On our fifth night at Catalina Island during our last sail there, we experienced a winter storm while anchored on the back side at Cat Harbor. Not a particularly bad storm, but more of a series of squalls that passed through the island. We had just installed a Mantus 65 […]

Catalina Island During a Storm


The general thought on this you might think would be that more is better, is as a general rule this is mostly true. However, when you’re in a tight anchorage the rules tend to change and several things come into play. First, you have to, of course, consider your depth […]

When is Enough Chain too Much Chain?


We almost never pay for a mooring ball. After all, the reason that we bought our new Mantus 65 anchor is because we really love anchoring out where ever we wish. The Mantus has not failed us yet. However, we needed to sail to Avalon on Catalina Island and the […]

What’s it Like Mooring in Avalon, California?







Really excited about this!  First Mate has gone a bit crazy with her Sailrite machine, and we are better off for it.  After making the settee and cockpit cushions, she decided to tackle dingy chaps.  After that she’s doing the bimini, then the stack pack.  Can’t wait!

First Mate Making Dingy Chaps!


Well, not exactly nine days of sailing, but nine days of fun! We’re sailing out today to spend the next nine days at Catalina. The plan is that we will spend a few days on the back side, probably at Little Harbor so we can take advantage of the start […]

A Nine Day Sail to Catalina Island!


Ah, the ever-growing punch list. Just when you make progress you’re reminded of several other things that you need to get done. But, if you were to wait until everything on your punch list is complete, you’d never leave. Here punch list and we have done and what we have […]

The Punch List In Our Final Year



As the excitement of leaving builds, First Mate and I decided it was time to start planning our exit from being landlocked. Plans are bound to change, but it is always good to have an initial plan. Something to excite you and something to wrap yourself around. Because we have […]

Sailing South Until The Coconut Oil Melts