We are newlyweds that thought it would be a cool idea to buy a boat and sail south to tropical beaches of Mexico and maybe beyond. Sounds easy and luxurious, right?…. Oh, we knew so little in April ’11. This photo was taken soon after we purchased our new (to us) boat, Moondance, a 1981 Islander 36. In May ’11 we decided to sign up for the Baja Haha, an annual cruising rally that takes 160ish boats from San Diego to Cabo every year. In mid-August we took our boat in to Hirschfeld Yacht Maintenance for a new Beta Marine engine and we never looked back. We worked 12-16 hour days every single day on the boat while I also trained for the NW marathon and Conor continue to work. Check out the Moondance Refit page to see the details of all the cool upgrades we made.
We finally made it out of the Gate on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 to head down to San Diego for the start of the Haha just 6 short days away. (Sailboats travel about as fast as a horse!) We decided to stop at Monterey Bay Harbor about 18 hours later and it was there we realized (due to a couple of reasons) that there was no way to make the Haha in time. So…. now the FUN begins! Without the stress of a schedule, we can cruise down the coast, take some more time to check out new marinas and anchorages, get more comfortable with the boat, and enjoy winter in Mexico at our own pace. If you would like to get notified with our blog updates, just enter your email in the subscribe section on the right hand column of the Home Page. Thanks for following us!!!