August 8, 2014
California has seen some interesting weather over the last few weeks to say the least. We have witnessed Florida-like conditions with humid, overcast days and warm nights. We have had thunder storms and even people getting struck by lightning. Somehow all of this whilst in the middle of a huge drought. There have been some beautiful days thrown into the mix and I have tried to take advantage of all of them!
Last weekend at Catalina was a blast. It was the annual rendezvous for Marina Harbor Anchorage and Esprit Marina. About 60 boats went over to Two Harbors for some food, games, and a great weekend. Saturday was very pleasant with some sunshine and a temperature of approximately 70 degrees. Sunday morning consisted of a steady 15 knot breeze an overcast skis. The breeze ofcourse died out as we headed home. Overall, a great weekend and nice to get back to Two Harbors.
This week has been a bit manic with the sun poking in and out of the clouds. The seas have come up a bit and we are getting a consistent 3 feet with confused swell out of the South and West. Not sure if we will be heading out this weekend but hoping the seas sit down a little bit.
Overall, a run of interesting weather to say the least. Looking forward to a beautiful September and October. In fact, last year the season went all the way through December. We will see what we get this year!
July 5, 2014
Another 4th has come and gone! Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday. Marina del rey was packed as usual with no parking to be found anywhere and hundreds, if not thousands of boats out on the water! It was an absolutely spectacular day and a great fireworks show!
June 25, 2014
Well folks, Breathless is now officially settling into her slip I’m Marina Harbor Anchorage. It is great to be home and have all of my contacts/resources available. Not to mention, it’s a bit easier to communicate in English! There are a number of things that need attention that we either couldn’t do in the yard or didn’t like the qualifications of the people down south that now need to be addressed. Working on getting all of the mechanical systems services and making sure everything is top notch. I am also looking for a stewardess to assist me with the boat. If you know anyone, send her my way.
May 20, 2014
It has been a while since I last posted and for that I apologize. I guess life happened and keeping up on the blog took a back seat. But here I am an d I will quickly catch you up. After working on the oil rig supply boats off of long beach/seal beach for a few months, I was offered the opportunity to run a 72ft Princess Private yacht.
I have been onboard Breathless now for the past 3 months and loving it. We spent the first 2 months in La Paz, Mx and have now made our way up to Ensenada. We are in the yard at Baja Naval and are having a lot of warranty work completed. The largest job at the moment is having the entire teak deck recaulked. The caulking that was used from the factory was becoming extremely gummy and even peanut butter like in some areas and was getting tracked everywhere. No one wants black caulking all over the boat so we had little choice but to remove all the old and replace with a far superior product. Or so I hope! This is an extremely time consuming process and we hope to have it done in 6 weeks. We have already run into a number of hurdles but are overcoming them. My experience with Baja Naval was not great in the first 2 weeks and I was not getting the quality of craftsmanship nor the number of workers I had been promised. It took some extreme “persuading” to finally get things moving along the way they should have been from the start. Things now are moving along nicely and I hope be back in the water in 3 weeks time, headed up to Marina del Rey for the summer.
Hope that catches us up to present. I obviously left out a lot of detail but I am sure I will fill in the blanks as time goes on. I will try to post at least once per week now and keep you updated on our progress.
August 6, 2013
It has been a bit overcast the last few weeks here in Marina del Rey. We have, however, had some beautiful sailing weather. One to Two foot seas and 12kts of breeze has been the norm for the last 3 days! Took the Beneteau 40 Lynn Lee out to Malibu and back yesterday and it sure was beautiful! Things have been slow in the marina because of the overcast skies, but I still encourage all of you to come out and enjoy the pristine sailing conditions!
May 30, 2013
So it looks like for some reason a few of my final posts did not make it onto the blog. I will have to try and track down my Tahiti post and get it up here. But, I am not back stateside and am currently in Los Angeles. I am getting back out on the water as much as possible. I taught a lesson on a Hobie sailboat yesterday and am doing a delivery on a Carver tomorrow from Dana Pt up to Marina del Rey. The summer is about to begin and everyone is getting their fleets and crews ready. I am currently figuring out the logistics of all the various work I will be doing this summer so if you are in need of any boat assistance, now is a great time to let me know about it!