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A fisherman sets a homemade rebar anchor.

What You Can Learn From A Man With A Fridge In His Panga

With dolphin escorts off the bow, we departed midday from San Quintín for an overnight sail to Cedros Island. Once in open water we were able to turn off the engine and sail into the blissful quiet. Off the starboard beam, a whale breached. (I obviously did not take this magnificent photo below. I will […]

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Pink calm and a waning moon bring in the light of say on the way to San Quintín.

A First Night at Sea

Day 5 – Into the Ocean Night After two sleepless nights in Ensenada, we had another intentional all-nighter in front of us: the passage to Bahia San Quintin. We set out in the early afternoon, slipped out of the harbor, and headed south. My first night on the open ocean (under control of the boat, […]

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Checking each other out at the bow.

Sleepless En’Senada

Day 1 Instead of our first leg to Ensenada being my first overnight at sea (for which I was rather nervous,) we departed more casually in the afternoon for the Coronado Islands, just south of the border and 15 miles offshore. Far gleefully sped out of the United States at nearly eight knots under sail, […]

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Josh and Chris, finally underway. So long, San Diego.

Mother, Mother Ocean

There’s a lot of romance around heading out to sea. As I stow all things little and large in what will be Far’s last evening in the US for a while, I listen to Jack Johnson cover Jimmy Buffett’s “Pirate Looks at 40” (you should probably go ahead and google that and give it a […]

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Dodger success!

Surf Lessons from the Atmospheric River

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. ~John Steinbeck I love making plans. I create a vision in my head and promptly fall in love. […]

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All that running around in the boatyard is exhausting, can someone else take the helm for a bit?

Back in the water again

Well, not much has changed in the life of this sea dawg in the past week, but there has been a flurry of activity for the humans and I have a new boat on which I keep watch. Lady and Man have been spending endless time in the back of the boatyard, but this is […]

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It may not look like, but I'm on watch.

I’m Ulysses, the sea dawg

  Hey everyone. My mom is busy trying to finish up everything on that big boat in the yard with all the good stuff to chew on, and she sits at the computer a lot too, talking about some place called Africa and their energy, so I’m going to take over for her for a […]

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Ulysses supervises the improvements.

Doing It “Yourself”

In May, after a year and half of searching, I finally found the boat of my dreams. The 1978 Cal 39 Far Niente was an incredible price, and I quickly made an offer. Within a week, and two days after my Masters graduation, I had purchased the boat. Since then, I have had Far hauled […]

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Berkeley marina.

The five-gallon bucket

I was thrilled to move onto a sailboat in February 2013. Every time I walked down the metal ramp to the dock, I felt a chill of excitement–I could barely believe that I lived on the ocean. The tight quarters appealed to me, since as a field biologist I had lived in the back of […]

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