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

Monday, May 23, 2011

Wax On....Wax Off

I've been feeling great empathy for the Karate Kid in the last few days, except we had the electric buffer (Thank God). My arms still feel like lead lumps. Patrick has a deep-seated psychological aberration known as "wax envy". Every time we see an especially shiny boat, he gets very depressed. Finally we have gotten our boat to a point that he can feel proud. It looks pretty good for a ten year old boat. It should stay that way for maybe a month.

It's Monday morning and our work is finished. We have yet to complete the installation of the bilge pumps, but we don't have to be on the hard to finish that project, so we are calling it good. As long as the wind stays low today, we will splash back in the water. If it gets too windy, we won't do it since we are such a tight squeeze in the boat launch that we would probably get banged up and scratched if the wind caught us.

And Now for a Shameless Commercial Plug

I cannot say enough good about this miracle product. Along with Patrick's wax envy he is also acutely conscious of the greenish scum line along the water line of the boat, and rust stains on the fiberglass. Before we used a rubbing compound to get these tough stains out and it was a LOT of work and never really got clean. Then we found "MaryKate On and Off Gel". This gel took the stains away in less than a minute right before our very eyes. We de-scummed the water line in about 20 minutes of work. Simply brush it on, wait about a minute and then rinse it off. No scrubbing, no rubbing, no big mess. Even though I am not affiliated with the company I am tempted to offer a Money Back Guarantee if you buy this product. You will not be sorry!


  1. Well... as long as it has a "Fresh Scent!" I'm game. Did Patrick stop waxing once the sun went down and he couldn't see his handsome reflection any longer? ;)

  2. I know, that made me laugh, too. I don't tend to worry about a fresh scent when I am standing in the toxic waste land of a boat yard. The picture of Patrick was taken this morning while we were waiting for the boat lift to come and tie us up! He was making noises about staying another day to get a second coat of wax on, but I nixed that notion. Men!

  3. WOW a shiny boat. We are a rust streaked mess but it still floats. Maybe get a polish in Fiji.

    Miss you guys, Charlie and co