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

Creeping Cowardess

06 July 2013 | Did we Really do that?
Capt Rich
This time last year we were sweating in the La Paz 100 degree heat planning our return to the United States. While waiting to leave La Paz, we were dreading the roughly 1000 mile trip north into the wind and swell known as "The Baja Bash" more than we ever feared or worried about returning to life in the States. Despite the dozens of well-intentioned emails warnings us that living aboard on a mooring in the States would be all but impossible and we would inevitably move back to land within a year, here we are still alive, not divorced and enjoying our life aboard. It would be a lie to say that dingy rides back to the boat in the rain and cold were fun, that life aboard isn’t more work than life ashore (a big lie), or that we enjoy having to make our own hot water for showers. We knew life aboard would be harder, but it was what we wanted to do and it is working for us. Not without challenges or tweaks to our original plan, but at the end of the day we are much happier living aboard than we would have been moving back to land, but (there always is a “But” right) fear is starting to creep into our minds and even memories.

At first I kept it to myself, not wanting to admit to Lori and maybe even myself, that the Captain that kept the boat together and off the rocks for the last 5 years was feeling uneasy. It’s hard to explain, but the thought of sailing nearly 1000 miles non-stop by ourselves from San Diego to Mazatlan or even crossing the Sea of Cortez on our own sounds scary and borderline crazy to me now. Perhaps it is as I joked with Lori all this “easy living” we have had in the last year. When I shared this with Lori a few days ago she seemed relieved that she wasn’t the only one to have these feelings. Not to exaggerate the fear, it isn’t enough to keep us form heading back to Mexico aboard THIRD DAY, but even moving the boat 10 miles from Morro Bay to Port San Luis brought on a little butterfly in the stomach feeling that didn’t exist during our days in Mexico ahead of a 48 or even 36 hour crossing. As the years puts more distance between us and our 11,000 mile cruise will that butterfly feeling grown into enough fear to keep us from wanting to head south again? Hopefully not because next summer we have a trip back to Mexico planned for a haul out and paint at Baja Naval Boatyard in Ensenada. I’m sure we will be nervous as we drop the mooring ball and head towards Point Conception, Santa Cruz Island, Catalina Island and then onto Ensenada, but the truth is we were afraid when we first dropped the mooring ball and headed South back in 2008 and it turns out the only thing we had to fear was fear itself.

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
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Images of one of our favorite anchorages
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Created 15 October 2009
A tour of THIRD DAY's galley.
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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
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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