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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
First Place in the cruising class
07/12/2006, Marina Del Rey

Hideko and I try to get out sailing at least a couple of times a week while we continue our liquidation process. In the midst of getting our house on the market and selling things on eBay, sailing reminds us why we're doing all of this. We were out on the water for 10 hours today with our friends Margaret and Arjun. Wednesday nights MDR hosts the infamous beer can races, we barely got down the channel (and crossed the finish line for fun) before the 60'ers ran us down. The boat you see here is "Spiderman", a well maintained Catalina 28 out of Marina Sailing.

Developing critical skills
07/07/2006, California

Seeing as how we'll be out in the wide world for some time we have tried to make sure that we can fend for ourselves and see to the necessities of life. As we focus more and more on reducing possessions I find Costco less and less valuable. The other day we were there to buy things to get the house ready for sale when Hideko spotted a hair trimmer. She was ecstatic. The trimmer rated high on her list of must haves so that she could make sure I always had a proper hair cut. For $25 it was a bargain. Or so I thought. It is hard to imagine but you can get a botched hair cut even when the barber simply shaves your whole head with a #3. Discovering the skills you don't have is an interesting process. I'm hoping this one develops rapidly. I will be cutting Hideko's hair sooner or later so retribution is near at hand.

We have taken the plunge
06/30/2006, California

We take delivery of our new sea home, a Saint Francis 50 catamaran, on October 1st, 2006. Hopefully we will have sold our dirt home by then. We will be appointing our boat and working out the kinks between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas during the month of October 2006. With some luck we'll be ready for guests by November 2006. We plan to log our adventures here with commentary, photos and video.

We love our boat and we love our boat's name: "Swingin' on a Star". It is a favorite tune of ours and about the only thing I can play on the ukulele. It also has a certain maritime flair. That said, I didn't really go through all of the ramifications of this name as carefully as I could have. For instance, cruisers are often known amongst other cruisers by their boat's name instead of their own. So one of my first tasks is to find a nice short name for "Swingin' on a Star" that circumvents the obvious nickname; "The Swingers". I'm not too happy with one of the possible abbreviations, "SOS", either.

Also of note is the fact that our boat is currently named Venus. She hit the water in mid December of 2005 and sailed straight from Cape Town to the Miami boat show. In Miami she received the Cruising World Magazine Boat of the Year award in the Catamaran class, which was duly won by her sister ship, Aphrodite, at the Annapolis show four months earlier. Now I'm not all that superstitious, but renaming a boat is a big bugaboo. If we want any of our hard core boat friends to even set foot on her we will have to perform a rather involved de-naming ceremony, see that her keels clear the water, and then re-launch her with her new name. I keep having Angel Heart flash backs, but I'm sure everything will work out just fine if we follow the protocol.


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