Closeup of the GPS Chartplotter Depthfinder During a PassageKeith - 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 Install09/25/2007
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 MarinaKeith - July, 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 ZodiacKeith - July, 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 CortezKeith - July, 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 beansKeith - 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.
Exploring by zodiac and 2hp HondaKeith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, Sea of Cortez Northern Mexico Coast
This adventure resulted in a lot of interesting sites. There was a fishing camp next to a privately owned house with a 25-30 foot sailboat stored outside. The area I anchored in had some sort of pump bringing water into an open area below the shore for reasons I could not ascertain. But most of all it was one of those anchorages whose bottom is sand in clear sea water. Those anchorages are typically found in protected waters and are much desired.
Anchored not too far from San Carlos.Keith - May, 2007
09/23/2007, Sea of Cortez
This anchorage was reached after I returned from across the Sea of Cortez. It was a great place to chill out for a day before heading back to civilization. The water was so clear I could see down to the bottom.
MatirKeith - late May, 2007
09/23/2007, Sea of Cortez
That island in the distance is Matir. It is located in the center of the northern Sea of Cortez. Gerry says sailboats shouldn't go there because of potential water turbulence and the fact that its like 40 miles from anything. Of course, that's the point of going to Matir. Also, I didn't want to do an all night passage and it was the perfect place to stop for the night. The weather and water were so calm when I last traveled the Sea of Cortez that it was fine around Matir. And that place was incredible. Maybe the most adventurous night at sea so far. I liked the remoteness. And it was like a Jurassic Park with all the wildlife and sounds. In the picture Matir seems close, but it is still a long way away. I didn't arrive until late afternoon. When sailors back at San Carlos found out that I went to Matir, I was legendary for a day.
Singmeaway at sunset, Sea of CortezKeith - May 2007
See what I mean.
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