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Rough Weekend Round Trip

We left Thursday afternoon for another overnight crossing to Catalina Island, Ca (about 74 miles straight from San Diego).  It was a rough ride, into a short steep swell and wind the whole time, under motor.  For this crossing and the upcoming weekend of fun on Catalina, we took along the folks who were going to crew for us down Baja, on the Baja Ha-Ha.  Needless to say, not everyone enjoyed 15 hours of motoring against the wind, current and swell (including me).  We didn’t make it to Catalina.  Approx 5 miles from Cat Harbor, Catalina we experienced engine failure and after thorough troubleshooting, we were forced to be towed back to San Diego via Towboat US. 

I’ll write a more detailed story for my Weds or Sat post as we’re home and regrouping! 

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Great Dane On A Boat: Great Dane and Her Walker

“Most of you never get to see me and my walker and feeder in one picture, so here you go”:

Great Dane and her Feeder in one picture- very rare-

 

Quincy is a Great Dane living on a cruising sailboat while we prep to go cruising with our family in November of 2019.  We LOVE you reading our posts and FOLLOWING us and invite you to keep reading Quincy’s columns every Sunday.

Sailing Better Takes Practice

Sailing faster and better doesn’t always mean just getting out and doing it (but that is ALOT of it)…I think it also means you’ve got to practice certain skills and start learning muscle memory as you go.  Every time we take Tulum out of the slip and get out sailing, we learn something new or figure out new stuff that needs fixing.  Yesterday was no exception.  Taking a couple of friends and Quincy with us, we got off the slip and went sailing.  Day sailing isn’t something I REALLY like to do, but we needed to get fuel for an upcoming adventure so we took Tulum out for a sail to stretch her legs.  This also allowed us to take a look at what work had been done recently and figure out what was going to break or need fixing…and Tulum didn’t disappoint.  We needed to tighten up the wind turbine on the stand, fix multiple cabinet doors that often come loose and clean up a broken fuse holder on the largest of the three electrical panels, meaning that would all wait until I had time to fix them today or tomorrow.  So no rest for the weary, I’m off to fix multiple things before starting the next large project.

But, we were able to coax the big girl into showing a bit of her stuff with a beam on wind coming back into San Diego Bay…with RBC deftly working the wheel to get Tulum up to 7.2 knots in just 11-13 knots of wind.  I was impressed and we all enjoyed the fast sailing on a heavy boat.  The point here is that no matter if we’re out for a few days of adventure or one day of sailing, we’re always working to improve our skills or fix the broken stuff on Tulum so we can make her better.

The ladies discuss something?
Pulling up the Main-
Quincy (with her lifejacket), sitting on the cockpit.

LiveFree2SailFast is a website dedicated to family adventures, sailing, boating and adventure travel.  We travel with our kids and Great Dane; leaving in November to sail down Baja California with the Baja Ha-Ha 2019.  We’d LOVE to have you FOLLOW us on this website, our YouTube Site and our Patreon Site.  By the time you read this….we’ll most likely have raised Catalina Island, California for a few days in Two Harbors as we prep to leave in November. Have a Great Weekend.

 

Kids Corner: First Video Log

I’ll be the first to admit I had to think long and hard about allowing one of my kids to make a video that would be seen on YouTube, on our own fledgling channel.  However, I have already allowed her to start writing on the blog every Friday for her “Kids Corner” column and she’s getting older and seems to be much more technical than I could ever dream of being…so I think having her film, edit, voiceover and produce some video logs is ok….as long as we carefully review them for content and personal information.  

My oldest daughter Teagan has been working on her own on this video for several weeks.  She put the entire thing together and has filmed, edited and produced the video so it’s by a kid for kids in it’s entirety.  Both me and my wife have discussed our goals for this website and our YouTube site and we’re not fond of just posting home movies (we’re looking for content that will inspire or assist you in your own travels or boat life)…but I think giving my daughter this freedom of creativity is important as we start moving toward a home school environment and I take more time to work on our own YouTube channel and website content.  So it’s with great excitement and some nervousness that I invite you to watch Teagan’s first video…produced entirely by her for other kids:  Kids Corner on LF2SF 190802

Here’s the last written post she did, these will continue and we’ll drop more of her videos as she makes them- Kids Corner for Friday, June 28th-

Friday Kids Corner Video Premiere

Tomorrow will be the premiere of the 1st Kids Corner Video on our YouTube Channel, made by a boat kid for other kids.  

Come tune in and check out her video….tomorrow. 

 

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Check it out as our little website is getting shared and reblogged on a MUCH larger site,,,,”It’s Good To Be Crazy Sometimes”  

You really have no idea how honored I am that she’s chosen the site to post and publicize. Thanks- Please make sure to click the link and check out her site and all the other eclectic sites she supports with her blog shares-


Its getting very exciting now, they are nearly ready to take off and I am so looking forward to their adventures Home

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5 Quick Tips For Buying and Selling a Boat

Lots of folks are buying and selling their boats as summer has set upon us;  so I figured it might be time to publish a quicky list of simple things you can do to buy and sell a boat…faster and smarter.  I’ve bought and sold a boat or two and I’ve explored hundreds of boats of all sizes and shapes; my advice will do the same whether you’re looking at a sailboat or a powerboat.  Here goes:

5 Quick Tips to Sell Your Boat Faster and For MORE money:

  1. Use a Broker:  For those of you who are rolling your eyes and saying “Duh, that’s obvious advice”, you would be very surprised at how many folks want to sell their boat all by themselves because they KNOW they can do it…and don’t think through the time it takes to do everything involved with selling a boat.  Professional Brokers help prep your boat, market your boat on various forms of social media, personally take clients on your boat (so they’re there ALONE), arrange for money to be transferred if there will be an offer, help to accept an offer, arrange for survey’s and haul-outs and do a myriad of other things.
  2. Do Your Own Survey: We had our own survey done ahead of time by a professional surveyer when we were selling Tulum IV and it paid dividends. This survey also helped to GREATLY justify the price of the boat…as we had priced her to sell and the survey supported this.
  3. Continue to Improve the Boat:  While Tulum IV was for sale, we wanted folks to go through our broker so they were told about all the recent improvements we were doing on the boat.  This was because we worked hard to prep her and wanted to continue to improve her as we went, keeping her in museum shape as much as possible.
  4. Fair Price:  If the boat needs some work and you know it,  I suggest you either get it done before showing the boat or you price the work into your asking price, admitting up front that you know it needs to be done and taken off the asking price.
  5. Verbal or Written Offers:  Decide ahead of time if you’ll take verbal offers on the sale of your boat or if you’ll only accept them via a broker.

5 Quick Tips to Buy a Boat Faster And Cheaper:

  1. Use a Broker:  Yep, here it is once again.  I highly and strongly suggest folks use a seasoned broker to buy a large purchase such as a boat.  There’s myriads of reasons why that will go on for too long, but a broker will help you find what you need and guide you in so many different ways.  You can even use the same broker as the folks selling the boat, but get everything in writing first.
  2. Demand time during the purchase process for an in-water and out of water survey.  Hire your OWN surveyer and have the boat hauled out during the survey.
  3. Hire a mechanic who knows how to do (thorough) non-destructive engine survey (diesel mechanics don’t always know how to do an engine and drive train survey- Don’t assume your normal diesel mechanic knows how to do this).  Hire your own Rigger for a Rig Survey. 
  4. Have financing in-place and lined up before you make an offer as much as possible.  Most banks won’t do financing on boats older than 20 years old, so before you go buying a 1977 sailboat…make sure your bank will cooperate.  Once you get ready to make an offer, be ready to fork over 10% of purchase price to get the offer in place, this is normal business in the marine world.
  5. Written or Verbal Offers:  I recommend not making verbal offers.  I like written offers done by the broker so they know I’m serious about buying the boat.  It doesn’t always work but it always gets a reply.

    Never Lose Sight of Your Ultimate Goal!

Whether you liked, loved or hated my 5 Quick Tips For Buying and Selling A Boat in this post, the tips come from real experience and observations as well as numerous conversations with some of the best boat brokers in the country.  I love my work as a travel, sail and adventure blogger/writer and hope you’ll continue to follow this website, our Patreon site and our YouTube Site, with the new Kids Corner Video coming out on YouTube Friday.

Amelia Rose (Tulum IV- our first boat) and Tulum V (our current boat) in the same picture.  Amelia Rose is leaving for Baja Ha-Ha 18.

 

 

Friday Video Premiere

This coming Friday will be the premiere of the 1st Kids Corner Video on our YouTube Channel, made by a boat kid for other kids.  

Come tune in and check out her video on Friday. 

Great Dane on A Boat: Quincy Dog Tales

Quincy the Great Dane is a 5-y/o Great Dane who lives on our sailboat and dispenses worthwhile information to dogs all over the world via her Sunday blog post…this one.  No matter what mood Quincy’s in, she usually dishes some sage and worldly advice for any dog who’s willing to listen (or read).   So read on for this week’s sage advice from the Viking Dog on a boat: (more…)

Equipment and Personal Milestones- A Very Long week!

This was a great big fun week.  Sometimes the milestones to accomplish the end goal are thrown at you all at once, like they were this past week.

First, my wife retired after working for the same organization for 22 years.  She may decide to eventually go back to work, but we know we’re gonna go cruise for at least the next 3-5 years.  Her retirement is a huge milestone for us, as it means we’re getting pretty close to cutting the docklines and taking off.  There will be a bit of a sting when the money from the paycheck goes away, but we’re gonna take off cruising anyways,  spending less money and already starting to practice better spending habits.  We’ve decided to get rid of both of our cars, so that will be one of the final milestones for each of us….as our cars somehow represent independence for each of us I think…but we cross that bridge sometime in the next few months.

Next, a few months ago we bought a  SilentWind Pro 12V Wind Turbine that’s been waiting on the right time for installation.  We installed it last week while we overhauled the electrical backbone on the boat and fully integrated it into the new power plan for the boat.  I’ll talk through that in another post, but needless to say, I’m pretty excited it’s up and working…nearly completely silently.

SilentWind Pro 12V Installed and Working

We also knew that we would need to be able to be off the grid (a slip with A/C) and still run our watermaker and other power sources for long periods of time.  I opted to overhaul the power backbone on the boat so we would be able to run most of the boat using DC systems…vice having to use a generator all the time.  We opted to route the incoming A/C through a massive inverter/charger that would be able to handle the load from our portable water maker, so we bought a Magnum MS Series Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger and installed new power cables to push charge up to the panels mid-ship.  The massive Magnum MS 2812 will be able to support plenty of juice throughout Tulum and was a significent investment in our own internal infrastructure.  Although we hired a very, very smart electrical expert to help us install this and the Wind Turbine, it was priceless education for me.  I’ll discuss further in another post on the subject.

Magnum MS 2812 Installed and working. So very sexy!

Finally, the day before my wife’s retirement when we had 15 out of town guests arriving for dinner on the boat….our new liferaft arrived (2 months early).  But…so much better than late.  With me actually getting a haircut to get all pretty and trimmed up, my wife had to write a big check to the gentlemen delivering the raft and haul it on the boat.  I’ll write a much more detailed post on our thoughts on why we bought this particular liferaft, but needless to say…it’s here.  Our Revere brand liferaft arrived shiny and new, with a deck cradle.  I’m pretty stoked as this is another milestone for us…replacement of the old liferaft was one of our mandatory requirements to leave.It’s been a crazy fun week and weekend and now we’re moving on to other projects.  This week we’ll have an expert electronics installer working with me to install our Iridium Go and marine broadband router, helping to modernize our communications backbone.  I’m pretty excited by all this.  Needless to say, there was some stress last week as the entire master berth needs to be torn apart every time we work on batteries or need to get into my back closet…so I’ll include this parting shot of what the salon looks like while that work is going on…while living with a Great Dane and two small children on the boat.

This is our bed and everything from my closet taken out to the salon for several very long days of work installing the Wind Turbine and Inverter/Charger.

We leave with Baja Ha-Ha in early November and invite you to follow our blog to share our adventures.