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Sailing from Hawaii to San Francisco video

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve taken the daily videos of our passage from Honolulu Hawaii to San Francisco in July 2010 and compiled it into a 14 minute clip. Susan wrote about our crossing from Hawaii to California here. Here’s the video:


Sailing from Mexico to Hawaii video

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I’ve taken the daily videos of our sail from Frailes Mexico (in Baja) to Hilo Hawaii in May 2010 and compiled it into a 12 minute clip. Susan wrote about our crossing from Mexico to Hawaii here. Here’s the video:


A Captains defense

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Susan and I agreed early on that it would be good to apply sarcasm and humor to our blog to make for more entertaining reading. Every sailor knows a yarn isn’t a yarn if you don’t take some liberties with the truth. Little did I realize the humor would largely be at my expense, but as First Mate Mischief Maker keeps the ship’s log, I should have seen it coming a minute of latitude away! So I decided to pick up my marlin-spike and do what any formerly hard-working executive turned Capn would do: I delegated to Susan the task of writing a witty rebuttal in my defense that would restore my good name and that I would then ultimately take credit for.

Off to Espiritu Santo and other islands

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Susan, Sequoia, Eric, and I are leaving now to head out to the uninhabited islands north of La Paz to do some exploring. We’re planning to be back in La Paz in 10 days on December 15th at which point Sequoia will be flying back to San Francisco (on the 18th) to visit her dad for two and a half weeks. At that point we should have internet and some limited phone access and look forward to catching up with everyone when we’re back! After these great days in La Paz Capn and Co-Capn Our Pockets are Lighter are ready to spend some time where they don’t take Visa or Mastercard.

Hola de La Paz

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Another quick note to let everyone know we arrived in La Paz this morning. For the first time in weeks we have great internet access again so we have some catching up to do in posting the various legs of the trip.

In short from Asuncion we stopped in Bahia Santa Maria for 3-5 days (none of us are sure how long we were there) which is just outside of Magdalena Bay and totally isolated with no town nearby. We swam, we read, we hung out with other boats passing through, explored the lagoon by dinghy, had a bonfire on the beach, etc… From there we sailed non-stop south rounding the cape and bypassing Cabo San Lucas going north to Frailes. We left Frailes yesterday morning riding north on a rare southerly and then hung out outside of the channel to La Paz until sunrise so we could see our way in. Since Ensenada we’ve been doing a lot less motoring putting many enjoyable hours on our asymmetrical spinnaker. More to come over the next few days on those legs of the trip!

Alive and well in Asuncion

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I just wanted to write a quick post that we´re anchored in Asuncion and having a great time. The internet connectivity is too slow to really post any photos so we´ll do another post later about our trip down the coast so far. In short we´ve had good weather, light winds, and fair seas so it´s been a great trip but with quite a bit of motoring.

From here we´re moving on to Santa Maria and Bahia Magdalena so it´s possible we won´t have internet access for the next week to two weeks depending on how long we stay there. Hope everyone is well and look forward to reconnecting with folks once we have better connectivity!

Google maps plugin installed

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

I wanted to be able to include a satellite map to show our location when we write about where we are on the boat. So I’ve installed the Google Maps plugin for WordPress to make that easier. Here’s the satellite photo of our boat in her slip at Emery Cove Yacht Harbor. If you click the plus buttom to zoom in the bottom of the pin is on the outline of our hull.

Sugata at Emery Cove

Haulout and new standing rigging

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

We’ve just finished our haulout at Svendsens doing the following work:

1. Putting on 2 new coats of Petit Trinidad SR
2. Replacing the 10 year old standing rigging (including bobstay, whisker stays, and ham radio back stay insulators)
3. Replaced a corroded aluminum mast step (which was sitting on a stainless deck plate ughh)
4. Replacing some suspect blind rivets in the mast track
4. Pulling/refinishing/rebedding the bowsprit

From Click here to see the photo gallery


Stopping rust on stainless steel by repassivating it

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

WichinoxI’ve found that once you get a spot on stainless steel that starts to rust it’ll keep coming back, even after you clean and polish it. So on our stanchions I’ve just been repolishing with Brightboy every 4 months or so which was frustrating not to mention time consuming.

When I mentioned this to a friend he recommended re-passivating the stainless using Wichinox. I haven’t tried it long enough to know how well it’s working but in theory it should re-passivate the steel which will stop it from rusting for a good long while.

Furled Sails podcast and Paul Lutus

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I’ve been enjoying the interviews of the Furled Sails podcast and especially enjoyed the two part interview with Paul Lutus.

It prompted me to download and read his free book about his circumnavigation which is also a great read, I’m amazed it was never published.

In any case, if you’re looking for a way to get more sailing content during your morning commute you can’t do any better than checking out the Furled Sails sailing podcast!