Vancouver > Phoenix > San Carlos

The compulsively-weighed luggage... pretty sure I weighed each piece ~45 times, only to have the airline lady say "any luggage over 50 pounds?" I said "nope", she said "great", and off we went. Brother!!


Disaster area ~ Trying to unpack the aforementioned luggage!!!


View from the dry storage @ Marina Seca ~ pretty darn nice!!


Phoenix wins the “paint-store-with-the-best-customer-service” award; having followed my carefully plotted & pre-printed bus route to get the ICI/Dulux store (where J had pre-ordered all the paint we needed for the boat), I discovered that actually there are six ICI stores in Phoenix… and this was not the one that had my paint!

Demonstrating super-star customer service, the manager called all the paint stores, tracked down my order, sent a guppie to pick it up AND deliver it to my hotel (the ever-so-lovely Econolodge, in the best part of town), and then drove me home!!

I was seriously impressed.

Luck held for the bus trip; me and my 4 bags made it on to the bus without any hassles (despite many signs stating “one bag weighing a maximum of 60 pounds per passenger”), through the border without any trouble (I pushed the red light / green light thingy… got a green light… and was sent on my way!), and then on to the boat without any issue (literally 4 of the guys at the work-yard came running to help me get the bags on to the boat… amazing!).

So for all the pre-trip stressing, it was an incredibly easy and wonderful trip, and now I am so so so SO happy to be onboard Brio!! I’ve been cleaning and organizing and sorting for the last two days… and have even found an internet connection for when we’re actually in the water! Happy-happy-happy!!!

SO impressed with my new "banda ancha movil" (aka mobile internet stick)



What did we do Before Google?

Before Google CartoonI have a nightly ritual with dad: come home, sit down beside him, ask him how his day was, tell him what I learned on google today, and then grill him about a boat project.

For example, last night I told him about reading about people using teak backing plates for their thruhulls and the price of an electric windlass on (which is a magnificent tool PS). Then I had him talk me through how to install a windlass, how to make the backing plates look nice inside a vberth, how to route the drain hose, whether cockpit drain hoses really need to be crossed, how to install new batteries, replace interior lights, connect wires that are too short, connect wires that are different sizes, and renovate the electrical panel.

Did you know you’re meant to put a drip-loop into wires?? To stop water leaks from running into your connections and shorting them out? I sure didn’t. Panic.

Reminds me of sailing around Vancouver Island and putting up a spinnaker pole on the Genoa for the first time… nobody told me that you connect it before you haul the damn sail out, so I did a fancy little dance on deck and threaded it on with the full Genoa out and pulling. Dad nearly died when he heard this story. Regardless, the second time I put up a pole it was a heck of a lot easier. *sigh*

These are the kind of nitty gritty details that give me a huge appreciation for all that Dad knows and did to build Synchronicity… as well as how much I still have to learn.

And cram into this over-stuffed little brain of mine.

Or google at a future date.

Thank God we aren’t trying to do this BG.

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