Stuck in San Diego

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Yes, we’re still in San Diego. While it’s a lovely place to be, we much rather be in Mexico right now. So what’s the hold up? Getting our Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation. To enter Mexico, you need an active Certificate of Documentation that proves to the Mexican government that you own the boat. This document is […]

San Diego

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We pulled into busy San Diego at 11am on New Year’s Eve and tied up at the San Diego Public Docks on Shelter Island.  It was a 27-hour, 155-nautical mile sail from Ventura and around the west coast of Catalina island to get here.  Scott and I were so tired from the trip that we […]

Ventura

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Our sail from Santa Barbara to Ventura was one of our best. It was only 24 miles and with 10-15 knots of wind on our stern, we sailed all the way. It was such a nice sail that even Sam came out and joined us in the cockpit! We were warmly greeted by neighboring boats […]

Santa Barbara

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After much weather stalking (my new term for Scott’s obsessive checking of various weather sites to try to get a good picture of what’s being forecasted), and googling about other people’s experiences rounding Point Conception, and reaching out to locals for info, we found the right weather conditions and decided on our route. We both […]

Morro Bay

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I pulled the boat out of our guest slip and two standing turns later (thanks to channel traffic) we side-tied next to the fuel and pump-out dock in Santa Cruz. “Do you want to top off the tank?” I asked Scott. “Nah,” he replied. Sailing from Santa Cruz to Morro Bay takes about 21 hours. This […]

Santa Cruz

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It was still dark when Scott and I woke up. Quietly, we got ourselves, Sam the Cat, and the boat ready to go.  As the sun began to rise, we slipped out of Pillar Point and set sail towards Santa Cruz. It was a calm sail. A little too calm as we needed to motor-sail […]

Almost

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It’s November, and Scott and I are in Alameda, CA at the Marina Village Yacht Harbor. We’ve been here for almost a week, awaiting sail repairs, a re-packing of our life raft, and the arrival of our new dingy. We sold most of our stuff on Craigslist and eBay, moved everything we wanted to keep […]

Medical Care on a Boat

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Ever since we made the decision to quit our jobs and set sail, I’ve been worrying thinking about what we could do to stay safe on our extended journey. We have Jacklines to keep us on the boat, PFDs (personal flotation devices) to wear should we find ourselves unexpectedly out of the boat, a life raft if all […]