Cruising with Zelda

Vessel Name: Zelda Fitzgerald
26 July 2012 | Reno, NV
05 July 2012 | South San Francisco
04 July 2012 | Moss Landing, CA
30 June 2012 | Oyster Cove Marina, South San Francisco
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26 July 2012 | Reno, NV

Getting rid of STUFF!

For the past year I have been spending my work week in Nevada. This week I am closing up the apt and changing my job. This has been very emotional and upsetting to be without a job, but I know this is the right decision. Long distant relationships just do not work, whether you are married or not. Since [...]

05 July 2012 | South San Francisco

In port

Zelda has been home now since Fathers' Day. We are slowly going through her systems so we can move on. We have a lot to do and we are discovering more and more as we go on. First things on the list are toilets that actually dump into a holding tank, electricity, refrigeration, and a new mattress ( just [...]

04 July 2012 | Moss Landing, CA

2nd attempt at getting to San Francisco

The following weekend, Laurence and Pieter get in and we head off to pick them up in Sausalito. SO, another 3 hour drive to Moss Landing. We arrive in Moss Landing and saunter down to the dock. The smell of propane is in the air, STRONG. As we get closer to the boat it becomes really evident that the [...]

30 June 2012 | Oyster Cove Marina, South San Francisco

In the beginning...

We have had quite a trial finding the right boat. We lost $10K to the supposed owner of one boat (suing in small claims court). BUT we have finally purchased the last boat we will ever own. Her name is GOING to be the Zelda Fitzgerald, after my grandmother (not be confused with F Scott's wife). Her current [...]

2nd attempt at getting to San Francisco

04 July 2012 | Moss Landing, CA
Gale/ clear and blustery
The following weekend, Laurence and Pieter get in and we head off to pick them up in Sausalito. SO, another 3 hour drive to Moss Landing. We arrive in Moss Landing and saunter down to the dock. The smell of propane is in the air, STRONG. As we get closer to the boat it becomes really evident that the smell is coming from Zelda. It is a good thing that none of us smoke because the propane from two tanks has leaked into the boat. If none of you have ever seen what happens when propane ignites, it is a REALLY ugly site, usually causing close to a half million dollars in damage to the dock and the boats surrounding. Unfortunately before we could ascertain what was happening, Laurence was on the boat trying to start the engine. Fortunately it would not turn over. Bob and Laurence opened the engine hatch to discover that the entire engine compartment was filled with a milky haze of propane. It is a very good thing that no sparks were ignited.
The propane dispersed after all ports were opened, etc. The propane was shut off and Laurence and Pieter were on their way. We settled with the Harbor Master and drove 2 hours back to the Bay Area, praying for clear sailing and calm seas for Laurence and Pieter.

Next morning Laurence and Pieter brought Zelda into San Francisco. It,apparently was smooth, but cold going. Since they did not have any proprane, they were not able to make anything warm to eat or drink. I met them at the boat with hot tea. Hot showers, clean clothes, and 2 airline tickets later we sent our courageous captain and his friend home. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate the services of Laurence Sunderland. He brought our Zelda home with a sail that had disintegrated, propane rupture that could have been the end for all of us, inadequate systems, no hot water or food. Thank you Laurence and Pieter. I hope this is the start of a long friendship.
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