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.

Another Era Ended- Goodbye Green Machine

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 sold to a perfect new owner in February 2022 and we left Panama to come back to the US to start another adventure, with a slightly different means of travel.

S/V Tulum-5

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. 

Here’s some more details:

Yacht Specifications:

Brand: Aleutian-51
Model: Ketch
Designer: Stan Huntingford
Year: 1977
Hull Material: Fiberglass


LOA: 51ft
Beam: 14Ft
Draft: 8Ft
Bridge Clearance: 68ft
Ballast: Lead
Displacement 39,000
Bridge deck clearance: N/A


Engine(s): Ford-Lehman 6D380 120 HP
Engine Model: 6D380
Engine Hours: Zero hours since this overhaul in Sept 2022
Engines HP: 120HP
Cruising Speed: 5.5 kts
Max Speed: 7 kts


Fuel: 4 tanks- 230 gal (1 tank new in 2020)
Water: 2 tanks- 150 gal
Holdings: 25 gal

Interior Layout and Amenities

Owner version: No
How many cabins: 2 berths
How many can she sleep: 6
Type of flooring: Teak/Parque
Interior finish: Teak
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
Cabinets: Yes
Hanging lockers: Yes
Navigation station: Yes w/Chart Table
Interior lighting: Yes
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
TV Antenna: Yes
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
Generator hours: 30hrs
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
Saltwater pump: No
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
Spinnaker symmetrical: No
Asymmetrical spinnaker: Yes, new in 2020
Screecher: No
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

On Deck

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
Cockpit cushions: Yes
BBQ type: Magma
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
Dock lines: Yes
Davits: Yes
Opening hatches brand and number: Bomar- 2, NewFound Metals- 2, 5 other opening hatches
UV window covers: No- Curtains
UV hatch covers: Yes
Winch covers: Yes
Helm cover: No
Swim platform: 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
Strobes: Yes
Life Vests: Yes- 6
MOB Gear: Yes
Ditch bag: Yes- Red
Sea Anchor: No
Drogue: No
Medical kit: Yes
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.
Fog Horn: Yes
Bell: Yes

Obviously, I used a form for all that info.  Here’s what we have that’s not listed on the form: 

-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

-Teak Swimstep

-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.

Here’s a brief history of larger projects we’ve done on the boat, with links to some of those stories: 

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

S/V Tulum-4

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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