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S/V Si Bon
Who: Steve Cook
Port: San Diego, California
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Blog friends and Catalina
10/26/2010, planet earth

Last night I met Rich Boren from S/V Third Day, the Boren Family, Rich, Lori, Jason and Amy have been inspirational to me as I have been following their blog for the past 8-9 months. The Boren's have been cruising Mexico for the past two years and the information I have been able to gather from them has been invaluable. I look forward to meeting them in foreign waters some day soon.
Tomorrow I will be leaving for a sailing/diving trip to Catalina with my friend Mark Burrows on his boat S/V Jennifer K. Mark is a hard core sailor and wants to try and sail all the way there, you need to know that our prevailing winds here in Southern Cal are right on your nose going to Catalina making a direct path impossible, most of the time we motor sail most/all of the way there. The plan is we will sail to San Clemente Island, anchor overnight and then sail to Catalina this will keep us on a good point of sail(maybe). San Clemente is an island used by the U.S. Navy as a target range (nice) they have a website that tells you what part of the island they'll be bombing that day and where you are allowed to anchor. Tomorrow there is one little tiny place where we will be able to it looks like most of the island will be used for target practice that night. Lets hope those smart bombs are all working properly, if not we'll just hail them on 16.

Why am I doing this?
10/25/2010, Sun Harbor Marina

When I tell friends that I'm moving onto a mooring ball the normal response is "why are you doing that", they think I'm in financial ruins (I'm not), they think I am unable to conform to the Marina rules (I am), or they think I'm out of my mind (I'm not sure). I've often said since planning my cruising, that if you can't live on a mooring ball in San Diego Bay, then you might want to rethink your cruising plans. Living on the ball is a lot different that living at the slip, you must get the dinghy routine down and plan each trip off the boat, what to take with you (trash,laundry,computer, extra clothes) and what to bring back to the boat (groceries, clean clothes, fresh water). I also now need to monitor things like water and electrical usage, holding tank capacity and I'm sure they'll be many other things I'll learn. While cruising the more time you spend on the hook (anchor) the longer your cruising kitty will last...just ask S/V Third Day who has their cruising budget down to $1,000.00 per month for A FAMILY OF FOUR. That said, I also plan, while cruising, to get the occasional guest slip just as I will get one occasionally while here. So time will tell on how the ball works out...stay tuned.

10/25/2010 | brian b.
Makes sense to me. Seems as though you have given everything alot of thought and are doing everything right. Enjoy your updates, best of luck.
Anchorage A4 bouy D04
10/24/2010, Coronado mooring anchorage

Here is my new home (for awhile) taken from the bridge. Si Bon is not in this picture because we had just taken her back to her slip. I am glad I was able to spend 5 days on the ball before going there full time after I return from Catalina. I now have a good idea of the lay of the land, stores, gym, showers, and of course the local happy hour deals. The past 5 days have also given me a chance to do some final tweaking of some of Si Bon's systems, my water usage was about what I expected, I returned with enough water to go at least another 5 days without making water or filling up my fresh water tanks, my electrical use was amazing in that it was never real sunny and several days had no sun at all and I still haven't plugged into shore is incredible...Why doesn't everyone have solar on their houses???

U.S. Navy
10/23/2010, San Diego

I decided to put Si Bon back in the slip while I go to Catalina next week on S/V Jennifer K. I decided that yesterday would be a good time to go back due to the fact that Amber and Jeff could give me a ride back to my car in Coronado. As we headed up the bay with Amber at the helm (steering wheel) I noticed a very large warship also headed up the bay on her way out to sea. I instructed Amber to steer around a large tug boat and out of the main channel in order to stay clear of the warship bearing down on us. Amber did a excellent job of maintaining her course while staying out of the warships path. All of a sudden a Naval Security boat that guards the warships in and out of the harbor came racing up behind us and the young skipper was yelling something at us, due to not being able to hear very well and the engine noise I picked up my VHF radio and tried hailing the security boat...with no response back?? He fell back a little and then came back at us yelling again, I yelled back " why don't you hail me on 16 (emergency VHF channel), to which he responded...and I swear I'm not making this up "our radio doesn't work, but I wanted to let you know you're OK on your current course" duh... thanks for the important update dude. Now I ask you how the hell does a guy with no radio expect to guard a warship...does he yell 200 feet up to the skipper of the warship to warn him of pending danger? What if he has an emergency??? does he just start yelling for help. Note to the U.S. Navy, they have these things called hand held VHF radios which are great to have in case of equipment failure....I have one on Si Bon that you can use until you get yours fixed. God bless all of the men and women serving our country.

10/24/2010 | timmie
Somehow I am finding great humor in this very sad situation! Thanks for posting this, I feel so safe in our waters.
Mooring Ball Adventure
Amber Gilbert
10/22/2010, Coronado mooring anchorage

SOOO... Jeff and I spent the night on Si Bon for the first time since she docked herself on the Moor. The night began with a dingy ride, some wine and the infamous tuna noodle casserole (which the whole cook family is known to love). Once dinner concluded we hit the sack in the aft cabin... boy was that an adventure... not only did I hit my head on the ceiling but the military hoover crafts decided to do some training ALL night. Though it kept me up all night at least now I know that our military is working hard at protecting the US of A. Despite the long night I have to say that Captain Cook and Si Bon treated Jeff and I really well and we will be more than happy to return anytime.... but maybe not during hoover craft training on San Diego Bay.

10/22/2010 | ashley Cook
i wish i was there for that...miss you guys!!!!
The neighborhood
10/21/2010, Coronado Recreation center

Two important things while living on a boat are ways to stay in shape and trying to use someone else's hot water for a shower. Today I found both at the Coronado Recreation Center, their gym is great and as you can see I won't miss any of my fantastic view while working out here. I can either pay when I use (7.00 to workout and take a shower or 1.00 for just a shower) or I can sign up month to month for 40.00 a month....not a bad deal. There is also a nice dinghy dock right in front of the center that is about 5 minutes from Si Bon. Ohhh one other note, I have to wait until Nov. 10 to get those rates...senior discount.

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