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Mooring Ball AdventureAmber 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.
10/21/2010, 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.
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