Dawn and I were at home in Honolulu watching the America’s Cup on YouTube on the day they tied the race up forcing a final deciding race. We booked a last minute flight to San Francisco to watch the race and were not disappointed! Team USA Oracle won the race, retaining the cup in one of the most exciting come from behind wins in sporting history.
The event was excellently staged and watching from the shoreline with the TV monitors and live audio coverage was perfect! These boats are going so fast it is amazing. In our America’s Cup Flickr set there are couple of videos that give you sense of how fast they really are. After the race we walked down to Pier 39 to see the trophy ceremony. You can see how close we able to get to the cup!
To top it all off, we just happen to also have friends from Seattle in town in SF at the same time! So, we had a mini reunion with great friends which wasn’t even planned! Yay Universe!
Great weekend. Great Race. Great Friends.
- Super Bowl – Check
- America’s Cup – Check
- Pipeline Masters is looking like the next epic sporting event to check out!!
I uploaded some new videos from last summer’s RV road trip and one of Dawn on her SUP in La Cruz.
We’ve been in Hawai’i for about three weeks now and we’re settling in quite nicely. Originally we landed in Waikiki to a place we had setup to be in for a month as a launching pad to check out neighborhoods and find an apartment. After about 10 days though we found a great place in the Kaka’Ako neighborhood. We’re directly across from Ala Moana Park which is both a great park, beach and surfing area! Our place looks West and South offering us great views of the Pacific Ocean during the day (the makai side) and of the city and mountains at night (the mauka side). There’s a ton of shops, restaurants, and geek spaces in the neighborhood most of which we’ve yet to explore. But we did manage to find Real A Gastropub (@realgastropub1). This place has awesome beer on tap, hundreds of bottles I’ve not even started to look at a tapas style menu with amazing items like duck confit corndogs and candied bacon! Yep, things are working out here just fine.
This image is from ShipTrak.org. It shows all the times I logged our position via AirMail while we were out cruising.
I’m going to write a few post about some of the projects and systems we loved the most on the boat and less about things we didn’t use as much as we thought or wish we had done differently. To kick this off, let’s brag about our watermaker.
Our Spectra Capehorn Extreme Watermaker was expensive and it was worth every penny. We love water. We drink it. We cook with it. We wash dishes with it We shower in it. We never wanted for water and especially when we we’re surfing or cleaning the bottom we’d take two showers a day. There’s just nothing better than fresh clean water. I pitied those folks carrying water jugs looking for a free spigot, or looking for a cart to carry full water jugs from the store. If you want to do one thing which will make your boat more like your home, then I say a watermaker is it.
Spectra Capehorn Extreme Watermaker <- Can’t say enough good things about it!
Natasha and Own are the new owners of Pearson 424 Hull #152, now christened as sv Wine-O Rhino.
Fair winds and Following Seas to both of you and your new boat!
As we were coming down the coast, I was pretty appalled at the lack of “free” content about where to go, what to do, etc. There are some great cruiser guides you can buy, but even the brand new one is out of date because of how quickly things change in Mexico. With that in mind I’ve tried to get out the word whenever I can by sharing information and here’s the latest installment.
Punta De Mita on Noonsite.com
Just wanted to make sure this got into the world.
Walter Gear V-Drive, they make noise when running at idle. Walter Gear says this is normal right in the manual.
After our successful fall navigation of the west coast of the United States, winter and spring cruise of Mexico, and summer Land Yacht tour of the United States we’ve decided we’re ready and excited to re-engage in our careers. We own nothing but Deep Playa, her contents and a couple of boxes at our Moms’ houses. We have no storage unit full of junk and no property to which we need to return. So the obvious first question is where to do want to live?
We’ve given a lot of thought to how we’ve been living and here’s what we’ve learned.
- We love the ocean even more than we did in Seattle. The seabirds, the whales, the fish. Crystal clear, green warm waters. Long beaches to run on. All amazing!
- There is a lot to be said for amazing weather. Although, Patrick could definitely handle some cold crappy weather every once in a while.
- We have grown to love this more relaxed cruising lifestyle.
- Cute dusty Mexican towns are nice to visit, especially if there is surf, but we get bored living there.
- As in our house, in our condo and on the boat, we continue to enjoy living in a simple space with modest amounts “stuff”.
- We miss the variety of dining and entertainment options modern US cities brought to our lives. Coastal Mexico is very homogenous.
- We miss the Asian influences of Seattle. Especially the food!
- Living at anchor can be isolating, inconvenient and it’s hard to sleep more often than you’d think.
- We miss the convenience land mobility brings to life. Being able to jump on the scooter or a car and go someplace or get something.
- We need a bed which can be accessed from the sides, so one person isn’t crawling over the other to enter and exit.
- We miss having a tinker space or workshop to work on geeky stuff and projects.
- Dawn needs to be able run when she wants and go to the gym.
- We eat a lot of veggies and miss the variety and high-quality of produce available in the US.
- Dawn misses a full size kitchen and pantry full of options.
- Long hot showers with water pressure so strong you can barely stand-up.
- We miss really good wine. And Matty won’t bring us any!
- We miss hoppy IPAs. And Russian River Brewing won’t bring us some Pliny!
- We miss friends our own age. We miss younger friends. We miss geeks. We miss our kind of weirdos. We miss the depth of friendships and conversations you get from living in one place. We miss having a place to host our friends.
- We miss the collaboration and excitement that a great job brings to life. Working together with others to make something new. Growing our own skills. Mentoring others and seeing them grow.
With all that in mind, we started to think about where to live and really the only two coastal cities with adequate job options and access to the Ocean are San Diego and Honolulu. Ultimately, while Honolulu may be more complicated logistically and have a smaller job market, we think the lifestyle which is offered there is more appealing. We also have friends who live there already which is a huge bonus.
Will we sail to Hawaii? Living in a marina again would be fun. Living in a marina offsets a lot of the “living on the hook” inconveniences. But, in our mind, Hawaii is not is not a great place to live aboard a sailboat while working. The day and weekend trips seem limited and we’re not day sailors or racers. We think a power boat or catamaran would be more ideal in Hawaiian waters. It’s not a done deal, but we’re looking into selling Deep Playa here in Mexico. We have yet to meet with a broker, but we’re gathering information and looking into our options. It might turn out to be better to take the boat up to San Diego. We don’t know enough yet to make that decision. If we go to San Diego instead of Honolulu then living aboard is a more viable option and one we’d consider. It would be very hard to say goodbye to Deep Playa, but it’s just as exciting to think about what we’re going to do next and to get on with doing it.
So there it all is. We’re getting jobs. Honolulu is our favorite option. We don’t plan to take the boat to Honolulu. We have no precise timeline, but we definitely won’t be in Mexico for the summer.