In early November of 2023, we adopted two donkey’s from Ridgecrest, California where BLM maintains the BLM Ridgecrest Regional Wild Horse and Burro Corrals, one of two sites in California where you can go to adopt or purchase wild mustangs or burros. This is the newest and slowest way that we’re “traveling”. We’ll take our time to train our two new burro’s as we prep them to race. See our stories as we go along.
We sold our 51-ft ketch (Tulum-5) in February of 2022 and flew out of Panama a few days later. Upon arrival back in the US (Florida) we quickly assessed and bought a 2007 Blue Bird All American 84-passenger bus. But the bus had already been mostly converted to an RV and was move in ready. So with our two kids, Great Dane and Sailing Kitty we loaded everything we owned from the shipment that arrived from Panama and determined a new course. At 55-miles per hour, we wanted to see America as we traveled slowly. This first journey would take us to California so we could register the bus, then onward to more adventures.
Prepping Greta (the big green bus) For Another Adventure
Green Machine- One Of Our Chariots To Adventure!
Why I Think Our Skoolie Is Fairly Priced
Time For The Green Machine To Keep Moving
WESTWARD HO! And A Rejuvenating Goat Farm
Tulum-5 was our second sailboat and our boat names have been in the family for the last forty years. Tulum-4 was OUR first boat and now we’re cruising Tulum-5. We bought her in 2018 shortly after selling Tulum-4 and we left the US for extended cruising in 2019. Along with our kids, Great Dane and sailing cat, we’ve been out of the US cruising Central America slowly ever since.
Wanna know some more about Tulum-5? She’s a unique sailboat. Most folks think of “51” foot sailboats as quite large and heavy, but remember that Tulum-5 was built in the late “70’s” as a performance cruiser. She isn’t in the same class as the classic “leaky teaky”; as down below she’s sleek and comfortable, although she’s still full of warm and welcoming natural teak.
Tulum-5 is one of only 11 Aleutian sailboats built (some in Taiwan and some in Canada) and designed by the late Canadian Naval Architect Stan Huntingford. She was built and launched in Taiwan in 1977 and has already circumnavigated (before our time). Although she’s younger than 50 (not a classic yet) we think we’re around to caretake, improve and modernize her. We love this boat and the safety and comfort she’s provided our family…with two younger children and a very large Great Dane.
For informational purposes, here’s a link to high-res, digitized original plans of our Aleutian-51 plans: Performance Cruiser: Aleutian-51. I wrote the story in 2018, after we had found original, signed plans….on the boat. We still have them on the boat and they will pass to her next owners.
|Bridge deck clearance:||N/A|
|Engine(s):||Ford-Lehman 6D380 120 HP|
|Engine Hours:||Zero hours since this overhaul in Sept 2022|
|Cruising Speed:||5.5 kts|
|Max Speed:||7 kts|
|Fuel:||4 tanks- 230 gal (1 tank new in 2020)|
|Water:||2 tanks- 150 gal|
Interior Layout and Amenities
|How many cabins:||2 berths|
|How many can she sleep:||6|
|Type of flooring:||Teak/Parque|
|Salon couch and fabric:||Yes, new in 2019|
|Salon table:||Yes, Teak|
|Head and showers:||2 heads with one shower and a tub bath + Transom Shower|
|Navigation station:||Yes w/Chart Table|
|Water maker type and size:||Rainman, 30gal per hour, new in 2018|
|Air conditioning type and total BTU size:||No|
|Hot water heater brand and size:||Yes|
|Cabin fan type and number:||Multiple|
|GPS type, model and size:||B&G|
|Depth sounder model and size:||B&G/Simrad|
|Wind speed and direction model and size:||B&G/Simrad|
|Autopilot size and brand:||Simrad/B&G Primary, plus CPT|
|VHF Radio brand and model:||Standard Horizon (3 VHF’s on the boat, not all hooked up)|
|Handheld GPS model:||No|
|Satellite phone system:||No|
|Single Side Band Radio model and year:||ICOM-706MK GX 1500|
|Radar brand and size and year:||Simrad|
|Chart plotter brand and size:||B&G Zeuss 13.5 Inch MFD|
|Compass brand and size?||Richie, small|
Mechanical & Electrical
|Solar panel type and size of total watts:||10 Solar Panels, 1000 amp potential|
|Wind Generator type and size:||Silent Wind, new in 2018|
|Generator type and size:||Champion 3100 Watt Portable Generator|
|Shore power cord length and type:||1-50 ft 30-amp cord|
|Charger system type:||Magnum MS-2812|
|Alternator size and type:||Romaine Electric- 90Amp, with spare on board|
|Electrical socket type and number:||110, 7|
|Inverter model and size and year:||Magnum MS-2812 Inverter/Charger, new in 2019|
|Battery monitor system:||Yes, every battery has a BMS- Xiaoxiang|
|Type and size of refrigerator:||Vitrifrigo, large two door|
|Type and size of Freezer:||Vitrifrigo, (2) large|
|Sink size and type:||2 Sinks, aluminum|
|Stove and number of burners:||3 Burner Force-10|
|Oven size and type:||Force-10|
|Type of countertops:||3, newly upgraded|
Sails and Rig
|Mainsail type, size and age:||Fully Battened Main and Mizzen, new in 2020|
|Jib type, size and age:||Yes, large and small- new in 2020|
|Asymmetrical spinnaker:||Yes, new in 2020|
|Drifter or gennaker type and size:||No|
|Genoa Furler type and size:||No|
|Screecher furler type and size:||None|
|Mast type and height:||Aluminum, 68 ft main mast|
|Bowsprit type and length:||None|
|List all winch sizes and brand:||2- Barlow 36’s, 5- Lewmar 30’s,|
|List all deck cleat sizes and brand:||Stainless steel and bronze, good shape|
|Bow pulpit seats:||No|
|Dinghy type, age and size:||10 Foot Achilles, new in 2022|
|Dinghy engine type and horsepower:||20 HP Honda, new in 2018|
|Cockpit seating and table:||Yes|
|Deck shower type:||Yes, works|
|Bimini design and type:||Hard Top, complete cockpit cover|
|Traveler brand and type:||None|
|Standing rigging size and type and age:||South Korean wire sourced from the US and replaced in 2020|
|Running rigging type and size and age:||Rope and Dyneema, most replaced in 2020 or newer|
|Stack pack with lazy jacks:||Yes- from Zoom Sails, new in 2020|
|Standard sail cover:||No|
|Batten car brand and type:||Harken|
|Primary anchor brand and size:||110 pound Manson Supreme (SHHP)|
|Primary anchor chain and rode:||275 feet of chain and 100 feet of rope|
|Secondary anchor brand and size:||77 pound Bruce|
|Secondary anchor chain and rode:||200 feet of rope|
|Windlass brand and size:||Maxwell VWC 2500- Installed new in 2018|
|Bumpers – how many and what size:||7|
|Opening hatches brand and number:||Bomar- 2, NewFound Metals- 2, 5 other opening hatches|
|UV window covers:||No- Curtains|
|UV hatch covers:||Yes|
|Fishing gear:||Yes- Handlines|
|Life raft type and size and year of last service:||Revere Survival Offshore Commander 2.0, (8) person- New in 2019|
|Flares:||15- up to date|
|Life Vests:||Yes- 6|
|Ditch bag:||Yes- Red|
|EPIRB type and year:||ACR Global Fix 406 MHZ- 2018|
|Electric bilge pumps:||4|
|Manual bilge pumps:||1|
|Emergency tiller type:||No|
|Tools and spares:||Yes, More than I can list.|
-Martin Logan and Kicker Speakers- cockpit and cabin speakers with installed stereo
-Wave WIFI MBR-550 Multisource Router
-Iridium Go with installed long distance antennas
-Forward Looking Sonar-Interphase
-AIS Class-B- Simrad
-Blue Sky IPN-PRO Remotes X-2
-Blue Sky MPPT Power Controllers- X-2
-Boat HAS a Forward Bow Thruster
-Powerstride AGM Battery For Bow Thruster and Windless, Powerstride AGM Battery in the Radio Locker, New Start Battery- May 2022
-House Batteries are LIFEPO- Lithium Batteries Installed and NEW in 2021. Each battery has it’s own BMS.
-Boat has (3) separate rain coverings
-Boat has backup Tank Tender System, new in 2019
-Boat has new Galley Countertops
-Boat has Dickinson Anartic Diesel Heater
-Boat has Autoprop Folding Propeller
-Teak Decks that are in great shape
-Stanchions raised to 4-ft in the middle of the boat for safety when working on deck.
2019– Engine removed from the boat and completely overhauled.
New Main and Mizzen sails from Zoom Sails and designed by Jamie Gifford (S/V Totem)
2020– Main Fuel Tank removed and new aluminum fuel tank built and installed.
Upgrading Tulum’s Fuel Tank (Fuel Tank Repair For Dummies Like Me)
All Standing Rigging removed and replaced with high quality South Korean wire sourced from the United States.
Custom Chain Plates (316L) made and installed on the boat.
Bottom was painted (red).
New Asymetric Spinnaker, large front Jib and Stak Paks from Zoom Sails and designed by Jamie Gifford (S/V Totem)
Stage-1, Tulum’s Refit- Haul Out In La Paz, MX
Stage-2, Tulum’s Refit- New Chainplates
Stage-1.5, Tulum’s Refit- Side Projects
Stage-3, Tulum’s Refit- All New Standing Rigging in La Paz, Mx
2021– Complete overhaul of the exhaust system, new exhaust system custom made and installed.
Just Blowin’ Smoke….Bidding Adieu To The Summer Of Soot
2022– Engine Removed so that new and upgraded support beams could be made and installed for new shaft bearings.
Engine completely serviced while it was out.
Exhaust System was inspected while the engine was out.
Bottom was painted (blue).
Tulum’s 5-Year Upgrade and Improvement
Extended Maintenance and Major Repairs: The Continuing Price For An Experienced Sailboat
Strip It To Get The Best Protection For Your Wood
This section is currently “in build” and not completed yet-
Selling Tulum- Part 3
Selling Tulum- Part 2
Decisions-Decisions: Is it time to sell the boat?
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