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Book Review: Sailing Log to Blog to Book- Sequitur, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style

I’m one of those sailors who dreams of taking the information from my log and blog and eventually turning it into a print book; author Michael Walsh has done just that with his book: SEQUITUR, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style.  Author Michael Walsh and his partner Edi have written a book here that’s right on the money for me as a future cruising sailor: they have the sailing chops to tell a true story with an authoritative voice, they are great cooks who include pics of their gourmet meals in the book along with great wine choices for those meals and there’s info in the book that’s directly out of a sailing logbook and/or was present on their SAILBLOGs Blog site, Sequitur.  Incidentally, that specific SAILBLOG site still gets tremendous daily traffic, as it’s still up and running although Mr. Walsh has moved onto another blog site for their European Canal Travels (  The site has LOTS of cruising information, just like the book does.

Sequitur, to Cape Horn in Comfort and Style is a soft cover book of 678 pages crammed full of pictures and great stories.  Published by ZonderZorg Press in 2013, it’s for sale on Amazon and through the ZonderZorg Website directly.  The book does what I want it to when I start reading it….it starts with the basic info about Mr. Walsh and his partner Edi, how they acquired the Hunter 49 (brand new), put her together and started working toward a cruising dream.  Then step by step the book starts to take us along on their journey down the West Coast and the decision-making process that takes them through the Rouring 40’s and around Cape Horn.  In no way the first Hunter to put on some serious ocean miles but this is one of the first stock Hunters on record (that I know of) to actually round Cape Horn and keep going.  Written in meticulous detail it’s obvious that much of the info in the book came from Sequitur’s written logs or their SAILBLOG entries, which I applaud.  I love the fact that they have included cooking recipes that work on a boat, great wine and food pairings and info on how to do a big trip like this in comfort and style.  After their time on Sequitur, Michael and Edi moved on to other adventures, selling Sequitur and purchasing a century old canal boat in Europe, which they chronicle in several new books as well as their ZonderZorg website.

The book is for sale on Amazon and LF2SF would be tickled pink if you followed the link we provided above to check it out and purchase it.  YES, we would get about two whole cents if you make a purchase decision and use our link.  There….we’ve given you our disclaimer.  I liked this book and it will remain a staple in Tulum 5’s library.  Have a great day and a great weekend.

If you want to read about another Hunter with some serious ocean miles, Google the S/V Follow You, Follow Me on Sailblogs and about their miles.




Republished- Digital Hunter Sailboat Owners Manual

I’m republishing the Digital Hunter 460 Owners Manual I managed to get from Marlow-Hunter.   After I found this electronic copy and worked through publishing the link in 2016,  never in my imagination did I think we’d still be writing and publishing this tiny blog…with a second larger sailboat.  I’m also republishing this digital owners manual because I found the entire set of designer drawings for my 1977 Aleutian Ketch and convinced a friend to help me photograph and digitize the entire set of plans.  I just put them on my computer, edited them to make them more readable and will POST them as a photo essay early next week.  It’s my intent to collect as much information about the (11) different Aleutians that were built and have that info on this website- these digitized plans are a big start to that project.  We think we’ve found approx (6) of the Aleutians; and we’ve had actual email or blog contact with (3) of the owners or former owners of those boats.  Have you ever checked out Cruisers AA by Jackie Parry or any of her other books?  She and her husband owned an Aleutian for several years.  I digress.  The link to the plans is in the post, you have to access it digitally.


Hunter Sailboat Discussion

Tulum IV under way in San Diego Bay, late 2014

I was able to go see Tulum IV this weekend.  She looks good.  We still have some minor systems to work on, but for the price we’re asking right now, I think buyers looking for a great boat at a great price may understand and want to just take care of those repairs for themselves.  The boat’s got new bottom paint, new batteries, new anchor and BBB chain, new sail cover and numerous other improvements.  But that’s not what this post is about, so read on:

Several weeks ago when we were in San Diego, I was able to have a discussion with an avid sailor and carbon fiber engineer; about cruising sailboats.  The conversation didn’t go like I thought it would.  This gentlemen has been on lots of boats,,,,(lots of times) and gave me a pretty strong reminder about not trash talking boats I didn’t know anything about or had never been on.  The conversation did get around to Hunter Sailboats; both from the Hunter Marine days and now the current Hunter Sailboats being made by Marlow-Hunter.  I was impressed with his knowledge of the brand and the fact that he didn’t give an inch when the conversation went to uncomfortable places.  One of these places was his simple question:  “Had I ever personally known anyone who cruised or even owned a Hunter Sailboat, besides me”?  My startled answer was “no”.  His reply was to look up “press” or internet stories about Hunter Sailboats that had actually gone “offshore” and see what people thought of them and why they bought Hunter Sailboats.  What I’ve found surprised me and I wanted to put some of these key stories into one post and let you see them.

Mike Harker- Hunter 460 and 49, around the world twice

S/V Sequitur

How We Got to Hunter- SmackTalk Blog

1999 Hunter Marine discussion

If you take a look at these links and stories, you might be surprised at what you find.  As one person said in one of the stories; “most cruisers never talk about their boat brands, they just talk about where they’re going and what repairs need to be made”.

Two weeks ago we went to Strictly Sail and Powerboat Show in San Francisco and I’m still working on the 2-3 separate posts to cover that weekend.  Stay with us,,,if you like us, please consider following us.

Don’t forget why you’re buying a boat in the first place!!!

A Re-Blog- Solar for Boat or RV, things to consider-

If you’ve never thought through your plans to make power on your boat or in a motor home,,,,you might want to think through it on your own, keeping in mind where you want to go and what you can afford.  It’s not as easy as you think unless you have enough money not to care.  If you can afford anything, don’t bother to continue reading.  But, if you care about the costs, they add up quickly.  Solutions include solar, wind generation, water generation, battery charging via your main engine or a separate generator or both and more exotic means (hydrogen fuel cells– with an article from BlueWater Sailing) being developed and tested as I write.  I’m NOT an expert at any of this stuff, but lots of folks have put in extensive research and have written about it in great articles.  One of them is by the folks at Roads Less Traveled, a website by a couple who cruised Mexico for a short time (on a Hunter) and are now into motor home living full-time.  They’ve written an extensive article on this subject that I want to present to you via the link below, to start your ideas or thoughts on what you’ll need.

Roads Less Traveled

Give this some thought, as finding the means and systems right for you, your boat or RV and your checkbook won’t happen overnight.  If you liked the Roads Less Traveled site, please consider following their site.  If you liked the info on our site, please FOLLOW us, as we’re working toward the same goals.

Salt Air and Warm Weather

Happy New Year, 2017 is going to be great!

I want to give you something to brighten your day and perhaps help with your hangovers.  So, here’s some assorted Photos to remind you of warmer weather and distant shores (especially if you live on the East Coast, Canada or some other cold country)











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Photo Credit to R. Berner, camera unknown, state of sobriety unknown, date unknown
Photo Credit to R. Berner, camera unknown, state of sobriety unknown, date unknown

San Diego Boatshow Review

The San Diego Boatshow was awesome, especially with the Grandparents minding the quiet gentle children for the morning.  I was there to see what kind of new stuff would be displayed and take a look at sailboats for ideas.  Not LOTS of new stuff, but enough to take a look at.  My wife got suckered into buying a waterproof cell phone carrier and mini-purse from Ugo, a new company making good products for decent prices.  I think we’ll use it?

BOATS:   We had a chance to go aboard some nice new boats, with Marlow Hunter displaying their brand new 31, 33 and 37 foot sailboats (through a West Coast Broker).  These were nice spacious boats, with lots of room inside and some clever designs put into them.  Only regret in seeing these boats is that there’s none of the larger Hunters on display, we’ll look for them at another show.


We looked at some other sailboats, including a lightly used Hunter that gave us a great idea on how to put documentation into a folder system in the wall for easy access and appreciation for how much more cleaner these boats were than ours.   However, after one whole walk around the perimeter of the show, we were thirsty.  So, we found the floating bar (Fiddlers Green), and stopped for some Hops Appreciation.


While there, I observed and of course commented to my young hot girlfriend wife that there were actually boats present that we could not get on.  Sure enough, IMG_0606without an appointment, we were not getting on this boat.  Of course, it was $800,000 too expensive for us, but little did they  know that I was a powerful blogger with 13 followers and of course,,,,like Jimmy says: “watch out, you might just be in my song”.  Had a great 4th, comments on that next-


Hunter 460 Owners Manual (PDF)

As I’ve said in my post in the Big Boat Section of Hunter Owners Group, this was hard to find.  I had found the Hunter 46.6 Owners Manual before, but had a lot of trouble finding this one.  Finally, I had reached out to Hunter several times, but this time the guy answering my email was Mr. Greg Emerson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Marlow-Hunter.
He’s the one who personally sent me this PDF version of the owners manual. While it may not be totally complete and not up to 2016 print standards, I think Hunter may have actually taken the time to scan this in, not sure, but I really, really appreciate it.


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