Following a 4 year Cruise in Mexico, the Boren Family is living aboard in Morro Bay, CA for the kids to attend Morro Bay High School. Once that is done....who knows....

19 August 2016
31 May 2016
15 May 2016 | The Deck Project Day 1
11 March 2016
23 February 2016 | Morro Bay
13 December 2015 | Port San Luis, CA
27 September 2015
29 July 2015
17 July 2015 | Port San Luis, CA
04 April 2015 | Confessions of a Live Aboard Hobo
08 February 2015 | One Nnight Taco Stand
06 January 2015 | Talking about RO Membranes
23 December 2014
08 December 2014 | Rich was playing with the Camera Again
01 November 2014 | Or 2 Years Back in the States
08 September 2014 | Is it safe in an Anchorage
02 September 2014
09 August 2014 | 2900 Mile Round Trip

Lost Engine 100nm from La Paz

31 March 2011 | but the fire was pot out easily
Capt Rich
The need to add transmission fluid went form every 8 hours to 2 hours and without a doubt we didn't have enough lubricants of any and all kinds to last us until we reached La Paz. The decision was made to turn off the engine and start sailing so that we could save our 3 gallons of lubricant (notice I didn't say ATF transmission fluid) for when we got closer to La Paz. After cleaning off the transmission so that I could spot the mystery leak, we tried firing up the engine and that's when our situation got more exciting. The starter flashed into flames and a ball of smoke. We have fire extinguishers spread all through the boat so within 3 seconds I had the closest one in my hands as was spraying towards the base of the fireball. By this time the crew knew there was a fire (they were all out in the cock pit) and were watching smoke and fire extinguisher dust pour from the companion way hatch, but in less than 30 seconds, it was over.

The fire may be over, but our ordeal, I mean adventure, is just beginning. Without an engine we are now officially a sailboat and have started our tack almost straight up the Sea of Cortez and away form our destination of La Paz. We are still about 100nm from La Paz so what our expected arrival late tomorrow afternoon is now pretty much wind dependant as we tack right into the wind towards La Paz. We plan to use our 15Hp outboard and dingy to get us into the La Paz estuary and safely to anchor, but the next 100nm will most likely be the longest we have had since casting off.

No one is really worried or even panicked honestly. We are far enough from shore that there is currently no chance of hitting anything hard, but the stress will most definitely increase as we near La Paz and the rocks of shore. When that will be we now have no idea.
Vessel Name: THIRD DAY
Vessel Make/Model: 1977 Hudson Force 50
Hailing Port: Morro Bay, California USA
Crew: The Boren Family: Rich, Lori, Amy, Jason and Cortez the Cat
About: Admiral: Lori Boren, Master: Jason Boren age 16, 1st Mate: Amy Boren age 17
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas; and God saw that it was good...... and the evening and the morning were the THIRD [...]
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Laundry Day aboard THIRD DAY in Marina De La Paz
View of THIRD DAY in marina de La Paz 1
View of THIRD DAY in marina de La Paz 2
Images of one of our favorite anchorages
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Created 15 October 2009
A tour of THIRD DAY's galley.
10 Photos
Created 16 August 2009
Photos of our new LED cabinn lights that use 1/10th the amount of power as our old school halogens.
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Created 28 July 2009
Welding work in La Paz
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Created 27 July 2009
Images taken around Santa Rosilia
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Created 27 July 2009
Photo Essay of the last two weeks at sea without internet access
6 Photos
Created 11 June 2009
Images of the Cruising Kids
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Created 20 May 2009
When you buy a 28yr old boat with the plans of a multi-year cruise, you have lots of work!
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Created 27 January 2008