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Lemons Way
The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Sydney and Brett Sailing
Keith - 2004
09/25/2007, Coronado Island

Niece Sydney and Nephew Brett sailing what I understand is a Sabot in Coronado bay near the yacht club. This is a priceless image.

View from the Motorhome Window at Sunset
Keith - July, 2007
09/25/2007, RV Park San Carlos, Mexico

One of the best things about traveling in general and sailing in particular is that I get to really enjoy the sunrises and the sunsets. The light during these times... sublime.

09/25/2007

After a hard day of sailing (or whatever else I was doing that particular day) in hot, humid San Carlos a cold beer in an air conditioned motor home is heaven on earth. Replace that glass of beer with a mug of coffee and you have the early morning routine as well.

Inteior of Singmeaway with GPS Chart Plotter/Depth Finder installed
Keith - July 2007
09/25/2007, Marina Seca (Dry Marina) in San Carlos

This photo shows the interior of my Catalina 25 after my July summer sail (as it were). I sailed the boat across the baja and back on a previous voyage in May with wires dangling from this machine. It was a pain to move and stow them repeatedly. I finally had the "professionals" do the install. I'm not sure how much the electrician they put on this job knew about sailboats, but he did the install better than I could at that time. Plus, the incredible heat and humidity, I would have been in trouble for sure. I remember he had a huge fan hooked up by an extension cord inside the v-berth while he worked below. Smart. The screen has a white cover on it and is installed on a swivel mount so that I can see it from inside and out. I like to keep it on at night at questionable anchorages and otherwise when I'm cruising. It has a dim setting that hardly uses any battery and will show me our exact position and changes from anchor set position in numerous ways anytime I want to look up from sleep. You can also see on the floor the zodiac deflated with its oars sitting on top. Singmeaway sits in exactly this state (I hope) as I write this months later. She patiently awaits her next sailing adventure.

Closeup of the GPS Chartplotter Depthfinder During a Passage
Keith - May 2007
09/25/2007, Sea of Cortez

On the right you can see the red line indicating the ideal straight line course to the GPS position I previously entered into the system. The arrow represents my current position and the line behind it is where I've been. I should be following the straight red line but the wind this day is only good if I sail to the west of my destination. As I turn towards my destination, I'm sailing more into the wind and probably required engine power. I think the top number is the time of day, 248 is the direction the computer has calculated I need to be traveling in order to reach my destination (bearing), 3.56 is my speed in knots (about 4 mph - fairly reasonable cruising speed for Singmeaway), 7.48 is the distance in knots to my destination (bit over 8 miles), 247 is the direction I am traveling. It is telling me I need to go just a wee bit more left to optimize track but one degree from optimum bearing with 7.5 knots to go is essentially right on track and when those two numbers are very close, I am on course. This incredible machine does a lot more than this, but you can see how this technology has absolutely revolutionized ocean cruising. There isn't a sextant on my boat and I wouldn't know how to use one anyway. Just a back-up GPS. Getting lost is pretty much impossible with a functioning GPS and a map.

Depth Finder Tranducer Install
09/25/2007

Scott would not be pleased at all about this install. When I came back to check on the guy, he had drilled holes in the hull and had installed screws into the hull. He secured the transducer to the hull below the waterline with screws. He secured the wire along the stern with screws and through the top of the rear birth with a hole in the hull and along the starboard side with the other wires to the main unit. I'm torn because its secured much better and cleaner than I probably would have done it, but when I went to pay Jesus, the head guy, he kind of looked at me funny and reminded me that they hadn't tested it and I should come back if there were any problems. That's not particularly comforting. The original depth finder died soon after I got the boat and had its transducer mounted inside the hull. At the sailboat shop they do a full-on below the waterline through-hull fitting to install the transducer. They say the picture of the bottom is not as good with an in-hull transducer. Mine is in the water and hopefully it will work just fine. What's somewhat concerning is that I have an above the waterline through-cabin hole in the hull protected by a u-shaped fitting and plenty of marine white goop (hopefully hardened by now). That's comforting... I think.

Isle de Ventana outside of San Carlos Marina
Keith - July, 2007
09/23/2007

Hot, humid, but sailing. A slight breeze erases the oppressive feeling of the dead of summer in Baja.

Jake in San Carlos on the Zodiac
Keith - July, 2007
09/23/2007

Jake definitely has the makings of a sailing dog. In July of 2007 I took the motor home down to San Carlos with my trusty Golden Retrievers Jake and Anne. I planned to try them out on an ocean sailing trip. It didn't work out as hoped. I managed to get them on the zodiac inflatable (with a little help getting Anne in) but I just didn't have the strength or ingenuity to get them from the inflatable up and into the boat. It was a let down and we wound up motoring the zodiac back to shore without even getting them into Singmeaway. If I had crew, it might have been possible, but I am basically a solo sailor. The dogs spent the day in the motor home while I sailed from San Carlos marina to Isle de Ventana and back. That was when I realized if I was going to go cruising with my dogs Jake and Anne, I would need a bigger sailboat, preferably with a walk-through transom.

Singmeaway being towed by the tractor from Marina Seca to the Sea of Cortez
Keith - July, 2007
09/23/2007

This is a picture of the Catalina 25 being towed to the Sea during my late summer sailing trip in 2007. I am following in the motor home with Jake and Anne (the Goldens). I launched the boat with my newly found cruising friend in the rain but weather like this does not affect Singmeaway much. I was granted a slip from my kind friend and that's where the boat was kept for a few days until I brought it in for storage and installation of the GPS/Chartplotter/Depth finder.

The magic beans
Keith - late May, 2007
09/23/2007, Other Marina, San Carlos

Just before I arrived back at Marina San Carlos from my 250 mile second Baja sailing trip in May of 2007, I stopped by Marina Real (I think its called) to return the two empty 5 gallon gas cans that allowed me to cross the Sea of Cortez and back in light winds. His 36 foot boat is to the right. It was built in the 1960s to race to Hawaii. It's somewhat worse for wear, but he's got it slipped in San Carlos and evidently goes on sailing trips with it. The two old men were supposedly sailing across the sea when their main halyard parted in two and one had to winch the other up the mast to replace it. They turned back when it happened and didn't start again. Having a beer in the spacious stern of that boat and getting the inside-out tour inspired my purchase of a Catalina 36 later that year. You can hang out in the cabin and on the deck of a 36 foot sailboat, Singmeaway, not so much.

 

 
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