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Spring 2022 back to work 

   Warmer weather, boat to be off docks May 1rst, and plan to sail south end of summer puts an end to winter lolly gagging about and time to return to boat projects including system upgrades, and the ever present maintenance.  All of which are about readying the boat for the offshore sail south.

   Barnacle my diver was summoned to clean bottom, the thruster tunnel, ream out sea cock entry, and spiffy up the prop and rudder. 

    Next was reposition fuel filters and valving for main engine fuel making for easier access and more. Permanent fuel plumbing for Dickinson diesel heater is also going in place.  Keep in touch here for all future updates. 

 

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New Roller Furling

    Replacing old Hood roller furling with Schaefer 2100 system.

    Also have second Schaefer 2100 for new inner stay but will hold off switcing to roller on the inside stay for a later date.

  

     Plans are to order new Precision Sails 100% Yankee for roller furling head stay as soon as I can get the proper measurements from the new install

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      The Captain and his ship's last time on the awesome Gorge Harbour docks with the resort facilities. 

      We spent four winters here at the Gorge on the docks with extensive services available including water and power dock side, store, laundry, and so much more.

      Now on our private mooring which is sold when about to leave on our voyage south, but for now getting the boat ready a priority over summer coastal cruising 

     First Project - Have a brand new toilet for forward head and will be placing the other after rebuild in the aft head and shower room.  

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Note: 

    Out third crew member has had to bow out and we will be looking for a third for passage Southbound.

     Departing mid Aug to early Sept. To Arrive Mexican boarder by end of hurricane season which is Nov. 1rst. 

Captain and Crew

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Question?

     Is sailing offshore to Mexico dangerous?

     Morning Star knows her way - was offshore seven years to Mexico, Caribbean, Brazil, Panama, and Hawaii before I bought her, and that was done with far less state of the art equipment than she has aboard now.

     The skipper has been on the water 65 years and captained his own boat offshore 50 years ago. I am also returning to cruising Mexico.

What is far More Dangerous than sailing my boat and crew offshore is Not Going - Not welcoming a Challenge, Not Living Our Dream. Not taking time to Smell the Tacos, Taste the Tequila, or journey to set sail under the Southern Cross.

     So excited to pull the hook and sail off on thee most awesome voyage of my life, Sailing Morning Star around this big world.

Picture - Isla de San Francisco - Baja

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Rough Draft of plans for Sail South

     Following offshore about 35 miles off route with stops along the way - leaving in our summer good weather late August or early September and arriving late as hurricane season ends November 1rst.

     Check into US at Port Angeles - Neah Bay - Newport Oregon - Crescent City California - Drakes Bay anchorage resting up and ready to sail under Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco Bay.

     After San Francisco all the California hot spots we chose such as - Santa Cruz - Santa Barbara - Santa Catalina - Oceanside - and San Diego before entering Mexican waters.

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Back to the Serious Stuff

      Needless to say I am ecstatic about how our crew fell into place - my long time friend signed on and he recommends his long time friend and just like that Los Tres Amigos are headed to Mexico. 

      Back now to focusing on finishing essential boat projects. Comes a time when it's time to cut the dock lines and go. A few things not done can wait. 

    

A different Life

Memories of myself and Hana our Dobie taking the dingy and anchoring outside the surf line and then swimming into the beach (Chacala Mexico) to fill the garapones (water jugs) and buy ice (put in bags) and then float them out to the dingy and return to the boat where breakfast would be made.

We did get hit with that nasty wind storm last night. It is still coming up randomly. I collected about 50 gallons of water into the tank (see hose in picture) then got up and started the gen set which I have my old hot tub sump pump in and pumped yet another bath tub full of water out of the dingy.

The flag is limp but no sooner did I get back down below another big gust hit. I could hear chain saws going on shore - I imagine lots of trees were downed last night. Of course here on my mooring no power outage.

Yes a different life for sure.

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