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Great Dane on a Boat: Guest Appearance on the Boat?

We decided to bring on a guest blogger as part of Quincy’s Sunday advice series:

“Quincy the Great Dane thinks she’s the only sailing dog that can gain international fame on this website, so I decided to come with my feeder and walker to see if I could steal some of that spotlight!  See, a Great Dane is large and overbearing and smelly….not too smart,,,but us puppies are really better.  Seriously, I LIKE the water, I smell better, I’m cuddly and my feeder person doesn’t EVER leave me alone….cause I may chew something up.  On this boat thing, I was in my element.  I mean….why can’t I do this permanently?  I loved the fact that there were lots and lots of tuggy ropes everywhere to play with…and I completely overcame and scared that Egret bird on the dock who was nearly three times my size…I think.  Getting the hint yet?  That Great Dane chick doesn’t have nothing on me!  You all need to tell the writer guy that I need to come on the boat more often!  Till then,,I’m off to look for more food”   

Here’s puppy Hunter in the cockpit:

Over the last two weeks, we took off for Catalina for the holiday but came back Sunday, meaning we had Monday free before we took off again for another adventure.   With a day between adventures, we invited the in-laws for dinner and along came their puppy, Hunter.  I was surprised at how well he did on the boat- climbing, exploring and generally doing better than anyone expected.  I was happy to barbecue some marinated chicken and a great piece of fish hand caught by the Surf-Fur Crew.  Need something wind and water proof that fits perfect and softens over time?  Check out the Surf-Fur website and make sure to tell em that LF2SF sent you….they’ll get a kick out of it.  This week we received our new autopilot, shopped for a new life raft and today I started prep to varnish the toe rails (they need it) before I would be forced to strip all the vanish completely.  We’re staying busy.  

For those who read the website on a regular basis or everyone who’s just stopping by…thanks for checking us out.  Remember we have a fledgling You Tube site and we’re live and running on Patreon if you want to support our adventures.  Have a great weekend! 

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.

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…)

Quincy’s Corner- Sage Advice From a Great Dane 190224

This is Quincy the Boat Dog’s weekly post to stay in touch with all of you and make sure you know she’s still around, living on a sailboat while her owners prep to go bluewater cruising.  You’ll have to guess what kind of advice may come next if you don’t click to read the rest- (more…)

Money for Cruising- Dividends and Less Debt

I started this post several days ago.  Most posts take me several days to write if I need to put some thought and application into them.  It’s been raining in San Diego  and cold.  But the good news is that the new float switches that we just put into our bilge pumps work like a charm.  Good News.  (more…)

A Happy New Year….from today on-

Photo credit to Pexels

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):

  • (Short) Diesel Engine Course in January
  • San Diego SunRoad Boat Show (Jan)
  • Fighting the Funk- How we kicked mold and mildew ass! (Jan)
  • Going Domestic- Our new sewing machine and learning to sew Tulum 5’s new curtains (Jan)
  • Going more Domestic- Sewing Dinghy Chaps (Jan/Feb)
  • De-Installation (Tear Out) of the (working) washer/dryer currently on the boat
  • De-Installation (Tear Out) of the current fresh water Head and Installation of a Composting Head
  • Women’s Sailing Convention (Feb)
  • Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show (road trip with kids) (April)
  • Catalina (Ca) Spring Break Trip (April)- Overnight trips, spinnaker practice, engine test
  • Baja Ha-Ha sign-up, Crew Rosters and Official paperwork (May)
  • Tulum 5 Haul-Out- (June/July)
  • Catalina Extended Trip- Shake Down- (Aug)
  • Cutting the Docklines- (Oct)

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- 

Excited about 2019!  Photo Credit to Me. 

LF2SF is not associated with the boat shows mentioned in this post.

A Retirement Post

I retired.  This was kind of a large milestone toward us leaving for our own extended sailing and cruising adventure, so now it’s done.   (more…)

Blog is a funny thing

A Blog is a funny thing,,,,I’m working hard on consistency!

Soooo, I’ve been doing all this reading on how to blog better, hints to get more traffic, info to help with getting readers to identify with my blog and my “niche”.  One thing I see a lot is that consistency is key and that writing on a regular basis is important and getting stuff onto your blog is important too.  So, I’ve been trying.  This week, I found posts from some of the blogs I read the most that were outstanding,,,,,so I re-posted them so I could have consistency and get things on the blog that I liked,,,,so my mentality is to share them with others.  And some,,,,kind of tickle my sense of humor,,,,like Shiny Boobs!  So the Blog is a funny thing.  Sunday the 16th was one of the best days ever for readership and views on the blog,,,,,while today and yesterday were two of the worst days in two years for readership on the blog,,,,,,since my standards are going up when I write more.

It’s frustrating (remember,,,,I’m male,,,,,Type A,,,,and like pictures),,,,but if you’re reading this and you’re the same way,,,,,ya gotta realize that this is just part of the whole blogging thing and I need to realize it as well.  I’m getting over it,,,,,I’m over it.  This stuff happens and I can’t predict which posts will go viral or get read by lots of folks,,,,but I know I want to write consistently or post consistently if I can,,,,so I try.  I’m ok with re-posts,,,hell, the authors often send me messages and thank me for those re-posts.  But my goal is to get my own writing on my own blog as often as possible and get folks to stay with the blog so we can grow together,,,,,as I’d rather have 90 folks who read the blog than 9000 who just view the blog then don’t interact.  This is funny too,,,,,cause I have about 10 folks who interact with me through the darkness of cyberspace on a regular basis, and this is great.  I’m really glad to have folks who somehow found this blog and then stuck with us.  I’d love to have 100 great followers rather than 1000 folks who just glanced at the writing.

As we get closer to leaving the US to go bluewater cruising,,,,things will get more interesting.  We’re going to get our own Youtube channel and drone and look into satellite internet for the boat (if we can afford it).  Ok, enough ranting,,,,I’ve run out of white wine!!! Good night-

Upcoming Posts-

Hi everyone, here’s what’s coming up this month:

  • We’re rolling down to southwestern Arizona to check out Imperial Dam camping and paddle boarding.  We’ll be testing our new camera and wide angle lens to show you pics of the campgrounds, kayaking and paddle boarding in that area.
  • We’ll be doing in-depth photo’s and story on Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.  Yep, we’ve been to this park several times.  The Park has gained such popularity it’s hard to find camp sites now but there’s more to see and do than just camp.
  • In two weeks,  LF2SF will be at the 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show in San Francisco for 2 days.  We’ll be looking at all the new stuff for sailboats, taking pictures of our favorite blue water cruisers and reporting on whatever we want to, bringing you up to date stuff that actually applies to boats that leave the safety of a harbor.
  • We’re going to continue to make you question the sanity of enduring hard and cold winters worldwide by doing a photo expose on the British Virgin Islands.  Our friend just got back and brought us fantastic pics that we have to share.
  • Lastly, we’ll cover by photos and post the before, during and after of professional sailboat painting, what you get for your money and what it actually looks like,,,,on my own boat.

We’re getting a new camera and might actually read the instruction manual or the book recommended to us to bring you better pictures and updated info.   Stay with us, remember we’re prepping to leave the U.S. in 2019 for extended BlueWater Cruising with a Great Dane and two small kids,,,which should produce some great stories and YouTube Channel videos.

If you like us,,,,follow us.

 

 

If you’re in the Caribbean, help this family find Dove II-

I would love to start murmuration (the act of murmuring) throughout the Caribbean with these posts to create a strong lookout for Dove II,,,,as she WILL eventually show up somewhere off the Caribbean or South American shoreline,,,,someone just has to remember or care who she belongs to.

Nearly a month ago I posted a story about the English Family  who lost everything in early December 2016 when their Hanse 50ish ft sailboat lost its rudder and they had to abandon it in the Atlantic Ocean, several days east of the Caribbean islands.  You can read that story on this link: http://livefree2sailfast.com/2017/02/08/will-you-help-this-sailing-family/.  Since then, I started following their WordPress blog, Westerly Adventures and published one of their posts last week with a bit of my own hyperbole attached to it, at this link: http://livefree2sailfast.com/2017/03/08/family-life-continues-despite-past-adversity/.  I’ve been touched by their story and the nature of their resiliency as a family.  Yesterday I received this reply back from them,,,,which was kind of a jolt because it quickly personalizes a post when you’re actually getting something as personal as this:  We’d just like to thank you for making people aware of our situation and our blog.  The comment of ‘ obviously they have a lot of money’ couldn’t be any further from the truth. We have only got the money that the lovely caring people from all around the world have donated us on the gofundme page. With that money we were hoping to pay the salvage when our boat turned up, but as we have lost hope that it’ll ever turn up. We are hoping to use that money to buy another boat to carry on cruising.
Whilst searching for a suitable boat, we are trying to make the most of our time in Tortola by doing the things we love that don’t cost any money, like hitchhiking to the nearest beach and surfing. We have met some lovely people in Tortola that have given us accommodation on their boat, and also the use of surfboards at the local beach.  When we find a boat to carry on with, we will be cruising on a very tight budget. It’s either that or go home back to the normal life of work and school.  Obviously it’s hasn’t worked out as we planned but we are trying to make the most of the situation we are stuck in.  If it wasn’t for all the help we’ve received from the caring sailing community, we wouldn’t be here now.
So a huge thank you for making people aware of our situation and blog.

James, Fran, Heath & Isla

We’re a family with kids around the same age as Heath and Isla and I’m not sure we would have the same response to losing our boat as this family, which is why I’m writing this particular post, on this particular day.

To Jack Van Ommen on Fleetwood, the Caribbean cruising community, the folks in Antigua & Barbuda, the BVI, Jamaica and the Women who Live on Rocks;  please keep an eye out for Dove II, a 50ish foot Hanse floating somewhere off the Caribbean Islands.  It belongs to a family mentioned who would love to get it back.  Without pouring salt on their wounds and for the purposes of identification only, here’s a photo I have of the boat when she was in the process of starting her drift, taken by the crew of Tilly Mint:

Dove II rudderless and being abandoned at sea

It was and will always be a hard choice to abandon a boat at sea, but I would have done the exact same thing to stay with my family AND not have to endanger others with a probable second rescue attempt.  With just the facts I’ve read and seen on the YouTube video, I think the family made the right choice.

I wish this family would stay the course and continue sailing if they find a suitable boat, but I also understand if they can’t or don’t,,,,these are the big boy decisions we all must make.  I know this post sounds a bit like cheerleading and it is,,,,cause it’s my blog.  If you want to help support this family; you can look for their boat in the Caribbean, follow their blog and keep them in your prayers.  If you like my blog, you can follow it too.