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10-15-2009 02:18 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by KeelHaulin View Post
Just to mention a few things Michael:

First; now that this storm has blown through you might want to check the weather window for heading south. Not to say we love having you here in SF; but the weather after early November is very iffy, and at times it is downright dangerous to even sail out to the SF Bar. So if you want to head south to Mexico and beyond before next spring; now is the time to go.
On the way down, we're stopping in Moro Bay and Long Beach for a few days each to visit friends, so we need only a two-day window for each of those legs.

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Also; the Baja Ha-Ha is kicking off in the last week of October; sailing out of San Diego. I know you probably are not registered for the fleet activities; but I'm sure you could tag along and meet many of the people who will be cruising the areas where you will be going. We have dock neighbors who recently set off in their Catalina 38 Mk-I for San Diego; planning to cruise the Sea of Cortez this winter. I can forward your contact info to them if you wish.
Thank you, but we prefer to meet others in a more natural way than in great sheep herding exercises like this. Generally, we're out of tune with the lifestyle of many of the members of the flock.

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One other thing to mention is that if you are hitting 13-15 kts surfing down waves; you could be in danger of a broach or pitchpole. I know a 49' boat is probably very stable and safe feeling; but just be sure you are keeping her on her feet because it could be a really bad day if you had a broach in 15-20' seas with 45kt winds (only you know what the conditions were; I'm not questioning your judgement, only mentioning this in case you were un-aware of any danger). Towing some warps would probably prevent the boat from surfing down waves.
We were perfectly safe and stable. We were not surfing down the faces of the waves; we were simply being accelerated by the swells passing under us. Although I did think of trailing warps, at no time were we anywhere near the need for that. The Jordan series drogue was ready, but conditions were far too benign to even think of deploying it.

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Did you catch the Blue Angels on Sunday?
We watched the practices on Thursday and Friday from Sausalito and the show on Saturday. Sunday kind of fizzled for us from Sausalito because of the low overcast.
10-15-2009 07:07 AM
KeelHaulin Just to mention a few things Michael:

First; now that this storm has blown through you might want to check the weather window for heading south. Not to say we love having you here in SF; but the weather after early November is very iffy, and at times it is downright dangerous to even sail out to the SF Bar. So if you want to head south to Mexico and beyond before next spring; now is the time to go.

Also; the Baja Ha-Ha is kicking off in the last week of October; sailing out of San Diego. I know you probably are not registered for the fleet activities; but I'm sure you could tag along and meet many of the people who will be cruising the areas where you will be going. We have dock neighbors who recently set off in their Catalina 38 Mk-I for San Diego; planning to cruise the Sea of Cortez this winter. I can forward your contact info to them if you wish.

One other thing to mention is that if you are hitting 13-15 kts surfing down waves; you could be in danger of a broach or pitchpole. I know a 49' boat is probably very stable and safe feeling; but just be sure you are keeping her on her feet because it could be a really bad day if you had a broach in 15-20' seas with 45kt winds (only you know what the conditions were; I'm not questioning your judgement, only mentioning this in case you were un-aware of any danger). Towing some warps would probably prevent the boat from surfing down waves.

Did you catch the Blue Angels on Sunday?
10-13-2009 05:38 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by stuartsw View Post
well-written, Michael. Start a blog for us, will you? Love to continue to follow your adventures over the winter here in Puget Sound.
Fair Winds,
Thanks Stuart; I do have a website at: Sequitur Home and a blog at: Sequitur
10-13-2009 05:33 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
I have always enjoyed reading your posts (and fighting along with you to inform people that production boats really don't sink when they leave the dock!!!).
You know that, and I know that. My desire is to continue having Sequitur prove that to others.

Thank you for your well wishes and kind comments, Brian.
10-13-2009 05:28 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by Faster View Post
Re Patagonia.. there's a WVYC member (Ray Martin??) who has done that trip on a Spencer 1330 - a retired pilot. Did you happen to ever run into/chat with him and his wife? We had an amazing presentation from them at a GYC meeting. Their stories of "two anchors, 5 lines ashore, heeled over 30 degrees in the williwaws" were something to hear, and yet he made it all sound just the normal sort of thing to do.
I've heard of them, but we've never met. I did attend a presentation by Tony and Coryn Gooch on their passage from Tierra del Fuego to Antarctica, and we later spoke on some of their adventures in southern Patagonia. The reinforced the wisdom I've read and heard elsewhere: don't anchor where the trees are bent to the ground and have virtually no leaves or needles. Makes sense to me.

Thank you for your well wishes and kind comments.
10-13-2009 03:43 PM
stuartsw well-written, Michael. Start a blog for us, will you? Love to continue to follow your adventures over the winter here in Puget Sound.
Fair Winds,
10-13-2009 10:52 AM
Cruisingdad Micheal,

I am running so sorry I cannot give a longer response - but I saw this and wanted to quickly wish you the best. You deserve it and have been a great member here. I have always enjoyed reading your posts (and fighting along with you to inform people that production boats really don't sink when they leave the dock!!!).

I wish you the very best. Please check in when you can.

Sincerely,

Brian
10-12-2009 11:13 PM
Faster Michael

Late to this thread, just back from a Silva Bay Thanksgiving.. Congrats on heading out, and on a splendid passage by all accounts.

Re Patagonia.. there's a WVYC member (Ray Martin??) who has done that trip on a Spencer 1330 - a retired pilot. Did you happen to ever run into/chat with him and his wife? We had an amazing presentation from them at a GYC meeting. Their stories of "two anchors, 5 lines ashore, heeled over 30 degrees in the williwaws" were something to hear, and yet he made it all sound just the normal sort of thing to do.

They spent a couple of seasons, leaving the boat somewhere up a river in Argentina, I think, returning later to circumnavigate Tierra Del Fuego before sailing home via Marquesas, Hawaii and Alaska, I believe. They also spoke of pretty strict controls and reporting required by the Chilean Navy.

Anyhow good on ya and thanks for keeping us posted. Safe passages ahead!!
10-12-2009 10:47 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by sarafinadh View Post
Michael, welcome to you and your lady to our bay! The rain has kicked in tonight so I am imagining you warm and dry cozied down in your cabin.

The delta suggestion is a good one, it's beautiful. Mostly motoring though.

fair seas to you both.
Thanks sara. We are nice and snuggly aboard this evening.
10-12-2009 10:43 PM
Sequitur
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Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
Hope you enjoyed the Blue Angels air show on Sunday.
Yes, we watched the practices on Thursday and Friday from Sausalito and the show on Saturday. Yesterday kind of fizzled because of the low overcast.

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Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
As you probably already know, the Bay area is expecting an unusually early big winter storm on Tuesday, so button down those hatches!
We just got back in from grocery shopping; we laid in enough fresh goodies that we won't have to go out again until after the system passes and it clears again. Looks like late Wednesday before things settle down.

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Originally Posted by GeorgeB View Post
I looked up on the Ha Ha website and didnít see your name. Does this mean you will be staying in the Bay Area for a while or are you heading south soon?
We're not interested in doing the crowd things. Neither of us have ever been the sheep-ish type; we prefer to follow our own direction and timetable (or lack thereof). We plan on sailing south from San Francisco in a month or so. Meanwhile, I have many "coupons to clip" in the wine country from my days as a wine importer.

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Donít forget to stop in Monterrey, even if you are in delivery mode.
We've each been there many times; we now have other places to see.

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Pardon me for prying, but reading between the lines, have you and your wife parted ways? MrsB isnít wild about doing the longer passages in our 34í and Iíd love to hear how you convinced your wife to stay home and how she allowed you to seek other crew.
It was simple; we talked rationally and decided to do a friendly, legal separation. After a couple of years apart, I suggested we do a simple uncontested divorce and she agreed. We kept the lawyers at bay, and the whole thing cost a few hundred dollars for paperwork and filing fees. There's a bit more on this and on my new mate on Sequitur's website: About Us
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