Logbook: Summer and Early
We left Ensenada, Mexico, on July
1, 2004 to spend the summer and early fall cruising in Southern California.
This was to be our "shakedown" cruise to make sure that all systems were working
properly. It was a successful voyage not only because we found and took
care of a few items that needed attention, but also because we really enjoyed
Click here for photos.
From Ensenada, we traveled north
and stopped in a number harbors and anchorages:
- Glorietta Bay, San Diego (near
the Hotel del Coronado) - Here, we celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary on July 3,
and enjoyed 4th of July festivities.
- Mission Bay - Each night we
were treated to a fireworks display from Sea World.
- Dana Point - Beautiful setting
- check out the photos.
- Long Beach - Port of Los Angeles
and Alamitos Bay (our favorite marina in So Cal). We left Slip Away in
Alamitos for a week while we traveled to Maryland to visit Rich's mom and
- Catalina Island - We anchored in
Cat Harbor for 17 days - what a treat!
- Marina del Rey - We had some
boat projects to take care of and left Slip Away for a week while we traveled to Ohio
to visit Jan's family for Labor Day week.
- Paradise Cove - A beautiful
anchorage and stopover on the way to the Channel Islands. We intended to
stay one night, but we stayed two waiting for strong Santa Ana winds to die
- Santa Cruz Island - Smugglers
Cove, Little Scorpion Anchorage, Prisoner's Harbor and Fry's Harbor.
We hiked most days, scuba dived one day (beautiful dive, but cold water), and
Rich caught his first fish when we were traveling between Little Scorpion
Anchorage and Prisoner's Harbor.
- Redondo Beach - We had a beautiful
downwind trip from Santa Cruz Island to Redondo. This was a nice calm anchorage,
but Slip Away was the recipient of way too much bird poop here!
- Long Beach - We stopped in
Alamitos Bay again for two weeks and replaced our fuel tank - a big job,
hindered somewhat by stormy weather. We'll post photos in the near
future of that job on the "Boat Refitting" page.
- Catalina Island - "Cruisers
Weekend" and one final visit.
- San Diego - This was our last
U.S. stop for provisions and boat parts before heading back to Mexico.
Some highlights of our summer/fall
- Sighting numerous whale spouts
as we headed north from Ensenada to San Diego.
- A full moon over the San Diego
skyline as we motored toward our anchorage in Glorietta Bay.
- Cracking crabs with the Donohue
Clan on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake.
- Visits with friends who live in Southern California. These great folks helped us run errands,
loaned us their cars, had us over for dinner. It was incredibly
- Sharing anchorages with friends
we've made since we started our cruising life.
- Our favorite hike on the
backside of Catalina Island on one of the clearest days we've ever seen there.
- Happy Hour at the Banning House
on Catalina Island.
- Labor day weekend and pig roast
at the Schwab family river camp.
- The smell of the grove of
eucalyptus trees at Scorpion Cove on Santa Cruz Island.
- The hike from Prisoner's Harbor
to Pelican Bay on Santa Cruz Island and the tidepools at Pelican Bay.
- Rich catching his first fish
off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.
- A dinner of fresh scallops
hosted by Bob & Janet Griswold on their boat Ka-Tet, while anchored in Fry's
Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Bob & Janet caught and prepared the scallops,
invited ten people for dinner, and they had more than enough for all.
- The multitudes of starfish and
the lone Spanish Shawl nudibranch on our dive in Fry's Harbor on Santa Cruz
Island. (We were distracted with sightseeing underwater while
the Griswold's were busy hunting dinner.)
- A Sunday afternoon sail on
Zubenubi, our old Catalina 27, with our friends John & Camille who own and
are taking such good care of her.
- The warm welcome from our
friends in Ensenada when we returned there.
In addition to having fun, this
was a true shakedown cruise, as we found a few items that needed to be repaired
and/or replaced - a watermaker pump, our autopilot display, a temperature sensor
on the alternator regulator. Fortunately, most of these things were covered under
warranty, and our being in Southern California made them much easier to handle
than if we had been further south in Mexico. We did not plan to do any major refit projects in Southern
California, but when we noticed a small leak from our diesel tank, we arranged
to replace it in Long Beach before heading back to Mexico. This turned out
to be a very good decision. When we removed the old tank, there was quite
a bit of corrosion on it, and the tank vendor told us that our small leak was
about to turn into a large one, so we avoided a major problem.
On November 3, after four months
in Southern California, we returned to Ensenada for some final preparations and
provisions before heading further south for