Good Morning Everyone, it’s been a crazy long week and more to come next week. This whole week I’ve been working on the boat (of course) but I’ve also been going to night classes at Training Resources Limited Maritime Institute (TRLMI) for a Diesel Engine Maintenance Course. YES, I’m still trying to improve my weak mechanical skills and since I have a firm grasp on my own failings, I already know that I’m not the greatest at mechanical stuff…..and the high jump! As a bonus this afternoon, we were allowed to go on a field trip to check out the engines on Captain Zach’s Newton 46 dive boat. Zach is one of the students in the class and owns Waterhorse Charters and Dive Shop (in San Diego). Because San Diego has a large sunken warship (Yukon) just off the coast, Waterhorse Charters specializes in taking folks out there who come to train for thier PADI or other Wreck Dive Certification. The boat is spotless, has more than required safety gear and his engines are in great shape. I was pretty impressed, cause I’ve been on some pretty janky dive boats in a couple of places, but Captain Zach knows his stuff and has a Master’s License to prove it. Me and him sat in class for a couple of weeks in January 2017 at the (then) Maritime Institute for our Masters License Training, but Maritime Institute has since become TRLMI. I get to wander around the San Diego Sunroad Boatshow tomorrow and then finish up my last Engine Class tomorrow afternoon as well…too much fun. I’m getting LOTS of stuff knocked out on the boat and the next two weeks will be huge weeks for the boat. Next week I have someone coming on the boat to look over my spinnakers with me. Pretty excited, as I don’t have much spinnaker time and every second counts for good experience. In order to shore up some of my weaker points and stop paying ripoff prices for work I can probably do, I’ve also signed up for a week of class for Outboard Engine Maintenance in February and another week of class for Onboard Electrical Systems in March. If you’re interested in these skill sets, TRLMI offers the classes and has a world-class training facility where you’ll get hands-on + instructors who are willing to take the time to explain crucial details along with real world experience. If you want these skills, highly recommend you sign-up for a class somewhere and improve yourself.
I’ll do another couple of posts with more detailed info and pics on Waterhorse Charters, TRLMI and the boat show.
So the above reasons are why I missed Wednesday’s post, but I’m working hard to stay with it. Today was another painting with bilge paint day on the boat before I went on the field trip and I’m gonna have to throw a second coat on tomorrow, then be done with that portion of the paint project. I’ll have some pictures of before and after to awe you with my painting skills and the nastiness of the areas painted….you’ll see we’re making slow progress. Next week it’s into the engine room all week to clean the engine, change the coolant and the oil and then attempt to get to the impeller to change it. My engine is literally put in backwards because of the velvet drive and V drive operation…so getting to the critical bits of it is literally painful boat yoga for midget’s and my kids won’t go into those spaces. I try to bribe them, pay them and threaten them but they will won’t go into those impossible to get to engine spaces so I have to do it….next week. Ok, still got paint on my hands so I have to clean up- see ya-
On this day that the United States uses to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, I’m proud of our diversity and the unique nature of the United States.
We’re not sailing this weekend- but I’m looking forward to the first Boatshow of the season next weekend. LF2SF will be at the San Diego Sunroad Boat Show and looking forward to it. We’re only going to three boat shows this season, but we’ll cover them with photos and stories as we go.
First, you may have noticed the blog’s been a bit silent this last week…ya know…. because of the holidays but also because we’re out doing what we write about…adventuring AND traveling with kids. We decided to take one last trip to Paso Robles wine country in 2018 and perhaps our last for several years…as we may not make it again before we cut the dock lines in 2019. I’ll write about some of those adventures in the next few weeks.
Good Morning and Happy New Years. I waited to write this post until this New Years morning to see if I would be more excited and changed on the first day of 2019…and it worked. Although a bit hung over, I made the bed early, paid bills, started breakfast and started to think through this first post of the New Year for LF2SF. Like last year, 2019 will be another year of change and firsts for the LF2SF crew but not lots of New Years resolutions. Hotwife will retire, Tulum 5 will come out of the water and have some upgrades and improvements and we’ll cut the dock lines in October for Baja Ha-Ha 2019. As of today, this is now 10 months away. In those 10 months, we’ll want to get lots of things done and prep the boat and family, see friends and family and the girls will continue in school till summer and beyond. This last week in wine country, I slowed down to think through some of the challenges that lie ahead; working through where a very changeable outline of how we get there in my little head. Not much is set in stone with our family – we’re flexible and trying to teach the kids to adapt. Here’s some of the things we’ll work through and I’ll probably write about this coming year as we go forward (sort of the framework in my head for this year):
What’s not mentioned above is all the work on the boat that needs to get accomplished and the amount of gear we still need: boat haul-out, water maker, life raft, some way to wash clothes (tearing out the washer and dryer), a new composting head, a portable A/C generator, possible installation of a wind generator, teak deck work, teak varnishing, sewing and installation of new curtains and dinghy chaps and the myriad of other things that go into prepping a boat for bluewater sailing.
I’m also going to write more about financing our trip and how we’re doing it, along with working on the site and standing up the YouTube channel.
If you’re new to the blog or reading the blog, thanks and welcome. If you’ve been with us since the first year when I had a total of “7” followers and “0” likes…thanks for staying and reading. The point of the blog is to read it…so keep clicking and reading please-
LF2SF is not associated with the boat shows mentioned in this post.
Last weekend was the first of several local boat shows in Southern California; including the Newport Boat Show, the San Diego Boat Show and last weekend’s show, the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show (aka the Big Bay Boat Show). I’m going to do a detailed review off the show and our impressions of it in an upcoming post I’m working on,,,,,but I wanted to put out this teaser to get you to take a close look at the photo below and make your own decisions: