Welcome to our mid-life crisis! These are the chronicles of Laura and Patrick, their young son Jack, and their goofball Labrador Retriever named Evinrude (Rudy), as they travelled the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico in their catamaran. We went cruising in search of a change of pace, a closer knit family, and peace of mind. We found all three and more. The fun all started in October, 2008 and nearly four years later the Mexican adventure came to an end August 3rd, 2012. With our mid-life crisis cured in Mexico, we are excited to start a new adventure - life back in America.

Patrick has since joined the Sales Team of Marine Servicenter as a boat broker. Whether you are looking to make your dream of sailing away come true, or ready to sell your boat he can help. He can be reached at http://marinesc.com/about/crew/patrick-harrigan

Candeleros Chico

Candeleros Chico
Just another beautiful day at anchor on the Baja. 2010

Dolphins at play in the bow wake 2011

Dolphins at play in the bow wake  2011

Thursday, February 5, 2009

and waiting......

Our life just keeps getting better. Yesterday we found out that our story has been published on Cruising World by Herb McCormick. The link is http://www.cruisingworld.com/cruising-life/living-aboard/it-took-them-just-a-minute-to-buy-the-boat-and-head-south-1000069046.html ,

On the Yanmar front, we have heard a few squeaks and mutterings, but no resolution. Seems that the only man at Yanmar who could make a decision was on vacation all last week. Uh huh. We will be here at least another two weeks at this rate. Yanmar wants to just send us parts of the sail drive and not the whole new thing like the dealer here says we need. The dealer feels that we will just be needing another haul out in a few months if they aren't replaced. Talks are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the relentless sun, playing in the waves on the sugar sand beach, endless happy hours, morning coffee in the hot tub, hours at the luxurious pool continue on.



  1. Well Done on your decision to go cruising....we left in 2003, and came back Dec 2005 and had an absolute blast most of the time. However, neptune tests you with breakdowns at the start, so hang in there, as this too shall pass, and if you can last the first 6-12 months it is so worth it.
    Keep up the good work on the blog, there will be an audience, silent and not so!
    Fair Winds and Smooth Sailing!!

  2. Enjoyed reading your story in Cruising World & on this blog. In an attempt to give a bit of help, I've contacted Yanmar via their website and let them know that there are many folks watching & waiting to see if & when they honor their warranty. Even though you're having fun while waiting, maybe a little public scrutiny will give them extra incentive to get the job done! Keep up the good blogging and enjoy every day. Marjie, St Petersburg, FL

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  4. Poppa is thrilled with the interview!

  5. Great article! Sounds like you're having fun - better than us. Groundhog saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. Yippee.
    K, R, and G

  6. Love reading your blog. We did the same thing in 2005. You'll always remember the good times you are having and never remember the frustating stuff. Enjoy yourselves! I sent yanmar and email too.

  7. Hey Guys, sounds like fun!! Laura, you need to get a number 5 and a 2, it will do the job. I do Bryan and William's hair, and if I say so pretty good!! We would love to meet up with you guys at some point. Keep in touch!!

    Ashlea Fowler

  8. So very impressive!! Especially as I sit here in my jeans and knee socks, three layers on top and still cold!

  9. 18 inches of new here in snowy Utah. Do you know how lucky you are?