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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…)

Great Dane on a Boat: Baja Ha-Ha XXVI

First, Happy Mothers Day to all Mom’s.  My mom has cruised on two different sailboats and spent 18 years circumnavigating.  My wife lives has lived on a sailboat now for over two years and rarely complains.  And she’s game to go cruising, as we’ve just committed to Baja Ha-Ha XXVI.   

 

Here’s Weekly Wisdom and Thoughts from a Great Dane who lives on a Sailboat, read on: (more…)

Kids Corner- 190510

Hey, guys! I’m back! So today I’m going to talk about our trip to Glorieta bay! It was an easy trip getting there. We were right next to the beach, which was awesome! We had a nice steak for dinner, then were rocked to sleep by the waves. In the morning, bright and early, we went to the beach to let Quincy, our dog, use the bathroom. But just as we were pulling into shore, our dad lost his grip on the leash, and let’s just say that Quincy went for an unexpected walk in this really expensive golf course. She scared a few golfers, peed on the golf course, you know, the usual. When we finally got her back, we went back to the boat. Dad was furious. I lounged in the sun all day, and even fell asleep a few times. we went back to the beach again, and even found a few golf balls. The best part though, was this giant carcass of a rug shark! Anyway, this story, IS TO BE CONTINUED……

Quincy anchored TO THE BEACH with Tulum V anchored in the background.
Tulum, after getting Ice Cream on the island.

 

 

Boat Projects with No End?

I’ve commented before that my normal posting days are M/W/F/S/S, so if I miss a post it’s likely that we’re out sailing, I’m swamped with a project or I’ve just been lazy and didn’t get to it.  Time seemed to fold between this week and last week.  Before I realized it the seam of time had thrust May upon us and I had more projects unfinished than ever before.  I knew I could knock out some small projects last week, but several turned into monsters and have stretched into this week.  

Last week I experimented with a 3-part clear epoxy based covering for varnish or Cetol, with impressive results.  The Awlbrite Clear Gloss system comes with 3-components mixed together, easily applied with a brush.  The system says to use multiple coats and IS more expensive than a normal clear coat but is said to last longer.  I was initially told it would hold up to 7-years in direct sun, but then the guys at the store said 3-years in direct sun.  Since the area’s I’ve applied it to are not in direct sun, I only used two coats (but will use at least three coats for areas in direct sun).  The results were great.  The stuff dried fast and hard- but we kept kids and dog off of it for at least 24 hours….a huge accomplishment on my boat.  Here’s a couple of quick pics-

Transom Platform (under dinghy and solar panels) with the system already applied.
Cockpit floor, inside the doghouse.
Another view of the cockpit floor.

Last week I also started messing around with trim on the cabin windows of the boat, especially with the weather getting better.  Here’s how it looked as I started:

Contemplating how much work I had in front of me!
Work in progress with scraper and heat gun, Day 1
Scraping and cleaning done, have to still sand before even thinking about varnish or Cetol.

I have (10) cabin windows to get done as well as multiple other smaller pieces of teak on deck before I even think about the mighty toe rail.  Might I mention that we went from a boat with almost no teak to this boat…with a freaking LOT of teak.  This isn’t a complaint….just an observation.

I skip around on projects when the weather doesn’t play right, when I run out of supplies or when I get bored with one and move to another.  So last week I also started working on the promised curtains for the boat.  This involves cutting fabric, doing the edge work, taking down the old metal blinds and putting up new curtain rods.  This is before I ever get out the Sailrite.  But I did actually get to the sewing machine, get all the curtain rods mounted and made enough curtains for four windows before running out of supplies.  I’m now waiting on the supplies and the boat looks pretty funny with three covered windows out of six in the main Solon.  Here’s what the curtains in my room look like now (I’ll do a full story with before and after pics when the project is finished):

Curtains in my room, keep in mind I did not pick out the fabric.

And as a parting shot to make you smile and tell ALL your friends to follow LF2SF:

The morning after the second coat of Epoxy Clearcoat in the cockpit, Quincy CANNOT figure out why she can’t get back in her doghouse.

PS: Weds coming, are you signing 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-  

Sailing Blogist to Fresh Website- LF2SF Gets Updated

I sat around the boat in February enduring one of the rainiest and coldest months recorded in San Diego, Ca; realizing how much I wanted to go from being a Sailing Blogist to having an actual website.  When I say this, it sounds like I might be putting down blogs or sailing blogs but it’s totally not that at all.  I’ve posted and run my own blog for nearly four years without refreshing or updating it and I was ready for a change.  While online I read great websites like Sailing Totem and S/V Delos  with updated information and content, making me want to put up a site where I could post more content and work toward having a self-sustaining website.  Knowing I’m no technical visionary and I knew I needed some help I reached out to Mr. Jason Cushman, the purveyor of the Harsh Reality Website (which I follow for the laughs and tough love wisdom).  Jason knows some tech visionaries and after getting some specifics, he put me in contact with a technical guru, Mr. Brandon.  Nope, I’ve never met him but after talking to Brandon for a while I knew he was the right person.  Brandon runs a website and company called Brandnu Creations; advising and creating commercial and private websites and helping dummies like me make their own sites fresh and new.  Brandon could have charged me twice the amount of money for the time he spent talking to me by phone and discussing content issues by email and text, but we wanted to get it right.  In the end, my site stayed on the WordPress platform but Brandon made tweaks, updates and improvements to the site that never could be done with my limited technical abilities.

Of course being who we are as a family, I started working toward the website overhaul about the same time my wife traveled to Japan for two weeks and in the same two weeks we prepped and hauled Tulum out to give her a spa week (hull painting and other work).  Jason adapted to all this chaos on my end.  Coming out of all the work in the yard, I was stunned when finally able to get back on some Wi-Fi and see my overhauled and updated site, like brand new and shiny again.  With help from Brandnu Creations I was also able to sum up the courage to start my own YouTube Channel and turn on Patreon.  We’re not putting Patreon worthy videos on YouTube yet, but at least it’s all turned on and linked together now, a huge step forward.  

If you’re reading this post and need some technical help with your own site or blog, please consider dropping Brandon an email or stop by his website.  

LF2SF and I have NO financial affiliation to Brandnu Creations or Brandon since he already took our money and ran away to Colorado with it….but only after he finished all the work on the site.     

Great Dane on a Boat: The Picture Tells All

To me, it’s a peculiar feeling when a photo really describes the mood and tone of your life, right in the single second it was taken.  I don’t ascribe much to that aspect of photography, but the photo in this post is nearly perfect for us in the moment it was taken.

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Great Dane on a Boat- My people ANCHORED me?

First, Happy Easter.  We’re aware of the ugly overnight violence in Sri Lanka and those who are effected are in our thoughts and prayers. 

Now, let’s move onto living with a Great Dane on a sailboat.  There are challenges, as Quincy will explain on the next page.
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A Dirty Post- The Last Pumpout

Thursday afternoon, Tulum got it’s last poo-poo pump out (from Pepe La Pooforever, as we had ordered and were set to install the second Air Head Composting Toilet on our 51′ sailboat.  I’ve been longing to go away from toilets on a blue-water sailboat that consume both electricity and fresh water, knowing we had several options to achieve this very goal.  First, we could have kept our toilets and pumped saltwater through them.  They still would have used electricity, but we could have run saltwater through them.  This means you get saltwater in the lines and the holding tank (which means associated smells) and you still have to macerate/pump to get the stuff out of the holding tank and out of the boat.  We could have also gone to pump heads that used saltwater and we could have installed a 3-way valve, meaning the remains just go over the side when we’re at sea or out of the US.  This would mean no electricity and no freshwater + nothing going through the holding tanks.  Or Option #3 was to get rid of the systems and install full composting heads, meaning I don’t have to rely on holding tanks, power or water to get the remains out of the boat.  I like that.  So, I’ve just installed the 2nd Air Head and we’re up and running. (more…)