adventures progressions

strictly sail pacific

It’s that time of year again! Time to check out fancy boats, sophisticated gear, and free seminars from those whose books I’ve read and knowledge I just wanna soak up. While Strictly Sail Pacific is open for four days in Jack London Square, I could only manage one day to visit. This means I missed seeing Cap’n Fatty 🙁

First on the agenda? When I returned from my first ocean crossing, I could see how valuable the wind vane system was (self steering). I immediately went on a search for a system compatible for my dear Coconut, and Hydrovane had exactly what we needed. They were giving a presentation about their system at the boat show, so what a great opportunity! I am forever going to be fantasizing about the day I can afford this invaluable piece of equipment.

I also heard from a couple about sailing Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, which lets be honest… that’s where I really want to be! (OK, and the South Pacific, too.) The most impressive? Two women who offered invaluable life experience. Lin Pardey, of course, was a wealth of knowledge as well as another woman Wendy who has circumnavigated three times over the course of seven years. These women know what they’re talking about! I took notes. Lots of ’em.

While I came to the boat show a couple of years ago I was well aware my time on the Columbia 26′ was nowhere near over and I was super jelly of the $300,000 boats. Now? Not so much. I truly admire how spacious my boat is compared to other 35’ers. I admire their fancy electronics, the pristine wood, the refers with shelves and stuff, but I am not jelly. As one presenter said, only get equipment you plan on being able to service/repair/replace. For me, that’s next to nothing. I will take manual everything, please and thank you.


Here I am on the back of a Lagoon 400, one cool Cat. Do you like my fashionable bandage? It’s actually turned into a bit of a security blanket. I dread the day I don’t have to wear it anymore. My hand is doing OK. Healing normally, but I am still in a lot of pain. Month one down, many more to go. I’ll end this post the way a fellow blogger does. With a feel-good quote.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” -Jack London



the boat show

The Boat Show, also known as Strictly Sail Pacific is happening this weekend! There were two seminars in particular that I wanted to attend on opening day, and I am so glad that I did! The courses I attended were:

“Women and Cruising” by Pam Wall and Kathy Parsons
“Mechanical Advantages that Make Sailing Easier (especially for women)” by Brion Toss
“Selecting an Ocean Cruising Boat” by John Neal

The first seminar was what brought me to the show, as I have yet to meet a solo female cruiser. These women had sailed with their husbands and families, and most women there had thought about or had gone cruising with their boyfriends/husbands, however, I want to set sail solo (say that three times fast!). I know that having my dogs will restrict me from where I can travel, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t go. Pam and Kathy had compiled a list of questions other women have asked them, allowed us to review it and ask our own questions to discuss for the hour. I decided to ask about solo sailing, since most women go with their partners. I don’t have one of those and I don’t want to seek someone out for the sake of my own adventure. I was assured that there are plenty of female solo cruisers, and would be connected with them via email. How awesome!!!!!!!

The second lecture was a bit over my head. I am not all that familiar with a lot of mechanical parts on a boat (yet) so if I took this course a year from now I think I might understand it better. However, the speaker had a book and a website that will surely do me good in the future.

The third lecture was really interesting, mostly because I look at a lot of boat porn. There… I said it! Boat porn! I loooove looking at boats. Different types, shapes, sizes, materials, ages, etc. I could lose myself in hours of boat porn trying to find which type I really want to look for in the future, and a lot of the boats he listed I had never heard of before. Many were in the 37-40′ range, which would be good for a couple, but once again the single girl is left out. I really would like a smaller boat, I don’t think I need to spend $100,000 on a boat, but it was also interesting to hear why he selected the boats he did, and what features of a boat were a deal breaker for him.

Before I had made it to these seminars, I had about 30 minutes to roam around and look at some real life boat porn stars!!! Yes, BRAND NEW Beneteau’s, a Tartan 40, and Catalina’s. It rocked my socks off.