This year, my little sister Jenn, came by the house a few days before Christmas while I was away and left a special gift. There would be a set of Lotus Trolley Bags on my dining room table when I returned a few days later.
It’s getting much more difficult these days. That’s good news and bad news, right? Downsizing these special items will be much more meaningful if I can “keep it in the family” so if you see something you like, let’s talk. Please share with your pals!
In total, we’d be 5 days in and a round Catalina Island. We all took responsibility for one or more of the main meals. Oddly enough (but not really if you know me), one of the things I was most looking forward to was my night in the galley. I planned a simple yet flavorful beef stew in a bourbon sauce that would simmer for hours in my 60-plus-year old cast iron kettle.
This process of downsizing has entered Phase Three and it is beginning to get personal.
We are on a roll with work being done to my buddy Dave’s O’Day 19 sailboat, Just Enough. Today it gets literal and we tackle replacing the wobble rollers on his trailer.
Just like a well trained scuba diver, we made a little decompression stop after the last downsizing and purging phase. The only difference is, we’re going the other way! Time to dive a little deeper.
A quick story and then a few lessons we learned while stepping the mast on Just Enough, an O’Day 19 sailboat who provides us with many fun leisure sails and cruiser races on Lake Pleasant.
Reading books, taking classes, getting ASA certifications, and cruising around San Diego Bay in a Catalina350 are all great ways to learn sailing. But what teaches you sailing faster than all of these combined? Two words: Thistle Class.
Today we begin the journey to downsize to boat size! I’m sure it will become more difficult later. For now, this is the easy phase of downsizing and I’m going to have some fun with it.
We had a blowout on the way to Lake Pleasant, ack! My best buds Seth and Nick were with me, however and we emptied the cargo area, hauled out tools, changed to the full-size spare and were back on the road with Indy-500 Pit Crew level execution. You cannot stop a sailor on the way to the water!