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12/19/2010, Park City, Utah
So I know you're saying...what's a ski dude doing in a sailing blog? Most cruisers will tell you that in order to remain sane living on a sailboat that you must get off the boat periodically and get away, it's the only way you'll last long term. When my best ski buddy Russ Carlson, who at 67 will out ski most men half his age (except me of course), called me and invited me up to his beautiful Park City condo, it was just to good to pass up. I flew up to Utah on Friday and Russ and I skied most of the day Saturday, and a good part of the day today. Russ's condo is on historic Main Street right in the heart of Park City, we can walk to the lift, the restaurants and of course the bars. It's been snowing most of the time I've been here and after shaking off the rust from not skiing last season, Russ and I carved up the famous Utah powder on nearly empty runs. Skiing is one of my passions and although this has been a great little boat break, I'll be headed home in the morning and am looking forward to being back home on Si Bon.
Happy Holidays from CoronadoSteve
All of the parking meters throughout Coronado have been draped with green festive looking covers with the above message. What a novel idea....a community actually giving it's residents and visitors something for free...unlike the larger city across the bay, that other than large retirement benefits to it's former employees,
One year laterSteve
It was one year ago today that I drove up to San Pedro and closed the deal on Si Bon, I spent my first of many nights on her before driving back to San Diego the next day. I have learned sooo much in the past year, both about Si Bon and her systems and about myself, I couldn't even begin to put it all in a blog. My original goal of leaving for my cruise in late 2010 or early 2011 is right on track as I am now planning a March departure. My friend Ric told me while I was planning my cruising that "you don't need to leave California to have a good time" Ric was so right, I've done four Catalina trips (one on Jennifer K), I've spent almost two weeks harbor hopping up So Cal and I've done so many Mission Bay trips that I've lost count of them, throw in all of the day sails and it adds up to a lot of sea time. Every trip has been packed with fun and adventure and I always think back to Ric's words.
Why did I become a blogger? Originally I started to blog so my family, friends and potential crew members could keep track of what I was up to once I leave for Mexico and Central America. As everything else on a cruising Sailboat, you need to practice and test systems and applications before you head off to some foreign country that you don't understand or speak their language very well (does dos mas cerveza count?). I have found with blogging that it you don't post blogs regularly people will not check your blog regularly either. As you may know, I now post blogs often and I feel that people are now following me. Yesterday I was accused on Facebook of posting "wimpy " posts, by a former childhood friend who now spends most of his life in a bar drinking (sad) seems that taking a 41 foot sailboat on a two week local trip is "wimpy", but sitting in a bar is manly, (whatever). As I am preparing to head south I hope my blog gives you an idea of what it is like for a regular dude to prepare himself and his boat for both living aboard and cruising, I hope that it may help some other person dreaming of cruising to prepare, I hope it will give someone an idea of a nice place to visit, whether that place is Catalina, Dana Point (pic) or somewhere in Mexico or Costa Rica (you don't need to sail to them), and I hope it will inspire you to follow your dreams...whatever they may be.
Work work workSteve
12/14/2010, Sun Harbor Marina
It's been a VERY busy weekend for me, I arrived at Sun Harbor on Saturday morning and finished up the varnish prep on my port (left) toe rail, since it was about 75 degrees I was anxious to get the first of three coats on so it could begin to dry, Sunday I was able to get coat two on and yesterday I finished up. within the next couple of weeks I'll start on the starboard toe rail.
Doing things rightSteve
12/11/2010, S/V Si Bon
If you want to know how to do something the right way on a sailboat.....ask Captain Robert Svoboda. I have known Robert (whom I call Rob) for about 8 years, Rob was the brother of one of my neighbors in Rancho San Diego, he use to come over to Petr's house to do little projects for his boat and I would go over and talk (bug) him while he worked, I always marveled it how detail oriented he was, Rob and his then girlfriend Katrina lived on their boat on a mooring ball in Coronado. I moved and didn't talk to Rob again until last year right after I bought Si Bon, Robert and Katrina are now married and have a 3 year old son, Katrina is about 7-8 months pregnant with their second son and they still live on their boat on the mooring ball. Robert and I have struck up a friendship over the past year and he has taught me so many thing about life on a sailboat, how to do things and how NOT to do things, sometimes Rob will tell me something I should or should not do and I'll think to myself...."ohhh forget about that, what does he know" then somewhere down the line I find myself saying " Damn that Robert was right again". You would think I would learn to just listen to him and do whatever he says...and I am starting to. The other day I took a poke at Rob for not securing his dinghy properly.....I knew it would be one of the few if any chances I would have. This is a pic of Captain Rob (who never uses the title of Captain when addressing himself) showing me the correct way to go up the mast in a bosun's chair.....I think I will follow ALL of his advice on this one.
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