7/3/2012 – Happy Anniversary to us!

Thirty-Five years ago today,  Lulu agreed to be my wife and I agreed to be her husband.  Who could have predicted then what we’d be doing 35 years hence.  So what did we do?

Lulu woke up early and was sitting at the settee reading blogs when I got up.  This was a major role reversal.  The first thing she said was “We have to pickle the watermaker, don’t we?  Why don’t you start up the generator and I’ll make some water so we’re good and topped off and then you can pickle the watermaker for storage.”

“Wha…?  I didn’t even have my glasses on yet.  I was still foggy from sleep.

“Sorry, I shouldn’t have bombarded you like that right off the bat.  I’ll go do my exercises and give you a chance to wake up.”

For the next 5 minutes I stood and looked out of the companionway.  I knew that we really should pickle the watermaker but I really didn’t want to have to drag the generator out of the engine compartment.  And, since we’re getting hauled out this morning, we don’t really need our water tank to be full.  Oh, did I mention the haulout?

I checked in with the Marina Seca office yesterday to see if they could haul us out for a few days of work followed by about 6 weeks of storage followed by a couple weeks of work.  They said, sure, no problem. Let’s see, we can do it tomorrow any time after 10:00.  So I opted for 11:00 and now here we are.  After our last trip out to the anchored boat yesterday, we had to hoist the dinghy aboard and dismantle and stow it, remove the sun awning, rig the dock lines and fenders and generally get ready to be hauled.  Thus, the need to pickle the watermaker.

Eventually the fog cleared and I decided that we still had plenty of battery left to run the watermaker and still be able to start the engine.  So I got out the hoses and the pickling chemical and got started.  Mind you, this was before I’d even had any coffee.  All in all it wasn’t that bad.  I’m glad to have it done and it really went as smoothly as it possibly could.  And then I had some coffee.

About 1030 we fired up the engine, raised the anchor and headed to the haulout.  Every other place we’ve ever been hauled used a travel-lift:

Travelift at River Bend boat yard upstream from Newport, Oregon, May 2010

Today was a different experience.  Instead of the travelift, they use a trailer with hydraulic arms that can be individually controlled by an operator with a remote control.   All we had to do was get to the dock, hand them the dock lines and step off.  They took care of getting the boat onto the trailer and they were very professional about it.

Starting to come out of the water.

And here we are all safe and snug on the trailer:

Who knew a Westsail 28 was trailerable? Guess it depends on the trailer.

I would have preferred to see the boat a wee bit further forward but these guys know what they’re doing.  They haul hundreds of boats every year.  San Carlos is a major haulout spot for folks who want to go back to the States during the hottest summer months.  From here they haul the boat down the road to Marina Seca.  When the workers realized that we didn’t have a car, they offered to let us ride on the trailer.  We’re not in OSHA country anymore, that’s for sure.  We declined since we had a couple things to do at the marina and it’s only about 3/4 of  a mile or so to Marina Seca.

By the time we arrived at Marina Seca and got our paperwork all done, Siempre Sabado was firmly on the hard.

On the hard in the yard. Been over 2 years since we’ve seen Siempre Sabado’s bottom dry.

All we have to do now before we transfer from the work yard to the storage yard is to basically strip everything off the decks and empty the fridge.  But on a tiny boat like this, that presents something of a problem.  With every square inch below covered with stuff from on deck, where do we sleep, or even sit for that matter?  The answer turned out to be that we sleep on Chamisa, Keith and Kay’s Westsail 42.  They went home for the summer and left Chamisa in a slip at Marina San Carlos.  They graciously allowed us to crash at Motel Chamisa while we’re working in the yard.   It’s nice to have good friends.

That’s pretty much it for our day.  After we take a nice cooling shower, we’ll wait for the sun to go down and then walk up to the Tequila Restaurant for an anniversary meal.

Makes me wonder where we’ll be 35 years from today.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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11 Responses to 7/3/2012 – Happy Anniversary to us!

  1. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    35 years ago we were in Lewiston, Idaho in the Fagan back yard witnessing a wedding. Rachel was two or three and LuAnn’s nephew was the same age, I think. Anyway after the wedding we (Raymond, me, Lea and Gino) took off for San Jose and back to work. I remember on the way home around two in the early morning we were in Burns, Oregon and Rachel was in the high chair with big eyes watching all of the barflys from the neighboring bar at the restaurant. Such memories. Love, Mom (And many, many more anniversaries.)

  2. Eric says:

    I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to find out how the past few days would end! I’m glad to see you’ve found a McMansion to live in while on the hard.

    I couldn’t help but notice that you have two boot stripes? Also noticed that your stainless bobstay fitting has been underwater, is this not a problem?

    Hope your engine troubles get resolved easily and you continue to enjoy your life.

    Eric Olander
    s/v Clementine

    • sryoder says:

      Actually, only the black one is a boot stripe. The other is the old boot stripe peeking out from under the less-than-stellar paint job we did when we raised the waterline We need to do a whole bunch better job of prep work this time although we followed a supposed expert’s advice to the letter.

      Because of being loaded down for cruising our bobstay fitting is now usually at least partly submerged. No problem so far as it’s not continuously submerged, just some (most) of the time. Bud recommends putting a zinc on it and we did although it didn’t make a lot of sense to me since as far as I know, two dissimilar metals are required for electrolysis and everything up there, except the zinc. At any rate, the zinc is still in like-new condition two years later.

  3. Happy Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a wonderful dinner at Tequilas!

    • sryoder says:

      Thanks Elli…. We had a very nice dinner. It’s so nice to be all settled in and ready for our trip…. after we finish getting the boat ready. It will be a bit of a hot sweaty job, but I’m actually kind of looking forward to it.

      Hope all goes well with the baby and looking forward to seeing you two again.


  4. Joan/Raymond Yoder says:

    I forgot to mention that Beverly was with us too when we were at your wedding. Love, Mom

  5. Marilyn (Crutcher) Williams says:

    Happy anniversary to you. I remember the day very well. Lulu, you haven’t changed much; but, Steve, you have changed a bunch. Great memories with the Crutchers and Fagans!

    • sryoder says:


      You are so sweet to say that I haven’t changed much…. that’s not how it looks to me but I appreciate that you think so. Stephen is a bit hard to see in that youngster on the bridge but when he shaves that little punk is still there. I too have many fond Fagan/Crutcher memories.

      Thanks for the anniversary wishes…

      Love, Lulu

  6. Dani says:

    Happy Anniversary! 35 years is something to be proud of, and inspiring to me.

    I’m glad you have a place to stay while working on your boat. Fortunate. Can’t wait to see where you’re adventures will bring you next.


  7. Mark & Barb says:

    Happy Anniversary Lulu & Steve… we miss you guys, I’ve been wanting to comment sooner but have been really wrapped up in getting the Wheelchair basketball team going here in Puerto Penasco…

    Again Barb and I wish you all the best for many, many more years together and of course many, many more years afloat…

    Lots of Hugs… hope to sea U soon…
    Barb & Mark from Rocky Point…

  8. Sandy and Scott Wedge says:

    Happy Anniversary to one of the coolest couples I know. So glad to call you our friends! Love Scott and Sandy

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