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

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Level of Luxury

We've been enjoying our stay at Marina El Cid, as always. We take this opportunity tied to a dock and work through a big list of repairs and maintenance. After a summer in the sea, it is heaven to tie up to the dock at El Cid and enjoy the electricity, water, pools, beach, and most of all the staff. El Cid is a great resort and it's a treat to be here and enjoy it. But this year we decided to really pamper ourselves. We booked a week in a room here. It's perfect since we can get off the boat and still be around for Rudy. We tell ourselves it's so we can repair the broken head (toilet) on the boat. But really that is just an excuse. Our unit has a nice TV, two beds, a huge shower, a sitting area with couches, a balcony with beautiful ocean and marina views, and a handy little kitchen.
Since our lives are a holiday anyway, when we are on holiday at El Cid our interests are different from the average guest. Most important is that each one of us is fighting to spend the most nights alone in the suite. After two years of extreme togetherness as a family, we are all craving a little space. We have a roster all lined up to make sure we each get at least one night alone. The next thing high on our list is laying in bed with the remote control and a TV. Jack and his friends have spent several afternoons hanging out in the room, ignoring the sunshine so they can watch Sponge Bob. Patrick is all excited to use the kitchen to can some tuna that he caught on the sail over. It will save our propane and keep the smell out of our boat - not sure what our neighbor will think! But my favorite luxury is a flushing the toilet that you can put toilet paper in - what heaven.


  1. long showers would be top of my list, lots of HOTT water!!

  2. You must be a fellow boater! It would be high on the list except anytime we are tied to a dock, we can put the dock water in through our system (without it going to our tanks) and use the electricity to run the water heater. Not every boat can do this, but they should be able to!

  3. I have a curiosity about how all you boaters fund the extended lifestyle of traveling. Could you enlighten me on how your family survives and buys things?