Breakdowns, Failed Repairs and Struggles in Zihuatanejo… Because when it rains, it pours!
Surviving the Summer Heat: Sea of Cortez Update
While cruising, there are moments of absolute joy and splendor where we can’t believe how lucky we are to be out here in our floating home in these amazing places… And then there’s those times when we think, what did we get ourselves into, and the saying, “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” seems […]
Out of the Harbor and Back on the Ocean, but now with Boat Troubles… (Part 2)
The summer heat is in full-force here in Baja Mexico. Highs are regularly in the high 90’s F (about 37° C), with the humidity and dew point making the “feels like” temps reach between 105-110°+ F (40-43+° C). Those temps, combined with the very, very still air, make for some pretty brutal conditions. So how […]
Finally…. Out of the Harbor and Back on the Ocean! (Part 1)
After 6 weeks between hotels and a torn apart boat in the boatyard, we slept so well at the quite anchorage of Cueva Valdez, away from land, hanging on our new Rocna anchor. We wanted to get an early start, because we had a long day of sailing ahead. Our goal was to make it up to […]
Stop! The boat just broke!
After six long weeks in the boatyard, we could not be more excited to be back out sailing again! After arriving in the Ventura Harbor Boatyard on August 14, we were originally told repairs to our broken bowsprit (you can read all about what happened here) would take 1-3 weeks. Well, as of September 26 […]
Provisioning! Coming up with an easy, practical, economical list
“Stop! The boat just broke!” Those were the words that I yelled out to Ty from the bow of Varuna at about 10:30 PM this past Saturday night… Not the way we had expected our night to turn out. We had just said goodbye to life near shore after a week or so in Santa […]
Hey guys! Since we are getting very close to setting sail and leaving our familiar, everyday world behind for the open ocean, and new landscapes, I thought I would share with you a bit about how we are preparing. We are hoping to be as self sufficient as possible, so that we can truly relax and enjoy […]
Staying in touch and getting weather offshore
Hey guys! As promised, here’s an in-depth look at how we replaced our halyard, and more importantly, figured out how to splice line! We had a really tough time trying to put an eye splice in the low-stretch sta-set line. We tried multiple kinds of fids and struggled and struggled! Eventually we found the Splicing […]
The Circle of Lifelines
Out of all of our preparations for cruising, deciding how to get our weather and stay in touch when offshore was one of our biggest debates. There are multiple options for this, with a wide range of price tags attached. The options we have been debating between are: SSB (Single Side Band Radio) Initial Cost: $5000-$6000 Recurring […]
Let the Boat Projects Begin!
Got rusty lifelines? No worries, you can redo them… It’s the circle of lifelines! Replacing our lifelines on board was one of our highest priority items that we HAD to do before leaving Portland, taking on the big blue Pacific and sailing south. It turns out, this was one of our simplest boats projects to […]
We are starting to work on Varuna to get her all ready to sail South! Join us as we start to get our hands dirty and get our first taste of boat projects! We start small, with some easy and fun projects… Giving Varuna a good wash down, getting our dinghy and measuring our anchor […]