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02/22/2011, San Diego, California
It's kind of amazing to me that I will be talking to someone, someone who has known that I've been planning my trip for close to a year and a half, someone who knows that I've left my career of over 30 years, someone who knows that I've sold my condo (sort of), sold my Corvette, sold my waverunner, sold most of my furniture, someone who knows that I have spent countless hours and dollars on Si Bon...and when I tell them that I plan to be gone 5-10 years they respond with "oh I thought who were just going to be gone for a couple of months". Now I ask you why the hell would anyone do all of this for a couple of months.
Going away party.....take 2Steve
02/20/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
I can remember the night I made my decision to buy a boat, quit my job, sell everything and go cruising, I was reading some things on some sort of cruiser blog type of web site, someone suggested that you make a list of the six things that you would want to gain from a cruiser lifestyle....and six things that you would miss most about leaving your current lifestyle. My list of things I would miss most were the following; 1. My kids, 2. my friends, 3.Reading my newspaper every morning, 4. watching TV, 5. My comfortable home and 6. security of a land based life. Well yesterday I was reminded of just how much I will miss my kids and my friends, my two wonderful daughters, Amber and Ashley threw me a going away party, they put it all together, bought all the food/drinks, and invited all my friends. It was a great day as I saw many of my friends both old friends and new friends and even my ex-wife and her husband (see christmas blog), everyone was enthusiastic about my trip and wished me well. I hope that the people who said they want to meet me along the way will follow up and strive to make it happen, as it would be great to see them and share with them for a few days a part of my new lifestyle.
It was just pointed out to me that I'm slacking on blog posts, this is a good thing as it means that people (other than myself) are actually reading my blog. A few weeks ago I went to my very good fiend Paul's 70 birthday party and was approached by several people who were excited to tell me how much they were enjoying my blog. Two of these people were a couple, (not giving name for privacy), who would love to be doing what I'm getting ready to do....but she has diabetes, and has most of her life, she is currently struggling to stay healthy....and alive, she told me that he reads her my blog at night before they go to bed. When people hear what I'm getting ready to do they seem to think that I'm embarking on some sort of difficult journey, but the truth is that removing a few dock lines (still in marina) and floating away on a sailboat isn't really all that difficult. There are many things in life that make my journey seem like a walk in the park, there are many people throughout the world who have to struggle everyday to fight off illness, hunger or many other situations that are truly difficult. If brings me great joy to be able to share some of my planning, struggles and adventures with someone who may be fighting a truly difficult situation in their life.
100 years of naval aviationSteve
02/14/2011, San Diego Bay
Saturday the U.S. Navy celebrated the 100th anniversary of Naval aviation by putting on a large flyover above San Diego Bay. My good buddy Frank came by and we took the dink out on the main bay and met up with Mark on Jennifer K. As usual Mark had a boat full of pretty girls and with the weather in the low 70s it made for a very nice afternoon...the flyover was not quite what we had expected, however it was still interesting to see all of the different planes and helicopters flying overhead. We were having so much fun we decided to continue celebrating the naval aviation anniversary over at Jimmy's and then on to Si Bon, we probably celebrated a little longer than we should have....but what the hell ya only live once. This pic is of a refueling plane simulating refueling two helicopters in flight.
Spares, spares and more sparesSteve
02/12/2011, Shelter Island
Most people who have been cruising in Mexico will tell you not to over provision the boat with food, believe it or not they do actually have grocery stores in Mexico. The things that they may not have are filters for your watermaker, or a fuel filter for a Westerbeke diesel engine, or a ....well you get the idea. Over the past year I have been slowly accumulating spares of many different parts, over the past month I've kicked it into high gear, ordering spare pumps, spare snatch blocks, spare anchors, LOTS of spare filters for the watermaker, generator, outboard and of course the main engine. I have spare shackles, spare hoses, spare water lines, even a spare halyard, spares of this and spares of that. I would like to tell you that this pic is of all my spares...but it's not, there is no way I would be able to fit all the spares in a picture, but it does give you an idea of what I have. I have this funny feeling that even with all the planning I won't have a spare of something when I need it...you know Murphy's law (turns out Murphy was a sailor). Gotta go now and figure out where I'm going to put all these spares.
Wheels for the dinkSteve
02/11/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
OK....so I know you're thinking, boy Steve is really getting carried away with this "the dink is you car" thing, now he's gone and put wheels on his dinghy. No I haven't gone completely crazy (mostly crazy, not completely) when you are beaching a dinghy (dink) with an outboard motor on it, it is very hard to get the motor in the up position and to drag it on and off the beach, the motor gets stuck in the sand, and the whole thing is heavy and awkward. Yesterday I installed the dinghy wheels that my friend Ric gave me (thanks again). The way the wheels work is that when you know you will be beaching the dink you get the wheels out of storage, you put them onto their brackets in the up position (pic), as you approach the beach you remove a couple of pins, rotate the wheels to the down position, and you motor right up on the beach, the wheels are taller than the motor shaft so the back of the dink is now high and dry and you can wheel it up and down the beach with very little effort (I hope).
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