Wednesday, January 25, 2012


What are the comments about Two Fools And A Cat? Nothing is as encouraging as a kind word. Here are a few comments from real people like yourself.

English Bulldog .... what a great read this was ... very reccomended .. well worth .77p 
i would of easy paid 4-5 pound for it ... well done 

Reece Bourne .... I am so very Proud to be able to read this. ... an inspiration to me because like me we share some things but you just stand up high and take a dream and turn it into a Reality!  you  have accomplished something so very Special. I Envy you both.

hardymeagan ...  the women follow their dream and reading their story makes you feel like you are right there with them on the boat! There are twists and turns throughout, like any good story.  I found the story easy to read and I particularly enjoyed the fact that it read like a diary.

 Tina W. Martin ... This is a story about following your dreams... a sailing adventure of a lifetime.  This is a very interesting book about their adventure. .It takes you through all of the struggles and mishaps they go through on the journey.

You??? ...  Feel free to post your fellings about the book ... we love to hear from you!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Come sail away...

Have you ever wanted to be on a sailboat? Have you wanted to watch the dolphins swim alongside you and jump in and out of the water? This is a video Jazzy made that will allow you to do just that.

Our sailing trip - come sail with us...

Don't forget the book is called Two Fools And A Cat and is on sale for only 99 cents at
Get your copy and enjoy the trip with us!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nautical Terms

In writing this book I tried to use common language to not confuse the reader but there are a few things as a sailor I took for granted were common knowledge. I apologize and will list here a few things to learn.

Port = the left side of the boat looking forward
Starboard = the right side of the boat looking forward
Aft = the back of the boat
Fore = the front of the boat
Standing rigging = the metal cables holding up the mast
Mast = the pole the sails attach to
Boom = the horizontal pole attached to the mast the bottom of the sail attaches to
Knot =  1.150... miles per hour thus 40 knots  =  46 MPH
Sheets = Lines at base of sail to move sails where they best catch the wind
Jib or Genoa = the front sail
Mainsail = the large sail at the center 
Mizzen = The sail at the rear of the boat
Tack = the side of the boat the sails are on
Reef = reducing the amount of sail in the wind by rolling in or tying a section of the sail down
Windlass = the winch used to bring in the anchor chain
Fathom = six feet
Beam = the width of a boat
Pulpit = the steel guardrails at the front and rear of the boat
Stantions = The metal supports along the deck that hold lines to prevent falling overboard
Keel = the shape of the bottom of the boat (ours is a full keel extending the full length of the boat)
Wind vane =  a device attached to the rear of a boat that has a rudder to adjust course based on the direction of the wind
Swell = about 1/3 the height of a wind generated wave
Helm = the area where the boat is controlled
Sole = the floor inside the boat
V-berth = sleeping area in the foremost part of the boat (usually V shaped)
Head = the bathroom
Galley = the kitchen
Chartplotter = an electronic device that shows your location and other information
Radar = an electronic device that shows anything above the waterline
Bilge = the area under the sole that collects excess water that comes into the boat
Mooring = permanent anchors placed in the water to tie a boat to
Slip = area in a marina to tie up a boat

I have tried to cover the basics as simply as I can. If you want to know more feel free to ask. 

Slideshow of the trip

One of the things we did while at sea was to take a lot of pictures, I would like you to spend some time seeing the adventure we had. Click below to watch the photos.
Two Fools And A Cat

Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Life Onboard

All our time was not spent lounging on the trip. Things needed repairs and life continued.
The shaft seal was difficult to reach. It required wedging myself over the engine.

Repairing the bilge pump forced me to remove a section of the sole.

There is no hot water in the head so I chose to wash topside with the help of a solar water bag.

The sun was the best choice for a hair dryer.

Working below forced me to dissemble everything. At times it was really crowded.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012


The  crew member who suffered most on this trip is also the one who never chose to come. He has been my constant companion for his entire life. This blog is dedicated to him and all companion pets everywhere.
Here he is when we first found him and gave him his first bath. He lost all his dignity as a wild kitten on this day.

Here he is relaxing on the boat before we left California.

Like most pets, he knows how to get my attention.

Safe in Florida and off the boat he started to look like himself again.

Recently we acquired a new kitten for a playmate. Here they are all tuckered out.

Whenever I sit down Smokey is in my lap often with his new friend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


One of the great things about living on the water is being able to stop and take in the sights. Although we didn't make many stops, here are some photos from the LA area, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.

This is M&M surf school where I took my first lessons at Seal Beach.
The pier at Seal Beach
Some of the shops along the coast south of LA. And yes, that is me in the last photo.
Big fish at the aquarium.
Iguana on the rocks in Mazatlan

Me in Mazatlan
Coach in Cabo San Lucas

Leave it to Jazzy to find Burger King in Mexico

Jazzy at a Mexican restaurant 

Along the water at Cabo

Our favorite place to eat in Mazatlan

Jazzy taking a break in Mazatlan

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Scenes from the deck of the Ballerina

Sailing the Pacific coastline gave us opportunity to see sights impossible from the land. When the weather cooperated we took as many pictures as we could. Some of these scenes are described in the book. Others are now just memories.  When the seas were rough we were too busy to take photographs. The first picture will show how harsh the sea can be.

Here I am holding the remains of our flag after it was ripped to shreds during a storm.

The southern tip of Catalina Island

This is called the Baja California Spur

Beautiful sunset behind an island at sea

The Island of Cedros - where I broke my hand on an anchor chain.

Turtle Bay where we bought our first fuel at sea.

Barge passing in the evening

Cabo San Lucas at night

Leaving Cabo San Lucas

Sun setting over the sea

Coming into Mazatlan, Mexico

Will be adding a video of dolphins swimming and jumping alongside the boat next time, hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


One of the things I love about living near the ocean is surfing. While I lived in California I took lessons at Seal Beach and made a lot of friends. I continue surfing on a regular basis at 57.
While living in San Pedro I was featured in a local publication as surfer of the week.
The weather was not always good and at times we just watched.

I am on the left and my good friend Bruce is on the right. We are at Seal Beach, California.
Here I am learning on my new board.
This was taken at Cocoa Beach, Florida with a 16x Zoom. A storm had pushed up some great waves. This one was head high and I had just made the drop in the photo. Later that day I broke a rib and had t0 recover a few weeks.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

The San Pedro area

I lived on The Ballerina in Cabrillo Marina for a year prior to beginning this trip.
Entering San Pedro from land.

This was my slip at the back of the marina.
Entering the marina area.

This beautiful tree is in the parking lot. The office is to the right.
Shopping along the coast is always fun.
Here I am at the helm of The Ballerina.

This is Angel's Gate Lighthouse in the LA Harbor taken from the deck of The Ballerina.
Here is Cabrillo beach. Angel's Gate is in the distance and the marina is off to the left.
This is Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. I sailed over to the island several times.
Avalon Casino taken from our mooring in the harbor.