actual adventuring…but still love to write when I have time and energy.  Sooo there’s more rain coming into So Cal on these atmospheric rivers sitting off the west coast and we’re predicted to get four more days of straight rain.  If I was in Seattle I’d understand rain, wind and coldy weather, but we’ve had not so great weather (lots of rain) since January.  Oh well, there’s always curtains to sew.  I’m in boat work season as we sit about five months from casting off so there’s no end to things that need attention and Michelle is still working full time.  The kids only have one more week of school, so that will have a definite impact on my work schedule.  In the last two weeks, I’ve gained a definite understanding about why you probably HIRE folks to do your brightwork (teak scraping, sanding and varnishing).  I’ve finished the scraping and sanding of the window frames all around Tulum and moved on to adding the base coats of varnish.  You can do one coat a day.  I’ve finished three coats and we’re trying to head offshore next week, so we’ll look pretty funny heading out with blue tape all over our windows but the tape is a pain in the ass to put on….so I may not take it off if I don’t finish (due to the rain).

This week I got motivated and ripped out all the old plumbing associated with the electric two heads we took off the boat.  With Francisco Cedillo’s (Cedillo Marine- 619 496 4116)) help, we opened (read holed) both holding tanks and cleaned them completely.  [I’m going to do a complete post on these two fun days of work, but a bit here too].  Now I’ll drop some reality on you…I was personally here when both holding tanks were pumped professionally and water was added several times to get all the solids out (we thought).  Dead Wrong!  When we opened the tanks, both tanks were about a 1/4 full of solids and hardened material…it didn’t all come out when Pepe La Poo pumped it.  The other reality is how heavy the lines were.  Several of the lines from both forward and stern heads were nearly 50% filled with solids…meaning that they would have eventually been stopped up completely.  Think through this….these are your hoses to and from your macerator and holding tank!

Here’s the first day of plumbing that we ripped out:

Day # 1- Forward Head Pluming ripped out.

Here’s the second day of plumbing and other assorted stuff ripped out from beneath my stern head:

Day # 2- Stern Head Plumbing and other assorted wiring ripped out.

TIP:  In the pics (if you look close) you’ll see diapers.  Diapers are cheap, absorbant and easily found.  They have elastic and can be easily positioned to catch anything that drips or leaks.

 

And now, Quincy speaks: (more…)

Sign-Up for Baja Ha-Ha between today and Sept

Sign-Ups for Baja Ha-Ha start today at noon.  I’m pretty excited, as this is an event that’s been a long time in the making for this website and the family.  I started this website 3 years ago to capture the work, stress and real life that goes into the lives of a working family-who sells their home-puts all their stuff in storage-buys a sailboat (or two)-retires-moves onto the boat and eventually cuts the docklines.  I personally didn’t want to do a site that started when we left the US and shut down again when we eventually returned home to the US.  And here we are….Baja Ha-Ha signup day 2019.  The fun starts at noon and I’ll be on there, filling out forms and making sure we get signed up.

Our goal and aspiration is to make this site and our YouTube site even better by posting factual, real information to help others are we go along as well as detailed travelogues.  We don’t want to make home videos for our YouTube Channel, we want to put out info and videos that will help and possibly entertain you.  We’re working toward all that.

If you want to do this adventure this year you’ve got between today and September to sign up.

Ha-Ha or Not? 5 Days Till Sign-Up

(5) Five Days till Baja Ha-Ha 2019 signup.  Are you doing it?  Will you be at the starting line on November 4th to head down the Sea of Cortez for an epic boating and sailing adventure with the rest of the Ha-Ha Crew?  I hope so, as signups start on May 8th at noon.  The earlier you sign-up the better chance of getting a slip in Cabo San Lucas (if that’s your thing?).  You can get all the info and signup at: Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers Rally.  BTW, this site also has lots of great info and facts about the rally and can answer most all your questions- 

Here’s what it looks like:

CUBAR and Baja Ha-Ha Route, except CUBAR stops in Ensenada. Map courtesy of Baja Ha-Ha Website

LF2SF will be at the Ha-Ha starting line and we’re doing the rally this year (Great Dane and all)!  See ya there-  

Spring Break Tulum V Style

Spring Break this year was going to be a week-long shake down cruise to Catalina Island, Ca onboard our Aleutian 51 sailboat with kids, grandparents and Quincy the Great Dane, but things don’t always pan out the way you think they will.  Two weeks ago when we were up on San Francisco for the Pacific Sail and Power Show I was offered a chance to crew on a delivery from San Diego, Ca to La Paz, MX.  After altering Spring Break plans I jumped at the chance to go along…even breaking down and buying foulies at the boat show.  Skip forward a week and the delivery didn’t happen due to legal paperwork; so we called an audible and took the boat to Glorietta Bay here in San Diego for 3 days.  But the time has allowed us to take the proverbial deep breath, work through some of our minor repairs and test our new solar panel setup to see how it does.  We spent 3 days on the hook with no generator and without turning on the engine; but we also didn’t have hot water, couldn’t have run a water maker or sewing machine and seemed to squeeze as much juice out of the panels as possible.  I’m glad we put in the MPPT Controllers from Blue Sky; they worked very well even with a couple of days of semi-overcast weather.  I’m pretty convinced that with a wind generator, another battery or two and a larger inverter we could go without a generator, but that’s a future discussion.  Arriving back at our slip we were welcomed by packages at the office; our new water maker (Rainman) and our second Air Head Head has arrived.  I’m stoked, can’t wait to get our last pumpout tomorrow and stop paying for that service.  So excited in fact, I’ve already worked on the electrical for the tiny fan and put in the entire vent hose system.  Gotta wait on the rest till the tank gets sucked dry and cleaned with some fresh water tomorrow.  

But, a few quick notes so far about our experiences with both the water maker and the composting head.  Rainman Watermaker came in by freight and we hauled it back to the boat.  Great packing, lots of spares and high quality workmanship.  But…it’s ALOT heavier than the ads made it look and we didn’t pick it up at the show.  Again, if you’re gonna buy one, make sure you know how much these things weigh and make sure you can handle it.

Air Head Head after two weeks of having it operational:  I still love it, but we’ve noticed that the girls occasionally get toilet paper forward of the spring loaded clamshell when they’re going #1.  When this happens, the toilet paper can go forward into the funnel on top of the liquids bottle and create a cork like bundle of wet toilet paper.  If you don’t know the obstruction is there, piss starts to accumulate and SMELL.  This has already happened and we’re now on the lookout for it.  Also, the 2-gallon bottle easily fills up when two little kids and two adult guests use it…like in less than 24 hours.  Especially when the adults add wine or beer or rum to the mix.  I didn’t read ALL the fine print in the directions, you’re supposed to empty the liquids bottle when it reaches the sight glass.  If you empty it when it’s completely full, it WILL slosh all over you, erasing any lingering doubts of your own superiority.

Ok people, Baja Ha-Ha 2019 sign-up is next month and we’re about 6 months from casting off our lines.  I’m ready.  Don’t forget about our Pinterest, Patreon and YouTube Pages-

Gotta finish the second Air Head install tomorrow.  Friday my Dad’s gonna get to destroy some metal with a grinder and I’m gonna go up the mast to put the check-stays back on, depending on the wind.

Great Dane on a Boat- First YouTube Appearance

Good morning, it’s been another long week (and without Jinxing us), we may have finally crossed the line into spring here, thankfully.  With better weather more work on the boat starts and we’re able to get back out to dog beach on Coronado Island.  Quincy has been working on her stress level since her long kennel stay (while we had the boat out of the water) and had a restful afternoon yesterday on the boat, take a look: (more…)