July 2012

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29 Jul

It's Sunny in Santa Cruz

Published by Deborah

One broken cake dish and one ripped main sail, we made it to Santa Cruz and it is sunny!!! We are at Santa Cruz Harbor for at least one night and we will be in the area for a little while. Now we have to figure out how to repair our main sail. Not sure why it ripped. The wind was at most 15 knots. Total bummer but on the up side no one got seasick.

29 Jul

Bye bye Half Moon Bay

Published by Deborah

It has been 3 weeks since we arrived in Half Moon Bay. Now it's time to move south to hopefully a little warmer weather. We left this morning around 6am headed for Santa Cruz. We are going to start off at the Santa Cruz Harbor but will probably move to Capitola very soon after due to the construction going on in the marina.

We still have both car which is both good and bad however we are looking forward to getting rid of both of them so we can have some money for the water maker we plan to buy in San Diego. Also we would really like to get rid of that expense. We put almost a grand worth of fuel in Heavy Metal a few days ago, we don't want to continue to have to buy gas for the cars too.

I can't wait for the day that we are sailing in warm water with blue skies and warm air. I'm tired of being cold!! I think if it weren't so cold then I might be able to find something to do to cure the boredom.  Right now we are just watching the 8 to 10 foot swells (guessing on the height but some of these swells are like massive hills) just waitin for the little arrow on the maps to get closer to Santa Cruz.  Unfortunately the weather is not looking much warmer. 

22 Jul

Exploring the mountains, the beach and the jettys

Published by Deborah

Being in pillar point harbor has been a great place to stay. We have spent a lot of time exploring the area. A short ride on Donkey takes us to the beach that is right around the corner from the Mavericks. We have been lucky to see some really nice days here although we have seen plenty of foggy days. The air feels like Seattle a lot of times in that it is very damp. I miss that in a way. It gives the skin a whole new feeling.

Another afternoon exploration we have been doing frequently is hiking up the hill over the cliffs. Hunter likes to have the whole family out together which often forces us to get off the boat. Heavy Metal gets quite comfortable. One day we walked the rocks on the jetty almost all the way to the entrance of the harbor. We would have gone all of the way but the further we got the more bird poop there was. Smelly and disgusting!!!

We also visited the local farmer's markets. There is one on Sunday right across the street and on Saturday's there is one just off one. Both with live music, great fruits and vegetables and lots of samples. We bought a few items at each market.

19 Jul

The Cars are For Sale

Published by Deborah

Things are really starting to downsize now. All of the lists Rigo and I have been going through are all marked DONE. I can't ever believe it. How the hell did we do it?
We are in full motivation now to sell both the Yaris and the Suburban. We hope to get rid of the cars before we leave the Bay Area.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/3150741513.html

16 Jul

Staying Warm

Published by Deborah

One of the challenges from being in half Moon Bay is the weather in the summertime the fog is near the coast and causes the temperature to be cold and the skies to be drab. Today we bought Mr. heater a propane heater that will heat 200 ft. Now it is insanely hot! I'm almost starting to feel like I'm in Mexico. I know in a few months I'm going to be on the opposite end of the thermometer. We've already been researching cooling units. Yesterday we hiked around the maverick cliffs. It was great to be in the outdoors again.

We aren't very far from the marina we left but our mind and spirit are far, far away. It feels weird to be walking around with a hat and gloves.

14 Jul

hunter's favorite story

Published by Hunter

we arrived sunday.we put the anchor deown. I am going to work with my mamaeI am going to go back home after I'm done with mamae.
When I get back home I am going to go to bed at night

14 Jul

Anchor at Half Moon Bay

Published by Deborah

We arrived last Sunday. It has definately been a busy week! A few hours after we arrived Karen, Luis, Petter and Octavia brought over our car. Rigo dinghyed all them over to the boat for some snacks and wine. Soon after Kathleen and her friend and son called saying they were on their way over. Rigo picked them up at the dock as well and brought them over. It was a quaint little cocktail party

Monday was surgery day for Zyon.  Zyon has had this little wart-like growth inside his nose for the past couple of years.  It is completely harmless but sometimes bothers him. We wanted to take care of this before we headed out of the area.  I had a dream the night before that we had to wait 15 hours before he could have the surgery. In reality the wait didn't end up being that long but the suregery was only 10 minutes and Rigo waited with zyon preparing him.  All is good now and that is now over.

Tuesday and Wednesday we spent time on the boat cleaning stuff up and working as much as possible.  Bandwith is becoming preciouis and so is power and water.  We are working on assignments for everyone to make sure the boat stays in tact.

Thursday the rigger came by for the final tuning.  We pulled up the anchor and headed for the sea.  Zyon and Hunter locked themselves up in the v-berth.  I kept trying to tell them to come out as that area of the boat made me sea sick before.  They wouldn't listen and I was too anxious to stay below.  Lo and behold, a little while later, Zyon is in the cockpit throwing up his lunch and Hunter is on the couch complaining of a headache.  Ugh!  Luckily the sail was short and we headed back to the dock to pump out and fill up on water. 

After setting back to our anchoage, we headed back to the marina to buy a salmon from one of the local fisherman and headed back to Westpoint Harbor to share it with our friends.  It was weird to be visiting Westpoint like that.  No boat to stumble home to :(.  I missed being there already.

Friday I decided to take my work to the coffee shop.  I spent the morning at Le Boulanger then headed to Foster City Library.  The library had terrible bandwidth.  I didn't spend too much time there.  I headed back to Le Boulander.  I like that place to go and work.  It is comfortable and not too crowded and the Intenet works great!

This weekend was more just putting away storage cleaning the boat and  getting ready for next passage.  The plan so far is to stay in half Moon Bay until we have the storage empty then we will head down to Santa Cruz Marina we hope to anchor out at Capitola wharf and see some live music from our boat. after That we will head for a night in Monterey. The next stop will be in San Simone where we will anchor and go up to the Hearst mansion. After Sam Simone we will head to moral Bay for at least a week or two we have a friend down there that were hoping to meet in them in the Marina. The next stop will be going past point Concepción we have to find the right weather window to make this trip so Morrow Bay longer than we planned.

Staying Connected - The beginning

Published by Deborah on Fri, 07/13/2012 - 13:01

We have a lot of technology on the boat but don't have it all completely figured out and working. Becoming remote makes you really appreciate bandwidth. Electricity is another thing that everyone takes for granted until you are disconnected from it. Currently we have a 3G booster, a wifi booster, Cradlepoint router that is supposed to determine the best connection, and a mifi with 5GB per month. During this transition, I have been looking for WiFi Hotspots.

Dyson Digital Slim™ cordless vacuum cleaner

Published by Deborah on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 10:11

I really want this vacuum cleaner for the boat!!!

http://www.dyson.com/store/product.asp?product=DC35-ANIMAL

07 Jul

Getting closer to the Golden Gate

Published by Deborah

After breakfast, Karen and the kids and I headed into Oakland for some provisioning.  We found a nice Italian grocer as well as Smart and Final. Then headed to China town to learn that Asian people apparently don’t wear deodorant because we couldn’t find any anywhere!  Rigo and Luis stayed behind to research why our engine was not charging our house batteries.  We fueled up 50 gallons at $5.30 per gallon.  UGH!  Around 3pm, Legacy headed south into the sun back to Westpoint and we headed into the SF fog toward Sausalito where we anchored for the night.

06 Jul

Leaving the Delta

Published by Deborah

Time to leave the Delta and head back to the Bay.  We set the alarm at 4 but it was too dark to get up so we snoozed for 30 minutes.  All 3 boats departed together around 5:15am.  The water was calm with some morning mist and a bit of fog.  The trip back was long but very pleasant.  I was able to work most of the way (after a short morning nap).  Unfortunately since the wind was at our bow and we were trying to beat the bridge currents we motored most of the way.  We stopped at the Richmond Marina to fill up on water and pump out.  Legacy followed.  Bella Marina continued their 15 hour journey all the way back to Westpoint.  Legacy and Heavy Metal went to Jack London Square Marina for the night.  We didn’t make it back in time to hit the fuel dock but we did make it back in time to have a nice dinner at Miss Pearls and caught the last part of the First Friday Music Festival.

05 Jul

4th of July in the Delta

Published by Deborah

The next few days at the Delta kind of merged altogether.  Heavy Metal, Legacy and Bella Marina took turns hosting breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course Happy Hour! It was Party Barge Delta with Westpoint Cruisers.  We saw fireworks on the 3rd and the 4th. We added new friends Peggy and Jeff of Amonte. The crowd at the Delta was an interesting diversity of people.  Rows of houseboats anchored in the brush.  It seemed crazy to anchor in what seemed like a mosquito, snake infested area but it must not have been that bad since so many people were doing it.  We anchored on the quiet side.  On the 3rd the music from the ski boats blared into all hours of the night.  There was one particular rave boat that seemed to be the last one to survive.  The music was at an unbelievable volume yet all of the boats around them were sleeping (or perhaps passed out).

02 Jul

Waking up at Treasure Island

Published by Deborah

We woke up in Treasure Island this morning.  Heavy Metal woke up much earlier than legacy so Rigo took the opportunity to climb the mask.  It always makes me nervous when he goes up that high.  I know he is extra safe but if anything goes wrong it will not be a good thing.  He took some great pictures while he was up there. 

As soon as the tide was high enough to leave, Heavy Metal and Legacy blazed through Treasure Island and back into the bay.  The goal was to make it to the Carquinez Bridge around 1.  The sky was still a bit hazy and SF had fog (surprise!).  As soon as we got under the Richmond bridge things started to improve.  By the time we got under the Carquinez Bridge we had switched into summer clothes and the temperature was up in the 80s. 

The next set of bridges was a little more tricky.  There were 3 bridges for Martinez.  The maps were only indicating heights for 2 and it was 135 feet.  That was plenty high but one of the bridges just didn’t look anywhere near that height.  At first we thought it was just our perspective but as we got close we started to get nervous and scrambled to contact the bridge for an exact height.  We let legacy go first since they didn’t seem to think it would be an issue for them.  They needed 63+ feet but we needed closer to 80.  We followed them cautiously and as soon as they barely cleared it, Rigo flipped the boat around.  Whew!  Thank you Rigo for not taking out our mask and all of that newly installed rigging.  We finally contacted the bridge and were able to open the middle section of the railroad tracks that was getting in our way.  We the bridge is up, it is clearly 135 ft. but only 70 feet when lowered.  That was a potential bummer on our trip to the Delta.  Thankfully all was good. 

We headed down the delta in our swim suits sweating our asses off.  It was great!!! 

The next obstacle was the Coast Guard dinghy’s with machine guns.  Apparently we were going through a secure area and were escorted through.  Not a big deal but got the kids out of the cabin for a few minutes to see the excitement!

We arrived at the anchorage around 7 and had just enough time to set up right near Bella Marina who arrived a few hours earlier.

01 Jul

Day One...

Published by Deborah

This morning we woke up at Westpoint Harbor for the last time. It was a really hard and sad move. The day reminded me of being in Seattle.  The clouds were low and gray.  The temparture was very mild but extremely humid.  Not typical for the marina.

We finished up some last minute stuff: trip to the storage, grocery store and of course, West Marine. Our dock send off was guided by Dale, Wendy, Boris and John.

with Mark and Christine in the dinghy behind us. 

Legacy (Karen and Luis) backed out first and moments later Heavy Metal followed. 

Rigo "cut us from the dock" as we left some line behind. It was a great feeling but I cried like a baby! 

All of the Fuzetto's were on deck.

Hunter helped out at the helm.

After cruising through the harbor honking the horn throughout, we headed down the channel as we did so many time before. I can't believe that we may never go back.

We quickly caught up with Legacy and took some awesome pictures.

On our way Zyon read comic books

while Hunter laid on the couch and complained of a headache.

 

We stopped in Alameda to have the sail cover measured. John, Rita and Caroline was their from Canvas to greet us. We had to park Heavy Metal with only 40 about feet. We cruised down the Oakland Estuary to Fortman Marina. I always hear from people how scary it can be coming into a new Marina. I was at the helm driving in. Rigo directed me to the yard where the dock was. We had about 15-20 knots of wind that was kind of in our favor. Rigo had been on the dock before so he was familiar what it looked like. After spending more than 3 hours we then headed to Treasure Island where Legacy was there waiting for us. We arrived at TI just before sunset. We went under the new section of the Bay bridge and encountered our first scare with being too tall to go under it. We made it with forty or so feet to spare but from our prospective it looked hella close! The first day came to a close. We all sleep very peacefully! Pretty good for a first day but we did notice that our engine was not charging our main batteries. Luckily we have a generator until we can figure out what is going one.