Mermaid in Long Beach

We had a great 4th of July in Redondo Beach including a fun A dock party at the Portofino followed by fireworks viewed from the bow of Mermaid.
Cuco finished the fiberglassing and painting so we moved the boat to Long Beach next to Enchanted Lady and across from Hard Hatt – its fun to be with old friends! We haul this week to put in the new transducers then Stan will install all the new electronics. She is finally coming together!

Back in Redondo Beach

We had a great 15 hour trip from San Diego to Redondo Beach Sunday! The ocean was very calm (perfect for traveling north) and the weather was beautiful. Mermaid performed perfectly with the new rigging (thanks Chris!) and the engine work done (thanks Gary). Finding the right part for the engine was quite a challenge until we spoke with “Henry’s Father” – Bob Smith who designed the Ford Lehmans and built them for 25 years. He knew exactly what we needed and FedEx brought it Saturday morning for Gary to install. Perfect… As we came into Redondo Beach Austin popped up out of his boat to greet us and we were met on the dock by our friends Jill and Dillon.

stuck in San Diego…

Well, the new rigging is taking longer than expected (we expect too much I guess) and while the engine (Henry) was apart to replace a gasket the mechanic found the water pump was about to go. I guess that’s better found our here in a slip and not out at sea…
June gloom has arrived in San Diego!
A family of ducks visited today… too cute!

Back aboard

We enjoyed visiting Texas and Florida and are happy to be back aboard Mermaid in San Diego. We are still deciding where to go next… Cuco (the painter) still has some work to finish so we need to head north to Redondo for a week or so.

Slip for May

We moved Mermaid from the anchorage to a slip at Harbor Island West Marina for the month of May. What nice people at this marina! When we came to the slip (very early in the morning) dock neighbors came out of their boats to welcome us to the marina. Many have dogs for PeeWee to play with and he has real grass for a month so he is a happy pup.

It is always the hardest to reach

Why is it always the mast light?! Mike and I were sitting in the cockpit discussing going to anchor tomorrow when we remembered the anchor light… it’s out. Up the mast Mike went (I usually go, but not with the leg brace!) to find out what bulb was needed. I went below and found one and it went in. Now we have a new mast light ready for the anchorage.
Meanwhile at the dock our neighbors on port are provisioning their boat to head to Mexico, the South Pacific and home to Sydney (see the pic below) and the neighbors on starboard have 2 cats named Starboard and Port are keeping PeeWee entertained (another pic below).

Wanderlust 5 getting ready for their trip to Sydney

Mike changing the anchor light

PeeWee visiting with Starboard

View from the top

Loving San Diego!

We are currently at the city dock on Shelter Island. We can work at anchor, but with all the computers running it means running the generator quite a bit. So for now we will use shore power when possible.
The anchorage was fun and beautiful and we will go back this weekend. We had a visit from our friends Andrew Campbell and Mike Priest Easter Sunday who were delivering Dark Star for the race this weekend. As they motored by Mike yelled that they had no rum, so we delivered rum and cokes to the boat.

Mermaid anchored in San Diego

We are enjoying the anchorage in San Diego! We met Rags and Kathy at SDYC last night and went to Fidler’s for another great meal. Such fun…

Mermaid anchored in San Diego

Mexico and back

4-14 What a great sail to San Diego! We had 20-25kts of wind and had Mermaid sailing along at 11.7kts. We spent the evening at Southwestern Yacht Club’s guest dock (what a friendly club!)
4-15 We set out early for Ensenada with dolphins on the bow again. There were thousands of dolphins all around us most of the day. When we got into our assigned slip at the Cruiseport Marina the marina manager greeted us with a warm “Welcome to Mexico.” PeeWee was wearing a bandana from the day the marina opened (we were there on our old boat) and they went nuts over him! (check out the photo) They even gave us a bottle of wine… way to go PeeWee!
Seal Beach Yacht Club had a fantastic hospitality room at the race headquarters so we stopped in to visit… they really do it right.
It was fun seeing all the racers come into Mexico and it made us very happy that we chose not to race this year… no wind isn’t fun.
Monday morning (about 2:00am) we started the slog back to the USA. We got to San Diego about 4:00, quickly cleared customs and returned to Southwestern Yacht Club. We rented a car and had a great last meal with Jessamine at Fidlers.
Tuesday we got Jessamine to LAX ran errands and hurried back to Mermaid… funny how going ashore makes me miss the boat.

Vanessa in the marina office with PW in Ensenada

First Day

4-13 What a beautiful day! Jessamine flew in and Kathy drove down Tuesday night and we hurried to ready Mermaid. We left about 7:30 Wed. morning and motored out of the slip to waving friends wishing us great adventures. What an amazing feeling! Finally we are cruisers again… the docklines are severed!
There was not much wind so we motored south enjoying the dolphins, fish and other critters. The wind never increased over the day, in fact it died. So we motored all the way to Oceanside where we tied up at the Oceanside Yacht Club for the night. The wind isn’t predicted to do any more tomorrow but our fingers are crossed that we will sail.
Off to San Diego!