Riding in a Travelift

You guys know those huge blue and white machines that move boats in / out of the water, and around the yard? Well when it’s time to launch a boat, it makes a pretty fun ride to the water. In this video you’ll see us rolling around in a 46′ Kurt Hughes-designed, owner-built catamaran.

And if you’ve been following my rambles here for a long time, it’s been too long building this boat. So check out the sentiments as you get to end of this video. Turning over a new leaf as boat owners. And it feels good.

Ravenswing’s 2021 plans fell off the rails again, but this time for a good reason. Her name is Ruby, the chocolate lab. I was pretty much an idiot, underestimating the work and distraction of living with a high energy puppy. Had figured she be a trained “boat dog” by summer and we’d be cruising around the Sea of Cortez. Go ahead, laugh at the folly; others have. Here at home Ruby is proving an excellent swimmer, and we’re figuring out how to paddle board together. Tomorrow she gets her first kayak ride as we try to join Anton’s boat-in weekend campout on a beach in Tomales Bay. Wish us dryness. As in, she doesn’t manage to flip the boat under me :)

Homework – getting ready to return to Ravenswing

Well, what can we say? The COVID years here are pretty screwed up, and have basically made a joke of any plans we have for scheduled cruising on the boat. It’s really hot in the northern Sea of Cortez right now, so we’re not rushing back to Ravenswing just yet. But I’m finally working on the punch list of stuff here at home that will complete the re-outfitting of the boat in Mexico soon. Ruby the Labrador puppy has completely usurped any blogging and video making time in her first four month with us. What a handful, but we love her a lot and we’re figuring out life together. She is an excellent swimmer and budding boat dog!

Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, and I miss doing this. So hopefully we’ll pick the pace back up. First up is FINALLY fixing the dinghy motor. Phew.