Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rowing Dinghy Transformed into Sailing Skiff

This afternoon M decided our neglected little rowing skiff wanted to soar. (My words, not his) What he actually said was, 'I'm working late' which is translated into 'I wanna tinker with boat stuff.' He has been talking about needing a sailing skiff for a while and it seems like a great idea. Our outboards are never very reliable and having a way to get to shore without rowing seems like an appealing option.

So afterwork M and our friend Caleb pulled the neglected little skiff out of the water and hauled it over to their shop. Meanwhile, I was getting bored and went to get some carne asada fries. Mmmm. When I got back they already had the mast step and spreader installed. After a few more beers on my part and a lot of actual work on everyone else's part, the little boat was ready to sail.

Surprisingly the whole process only took a couple hours. I think it turned out very nicely.

Dry fitting mast spreader

Boys working hard

Ready to sail complete with vang, main sheet, out haul, spectra traveler, and down haul


Next weekend is a raft up for America's Birthday in La Playa. I'll let you know how it works out...

ps. Any suggestions on a name for our newly reborn sailing dinghy??

Sunday, June 26, 2011

2011 San Diego Wooden Boat Festival

M on our boat 
(Thanks to Yacht Naughty for the photo)
Sorry it has been so long since I have updated. We have been super busy doing non-boat and boat related things. M and I went to San Francisco for his birthday a few weeks ago (non-boat) and last weekend our boat was an exhibitor in the San Diego Wooden Boat Festival (boat related)... which I also had to work. Each Father's Day Weekend wooden boat owners display their craft at the festival. More than 80 wooden craft, ranging from row boats to regal schooners, were on hand for viewing by the public this year. It is a pretty fun event but a very busy weekend. I will have more updates soon.

Us inbetween cocktails
(Thanks to Yacht Naughty for the photo)
Front and center at the festival
(Thanks to Yacht Naughty for the photo)

San Francisco is a bit of a side note as this is a lifestyle blog mostly about sailing. However, if you have been reading for a while you will already know that I like to include non boat related adventures so you, the reader, get a sense of what our lives really are like. Living aboard is just part of the puzzle and adventure.

While in San Francisco we relaxed, explored, ate, and walked A LOT. We were not there for very long and stayed in the city most of the time. I think we got a good feel for what the city is like but I would love to go back and stay longer. 

Highlights (and low lights) of the trip: The marina district, bay tour on an old wooden boat, vintage motorbikes, and people peeing literally everywhere in public during the middle of the day. 

In San Francisco