CETUS TALES

We left Gig Harbor, WA in 2009 and spent 3 winters in the Sea of Cortez then sailed to the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia up to Hawaii, then to San Francisco Bay. We are once again enjoying the Sea of Cortez as we plan our next adventure.

09 March 2017 | Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
21 February 2017 | Marina Palmira, La Paz
18 February 2017 | Dock 3 Marina Palmira La Paz
15 December 2016 | Dock 3, Marina Palmira, La Paz, BCS, Mexico
24 November 2016 | Punta Salinas, Isla San Jose
20 November 2016 | somewhere inthe Sea of Cortez
11 November 2016 | South Anchorage Isla Coronado
11 November 2016 | South Anchorage Isla Coronado
19 October 2016 | Isla Coronados
05 October 2016 | Marina Puerto Escondido
24 September 2016 | Tigard Oregon
12 September 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
25 August 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
07 August 2016 | Puerto Escondido
31 July 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
28 July 2016 | Puerto Escondido, BCS, Mexico
15 July 2016 | In the Sea of Cortez
11 July 2016 | Marquar anchorage on Isla Carmen
28 June 2016 | Puerto Escondido

SAIL magazine "Things that work"

26 February 2012
by, Terry Kotas
The March issue is already out, but if you can find a Jan. or Feb. edition of Sail Magazine you can check out 9 "Things That Work" -- inexpensive additions and upgrades we've done aboard Cetus and Terry submitted them as an article that they printed in two parts.

Enjoy!

Comfortable Anchoring

24 April 2011 | April Issue of 48 North
Check out the April issue of our favorite sailing magazine, 48 Degrees North, to read my short article on "Comfortable Anchoring" where I pass on some tips we've picked up through the years. Enjoy!

Good Old Boat

22 February 2011
Check out Terry's latest article!
Pick up the March issue of one of our favorite boating magazines, Good Old Boat, to read Terry's article on solar panel mounts. He designed a nice, simple system that allows us to adjust our rail mounted solar panels in any direction to maximize the sun exposure, thus maximizing the power generated.

Adventures Aboard S/V Casablanca

20 October 2010
Now available!!
Order your copy on Amazon.com today! It's easy -- go to our website Cetus Media Works and click on the Amazon link that says S/V Casablanca and it will take you right there. Also, be sure to add your name to our guest book when you visit the site!

If you'd like a signed copy, go to West Marine in Gig Harbor -- they'll have a limited supply beginning 10/23/2010 or drop us an email and we'll see what we can arrange.

The new phone-book is here, the new phone-book is here!

28 September 2010
Actually, it's not the phone-book, but Terry's new novel, Adventures Aboard S/V Casablanca.

I just received the 1st copy this afternoon -- the author''s copy -- so we could take a look and give our OK to go to print. We said "start the presses!" so it should be available to order in just a few days on Amazon.com or the publisher's website, Black Rose Writing

Be sure to come to the book signing at Gig Harbor's West Marine on October 16th -- Go to Cetus Media Works for more information.

Book Signing!

18 December 2009 | Adventures Aboard Rick's Place
Terry will be doing book signings at the West Marine booth at the Seattle boat show this year!
Come on by to get an autographed copy -- or just to say hi.
The show runs January 29th thru February 6th -- Go to the Adventures Aboard Rick's Place link for more information.

Other notes:
Check out the link to the right for Bryce Dylan Edwards -- he's my very talented great nephew. His artwork is amazing! His dad's website is right next to his: Brian Edwards Photography

Also click on Kavenga's Wake -- our friend Steve Van Slyke has a new book out, "Sex, Lies and Spinnakers" that's an exciting who done it set on the high seas and a must read.

Terry's latest article

01 October 2009 | Blue Water Sailing
Check out the October issue of Blue Water Sailing to read Terry's humorous and informative article on replacing our engine in Tahiti!

Also look at the noonsite link to the right for the latest information from the cruisers that were in Pago Pago American Samoa when the terrible tsunami hit. It's a chilling account.

Jimmy Buffett's Book Club

23 June 2009 | Adventures Aboard Rick's Place
There's a new book club that looks like lots of fun -- it's Jimmy Buffett's!

They are taking suggestions for books and we're hoping to get Terry's book, Adventures Aboard Rick's Place in -- so please help us out by going to the website (click the Jimmy Buffett's Book Club link to the right) and filling out the form.

Here's the information you'll need to supply:
Your name
Your email address
Book title: Adventures Aboard Rick's Place
Book author: Terry J. Kotas
Link to book on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Adventures+Aboard+Rick%27s+Place&x=12&y=20
(just copy and paste this Amazon link onto the form)

If you're not familiar with Rick's Place -- Go to the link to the right to read more about it!

Thanks!

Book Signing

13 April 2009 | Strictly Sail Boat Show
Adventures Aboard Rick's Place by Terry J. Kotas
We will be going to the Strictly Sail Boat Show at Jack London Square in Oakland California April 16-19.

Terry will be doing book signings for his novel, Adventures Aboard Rick's Place, at the West Marine booth Thursday through Saturday from 12 till 2!

For those of you not familiar with his book, it's a fun travel-adventure novel about a solo sailor building a boat and then sailing off to the South Pacific. It is a fictionalized account of our experiences building and then sailing our first cruising boat, Cassiopeia.

It is a great escape novel, sure to bring a chuckle or two, and it's been enjoyed by young and old alike, sailors and landlubbers. For more information go to www.sailblogs.com/member/ricksplace/ or click on the link to the right.

The Boat Show!

28 January 2009 | Seattle
It's that time of year again!
The boat show is always an exciting time for us -- a chance to browse the new products or look for good deals on things we want to purchase.
Many years I have worked the boat show at the West Marine booth and last year Terry & I took a shift at the Seven Seas Cruising Association booth -- a group we've belonged to for many many years.
This year we have the added excitement of doing book signings -- and it's been a lot of fun so far! To check out his signing schedule click here:
Rick's Place

Book Signings

12 January 2009
The Author at Work.........
Terry's scheduled to do some book signings at the
Seattle Boat Show January 24 - February 1st
and then at Border's Books in Gig Harbor on February 21st.
For a complete schedule check out this web page: Rick's Place
Hope to see you at one of the events!

Tinker Toys

12 November 2008 | 48 North
Terry J. Kotas
Terry had an amusing article in the November edition of our local sailing mag 48 degrees North
Check it out by clicking the link to the right called "Tinker Toys"

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

18 October 2008 | Gig Harbor, WA
Terry J. Kotas
We received the "proof copy" yesterday from the publisher and after a quick review gave the go ahead to start the presses!
Rick's place is now available -- for more information or to order books please go to Rick's Place or Black Rose Writing

Soon to be released!!

16 September 2008 | Gig Harbor, WA
It's a busy week!
We've got Cetus hauled out of the water at Hylebos Marina in Tacoma for her routine maintenance: bottom painting and changing zincs, plus Terry is replacing all of her underwater thru hulls this time, as well.
In addition to that, we are working with the publisher of Terry's novel on the final stages before publishing! He's set a tenative release date of 10/15!
You can read about it on the web site -- just click on the Black Rose Writing link to the right and it will take you to the Latest News page. Scroll down a bit and read a synopsis of Rick's Place!

Rick's Place

03 June 2008 | Ruku Ruku, Fiji
Terry J. Kotas
Terry's novel, Adventure's Aboard Rick's Place, has just been picked up by a publisher and should be out in print sometime next fall!
It's a "semi true" story -- he's taken our experiences building and sailing our first cruising boat and fictionalized it to make an enjoyable read centered on a solo sailor named Rick. Terry's unique humor makes it very entertaining as Rick travels across the South Pacific.
We're very happy to have Travis Johnston onboard doing the artwork and the picture above is one he has designed for the cover.

Vessel Name: Cetus
Vessel Make/Model: Fantasia 35
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Terry & Heidi Kotas and Street Cat Rosie
About:
TERRY & HEIDI got into sailing together 30+ years ago when they purchased their very first sailboat, a 7 foot long "Sunflower" that they played with and learned enough about sailing to get them hooked. [...]
Extra:
CETUS is the constellation of the whale. When we were purchasing this boat, we knew we wanted to change the name because the owners had had some trouble with customs in Fiji due to another boat by the same name (then Illusion) having done something illigal and the boat name was "flagged" in [...]
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