Sailing Endless Summer

12 August 2020
04 December 2019
23 November 2019
15 September 2019 | Delta Bedroom 2
14 September 2019 | Georgiana Slough
19 May 2019 | Alameda
29 August 2016

Covid-19 Blues

12 August 2020
Dave and Michelle Opheim
So the world is pretty much shut down. California has been told to stay HOME with the threat of a misdemeanor, so here we are at HOME on the boat. Last week we stayed on the dock but on Saturday we said we will still be at home and away from people if we were on the hook in the Treasure Island anchorage, just as well if not better than being on the dock. And I'd bet we are more secluded than anyone in a house.
Michelle went out and provisioned the boat as if we were going on an off shore cruise to Hawaii with about 15+ dinner meals aboard. She filled all 4 water tanks and we also pumped out the holding tanks and took on diesel. The only thing that's missing is the 400 Watts of solar panels that are in storage for the winter. It would be nice to have a few more gallons of gas for the Honda generator too once we run out we will just use the main engine to heat water and charge batteries. Really wish we had our solar panels, they work that good.
So here we sit, I can work from HOME here as we have our Verizon Hot Spot that works great. We have no TV reception here but can see what we need on line (Some reports with a grain of salt of coarse).
We will stay put until one of 3 things happens: I get called into work, we run out of water or we run out of Toilet Paper. We have 5 rolls so that should not be first. We are still on the first tank of water which is only 23 gallons so we have been doing really well there too. I am hoping I don't get called in, No one is working so nothing should break. Hmm, Maybe if we run out of Booze? Yikes, I'd hate to imagine that. To that end though, this is really good practice for cruising full time although we are used to hanging out in the Delta for a couple weeks every season.
Anyway, all is good here and we hope anyone reading this is doing so as well.
Stay Safe, Stay Home.
Dave and Michelle

SRYC in Dec

04 December 2019
Dave and Michelle Opheim
We have been tied to the SRYC Guest dock for a week and a half while Michelle works for her old boss for the week.
Also enjoyed going to see family over Thanksgiving and my Moms 90th Birthday as well as Michelle's Moms Birthday the
wee before. Been raining here over the weekend pretty hard but we were able to sell the old RV in Petaluma before it
really started. Looks like more rain coming including Saturday when we intended to had home, Maybe Sunday instead.
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RYC with the OYC's

23 November 2019
Dave and Michelle Opheim
Endless Summer Arrived after dark on Friday eve. after a long day at work but still left work early. Had a nice dinner with the OYC Cruisers as well as a lot of RYC members. We had the Filet Mignon. Great! We will be heading to SRYC tomorrow.
D&M

Delta Bedrooms 2019

15 September 2019 | Delta Bedroom 2
Dave and Michelle Opheim
We pulled the anchors and the lines to trees this morning at 11:30am and meandered down the Georgiana Slough pulling into Bedroom 2 on Potato Slough around 2pm. Tied to a tree with a stern anchor out. The wind was up around 15kts. About 1/2 hour later the rest of the OYC cruisers arrived, dropping anchor behind us. We all met at a dinghy raft up in the anchorage sharing horsderves and stories in the evening.. Bosun the Cat is having a ball catching and eating bugs. We plan to be here a couple of days.
D&M

Delta Dawdling 2019

14 September 2019 | Georgiana Slough
Dave and Michelle Opheim | Perfect 87 degrees
We are anchor down in 25' of 68 degree fresh water, tied to a couple trees to keep us out of the middle of the slough. We are a couple miles further down river because our usual spot is no longer good. There is a 50+ foot sunken houseboat on what used to be the beach and an anchor out in a crappy house boat still there from last year and we just didn't want to look at all that crap let alone what crap he puts in the water, YUCK!!! So down river we went. Found a nice little spot and watched a great full moon in silence for some "US TIME" for a change. The ships cat Bosun was out in the cockpit and up on deck in the beginning of the trip and then slept the rest of the way, missing the opening of 3 bridges. We quickly stopped for fuel at Rio Vista Marina and got back on our way. As we approached the Rio Vista bridge, the tender said because of painting work the bridge was only opening with 4 hours advanced notice through January 1st!!! UHHHHHHH WHHHHAAATTTTT Dave said!!!!! Notification was in the notice to mariners. Oops, didn't read that today... Then one of the Brusco tugs came on VHF 09 and said the 3 mile slough bridge was also out of service and that we would need to go all the way back to Pittsburgh which would be more than a 4 hour setback. WOW!!! The bridge tender said to call him on the land line where he then let us know he could open in 15 mins if we waited, he said he understood we came a distance and didn't want to ruin our day. Wow, THATS GREAT!!! Not much of that helpful attitude around these days. He wouldn't even take the $20 we offered him for his kindness. Told him if he see us out and about to come by for a beer!!! Thank your bridge tender! Anyway, we are here in beautiful 85 degree weather, Michelle is outside using the bucket to rinse down the deck. We've already been in the water to cool off. Dinghy is down, and ready to roll for Guisti's dinner tonight. More tomorrow when we depart this spot and head down to the Bedrooms in Potato slough to meet the rest of the OYC cruise out attendees...

Rain in May

19 May 2019 | Alameda
Dave and Michelle Opheim | Rain
Sitting here in the rain and decided to update the blog.
Still prepping the boat for cruising and practicing with the SSB. Got Farqwar working for position reporting. Now to get it to work with SailBlogsā€¦
Vessel Name: Endless Summer
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 42
Hailing Port: Alameda, Ca.
Crew: Dave and Michelle