OK, I've remained super quiet about our plans to make things easier at my job..... but now that Summer is approaching, I'm free to share away.
There was no keeping any secrets from our dock neighbors though... After a few big purchases and boat-jobs, we quickly started getting questions of: So, do you guys have anything planned?" from those we didn't previously share with.
So, here we are at this writing 3 months away from departure. Our cruising plans: Spend the next couple of years cruising in Mexico and returning to the Bay Area in the Summer to work. After a couple seasons in Mexico, we plan to head south to Central America, then loosely over the next years and however long we enjoy, the South Pacific interests us, as does Indonesia and Thailand. Beyond that - you'll have to check in here to see what we are thinking.
Our plans are to take off with the BYC Labor day cruise to Half Moon Bay. From there we'll wait for a good weather window for San Miguel in the Northern Channel Island chain. This is about a 2-3 night sail. Arrival is best in calm weather for exploring the island.
From there, we'll spend a good chunk of time exploring the Channel Islands. Every other time we've been here it's been with a dog, so we are looking forward to taking advantage of not having a doggie aboard to explore. Somewhere around the Oct 1 timeframe we'll head to San Diego and work on some projects that are on our list before we head out of the area of easy access to parts. We'll be anchored out - so look for us if you are in the area to say HI.
Somewhere around Nov.1 - or maybe sooner, we'll head South into Mexico.