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AmazingSunny and hot
10/28/2010, San Diego to Avalon
WOW... what an amazing 29 hour journey. We left Coronado Cays Yacht Club at 0930 and dropped anchor at San Clemente Island at 0230 this morning about 300 feet off of a little beach at the bottom of a 2000 foot cliff (see picture). We saw two sunfish along the way, have you ever seen one? I never had until yesterday...they are a white circular fish about 3 feet in diameter, they lay flat on the surface and when we past them just a few feet away neither one made any attempt to move, although the one we past a few hours ago did raise one of his dorsal fins and wave at us us we went by. We saw a ton of military activity including a large super fast warship that put out a wake that had 8 foot breaking waves that reached about 1/2 a mile behind her. We also saw smoke on the water that we think was dropped by a couple of choppers that were practicing touch and go landings on another warship. The skys have been cloudless and last night the stars were unbelievable, the milky way spread across the sky and Mark and I were kept busy trying to figure out all the different stars. The ocean last night was oily glassy and with a nearly full moon and super clear visibility we had no problem watching all the other traffic in our area. As we crossed over to Catalina today I pondered how lucky I am to be able to be involved in this great creation.....the earth.
Blog friends and CatalinaSteve
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.
Why am I doing this?Steve
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.
Anchorage A4 bouy D04Steve
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 power...solar is incredible...Why doesn't everyone have solar on their houses???
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.
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.
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