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Living on a boat: An attitude change that led to a latitude change

Guest Post by Ceal Potts

Ceal Potts and her mate, Kevin Wuertz, are refugee’s from the rat race whose disengagement was slightly different than our experiences- but the net result is the same. For those of you that might not wish to go flat broke in order to regain your life back, Ceal might just [read more by clicking on title]

What Works for Us Living on a Boat

I know, it’s a broad topic.

We live half the year on a 1994 Gemini 3400 Catamaran in the Sea of Cortez of Mexico with our two young girls ages three and five. We base out of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico and we like cruising the Baja down to La Paz. We’ve made a lot [read more by clicking on title]

Gunkholing in the Sea of Cortez

It’s been a long time since we posted on the blog. We’ve been here in Mexico since the first week of February. We spent almost an entire month in the work yard. Not necessarily because we had a lot of work to do on the boat. It was so cold and windy! We built the [read more by clicking on title]

Are you a Hippy?

The word seems so archaic now. What does it really mean. This summer, surprisingly, that term came up a few times along our travels. I thought maybe we could dispel that myth.

Do you live in a Yellow School Bus?

No. Definitely Not! Talk about horrible fuel economy. While we travel we have a 2004 [read more by clicking on title]

Whiskey Charlie Grows Legs

Guaymas Seca was THE cheapest storage yard in the ENTIRE Sea of Cortez, until this year. They raised their rates for us from $115 for the haulout on the travelift to $150 and from $115 per month for storage to $150 per month. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, especially compared to other yards [read more by clicking on title]

Hauling Out is Hard to Do

The time has finally arrived. Whiskey Charlie goes on the hard before the 15 th of June. But where? That is the $1500 question.

Because our little Gemini 3400 only has a beam of 14′ we can use a standard travelift to hoist the boat out of the water at Guaymas Seca (Camp Dirt) like [read more by clicking on title]

End of the 2012 Sailing Season

We departed San Carlos on the 11th of June, a few days shy of our 6 month visa. The weather was really heating up and we were spending more of our time on shore in a cold air-conditioned bar drinking beer than on the water. We returned mid May from the Baja in order for [read more by clicking on title]

Whiskey Charlie is Sailing Again

It took me three half days to install the new steering hub, dual steering cables, and control arm after my mother arrived with the parts from Maryland. We didn’t quite get on the same page and she ended up paying the import fees to bring the parts into Mexico which should have been waived because [read more by clicking on title]

Raising Children on a Boat

Emma is four now. Charley is two years four months. We were warned. We’ve read and been advised by other cruising families that the young years are VERY hard on the parents, especially the mom. Charley is in the throes of her terrible two’s. She’s so close to being able to express herself but just [read more by clicking on title]

Sailing Gear Not Required- But Nice to Have

We’re about ready to head back south to San Carlos for the rest of the Winter. We have a little more work to soon the boat and a few day trips to make sure all the gear works before we drop the mooring and head farther south.

We’ve been slowly working on the outfitting the [read more by clicking on title]