Sailing Mango

La Paz

Last night I went on deck as part of my nightly routine of making sure all was good in the hood, and I was struck by how beautiful it was outside. Mango was very gently rocking in the bay, the ligh...

Boat Tasks In Mexico, AKA Solar Install

While doing boat tasks in Mexico, there are several rules one must follow: Plan the dive, dive the plan. Basically - come up with your goal(s) for the day, and then work those. Otherwise you sit on...

Mango Anecdote 7

Me: Whoa, look at that star just over those mountains! It's so bright! E: Dad, that's an anchor light.

Cabo And Beyond

Way back in Monterey, we signed up for the Baja-Ha-Ha rally. It is a bunch of boats that leave San Diego together, travel down the coast of Baja Mexico, and then it ends in Cabo San Lucas. We joi...

The Tragedy Of Pineaple

Poink!! Well that is not a good sound. Anything that is not a familiar sound on a boat is usually something either a) breaking, or b) something big breathing right next to the freakin boat. This w...

Whoop, There It Goes

My first thought the moment after our outboard fell off the dinghy while careening through the wakes and wavelets of San Diego bay was, "huh". It was a curious "huh", as in "how the heckin' heck di...

I'm Talking To YOU!

"This is warship 1-0-0, hailing the vessel at approximately 32 degrees, 40.8 minutes north, 117 degrees, 08.5 minutes west, heading 1-5-2 making 8 knots, on channel one six, over." We were just of...

Mango Anecdote 5

Me: I need a new hat. E: Oh but not a dorky hat. Kristen: Impossible. Me: Ok E you can come shopping with me. E: Oh that would be a nightmare. You would be all like, "Oh but this hat has a SPF ...

Marina Del Rey

Marina Del Rey, MDR, is huge (in a Bernie voice no less!). How huge is it? There are over 5,200 slips, It is the largest marina in the USA, they publish their own traffic separation scheme, and it ...

Mango Anecdote 3

"Dammit! Where the heck is the winch handle!" We had just jibed, and the jib was flogging. I needed to sheet in and quick. Prior to jibing or tacking, we always prepare. "Prepare to jibe!", the ...