DONE (for now anyway)

Launch Date: just a week or 2 away!!

We are heading south to Southern California, a few fun stops in the Channel Islands, San Diego, and Ensenada. With the refit complete (including all new sails, rigging, dinghy…) We are joining the Baja Ha Ha in November with our great friends and crew Andrew Esler and Jane Weeks. We are hoping to spend 2022 in the Sea of Cortez and the Mexican Coast. We plan to head to the South Pacific in early 2023.
Love our Brewer!!!

Preparations, and Research

Time is ticking, only 45 days till we launch Sea Bella and head south from Morro Bay, Ca to Baja, Mx. The last few months have been all about preparations, crossing off the “to-do’s” and researching the final touches.

Scott replaced the rear manual head with an automatic push button toilet. I am happy about the ease of the button. He is also looking into understanding the new Victron battery monitors and using the phone app to give us feedback on utilization of power. All I know is that I had no Keurig coffee this morning, LOL. This crap is complicated!

He outfitted our new 10′ AB skiff with a Tohatsu 20hp outboard, rugged beach wheels, and dyneema davit mounting lines. I talked with cruisers in MX, they urged me to protect the rib. I got up early, quickly measured the rib and then purchased grey sunbrella material for dinghy chaps. I look forward to making them in Ensenada, while Sea Bella’s hauled out, getting her bottom painted.

I was happy with how my cockpit cushions came out, 4″ open cell foam with comfy batting. It took a few months of preparation, but I enjoyed the process. Thanks for reading the blog, let us know what your ideas are and stay tuned for the official Launch!!

Avila Sealife

Some friends of ours came out sailing for the day in Avila. Elani and I saw a tangled up Pelican struggling in the water. She couldn’t fly and was helpless. We zipped out in the dingy, caught her, held on tight and cut away the fishing line. We were so thrilled that she was strong enough to fly away. Johan and Scott cheered and yelled “Horray!”

Retiring and Transitioning

Thank you all for the warm congratulations notes on my retirement. Kathleen Erwin will be done as well, in June after the school year concludes.
Thank you also to Deborah Dritz Swanson at Studio 101 West for designing and printing our new Sea Bella boat cards.
After years of planning, our first destination will be Southern California in July. Friends will join us here for exploring Channel Islands and Catalina. We will be in Ensenada in September/October and the Sea of Cortez later in the fall. We will be updating our adventure on FB as well, so search Sea Bella. With modern apps and satellites, anyone will be able to track us on our journey(s) using our MMSI#.

Sea Bella Boat Card