We are living in a marina in San Francisco this winter as we prepare our new boat for cruising and our old boat for sale. We thought we’d be in Mexico living on the hook by now so things are not what we had planned. But as usual reality is both better and worse than our imaginings. So this is cruising, at least this week for us – the good, the bad and the ugly all together. [Read more…] about This is Cruising: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Cruising is the fine art of balancing the execution of a well-researched Plan with the willingness to depart from The Plan. Good reasons to depart from The Plan might be bad weather or a fabulous cultural opportunity. Unexpected opportunities come along and dang it, that’s what cruising should be about. [Read more…] about Surprise! A New Boat
The rolling and tossing, the snap-rolls and sudden lurches had continued for five or six days. Life was a sequence of interminable cold watches on deck, glued to the wheel, and miserable attempts to sleep below while the boat groaned and tossed. Everything was wet. Food was mere fuel. A handful of nuts or a boiled egg would be enough for a four hour watch, appetite gone. Rarely was our speed more than 3 knots, and that usually to southwest which only gave us 1.5 knots in the needed direction. The lack of wind and overwhelming waves were a distinctly malevolent combination. [Read more…] about Trials & Tribulations: Exhaustion Challenges Us
Just a quick note to say that on the evening of Tuesday, November 7 we finally docked in Bodega Bay. The last days of our trip were plagued by equipment failures. [Read more…] about Land, Ho!