Some locals were kind enough to take us sailing. Unfortunately, as a self-absorbed dopey American, I cannot pronounce (or spell) most of their names!! But we got some lovely pics of sailing outside of Cape Town.Continue reading “A Cape Town Evening Sail”
Boy, do I crack myself up. This is not a full blog post, just a quick post to show some pictures of the Wild Rumpus build status.Continue reading “That Time of the Month!”
I flew all the way from San Francisco to Annapolis, Maryland (a long time to wear a face mask) for a 4-day hands-on class on diesel engines. My take away — Suck Squeeze Bang Blow!
I’ll also give you my thoughts on Knot a Day and give away two!Continue reading “Suck. Squeeze. Bang. Blow.”
This is a short entry about safety. I just finished watching a fantastic production about safety on a YouTube channel that I want to share with you sailors. Ryan and Sophie‘s videos were produced in conjunction with Andy Schell of 59 North– an offshore sailing instructor. I defer to their video to explain the swiss cheese mentioned above. Trust me, these are great videos and well worth watching. Even day-sailors will benefit from this discussion.
Quarantine got you down? Social distancing a drag? Family togetherness a bit too together? Why not mentally check out, and plan that 2022 voyage from the South Africa to Grenada with me? Well, that, or you can have another deep and meaningful chat about feelings, express your gratitude for quarantine togetherness through improvisational dance, or your love of life by learning the oboe.
Me, I’ll plan that passage (ocean crossing).Continue reading “Premature Passage Planning”
Does size really matter or is it all just up to the motion of the ocean?
We decided to buy a boat.Continue reading “Analysis Paralysis – Boat Decision Process- Part I”
The boat saga continues. I convinced Sam that the cost of diesel would end up limiting our desire to use a motorboat. Plus, we could probably get a cool sailboat and a dinghy with a powerful motor to satisfy his need for speed. The girls also started to indulge us and participate in the discussions about sailing. Teresa and I even started to wonder if this would be a fun past time while retired. Then those girls of mine inserted their bit of practicality – none of us know how to sail.
Well, that brought us to a momentary stand still.
But wait- there’s more. We had no plans the week between Christmas and New Years. We usually take some form of road trip around that time. That jump started my mental process.
Moving to an entirely new part of the country is complicated. Not only do you need to find a house, but that house needs to be in a neighborhood, and that neighborhood will have schools, etc. So, moving to San Francisco involved a lot more thant just looking at boats as it did in my imagination.. Hmm. We started looking for places to live in SF. We spent a few very long days walking around in town SF.Continue reading “Picked Our New Neighborhood And Visited a Boat Show”