Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Trading in business cards for boat cards!!

Many families (yes, I am implying that there are other families who sail) pass out boat cards while cruising to people they meet along the way.  Our cards showed up today.  I'm sure they'll be going like hotcakes.....

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sailing and Sewing

In preparation for the sail down to San Diego, Captain Phil and First Mate Ken Dog went to Alameda to work on the boat.  Radar needed to be installed,  the outboard needed to be tested (it works!) and the autopilot is still creating havoc.

Meanwhile, I attempted to show the girls how to sew an "easy" to make skirt.

Today's sewing lesson was on their Great Great Grandmothers Singer sewing machine. This sewing machine was given to my mom on her wedding day by her grandma.  The girls had picked out their own fabric and were eager to learn....just after a few YouTube refresher videos of how to thread and properly place the bobbin. It's been some time since I used this little gem.

 It's small, compact and easy to use. Unfortunately as "cute" as it is, it's not sea worthy and won't be going with us. Till we part ways I'll be using the sewing machine to make various needed items for the boat.

I hate to even admit how long it took me to make Jessica's skirt, incorrectly. Thankfully Emma's skirt took only a fraction of the time it did to make Jessica's and the finished product was less embarrassing. I'm starting to think my sewing abilities match my lacking culinary skills. Susie homemaker I am not.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

371 days since our first post...oh my!

Has it really been longer than a year since we first posted? So many things have happened since we first posted that we were in search of a boat.  Not only have we found our boat we sold our home with most of our possessions and have started buying items and properly preparing for our adventure. Most importantly we've shared with family and friends our plans and as one would imagine the news hasn't always been well received. For the most part our family and friends stand behind us and are eager to hear about our adventures.
Planning for such a big adventure takes quite a bit of time and planning. We have the never ending lists of items to complete, even our lists have lists. The motto has consistently been "one day at a time".

Todays agenda included, solidifying our boat slip. Our boat is currently in Alameda, CA., our maiden voyage down the coast of California to San Diego will be the second week in June.  In addition to familiarizing ourselves with our new slip at the Harbor Island West marina, we also were eager to attend their annual swap meet and buy a few much needed items for the boat.  As we were making our way through the swap meet I got a sinking feeling in my stomach looking over everything for sale. All I kept imagining was money flying out of my wallet. Then again I also know that BOAT really means, Break Out Another Thousand. Not capable of convincing poker face Phil asked what was wrong, I mentioned that as I looked around all I saw was spending money. To which he responded that when he looked around all he saw was saving money. Glass half empty versus half full I guess.

Today's swap meet score: Hand pump with multiple nozzles for our kayaks and dinghy. Stainless Steel Magma BBQ with cover and rail clamp. Scuba tank with octopus, regulators and gages. The duffle bag full of medical supplies was thrown in with the BBQ. Care to guess what all of this cost, or should I pose the question, care to guess the amount of money we saved?

The view from across the marina where we'll be docking SV Terrapin. San Diego in the background with the Coronado Bay Bridge.  Not too bad!