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    90 days to departure!

    The clock is ticking! I am now 90 days from leaving on the rest of my life cruise!

    Departure from Seward Alaska Harbor is the first Weather window after May 1

    The goal is to be ready to head down the Baja on November 1st.

    The only other real commitment is to get bilge keels installed in Nanaimo, and to get a survey for new insurance while in Washington State. Other than that I am just another retired guy with nothing to do, and the next couple decades to do it.

    The boat is in perfect shape. I am prepared life wise to have the freedom to explore. My land based commitments are severed. My only land based asset is a 2003 dodge pickup that I have owned since new. That will be shipped to Seattle and driven to La Paz to have a vehicle to get around longer distances than the bike allows.

    A "home base" slip has been rented in La Paz Baja sur for next winter.

    I have a spanish one on one instructor that I am working with daily to help me get fluent quickly.

    I turn 60 in March and for this one I'll be hanging in Cabo hoping to get in some trouble.

    Being old is not so bad after all


    KEVIN SANDERS
    4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


    Whats the weather like on the boat
    https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


    Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

    #2
    Its gonna be cool following your journey to LaPaz
    👍🏼
    Dave
    Edmonds, WA
    "THE FIX" '93 2556
    Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II
    The Rebuild Of My 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
    My Misc. Projects
    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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      #3
      FREEDOM! What a great lifestyle! If you don’t mind a couple of comments/questions….

      Considering the cost of shipping the Dodge and the logistics of driving it one way to La Paz why not just buy a vehicle in La Paz?

      What are you planning for crew?

      Will the other half catch up via jet?

      No answers required if to personal.

      PS, I hope your fishing gear is rigged rugged, the tuna, wahoo and Mahi get big and fight hard!
      Jim Gandee
      1989 3888
      Hino 175's
      Fire Escape
      [email protected]
      Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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        #4
        Hope to see you when you are in Nanaimo. Who is doing the bilge keels?
        P/C Bob Hicks JN
        Dock Holiday, 1992 Bayliner 3888 Double Cabin Flybridge Cruiser
        Twin Hino W04TI 210 HP Diesels with Hurth HSW630A 2.0:1 Trannys
        Westerbeke 8.0 BTD-614 8KW Genset
        Avon 9 ft 6 in Tender with a Tohatsu M8B 8HP outboard
        Currently moored at Stones in Nanamio, B.C.

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        • ksanders
          ksanders commented
          Editing a comment
          Roy over at independent shipwrights is making the bilge keels. He has done several 4788/490 hulls and a few for BOC members who reported excellent roll reduction.

        #5
        Originally posted by Jim_Gandee View Post
        FREEDOM! What a great lifestyle! If you don’t mind a couple of comments/questions….

        Considering the cost of shipping the Dodge and the logistics of driving it one way to La Paz why not just buy a vehicle in La Paz?

        What are you planning for crew?

        Will the other half catch up via jet?

        No answers required if to personal.

        PS, I hope your fishing gear is rigged rugged, the tuna, wahoo and Mahi get big and fight hard!

        There are challenges regarding buying a vehicle in La Paz. Even if I could find a nice one as a US citizen it is more challenging I have read to buy a vehicle in Mexico.
        I have had this truck since it was new and although it is almost 20 years old it has been maintained with a open checkbook methodology. It is in as good of mechanical condition as you can get, and looks nice as well. The shipping to Seattle is easy and the drive down will be fun. I will just meet the truck in Seattle, park the boat and make the drive.

        It's just me for crew for most of the trip. My son, his wife, and teenage daughter are planning on meeting me in San Diego to make the trip down the Baja.
        I also have a buddy boat that I'll be meeting up with somewhere along the way. He is leaving Alaska but a couple months later due to boat prep projects.

        No 2nd half. We parted ways and are business partners. What is unseen behind the scenes is that I have been living on my boat full time since 2018. No further details forthcoming except that this is permanent. This makes me a true liveaboard as my boat is my home. At some point I will re-invest in a dirt property mostly as a hedge against inflation and protection against my growing old on the boat with nowhere to go.

        I have some pretty good fishing gear, and will get more

        Now counting down. Last summer I announced my retirement and extended that date to May 1. My replacement at work is almost trained and I have 23 twelve hour shifts left in my career.


        This story of my retired life is just beginning. This is the trip of a lifetime and is just the first part.

        KEVIN SANDERS
        4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


        Whats the weather like on the boat
        https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


        Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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          #6
          Forgot to ask if you have a remote windlass control? That will come in very handy when anchoring out single handed.

          Can’t wait to see all the pics and hear all the stories! Live the dream brother!
          Jim Gandee
          1989 3888
          Hino 175's
          Fire Escape
          [email protected]
          Alamitos Bay, SoCal

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            #7
            Originally posted by Jim_Gandee View Post
            Forgot to ask if you have a remote windlass control? That will come in very handy when anchoring out single handed.

            Can’t wait to see all the pics and hear all the stories! Live the dream brother!
            Thanks Jim

            I do not have a remote windlass control but have single handed anchor evolutions for a decade so I'm not worried.

            I am also very experienced at single handed docking. With the mid cleat three steps from the helm, the 4788 is a breeze to dock in most conditions.

            It's amazing just how well set up the 4788 is for single handed operation for a boat of it's size.

            Oh I am also re-naming the boat as I have just yesterday finished paying off the mortgage.

            The new name will be Dos Peces and will be in spanish. Why that name? I just thought it was cute and sounded nice. Two fish. Me and my boat.

            KEVIN SANDERS
            4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


            Whats the weather like on the boat
            https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


            Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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              #8
              Kevin, you got to take your car the Dutch way...
              Attached Files
              1989 2159 Trophy Hardtop
              5.8L OMC Cobra
              2 1/2 year restoration project after "all you need to do is put the rebuilt engine back in".
              Mountlake Terrace, WA

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                #9
                Felicidades y bueno suerte! Disfruta de tu viaje!
                I’m five years or so behind you and living vicariously thru your posts while I get my 4788 prepped and my wife finishes working. Our plan is to head north first( from Puget Sound) as we haven’t seen any of the cruising grounds north of the San Juan’s. At some point we’ll turn south and see where we end up.
                Drew Haas
                1998 4788 "Painkiller"

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                  #10
                  So excited for you Kevin! Hope our paths cross in Catalina and then in Baja...planning on heading down in Nov as well. Curious what Marina did decide on in La paz?

                  Ps we put this Wireless remote on our windless and do find it helpful at times....https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?id=1485954

                  Mark
                  USCG OUPV
                  1990 4588
                  Carlsbad, CA

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                    #11
                    Originally posted by drewhaas View Post
                    Felicidades y bueno suerte! Disfruta de tu viaje!
                    I’m five years or so behind you and living vicariously thru your posts while I get my 4788 prepped and my wife finishes working. Our plan is to head north first( from Puget Sound) as we haven’t seen any of the cruising grounds north of the San Juan’s. At some point we’ll turn south and see where we end up.
                    Gracias Amigo!

                    Where one ends up I think is largely based on the preferred weather.

                    No me gusta la niev

                    KEVIN SANDERS
                    4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                    Whats the weather like on the boat
                    https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                    Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                      #12
                      Very exciting Kevin. Keep us all posted so we can live vicariously through you!
                      2014 Double Eagle 176EXL. But we are not done with Bayliner yet…this is just to get us to and from our cottage in the Gulf Islands.

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                        #13
                        Originally posted by Metrodriver View Post
                        Kevin, you got to take your car the Dutch way...
                        Oh My!

                        KEVIN SANDERS
                        4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                        Whats the weather like on the boat
                        https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                        Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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                          #14
                          Kev, there are some pretty talented surveyors and a few reasonable haulout facilities in Bellingham. Drop by, tie up near by and enjoy some hospitality at Squalicum Harbor.
                          Best wishes for your adventure. If you want crew, heading down the coast, ask. It might be a great adventure for........uh.....well...... I just retired a few weeks ago.....
                          The wife might not approve, but say something if you are looking.
                          Tally and Vicki
                          "Wickus" Meridian 341
                          MMSI 338014939

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                            #15
                            Originally posted by talman View Post
                            Kev, there are some pretty talented surveyors and a few reasonable haulout facilities in Bellingham. Drop by, tie up near by and enjoy some hospitality at Squalicum Harbor.
                            Best wishes for your adventure. If you want crew, heading down the coast, ask. It might be a great adventure for........uh.....well...... I just retired a few weeks ago.....
                            The wife might not approve, but say something if you are looking.
                            Congratulations on your retirement Tally!!!

                            Life without responsibilities!

                            KEVIN SANDERS
                            4788 DOS PECES - SEWARD ALASKA


                            Whats the weather like on the boat
                            https://www.weatherlink.com/embeddab...59665f4e4/wide


                            Where am I right now? https://maps.findmespot.com/s/2R02

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