s/v Gypsy Wind

We are preparing our 40 year old Tartan "TOCK" 41 for an extended cruise. The plan is to leave So. California for Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, first. Eventually, we would like to sail east, to Florida and cruise there, the Bahamas, and do the ICW.

24 July 2012 | Somewhere's Out There...
12 July 2012 | Pirates Reef, Roatan, Honduras
09 July 2012 | Enroute, Catalina Island to Marina Del Rey
20 June 2012 | To Be Determined...
30 May 2012 | Marina Del Rey, CA
09 May 2012 | Marina Del Rey, CA
09 May 2012 | Marina Del Rey, CA
30 April 2012 | aboard Gypsy Wind
30 April 2012 | MDR, aboard Gypsy Wind
15 April 2012 | Marina Del Rey
09 April 2012
29 February 2012
29 February 2012 | Marina Del Rey, CA
18 January 2012 | Marina Del Rey, CA
26 December 2011 | Somewhere off the California Coast
20 December 2011 | Marina Del Rey, Ca
17 November 2011 | Marina Del Rey, CA
25 October 2011 | Marina Del Rey
03 October 2011 | Marina Del Rey
30 September 2011 | Marina Del Rey, Cali

Murray the Monitor

29 June 2011 | Aboard s/v Gypsy Wind
In the photos of the boat, you may have noticed that she is fitted with a Monitor windvane. This is, by far, my favorite piece of gear on the boat (besides my SCUBA unit). It works perfectly, and steers the boat when no one else, me included, wants to drive. Like all windvane gear, the harder the wind blows, the stronger it gets. Beats the electronic auto-steering hands down. Just keep the sails balanced, and it will steer beautifully.

This crewmember works tirelessly, and never needs to use the head and doesn't drink my beer. I have named him Murray (you know, as in Murray the Monitor). Installing this thing was a pretty big job, but it was straight-forward enough. The hardest part was drilling the first hole in the transom. I probably called Scanmar, the company that sells these things, a dozen times before drilling that first hole! But, after the first one, the rest of the holes were easy!

Vessel Name: Gypsy Wind
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan TOCK 41'
Hailing Port: Marina del Rey, California
Crew: Mike and Barbie, and Tilley the Not Quite a Shih-Tzu
We have been weekend and coastal sailors since childhood. We have been around sailboats for over 40 years, including over 30 years as owners. After all this time we still love this wonderful sailing lifestyle. [...]
Extra: I have been in the insurance business for more than three decades. Both my wife Barbie and I are PADI SCUBA Instructors, and we enjoy teaching people to dive and leading SCUBA trips to exotic "bucket list" locations.

Gypsy Wind's Crew

Who: Mike and Barbie, and Tilley the Not Quite a Shih-Tzu
Port: Marina del Rey, California