March 15-17, 2013: The Ill-Fated Tag

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On Thursday, March 14, we drove down to Sausalito after work.  We were so excited.  Rick had been tuning up his navigation skills for weeks, and I had finally gotten through my anxiety to the point where I knew “I … Continue reading

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March 9-10, 2013 in Sausalito; last chance to practice before Tag Test

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By this time, all the preparations had been made for our Tag test: the crew was ready, they knew what to bring, all our safety postings and watch schedule postings and meal schedule postings and weather predictions and navigation plans … Continue reading

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March 2-3, 2013 in Sausalito

I got a call first thing Saturday morning from the Club Nautique school director, who confirmed that there was enough wind that I could test for my Crew Overboard (COB) skills.  Now normally, this skill would have already been tested for … Continue reading

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February 23, 2013: Ahoy Up There!

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A while back, we had purchased a bosun’s chair, and we had a 3-to-1 purchase system for hauling one of us up the mast, but it turned out that the 3-to-1 purchase system line was too short to get either … Continue reading

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February 16 & 17, 2013: Back out Sailing At Last!

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My upcoming “Tag” test, where we take a boat out the Golden Gate without an instructor for the weekend, but “tag” along with a boat that does have an instructor, was coming up in  just about a month, and I … Continue reading

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February 9, 2013: Anchor Chain on Board!

I am making the next several posts for the Spring of 2013, all at the same time, in May, trying to recreate what we have done for the last three months.  I am looking over Navionics Tracks and financial records … Continue reading

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Cool Change gets her Windlass

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There are few things I can think of that can cause me as much anxiety as the mere thought of drilling large holes in our deck.    I agonized over this for many weeks once we had come to the … Continue reading

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Electrical System Upgrades

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After calculating the current demands for our anticipated list of electrical equipment when we take off for our extended cruising in 2014, we decided that we needed to upgrade our house electrical bank from the current 100 Ah capacity to around … Continue reading

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January 20, 2013 Happy New Year!

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Phase I of our windlass upgrade is complete!  After what seems like an eternity of at least 8 to 10 days over the last several weeks, working on upgrading our electrical system, Phase I is done!  I will defer to … Continue reading

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November 23-24, 2012 Sailing Again

11/23/12, 10.6 NM, 3 hours, Max Speed 6.2 kts

11/23/12, 10.6 NM, 3 hours, Max Speed 6.2 kts

These two days were our first time back sailing again since KKMI finally fixed all of their errors and got our boat back to us.  It was great to be out sailing again!

After a lovely Thanksgiving dinner and evening at the home of our friends Brian and Todd in Pleasanton, we headed out the next morning for Sausalito. We worked on the boat a little, and then went for a sail. The next day, Brian and Todd’s grown children Lauren and Stephen joined us; their first time sailing. Both days were clear and warm with good wind up to about 20 knots; I love sailing in the fall.

11/24/12, Distance 14.2 NM, 5 hours, Max speed 8.3 kts

11/24/12, Distance 14.2 NM, 5 hours, Max speed 8.3 kts

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