It's great to find this forum for we cruisers. I hope to stay connected with the boating
community now that I've donated the remains of my boat to a charity and moved ashore.
I'll start another thread detailing how the hole got in my boat and my trip under jury rig to a safe haven - if you're interested.
First I thought I should introduce myself and my sailing adventure.
I had purchased my boat, a Cabo Rico
38 in December of 1988 and moved aboard to live at a marina in the San Francisco
Bay. For the next twelve years I sailed the boat at least twice a month while helping others sail theirs and to crew on deliveries up and down the California
coast. One such trip was on an Oday32 to Cabo San Lucas, but that's another story.
October 9th, 2000, I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time, turned left and sailed into the adventure of my life. From La Paz
I became a single
handler as I harbor hopped down the west coast
. Stops were made at El Salvador and numerous anchorages
in Coast Rica and northren Panama
. I stayed within the canal for three months before finishing my transit on December 1st 2001.
I made my way east via the Grand Caymans, Jamaica
, DR, Puerto Rico
, and St Thomas before heading south where I arrived in Trinidad in June of 2002.
That's been my home base since. Leaving Trinidad in November to Island hop north as far as Puerto Rico
before Island hoping back to Trinidad, arriving in June for the next hurricane
It was a hoot!.
Still a single
handler and approching 69 years old, this year I decided to sail to the East coast
of the US, as I'd never been there.
And therein lies the next chapter. The hole? Came from a deliberate ramming by possiblie a Haitian smuggler at night in the Bahamas
, who didn't stop. Interested?
I'm looking forward to a long and happy relationship with the people of this forum.
John from what was once his sv Sanderling