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


20 December 2011 | Marina Del Rey, Ca
I bought a watermaker. And, not just any watermaker, friends, this one’s a 20 gallon per hour job, that’s powered by our Honda 2000 generator. Yessiree, when we head to Mexico, we’re gonna have some major showering going on! There will be no taco stains on us, thank you very much! That’s 100 gallons in five hours, 480 gallons per day, 3360 gallons per week, 13,440 gallons per month , etc. Woo hoo!

Wow. What’s scary, though, is that its in pieces in my garage as I write this. Yep, this ain’t no plug and play gizmo, this one’s the real deal, and is designed to be installed in its basic components, locker to locker to tank to engine room, etc, all over the boat, connected by fancy schmancy hoses, all to be done by the owner. I guess as long as the owner is a former NASA engineer, with a posse of pals who love NASCAR and wear coveralls and have lots of tools, this should be a no brainer. Too bad I am none of those guys.

In fairness, its got a really comprehensive installation instruction booklet, the components seem to be of the highest quality, the system is well thought out, and the owners of the company are very communicative with helpful hints, etc., so I think I’ll be ok (I hope).

Oh, well. Except for the fact that it looks like a complete beeeaaaatch to install, it should turn out to be a pretty good unit. I will report after I begin the install process sometime in the first quarter.
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