12/08/2012, The Life of a Boat Gear Pusher
After being back aboard the boat not even long enough to relax off I flew to Florida to attend the SSCA (Seven Seas Cruising Association) GAM in Melbourne, Florida. What is a GAM? It's an old nautical term for a party! The SSCA is a wealth of information on all topics Cruising and I would recommend the SSCA to anyone either already out cruising or in the planning and outfitting phase. My trip out to Florida isn't just for another cruisers potluck party, but to give a presentation on water makers and actually set-up and demo run a 20 GPH water maker. It's a good thing that the presentation doesn't start until 10:30AM, because the 3hr time difference when combined with the long travel day has me pretty beat.
Despite the rumors that I'm sure Lori is spreading,the road show travel game isn't as glamorous as it's made out to be, how many fast food meals can you actually eat on a 5 day trip before your kidney shuts down? Back to the boat on Monday, then off to Morro Bay for another new adventure.
|Cruise RO Water and Power||
12/05/2012, Only with a Dry Suit
The last time I cleaned our propellar or the boat bottom we were anchord in La Paz in prepartion for the bash back to California. I can faintly remember that life, but today I was given a cold hard reminder when I slid over the side of our dingy into the icy brine. Wearing sweats and wool socks beneith my dry suit, I could still feel the cold water and when my face hit the water, I had to bite down on my mouth piece to keep my teeth from chattering. I could barely see my fins through the green murk as I bumpped blindly into what was once a propeller. The Illegal immigrant barnacles that I smuggled in from Mexico took about all my strength and 2000 psi from my dive tank to knock off my propeller and send to the bay sand 30ft below our boat. With a clean propeller and bottom, we are now ready to make our first real move next week to Morro Bay.
Living Aboard on a mooring in Port San Luis has actually been easier than Lori and I thought it would be, but the first small storm of the season also confirned that this is no place you want to be during a SE storm. My love of estuary anchorages is well known and the Morro Bay Estuary provides great protection from swell and seas during a storm, so next week we will ready our 100lb Manson anchor and make for the calm protected waters of Morro Bay, where we plan to stay for Christmas. Mooring and Slip spaces are hard to come by in the small sleepy town of Morro Bay and at this point we just plan to anchor. Since we have basically lived at anchor for the last 4yrs, that really isn't a big deal and the price will of course be right up our alley! The plan is to bounce back and forth between our Port San Luis mooring and the Morro Bay anchorage based on the storm forecasts.
|Summer in the Sea of Cortez 2011||
12/02/2012, All for a free sample?
Ok, as much as I like all the huge "value packs" of more than we need Costco stuff, I just got myself ran over and nearly killed by the hoards of free sample stalkers wanting their piece of sample pizza. Try pushing your cart past the hair-netted ladies and swoosh...you get swept up into the sample frenzy. Once calm and rational, they go nearly mad for a free taste or processed and prepackaged food. For my personal safety I am done with this the Costco Sunday sample circus, people were worried about us in Mexico, but I feel safer on the mean streets of San Blas compared to the isles of Costco on free sample day. It will take days for the shopping cart tracks to heal on my back!
|The First 4 Months Back||