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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.
"Mommy is that man homeless?"Steve
Someone asked me before I moved on to Si Bon and out to a mooring ball what I was going to do when it rained. I think I gave them some sort of smart answer like "it never rains in San Diego". Mother Nature being who she is decided to test me and it rained almost all day and night on Tuesday. It wasn't really all that bad, I did the same as you would do and tried to stay in out of the rain. The fun started yesterday when before getting in the dinghy I under estimated how much water was in the dink from the rain, I fired up my 8 HP outboard and took off....it soon became apparent that the dink had a fair amount of water in her..it was slooshing about back and forth, my shoes were soaked immediately, the powerful 8 HP was straining and I knew I had to get the dink on a beach, drag it up out of the water and drain it..which is what I did. When I got to the dinghy dock I took off my wet shoes and socks, grabbed my duffel bag, noticed I had ripped out my cammies, and headed to my car..a sight for sore eyes..especially here in Coronado. "no honey that man lives on his yacht in the bay..he just looks homeless".
Life on a mooring ballSteve
Well...here 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 current...my view constantly changes as the boat constantly moves around the ball, one minute you can be looking out a port (window) at the Coronado bridge...you 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.
Flying Si BonSteve
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.
The Wirie Wi Fi boosterSteve
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.
Sailing off into the sunsetSteve
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.
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