Indian Summer and Other Sailboats too

14 August 2017 | Mission Bay
16 April 2017 | Marriott Marina, San Diego
17 March 2017 | Trinidad
13 March 2017 | Grenada,
12 March 2017 | Cariacou
05 March 2017 | Bequia, Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay
03 March 2017
28 February 2017 | Rodney Bay
25 February 2017 | Fort De France
23 February 2017 | Marin Anchorage, Martinique
18 February 2017 | Rodnay Bay
17 February 2017 | St. Lucia Soufriere
14 February 2017 | Soufriere, St. Lucia
11 February 2017 | St. Lucia Soufriere
06 February 2017 | Bequia, Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay
05 February 2017 | Bequia
22 October 2016 | Mariners Cove, San Diego

Summer 2017

14 August 2017 | Mission Bay
Most weekends Indian Summer is being used. Lots of day sails, and sleeping over on the boat. So far this year I haven't had any major repairs and I haven't done any improvements except for converting the tv to 12 volts which is something I should have done from the start.

I'm considering rejoining Convair and racing with them again. Probably not.

I've finally fully decompressed from Las Islas de Caribe trip and I can say the word Vern without clenching my fists and swearing. I guess that means I'm ready for another sailing adventure. But where? Maybe Tonga and all those islands. I'll start looking for a ride. This time I will fully vet the owner and his boat. I'll want 'recent' photos of both him and the boat, mechanicals, electricals, insurance paperwork, maybe even a doctors bill of health.

I received an interesting email last week. While in Trinidad I looked at a few boats for sale and gave my contact information. Last week, I received an email from an anxious boat broker saying the owner wants his 50 foot sailboat gone, 20 grand or best offer, come and get it. I believe back in April when I looked at it he wanted 85 grand. Tempting, since it is completely outfitted, seemingly, and ready to sail. But, I don't like actually paying for boats, I'll wait till it's free.

I've been considering retirement more and more each day. Ever since that trip to the Caribbean and meeting people who retired early, sold everything, and went sailing I've been more and more motivated. Pulling the trigger is the tough part. In the past I'd quit a job without blinking an eye, and take a vacation or take another better paying job. But, I've gotten comfortable in my current relatively high paying, zero stress job. If I could just vacation 6 months per year it'd be perfect.

My vacation math doesn't add up, I can take 6.5 weeks per year vacation. Just doesn't seem like enough time off. Of course, I could quit this job, vacation for a while and go back to contract engineering which pays more than I'm making now. Or retire...

Mission Bay to Oceanside

25 June 2017
Great sail up to Oceanside, some motoring, but mostly sailing, 7 hours. With Jim easy sail up. Left an hour late. Went up Friday at 1 pm.

Got a slip at the guest dock.

Sailed back Sunday with Dana, Jim and Stephanie. Used the asym, lots of wind for the first two hours, then lighter, then motored, wind picked up strong for the last two hours.

Saw a band in Oceanside, reggae band, 10 band members at least.

Red Bull Air Show at the Marriott

16 April 2017 | Marriott Marina, San Diego
Indian Summer: Sailed to the Marriott in three hours flat from the Bahia with SN and JN. Very fast sail on Thursday with a nice following sea, straight into the harbor and down to the Marriott. Really the most comfortable and quick sail I've ever done down the coast if not ever in the last three years of owning that boat. I didn't even turn on the motor until directly outside the Marriott Marina, if I was a little braver I would have sailed into the slip. One crew member described it as epic. Maybe it was, I don't even know anymore. AM Ubered down later in the afternoon to the Marriott with the food and spent the weekend on the boat. The dock key didn't work, couldn't easily get out of the marina Thursday night... or Friday morning...

LFolmer drove down Saturday for the show. But, the real show was Friday, everything was open and they did continuous practice runs. To be honest, it's impossible to tell the difference between a practice run and the real thing.

The Marriott is a very nice hotel/ marina, close to downtown with a great pool. It's also very expensive, 135 per night. The view from the slip of the air show was really bad and the office girl was kind enough to give me half off the first night and out of the contract for the last night. So, we stayed at Southwestern Saturday night. Correction: Marriott only charged me one night, although I was there four days. Very nice of them.

It must have been spring break because with all the hot college girls in bikinis the pool was a good place to be that weekend. I'll likely go back, although it is a pretty far sail in that boat, it could have been four hours easily if the wind wasn't as strong as it was.

Cool little getaway, bbq'd most meals, and had the usual english muffin, egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast. Everything seemed to work fine on the boat with the exception of the battery which just needed charging. The new cooler worked great, held ice for the full 4 days.

I was a little tentative to go at all because a few days earlier I had taken a friend from SF and his son out on the boat and he broke the transmission cable, brackets, mounting screws, basically broke everything with the exception of the transmission itself. It's a good thing that happened really, because when I was installing the replacement parts I realized it had been initially installed incorrectly, mounted wrong at both ends and with the wrong hardware. One bolt on the engine was stripped out too. Really bizarre but not surprising knowing the boat now. LFolmer made me some hard stops which will prevent someone from pushing the shifter lever to the floor so this won't happen again. Update: They are installed now and working perfectly.

The engine may need rings, it's blowing blue smoke now upon starting and chugs a little until warmed up spitting out blue smoke. Just one more little project I guess.

The motor back early Sunday morning was uneventful with almost no wind.
Vessel Name: Indian Summer
Vessel Make/Model: Cal 2-25
Hailing Port: San Diego, California
Crew: Steve
About: Sailing Indian Summer since 2014
Extra: Indian Summer is kept in Mission Bay at the Bahia Resort.
Indian Summer's Photos - Indian Summer (Main)
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February 2017
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Created 20 February 2017
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Created 15 February 2017
Went with Lee for a week. Started in Mission Bay, motorsailed straight to Avalon, then went clockwise around the island, Catalina Harbor, Isthmus Harbor, then Avalon. Motorsailed back to Mission Bay. Long and very fun week.
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Created 3 December 2016
Sailed to Catalina from Mission Bay, stopping in Oceanside
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Created 26 October 2016
Photos Of Indian Summer's Motor, Yanmar YSB8. This little once cylinder diesel engine has been both very reliable and very worrisome. I'm always surprised when it starts, every time. First trouble started during delivery from Redondo Beach, King Harbor, to San Diego, the water pump came apart, the previous owner installed the pump pulley off center. Dick fixed it. The mixing elbow was also installed with what looked like super glue. Dick fixed that too. Eventually, it was replaced with new. For about a year, the engine would just stop running, even after new fuel, new filters, new injector, it still would stop running. Finally, after the 7th or 8th time of leaving me stranded, I tore out every fuel related component, gas tank, filters, hoses, both fuel pumps, injector and assy, and replaced everything with new. Haven't had a problem since. Although I did have to replace the throttle cable after that broke because of chafing.
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Created 26 October 2016
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Created 26 October 2015
Flying the asym in Mission Bay with Dick on the bow. Tabernacle Installed October 2015 at Shelter Island Boatyard Dick Hohol and Lee Follmer helped. Actually, Lee Folmer did most of the work, and supervision. The boatyard lifted and replaced the mast. Dick really helped with the electrical at the mast and the actual installation of the tabernacle. Did the whole thing in one day.
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Created 26 October 2015
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Created 12 August 2015
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Created 17 June 2015
The West Mission Bay Bridge at low tide is 35 feet, the mast is 37.5 feet. Something had to be done.
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Created 2 June 2015
Cliff, the owner of Rainbow, Dave and I sailed from Hawaii to San Francisco. Typical day included rain, storms, 35 knot winds, and heavy seas. 21 days total. Two six hour shifts per day. Midnight to six am, then noon to Six. I could be wrong on the shift times, I didn't sleep much. I vowed to never do another ocean crossing after this trip. The two guys I went with were really great, fantastic people. This was probably the craziest three weeks of my life.
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Created 17 June 2006