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S/V Si Bon
Who: Steve Cook
Port: San Diego, California
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Life on a mooring ball
10/19/2010, Coronado I am on my mooring ball off of Tidelands Park on the beautiful Island of Coronado (which is not really an island). Things are different here on the ball...there's no jumping off the boat onto a dock for the things that you need, I now use my dinghy to get back and forth to shore or to one of several dinghy docks in the area...I also just bought an inflatable kayak to use on short runs to the beach. Si Bon now turns around the mooring ball with changes in wind and view constantly changes as the boat constantly moves around the ball, one minute you can be looking out a port (window) at the Coronado look down to cut another bite off your fresh off the grill steak..look back out the port and you're looking across the bay at the downtown skyline. Ahhhh life on the ball is good.

10/19/2010 | Vicki
Gotta say ... nice view ... no matter how you look at it :)
Flying Si Bon
10/14/2010, Shelter Island Boat Yard

A thru hull is a hole in a boat which allows water (and other things) to go in or out of the boat, you are able to control the water (or whatever) by a valve called a sea cock. If a thru hull or a sea cock fail it is not a good thing, which is why a mariner should always carry emergency plugs on their boat..I have 3 different types of emergency plugs on Si Bon...they are one of the many things you have on board that you hope never to have to use.
I had several thru hulls and sea cocks on Si Bon which looked pretty questionable due to corrosion, and not wanting to test my many different types and sizes of emergency plugs decided to bite the bullet and have Si Bon hauled today and have about 6-8 of her thru hulls/sea cocks replaced. I already sleep very well on Si Bon but this won't hurt my nights rest.

10/14/2010 | Ambi Bambi
WOW!!!! Its like peter pan... glad you did this pops!
10/19/2010 | Vicki
Sounds like a wise decision ... better to be flying high then sinking low ...
The Wirie Wi Fi booster
10/12/2010, Still in the slip

One of the many challenges that a cruiser faces is internet access, it kinda pisses me off that I have two GPS's aboard Si Bon which receive all of their info from a broad range of satellites but can't get internet access at sea without spending a fortune. While in port you either have to drag your computer off the boat into a wet dinghy and once ashore go find an internet cafe....or HOPEFULLY have a Wi Fi booster that will enable you to get online from the comfort of your own boat. That brings us to "The Wirie" a very simple, inexpensive and durable wi fi booster. I attach it to an extra halyard, run it up my mast a ways, put the USB cable through a hatch plug in and log on...but does it work? Well it does seem that my computer is running a lot faster here at the marina, but only time will tell...soo if you send me am IM on facebook and it takes me an hour to get back to you then we'll know that "The Wirie" is a bust..or that Steve should work on his typing skills.

10/12/2010 | Ashley Cook
i hope it works!!!!! :)
Sailing off into the sunset
10/09/2010, off calif coast

Well the move is complete and I am now a full time live aboard cruiser. I will be moving Si Bon to her new home in the bay off Coronado over the next week. Getting ready to do a So Cal cruise starting the first part of Nov. and am lining up crew for various legs. I encourage people not to take the frame of mind that most have and say " ohh that would be so nice, I would love to do that" and then it ends there. If you think you can handle a few days of total relaxation (most of the time) and be completely absorbed in Gods great creation, the ocean, then YOU have to make it happen. Send me dates that you could join me and I will make it happen for you...remember the name of my boat which means " so good" in french". In the mean time I'll be sailing off into the sunset.

Moving on board
10/05/2010, SAan Diego

Well the day is fast approaching that I will be living full time on Si Bon, there are a lot of things to consider when moving from a nice 1500 sq. ft. townhome onto a 41 foot sailboat....mail, storage, internet access, what to bring on board and what to put in storage and what to give away. There has been a lot of planning up to this point...I've sold my Corvette, my 52 inch HDTV, my stainless steel frig and even my 215 HP seadoo. It's exciting to think that next week at this time I'll be living full time on Si Bon.

10/07/2010 | Marcus Libkind
Good to hear that you are approaching that special day. I suspect that one of the joys of living on your boat will be that you "have less". Having less should translate into more time to enjoy what you love doing. I envy you for having that opportunity.

I managed to hitch a ride for a month in the Sea of Cortez cruising from Cabo (mid-November) north until we have to head to Mazatlan (mid-December). We will not have the time that you will have down there, but one takes what we can get.

Maybe we will run into (not literally) each other down there.

Have a great time.


oh give me a home...
Steve/skies were not cloudy
09/19/2010, Two Harbors, Catalina

Where the buffalo (bison) roam. This is taken at Two Harbors on our short walk to the other side of the island. Two Harbors is a great little place of which I will be spending more time in this winter, it has everything a cruiser could want...a grocery store, great showers, and of course a bar....and the skies are not cloudy all day (after the marine layer burns off that is).

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