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

Odds and Ends

19 August 2011 | Marina Del Rey
Well, I replaced the electric bilge pump this week, and will try and repair the old one and keep it as a spare. I got some advice from a teckie at ITT (a company, which, incidentally, seems to own ALL the pump brands now) and he said the cause of my pumps' failure is likely to be some little speck of dirt or what have you finding its way to the check valve. So, I have purchased another check valve, and will report back on this when I have a chance to take the pump apart and see.

Meanwhile, the varnishing of the SCUBA "toy chest" has gone well, and I have commissioned a sunbrella cover for it to protect all 10 coats of varnish. The mainsail cover has been enlarged so the new main fits better under it.

I replaced the sump pump for the grey water, since that one was weak. And, this weekend, I will be replacing a weak toilet pump, and I will, as before, rebuild the old one for a spare.

I like the idea of keeping the old ones for spares, rather than purchasing new ones and just stowing them away. This way, I know the spare I will go to the trouble of carrying with us will fit, and we get to start the cruise with the new equipment, installed and operational.

Contacted the sailmaker to have the new main trimmed (breaks my heart) where it rubs the backstay. The new sail is just slightly "roachier" than the old one. Darn!

We will be goofing off again in a week or so, taking Gypsy Wind over to Catalina for the week prior to and staying through Labor Day Weekend, for some diving and relaxing. Can't wait.

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