We changed the way we store Sully’s toys board. They were held in boxes that would slide when th boat heeled and got in the way. Now we have two elastic nets full of toys. They’re called EZNets and AE 15″ x 28″ and we bought them on amazon.com.
When we moved the boat to Fiddlers Cove Marina we had an instant fly problem. They came from nowhere. We’d been talking about gettting or making hatch covers before we moved and found them to be very expensive from West Marine so Natalie decided to make them herself.
We bought fiberglass screen material from Home Depot and had some leftover Sunbrella from when the sail covers were made. The pattern was pretty basic, just two triangles for the sides of the hatches and then a rectangle to cover the front and back. The bottom was made from Sunbrella and filled with rocks. We could have used lead shot, but decided against that because of toxicity.
After Natalie made 3 hatch cover screens a friend asked for a price for Natalie to make some for him so we searched online and found the old WestMarine hatch covers still cost almost $90, and that there’s a new competitor that only costs only $30-$40 for their largest size. Had we known that there was a lower priced offering we’d have just bought the $30 hatch covers.
Last week we took off on a 4 day cruise with our friends Jill and Barret from S/V Lady Eileen, a Baba 30. They were down in California from Puget Sound visiting family and we invited them to go on a cruise with us to Mission Bay. We loaded up the boat and set sail on Wednesday around noon. Out in San Diego Bay we hauled up the sails and slowly sailed out the bay past buoy 3.
There are kelp beds to the west of Point Loma so we stayed well offshore to avoid them, but still managed to get a big piece stuck on the rudder skeg and it slowed us down by about a knot.
We anchored in the northern part of Mariners Basin called Bonita Cove. The bottom was mud and had good holding. We put out 65 feet of anchor rode in 20 feet of water.
Wednesday we launched the dinghy and went ashore to the beach. Barret was the only one adventurous enough to swim in the ocean.
We went out for lunch at a nearby restaurant and went back to the boat. Barret wanted to swim back to the boat and I decided to swim too because the water in the bay was much warmer than the ocean. Barret and I were 3/4 of the way back to the boat before Natalie and Jill got the outboard running. We put Sully down for his afternoon nap and enjoyed jumping off the boat and swimming around exploring the shore nearby.
After swimming the girls took showers and we got ready for a bonfire and BBQ on the beach with my buddy Erick. He brought the wood and we brought hot dogs and sausages to grill. Sully played in the water and hung out on the beach blanket while we made dinner.
Before long the fire was dying down and we decided to head back to the boat for the night. The next day we hauled the anchor up and sailed back to San Diego Bay.
Before we knew it we were back in San Diego Bay, anchored at the La Playa anchorage near Shelter Island. Eric and Jaime from S/V Coconutz came to join us for dinner and we hung out until late in the evening.
The next morning we stowed the dinghy on deck and motored back to Fiddlers Cove so Barret and Jill could start the 1,300 mile drive back to Washington. Jill and Barret, it was great having you aboard and we look forward to cruising with you again!
Below is our trip on http://thekeel.com/. The site is done by fellow cruiser Eric Kaufman, formerly of S/V Rebel Heart, and is designed to share where you’re going and explore where you’ll go.
It’s HOT in San Diego today so Sully took a break from playing down below and ashore to splish splash in the cockpit! When we go cruising we can fill up a cooler in the cockpit with seawater for him to have a safe place to play in the water if we aren’t going to the beach that day.
The raw water impeller gave up today because I ran the engine for too long with the raw water seacock closed. It ate itself and jammed the tiny pieces down the plumbing toward the heat exchanger. I spent an hour laying on my belly on the floor pulling the pieces out. Not a fun chore but completely necessary because there was no cooling water for the engine and it could have seriously overheated. If I’d have replaced the impeller annually as is recommended in many maintenance schedules it probably wouldn’t have thrashed itself. Live and learn.
We attended the Sea Scouts Safety at Sea day with the U. S. Coast Guard at Coast Guard Sector San Diego last weekend with our Sea Scout Ship, 2013. The event was jam packed with fun activities including entering a life raft in a survival suit, starting and using dewatering pumps, Vessel Safety Checks, distress calls and Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) tour, Jayhawk helicopter tour, pipe patching, lighting off flares and knot tying.
Last weekend we cruising to Glorietta Bay with our buddy boats s/v Coconutz and s/v Sequoya. We rafted up and had an enjoyable weekend hanging out on the hook.
After we left Jacksonville, FL in a rental car we headed to Natalie’s Grandma and Grandpa Ferring’s in Colombus, GA.
After a 3 day visit we hit the road towards Natalie’s Mom’s in Tampa, FL.
The day after Christmas we packed up Vicky’s car with a big box full of Sully’s new toys, and made our way to the airport for our flight to San Diego. We made it back safely and it felt good to be aboard Astraea again because it’s the place we call home.
We’ve finally moved to Chula Vista! We’ve been saying we’re going to move down to Chula Vista Marina since last summer and we’ve done it. Our storage lockers at Pier 32 are cleaned out, the dock box is empty. It’s amazing how much boat project stuff I’ve accumulated here over the past year and a half. Our neighbor Steve helped us run our car down to Chula Vista and shuttle me back to the boat to get underway. He said since we’re keeping our mail at Pier 32 and going to be living at different marinas for our next 10 months we should consider January first the first day we’ve been cruising.
We had a great stay at Pier 32. We met lots of awesome people, had lots of fun with our neighbors and hope to make more friends as we continue cruising.