Monday, November 2, 2015


Our last anchorage aboard El Tib.
La Playa, San Diego
Our last weekend aboard El Tiburon was filled with sun and warm water and good friends and lots of fun and some sadness. The weekend was Bittersweet. We anchored out with our friends, Chris and Manuela, from Manuela, a Hylas 56. We look forward to sharing more anchorages together - after we find our forever Trawler. The search is on….

 The weekend included plenty of relaxing.
 We visited some Italian bathing beauties aboard Manuela.
 Enjoyed the local scenery.
Spark had a final swim from shore.
And one last cruise around Shelter Island.

Our plan is to find a trawler with 2 staterooms with 2 private heads that will accommodate family and friends in the Pacific Northwest for a couple seasons before returning to California and ultimately back to Mexico.

If you see EL TIBURON in Mexico say "Hello" to her new owners, Rob and Jane.
And please give El Tib a pat from us.
She is a strong ship and served us well for 8 years!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Small Sailing DETOUR

A small sailing detour for a very BIG WONDERFUL EXCITING reason.
We have created a lot of adventures in our life, but this one, named Jack, is the BEST!
Jackson Charles Erickson
Future Yachtsman.
 Hana, Jack, Darrell & me
 Mimi & Momma Hana with our Blessing, Baby Jack.
Hana is a natural mother. 
At only 3 weeks, its obvious that Jack adores his momma, 
and for darn good reasons. She is loving and fun and giving.
We are pretty crazy about her too!

Big changes for all of us. 
Luckily we have a California King so everyone has room.
Darrell manages to get in a little work for his solar business while watching Jack, 
and Spark has been very accepting of his new baby brother.
Darrell wanted to be called, "Captain". We settled on "Cappy"
Sometimes Spark is less than enthusiastic about his rival, but he's a good sport.
Bath time is a family event.
Had no idea how necessary our new kitchen facet would be. 
Notice those BIG STRONG hands for hauling up the main sail!
All clean and bundled up warm & toasty.
And complete adorableness!

It didn't take long before the word was out, and our neighbors came bearing gifts and praise. Next, my family arrived to warmly welcome Jack into the Powell clan. Darrell's 3 sisters are waiting anxiously to meet the lad that bears the family name.
My sister, Barbara and her daughter, Alison 
with her two kiddos, Stella and Trevor.
 Trevor is a gentle cousin.
Aunt Terry, always full of love and laughter.
What about me?

I bet you are hoping for a couple more cuddly pictures of Jack.
One Day Old with Mimi.
"Hey There!"  Bundle & Blankie knitted by Auntie Carol.
More Sleeping.
Sleeping Dragon, nearly 4 Weeks Old.
Sleepy time again.
Jack, Spark, and Cappy grab a nap.

We have spent four months in the mountains, our longest away from El Tiburon. Hana was anxious to visit her mom and introduce Jack to his maternal Great Grandmother, as well as all her friends in her beachside hometown. So, we all packed into the car and headed south. Hana enjoyed her visit, and we re-bonded with El Tib and sailing buddies Chris and Manuela. We even got to anchor at La Playa Beach on Shelter Island and saw the Beach Boys at Humphrey's. Those pictures will be posted maƱana. In the meantime, we are missing our little cozy cabin in the woods. It's been a good break filled with lots of sun, surf, and sand, but we are ready for some fall color and cool nights snugged around the fireplace.

Lovely Fall in our little Valley awaits us.

D and Me, Highway 49 overlooking Sierra Valley
And then, its back to El Tiburon,
to help get Jack acclimated to life afloat.
Jack, at 7 weeks, flexes his sailing muscles!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

- EL TIBURON - Let the Good Times Roll -

El Tiburon all cozy in Avalon, Catalina Island

Isolated Anchorages.
White Beaches.
Fishing Galore.
She Sails Beautifully!
And More Sailing
And Flying The Spin
Romantic Evenings
And Tons of Fun.

Achilles with 15hp and wheels.

New Hard Dodger Cover and Glass, Granite Counters Throughout, Decks totally Refurbished, Brand New Seafresh Electric Head, Manual Raritan Head,Topsides Painted, Achilles 11' Dinghy with New Chaps, Dinghy Davits, New Fleece Fender Covers, Rebuilt Autopilot,Full Service Engine with New Turbo, 2014 Raymarine Radar, Custom Mattresses, Imtra Lights, Frigaboat Refrigerator and Freezer, Newly Varnished Cabin Soles, New Main & Staysail, Stack Sail, Fans Throughout, Espar Heater, All Lines Lead to the Cockpit, New Dining Table, EPIRB, Avon Life Raft, Single Side Band, Shark Cutter, Max Prop, Quiet Rutland Wind Generator, 2 Solar Panels, Spectra Watermaker - Santa Cruz with New Membrane and Much More. Yikes, what a great boat! 


Sunday, March 8, 2015

H O M E….…is where our HEARTS are…….Land or Sea.

Darrell takes the chill off in the tub, and Spark adores the snow.
My mountain man and Hana huddled up.

Snow is nice, very nice, but so is our floating home on the water. 
After a month of yard work, it's back to El Tib for boat work.

Our gated community.
Home Sweet Home.
Sparky's turf at La Playa

Land or Sea, HOME is where our hearts are happy.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


We may not be in Mexico, 
but we are close enough for the real deal, Gordon's in Chula Vista.
Al Pastor, My VERY Fav!

El Tiburon has found a new spot that includes a gym, pool & spa, and it comes a restaurant that delivers to the boat. We love the Kona Kai on Shelter Island, we had an end-tie here 3 years ago, and its great to be back. We are close to the yacht clubs, chandleries, running beaches for Spark, long walks for us, lots of cafes, and an endless amount of entertainment in San Diego. Darrell's business is doing well, he's selling solar, wind generators, inverters, batteries, chargers, just about anything that will help manage your energy needs aboard your boat, RV, home, or business. Check out Erickson Energy Management at  
 Our Hood.
Big Boy Neighbors.
 Attessa, a 300 foot Fedship comes with a Rolls Royce.
The rich are NOT like us.
More of the hood, with  
Big Blue & Stars and Stripes in the background.
Another nice thing about being in San Diego
 is hanging out with sailing friends from Mexico.
Spark goes swimming as Fred and Darrell sail by on Tapatai.