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

Same Project: Different Country

09 July 2013 | For the Love of Teak:For Sale by Owner
Capt Rich
If someone asked me what I thought the perfect cruising boat looked like, I would hopefully catch myself before I blurted out "Holland America Cruise Lines". It turns out that the perfect cruising boat is never the one you currently own, but will be your "next boat", after you learned all the things you dislike about your current boat. As mythical as an honest politician, the perfect cruising boat exists in a dream where boat maintenance is done by hired crew, nothing ever breaks, and the bow is always pointed into the swell in an anchorage. Even before we owned our current boat, we knew that one of the characteristics of a perfect cruising boat was that it would have no exterior teak. No a toe rail, not a single hatch, nor any trim pieces or wood. Fiberglass and stainless steel would be the materials of choice, even if stainless still rusts and fiberglass fades. Having that knowledge didn’t stop us from owning a boat with a genuine Taiwanese teak forest on deck. Sure it looks fabulous when it is all glowing with fresh varnish, but without paid crew how does it stay looking great? Answer, I’m on day 3 of gently sanding and repairing nicks/dings with about 3 more days to go.

Before we left Mexico we had just finished a complete teak stripping and varnishing of all the exterior teak and now almost exactly 365 days later, it is time to either sand and apply 3 new coats of varnish or sit by idly and watch it all rot away. This time I wasn’t alone in doing the job, if Jason wanted me to feed him his 3lbs of meat per day, I told him it was time for him to learn how to work 220 grit sand paper and fling a varnish brush (ok maybe it isn’t 3lbs of meat per day…but that boy can eat an In-n-Out 4x4 and still want more). With 3 days down and 3 to go, I’m sure glad to have his energy helping or the week long project could easily turn into 3 weeks with me working solo. The varnish (or technically Cetol Natural teak with a top clear coat) held up great for the last year so really all we need to do is a light scratch with 220 grit sand paper and then apply 3 new layers of top clear coat. It sure looks rough when all the teak has a 220 grit sanding, but as soon as the first layer of fresh clear top coat goes on, the twisted and torturous love affair with teak is reignited and the horrors of all the work fade away. It couldn’t have looked this good back in 1977 when the boat was made, well except for our hull in need of paint, the deck non-skid peeling off like a bad sunburn, and the green carpet fur now sticking to our expired bottom paint…..ugg.

When will it end? Answer, the day we sell the boat. Any takers, because every boat is for sale, it’s just a matter of price, but with our teak done, the price just went up, at least until next year when I have to do it all over again.
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.
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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