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

Piercings and Tatts...

25 October 2011 | Marina Del Rey
As anyone who has made Southern California their home port knows, anchoring is not a well practiced art. I'm not sure why...there are great anchorages (not highly protected "gunkholes" like the ones we know from back east, but still, nice anchorages) all around the islands that are the local cruising grounds. Most folks just plan their cruises around the available mooring to rent. But not us Gypsy Wind-ers...

Anyway, when we bought our boat, the primary anchor already aboard was an ancient 35# CQR with a hole drilled through the stock (perhaps for a storage pin arangement, but I never found that aboard GW), some puny amount of chain, and a decent 5/8 inch Dacron rode of about 250 feet. And, no windlass. Our boat was home based in Long Island Sound until we bought it, so these anchor arrangements were probably ok.

Because we are in So. California, with rocky, windy anchorages, we have made lots of changes to this aspect of Gypsy Wind. First, we have a very strong, manual windlass. I like the manual part, even though its more work than an electric one, because it will ALWAYS work. Period.

It handles our new primary anchor rode of 300' of 5/16 high tensile chain, and until this weekend, was tethered to a 45# Bruce as the primary hook, with the CQR riding shotgun to be used off the second bow roller, if necessary. I never liked the fact that the CQR plow, continues to plow, and under certain bottom conditions, actually makes a furrow, and the boat continues, albeit slowly, to move through the anchorage!

After years of observing the Southern California SCUBA dive charter boats anchoring several times each day, on different dive sites, many times in unprotected conditions over rocky and kelp-covered areas, or on soft sand, I bought a new Manson 45#, the type with the "roll bar." Its what the dive boats use, and the darn things work GREAT (yes, I have dived down to see them set)! So, a Manson is now is the primary anchor on Gypsy Wind, the Bruce is now shotgun, and a large Danforth style is at the stern. We have a folding storm anchor, and another Danforth-style anchor, stowed away for emergencies. I am not sure if we'll carry the CQR with us on this trip, or if we'll try to sell it and use the funds for other purposes. But I am now happy with our anchors.

Oh, and the roll bar on the bow anchor roller looks like a boat nose ring to my daughter who said she thought Gypsy Wind looked like she got a new piercing...

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