Adventures of Berkeley East

26 July 2021 | Caprera, Italy
22 July 2021 | Balearic Islands, Spain
01 July 2021
09 August 2020
30 March 2020 | Lake Norman, NC
31 October 2019 | Barcelona, Spain
30 September 2019 | Mallorca, Spain
15 September 2019 | Sardinia, Italy
08 September 2019 | Pantelleria, Italy
31 August 2019 | Favignana, Italy
22 August 2019 | Vulcano, Italy
17 August 2019 | Charlotte, NC and Gaeta, Italy
12 July 2019
12 September 2018 | Cala del Core Ponza, Italy
22 August 2018 | North East Sardinia
13 August 2018 | Northern Sardinia, Italy
10 August 2018 | La Maddalenas, Sardinia Italy
30 July 2018 | South West Corsica, France
19 July 2018 | North West Corsica, France

It Only Hurts When We Move.

24 April 2011 | Barcelona, Spain
We came back to Barcelona three weeks ago planning to do "a little" boat work, and then travel more in Spain. But Berkeley East had other plans for us. We actually have "traveled" a lot though - to and from the boat yard, to and from the marine store, the paint store, and a three-hour excursion to find a hardware store that is ten minutes away. Oh, and let's not forget, to and from the ATM. And there have been a lot of "little" boat projects done on Berkeley East, like squeezing into very small spaces to replace pumps that died for no apparent reason. Or spending hours trying to remove tiny corroded screws from the whisker pole to replace an itsy bitsy block.

BE is a moderately large boat with lots of "little" demands that must be met in order for her to move. So when there is no electricity, we can't just call the power company, when the sewer backs up we are the plumbers on call, and when the engine breaks down, we get greasy.

Since our return, BE has received new bottom paint, new wax, her anchor chain has been turned, the bilge has been cleaned and switches rewired, her rig has been checked, hatch boards are being varnished, several pumps have been changed, electronics updated, systems tested, bimini repaired and installed, canvas and cushions waterproofed, and her cabins have been cleaned and reorganized several times to find a better place for my shoes.

We just spent five days trimming the black caulking down on the decks with razor blades and sanding all 54 feet to smooth out high spots in the teak. It is not technical work, but it is very tough on the fingers and back. We are too old to be bent over for hours at a time, but this would be backbreaking work for someone of any age.

Why didn't we hire someone to do the decks as we did some of the other projects, you ask? One reason is that this is the busiest time of year for boat repair here and no one could do the work in time for us to leave on May 1st as planned. How hard could it be anyway? Another reason we took on the task is quite simply that we had not planned deck work this year and two people doing five days of work equals a lot of Euro.




There are many of these amusing little sayings and they are all true. We both learned to love sailing on other people's boats. Larry's dad allowed us to sail with him whenever we wanted, and all we had to do was bring food and wash the boat after. He footed the bill for the boat, the upkeep and the repairs. Thank's Big Lar, we didn't appreciate how good we had it. While we knew boats were hard work and expensive when we bought Berkeley East, we didn't understand the true scope until now. Things break at an amazing rate on a boat. There are currently more than 100 items on the TO DO list for Berkeley East. So if you are thinking about buying a boat and sailing off into the sunset, consider chartering instead. It is easier on your bank account, and much easier on your back.

We have one week left in Barcelona and lots to do in order to leave, least of which is finalizing our cruising plan. With just one month in France, we are not sure how we will manage to tour Provence, visit with friends/neighbors who live in Provence, wine taste in the southern Rhone (Cahtenuf du Pape), hang out in St. Tropez, see the stars at the Cannes film festival, explore Nice, gamble at the Monte Carlo casino, see the Monaco Grand Prix, and sail to the many beautiful coves and islands in the area. Hopefully, Berkeley East will let us break from boat work long enough to "live the dream" just a little.

Vessel Name: Berkeley East
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 54
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA
Crew: Larry & Mary Ivins
About: We quit our jobs in July of 2007 and began our adventure, sailing the US east coast in the summers and then spending our winters in the Caribbean. In 2010 we sailed across the Atlantic and will be cruising the Med for the next few years.
FAQ Q: Did you go to UC Berkeley?

A: No. The name Berkeley East came from a ferry boat, "the Berkeley", that we met on over 30 years ago in San Diego. The East came as a result of seeing the boat being built in Taiwan. There was 30-foot Chinese symbol on the wall behind her during [...]
Berkeley East's Photos - Caribbean 1500 2008 (Main)
Street art from our 2019 stay in Barcelona
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Photos for blog post
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Extra pictures for Croatia
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Venice June 2012
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Tuscany trip summer 2011
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Pictures from June 2011 - The Ligurian Coast of Italy
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Wardrick Wells - Exuma Land and Sea Park May 2009
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Pictures from our trip to Los Testigos, Venezuela - March 2009
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Pics form the 2008 Caribbean 1500
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Octopuses Garden – Highborne, Exuma Cay, Bahamas
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Chistmas 2007 in St Maarten with other crusiers and Mike and Linda (frends & meighbors from CA)
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In early July 2006 we made a quick from Sydney, Australia to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to check on the construction of our Hylas 54. She was a little behind schedule, but the build quality was excellent.
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After 28 days aboard Sigrun Bolten from Taiwan, Berkeley East arrived in Port Everglades Florida. Mary and I helped unload her and motored up the river to be hauled and rigged. We where joined by our friends and next door neighbors (from CA), who were in Florida cruising from California to the Caribbean.
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Profile & FAQs

Who: Larry & Mary Ivins
Port: San Diego, CA

Our travels


July 2019- Return to Gaeta, Italy

August 2019 - Gaeta to Sicily, Tunisia and Sardinia

September 2019 - The Spanish Balearic Islands

October 2019 -Barcelona Spain

November 2019 - Charlotte, NC