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

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Careening Pictures from San Blas

Oh the glamorous life of cruising! Scrambling around in the mud, covered in bottom paint, aching arms straining to keep scraping off the mutant barnacles that have taken hold with only a plastic spackle knife as a tool, wading out into potentially crocodile-ridden waters to retrieve the truck brush that was floating away! Oh the good times! Actually it was a lot of fun. The careening went very well. Any day that you can put your boat up on the beach without damaging it is a successful day. And we had Lori and Amy from 3rd Day around to help us have some fun. While we were waiting for the tide to recede enough to get to work, we all played a rousing game of Parcheesi. Then Lori and Amy went off to our favorite taco stand and brought back a hearty lunch we shared on the beach. Good friends are at the heart of the fun of cruising.Cruising is a lot fun, but my God it is not a life for the lazy. There is always another project waiting, and lots of them require a lot of effort. As hard as we worked this day to clean the bottom, it was still a lot easier than it would have been if we had tried to do it while snorkeling around the anchored boat. Our barnacle situation is getting out of control since we got such a crappy bottom paint job in La Paz last year. But that is another blog post soon to be coming to a computer near you..


  1. I suspect if Norm gets wind of your blog, he'll be on the warpath (again!). As long as you're at it, who in La Paz did your bottom? We like to make note, so we don't fall into the same situation. Great pics, great blog!
    Pete and Kathie s/v Citla

  2. Thanks Pete!
    I wsn't kidding about doing a blog rant on our paint job. It will be one of my next blogs along with closeups of the deteriorated paint job they did. It makes me so mad. Abbaroa's was the butcher. But I'll save the rest for the blog.