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Old 30-11-2012, 23:05   #31
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Re: Heck Yeah, I Singlehanded!

Congrats Eric!
Single handing really boosts the self confidence.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:11   #32
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Well done Eric
Now go back and get another 15mins of sleep
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:43   #33
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Congratulations,

Well Done.
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Re: Heck Yeah, I Singlehanded!

Cool! What was your total time at sea? And how did you manage your sleep? Did you do the 15-minute egg-timer trick? Any traffic or close calls out there?
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Re: Heck Yeah, I Singlehanded!

My first singlehand was only 150 miles between Venice and Key West, FL, and pales in comparison RH.... congrats!
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. Seriously, Baja coast can be daunting. 750nm of rugged coastline with some long fetches.!
Congratulations Rebel Heart!! That is such a great accomplishment. +1 on Captain Jeff's comment. It is very long stretch with some spots ya really gotta watch. Not to mention all the line & floats that pop up.

It's a wonderful trip. Would love to hear more when you catch up on sleep.

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DUDE! ^5!!!
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Great job Rebel Heart. Done a few trips myself and it is a great feeling of accomplishment.
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So when is Eric going to drag himself from under the bar, stumble out to his dinghy and return to S/V Rebel Heart to respond to all of these good wishes?
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Bravo Bravo RH.....
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Omg to cool dude, that's an awesome notch in the belt.
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Way to go.

When you get to docks or pilings, here are some helpful hints:

DOCKING 101 -- Mid Ship Cleat and Aft Spring
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Coool!
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Hey Eric,

You waiting for "3 pages and 48 replies... i'm afraid to go back and read any of them!" to respond like the last time?
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Okay okay!!! Thanks guys, really nice replies. I know there are some serious solo dudes on here but like I said for me it was a big deal.

Next: leaving tomorrow morning to cross the sea of cortez. Three hundred miles or so but really nothing more than "go that way for three days" kind of trip. Winds light to non existent so I imagine a lot of diesel lullaby. Shipping traffic should be minimal if any. Added some better fishing gear so hopefully I can at least get one big one a day.

Sleep: I tried the 15/20 minute thing and it works sometimes, but not too well for me. I shoot for long rhumblines that go offshore, trying to do at least a few hundred miles on each run, staying ~50 miles off the coast. With a clear radar, clear ais, no VHF traffic, no visuals, I nod off for an hour or two. I wake up, check everything, do it again. Maybe a few naps sprinkled throughout the day and I'm getting about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. It works well because some nights you really can't get any sleep of consequence because the motion is too violent. You don't want to be exhausted and then have it blowing like hell and get all bumpy because then you're *really* tired, like dangerous-stupid tired. That's how it worked out for me.

Not a lot of drinking and partying for me. I've been in Cabo long enough for groceries, fuel, some exercise on the paddleboard, photos, and a couple basic maintenance tasks. Parking the boat (and the family) in La Cruz for about a year to have the next (and last!!!) baby girl, maybe go back up into the Sea of Cortez for the summer to get out of the heat.

It's so friggin hot down here and it's December!!!!
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