Livin the Dream!!

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my days are numbered -

25 March 2024
Brian Wade
Carizal, wow, what can I say? Pic is of the actual place I put my pick down and did not move for a week. I watched as multiple boats came & went, even had a couple days totally alone with my thoughts and without other boats; BLISS!

My days consisted of swimming, paddling, high speed dingy runs to cool off, fishing (no joy) and the dreaded bottom cleaning. Let’s just say I was glad to have a multitude of instruments to remove the ecosystem that was growing below the waterline. Mini barnacles, worms, baby crabs, grass, brown scum that came off in a cloud of grossness (I had quite the audience of free loading fish grazing on the all you can eat buffet). Thinking I could get the whole project done with one tank (wishful thinking) the first day about 2/3 of one side pretty much wiped me out. I rewarded myself with one (spin control) icy cold Modelo in the cockpit before rinsing off all the gear and having a much needed siesta!….and I thought I was getting in good shape :(

Next day was recovery day…and new game plan for the finish line. With only 700 psi left in the tank, I did all the deepest stuff first knowing that the rest would have to be done while holding my breath combined with laying on the paddle board and scrubbing off the 6” of grass growing around my waterline…yes, absolute 10 on the fun meter! Alas, I finished the next day & did a repeat in the cockpit with aforementioned Modelo & siesta! Good times.

Because us sailors live & die by the weather, I saw a good window to get me north & had to make a tough decision to leave paradise and head back to the hot & stale marina while the getting was good. Knowing there was a change coming I decided to make the 32 hour trip straight thru at about 10 miles offshore, easy peasy.

It was bitter sweet leaving my little secret hideaway but hell, that’s just cruising man! Motorsailed mostly, making water & power, reading books, napping at 30 min intervals at night, same ol M.O.

My last night at sea was a cali da scope of emotions. The white hot moon combined with a thousand blinding stars created a symphony of fiery ricochets on the inky black surface of an otherwise nondescript sea. As my yar little ship sliced through the void it left trail of excited bioluminescence in her wake…this truly magical experience marked my last night at sea, like Aladdin, it was my magic carpet ride back to civilization.

Once I rounded the cape (FISH ON!….) another catch & release, all sails up I was able to get some rockin time behind the helm as a final hoorah before checking into my new slip at Marina La Cruz.

Howard & the security team were waiting for me at the new slip…blowing 26 knots outside the marina & gusting inside the breakwater, I pulled a bonehead move & went down the wrong fairway…SHIT! How the heck am I gonna stop this turd…AND back out of danger without hitting anything?!??…needless to say, with a little luck and my expert helming skills (sarcasm) I made it back out safely and into my slip….oh, yeah, and more of those Modelo beers left my fridge.

Thanks for reading-
Capt. LB!
Vessel Name: wades aweigh
Vessel Make/Model: 1974 Irwin 37
Hailing Port: anacortes, wa
Crew: Captain Lawnboy!
About: Me? well, retired pseudo landscaper turned worldsailor and adventure junkie….chasing new horizons one ocean at a time
Extra: I bought the boat from mom & dad in 1999 and have been restoring her to current glory ever since. It's a work in progress. This blog is an accounting of my travels raw and uncut.
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