Guest Post: Stylish Recounts an Adventure and Gets in a Fight

22 Jun

Adventure: Mangroves to Tall Grass
by Stylish

“Indy, come on!”
“No.”
“Why?”
“I don’t want to go into the tall grass.”
“Please?”
“No.”
“Please?”
“No.”
“Fine.  I’ll go by myself,” I said.  The tall grass was really sharp.  Then I noticed a small grass tunnel. “Indy,” I said, “come over here.”
“What is it?” said Indy.
“Maybe it leads to the mangroves?” I said.
“Let’s go!” said Indy.
As we walked and crawled through the grass tunnel we saw a spider’s web blocking our way.  “Indy,” I said, “pass me a stick.”
“Okay.”
I used the stick to take down ...

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Fusion Marine Stereo 2013, great but confusing!

21 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 21, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Last week I had a long conference call with the Fusion Marine product management team in New Zealand. I came away even more impressed with how committed the company is to integrating its entertainment products with our boats and mobile A/V sources in every way possible. But I also got a deeper understanding of what a complicated mess their innovative ways has created!  I’ll start with the new MS-Unidock Universal External Dock (above). It solves the problem Apple created by putting a new and entirely different ...

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Summer Sailstice: celebrating twice on Totem!

21 Jun

Happy solstice- now, go sailing!

This Saturday, June 22, is Summer Sailstice– a worldwide celebration of sailing held on the weekend closest to solstice each June. On Totem, we observe solstice and are passionate about sailing, so what serendipity to bring them together as we return from our 3 year foray to the southern hemisphere!

The event was started in 2001 by John Arndt in the SF Bay Area. John is passionate about sailing, and just wanted to share his passion with others while bringing the diverse factions of sailing together. Ultimately, Summer Sailstice is all about getting out ...

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Poke-a-knots

21 Jun

Ouest wore a polka-dot shirt today which prompted what has become my favorite word out of her mouth—poke-a-knot. Grandmas, next time you’re buying Ouest a dress, please look for poke-a-knots.

Went in to Guaymas this afternoon. Not much to say really. It’s a city. It’s got Home Depot, McDonald’s, and all the rest. All we did today was eat and grocery shop. These kids of mine are really ridiculous with the eating. I mean, they’re kids, they’re small, they shouldn’t eat ten dollars worth of fruit a day should they? When I was a kid I ate ten dollars worth ...

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BILGE DRAIN: A Useful Hole In Your Boat

20 Jun

Bilge drain (from outside)

You usually don’t think of a hole in your hull as being a good thing, but sometimes a properly organized one can save you a lot of trouble. Back when I owned Crazy Horse, my Alberg 35 yawl, a boat with a full keel and very deep bilges, I wished I had a bilge drain like the one pictured above every time I hauled the boat. There was always a fairly large pool of water at the bottom of the bilge that pumps couldn’t pick up and that I could never reach to bail out by hand, and ...

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Demystifying international clearance for cruisers

20 Jun

I have a new appreciation for how easily most international travelers are able to pass the gauntlets to enter a foreign country. A little form on the plane, a stamp in your passport, and you’re off to your hotel. Sometimes we are lucky to have a very simple clearance (record: 13 minutes, Cook Islands)… and sometimes, we’re not (record: 3 days, Indonesia).

This is the next installment as I tick (slowly, yes) through questions that came in response to my query post, What do you want to know about? from a few weeks ago. Cidnie asked first, but it turns ...

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San Carlos or North Dakota?

19 Jun

I was talking to a local lady today that had—up until a few days ago—owned a bar here at the marina. She told me they decided to sell, in part because business sucked, and in part because the cartels had slowly been moving in. In fact, she told me, the big boss of such and such cartel lived right here in San Carlos. And the only thing I could think was why in the hell would anybody want to risk their life to make millions and millions in drug money if all it meant was they could own a big ...

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Unexpected Kumai: a sweet side of Kalimantan

18 Jun

To our surprise, Kumai was delightful. Yes, it is a funny, dusty frontier town with absolutely nothing to recommend it aesthetically, but it was incredibly friendly. After our weeks in Bali, it was also really nice to be able to walk down the street without having 10 people try to sell us something. Here, nobody tried to sell us anything at all! It was something of a study in contradictions, with the massive shipping traffic and relatively modern vessels and structures next to very traditional boats like this one (he’s waving, of course).
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Before we went up the river, we ...

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Swimming Raccoons

18 Jun

So it turns out finding a beach in San Carlos isn’t that easy. We got in the dinghy and zipped back out the way we had come in but realized that the shoreline everywhere was just rock. The beach out front of the actual town is sandy (I believe), but over here near the marina is not, and we didn’t feel like a three mile dinghy ride. The only semi-normal looking beach we saw was situated in a tiny cove with a bunch of houses crowded up around it. Eventually that’s where we headed.

We swam and played and explored. ...

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The Arizona Suburbs

17 Jun

We left last night right after putting the kids to bed. It’s the second short passage in a row that we’ve done this way, and to be honest I wish we could make every stretch over twenty miles this way. The kids sleep like logs and Ali and I are free to enjoy the quiet starry night for as long as we are able before waking the other up for some sound sleep.

About an hour in it was getting dark, the lights of town were receding, and we were getting ready for bed and night watches. Ali was downstairs ...

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