From Mustang to Scooter….

In an effort to save up more money for the boat I’ve sold my car.

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I had the Mustang for over 8 years.  I figured it’s better to sell it now and get a decent amount for it rather than wait a while.  It’s weird, I feel like I still have it but am just not using it.  I’ve had a car for the past 20 years and now I’m driving a scooter…weird!

And here is the little scooter…img_2928

It’s a lot of fun!  Every day is a little adventure.  I’m finding new ways to do simple things that I used to take for granted.  Exercising the old brain parts!  It’s an older model, a 2005.  Gas costs me about $8 a week at most.  Insurance is $38 a month, and that is for more coverage than I even need.  I’m thinking about putting some little design on the front, maybe a mariachi themed pattern?

With this little scooter I can always park pretty much right in front of wherever I’m going.  And now I’m having fun making some crocodile leg warmers and wrist warmers.  Of course, if I didn’t live in San Diego this would be a lot more challenging.  I felt a little odd making the change, but then I realized that the whole car culture in America is a little out of control.  I’d rather spend my money on other things…like a boat, instead of blowing thousands on insurance I’ve never used (20 years with Allstate, not a single claim).  I also remember my trips to Europe where so many people use scooters or motorcycles for everyday transportation.  So I’m embracing and enjoying the switch!

Boatwise…I’ve found this goofy looking catamaran called a “Catfisher”.  It’s odd looking, but I like it!  Haven’t gone for a proper viewing yet, but maybe next week.  I am curious about the difference in slip fees for a multihull boat.  I really hope by Halloween I’ll have a boat.  I can technically afford some boat on craigslist out of pocket alone, but I’d rather spend a little more with a loan since this is going to be my home for the next 5 years at least, and I’m a newbie, so I don’t have enough knowledge of boats ins and outs.

Heres the catfisher…5948174_20160923102429181_1_xlarge

It’s a 1985 and is listed for $35,000.  Maybe this will be the one!  There’s a nice layout below the pilot house for the living area.  It’s goofy but functional, like me! 😛

Hope you are all doing well!!!

Thank you for stopping by,

-Eileen

 

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One good thing, one not so good thing…

This past weekend concluded my “Keelboat 1” class.  It was great!  On Saturday we attempted to navigate our way out to the ocean, but a HUGE crew race/regatta type event was going on and we sort of hung out in a Heave 2 position for about a half hour.  The boat we had class on didn’t have an engine.  Here is a little map of the bay.  And since I have limited skills I didn’t figure out how to mark things on the map, haha.  The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is located on the green top left peapod looking point, the bottom portion.  So we sail a bit East into the bay, then South under the Mission Bay Dr bridge, then continue down to the channel and West to where I cut the map off, oops.  Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.12.46 AM.png

The regatta group came pouring out of the larger cove right above the channel.  We said it looked like a clown car, there were hundreds of them!  And the one “referee/regulator” boats’ engine died…I’m not up on my regatta terminology, so I’m not sure what they’re called.  Since we lost time with that little hiccup we weren’t able to make it out to the ocean; class is only 3 hours and we have to take the boats back in.  The wind was almost completely out of the West that day, which can slam you right into the dock broadside if you’re not careful…hence our instructor docked for us.

Sunday was quite the day for me.  It was my last Keel 1 class, I had worked the night before until about 11pm, and had to then work after class at 6pm…which is plenty of time since class gets out at noon.  But, my boyfriends family was in town, and he thought it’d be a great idea to rent a hobie and I could get to know everybody by sailing around the bay.  That would have been a great plan if I had the whole day off and had more hours under my belt on the hobie.  I hadn’t rented one yet, and the last time I was on one was in class months ago with an instructor.  I needed to take my time rigging and making sure I had everything right.  Also, the family was across the bay, so I had to scoot over, beach, pick them up, then go out, and repeat.  The wind was so light and coming from the Southwest, which is a little odd, it’s normally a bit from the North.  It was so stressful for me, and I kept loosing speed on tacks because I didn’t have someone working the jib right.  Ugh.  I felt a little defeated.  There were pros out on their Hobies just zipping by and I was dead in the water.  A little embarrassing and frustrating.  I can see how it takes a lifetime to get this down.  I’m definitely going to practice a lot this summer.  I can’t rent the keelboats, but I think that taking the Hobie out will help me work on wind awareness and trim.

All in all, who can complain about spending 6 hours out in the sun sailing in San Diego?  Here’s to hoping I improve!

Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying your summer 🙂IMG_2587.JPG

 

Hobie classes are underway!

Hello!!

I have officially begun my Hobie Cat classes at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, man those things are fast!

We had 2 classes so far and now there are 2 to go.  They are 16 foot boats, and we have been going with 3 people to a team.  Jibing (gybing?) is really scary the first few times.  These boats have an awkward tiller that sort of goes behind the traveler when you tack or jibe.  It’s manageable, but a little messy to start!

Oh and did I mention that it’s a wee bit chilly out on the bay this time of year??  We all wore shorts and tank tops…then we all got doused on a good beat, and then shivered the rest of class.  This Saturday we have another capsize test, I’m not concerned with righting the boat, I just don’t want to freeze!  

Here’s a quick couple of photos. Maybe I’ll bring my fake go pro this weekend.

   
    
 

Hobie-Cat or Laser??

Hello and good morning (with 10 minutes of morning left) from sunny San Diego!!

I have officially passed my Advanced Sailing course at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, hooray!  And since I tend to do things out of order I’ll make another post to tell that story. 😬. 

I purchased their 3 course deal, which was $350 total.  Normally each course within the first tier would be $155…so I saved some money!  

I now have to decide which class to take for my third course, Hobie Cat or Laser.  The Hobie is a 16 ft catamaran, which is a style of boat I’ve never been on. The Laser is like a super fast sabot, at least that’s what it looks like to me. On one hand I’d like to learn more about one manned sailing because that will give me more experience on my own. And on the other hand, I’d like to learn about the catamaran so I have a more diverse understanding of sailing.  Our instructor spoke briefly about local crew opportunities on boats, and how we can gain more knowledge and skill by essentially interning or getting paid rather little to help out on a crew. I feel like a Hobie cat style of boating would be more likely to need help than a regular sailboat. 

So we’ll see, at first I was convinced I’d take the Laser course, but now the whole Hobie concept has found its way into my decision making process and it sounds cool too…decisions decisions!!

Have a lovely day in, out of and on the water,

-Eileen