05/22/2013, And I Won't Plead the 5th Ammendment!
I've had a few questions about how we could drag when we have a mooring. For every good question, I have a good and simple answer and like the IRS Agents, that involved blaming someone else. One of the conditions when we bought our Morro Bay Mooring was that the current owner would get to use it until Nov 1st as they try and sell the boat that is currently on the mooring. So yes we have a mooring in Morro Bay...but no...we can't use it yet. This dragging incident is still a mystery to me because in over 2 years of full time every day anchoring we have never dragged and I'm inclined to blame the entire dragging event on the Captain at the time, which just happened to be Lori! In fact, since she rarely if ever reads our blog, I think I will take the bold statement right here and now that if I was aboard the whole mess wouldn't have happened, so there, I've said it...gulp.
Is living on the dock more convenient than living on anchor or a mooring?
Well of course it is, just like sleeping in the kitchen would make for easier midnight snacks! That seems to be a good analogy since I have gained 20lbs since returning to the States. I blame it on all the traveling and fast food stops I have been making or maybe I'll blame it on "low level subordinates"? But seriously, without a doubt living at the dock is worlds more convenient than living at anchor or on the mooring. But, and here is the big but, we didn't like it! Oh sure we liked the endless shore power electricity for hot water and never low batteries, but I think the entire crew would rather move back to land than live at the dock. The freedom of floating unattached from the world is gone and with it the sense of...well FUN. In a twist of what most people would think, living at the dock would send us back to dirt living much faster than floating free even with the increased inconvenience of floating free living. Is the goal in life to have no inconvenience or to have a little adventure? Ship living in San Diego? Well yes, we could do that, but why pay $1300/mo for a lifestyle without fun when we can live on the mooring for $100/mo or less. Do you know how many Tacos and Gina Burgers that could buy when we return to Mexico? Opps...did I just say that out loud? Sorry ignore that before my business partner reads this and realizes our master plan.
05/10/2013, How is it already May 10th
"I have no Recollection Senator", isn't just the sound of lies coming from the latest congressional hearings on Bengazi, but it would also be my honest statement if asked what happened to the last 30 days. The chaos started with the Oakland Boat Show and then was followed up with 4 weeks of living and working out of town. I'm not talking about the standard out of town business trip of fancy dinners and drinks, but rather 6AM to midnight real work. It took 3 weeks to move the CoolBlue Technautic build facility from Costa Mesa to our office in Escondido and I have at least one more week of long days doing the final organization to bring the new facility to life. We knew going in that April would be a gruling month, and the good thig may be that I barely remember it!
Of course what happens while I'm out of town and we are anchored in the Morro Bay Estuary?
* We drag anchor and Lori has to reset in the rain
* We lose the Honda Generator power chord so she has to run the engine to charge the batteries
* The battery switch was left in "Both mode" so the starting battery was draind, so they couldn't start the main engine.
* The anchor chain gets jammed in the hause pipe so she can't pull in or let out the anchor chain
* We run out of propane
* And as a bonus, Lori and the kids are taking tea kettle hot showers after losing te cord for the Honda Generator and not being able to make hot water.
I was getting almost daily reports of woe and each of them seemed like a bad April Fools Joke. When I finally arrived back aboard, I was just happy to see the crew still living aboard and not in a hotel or apartment!
With the ability to print money and deficit spend, there may actually be a free lunch these days, but out here in the real world there is no free hot shower. Life at the dock with the shore power cord keeping our hot water tank costantly full was the life of luxury. After 4 months of living the high life, we left the dock this morning and now when we want hot water we will need to run the generator or the diesel heater. We already feel the fredom that free floating provides, but we already miss the space heater and hot water heater.
This is where a boat belongs, away from the dock with 360 degree views of Morro Bay.