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Saying Good Bye
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Posted: September 30, 2012
Tom Morkin
This, our last b/log for BoatUS finds us some 2,500 miles from Feel Free where she lies high and dry in what we call her boat spa- the dry storage boat yard of San Carlos Mexico.

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Reflections on Our 27 Year Circumnavigation
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Posted: September 15, 2012
Liz Tosoni
We didn’t plan to sail around the world when we set out from Vancouver aboard Hoki Mai in 1985. Not at all. It was supposed have been a one and a half year sailing adventure.

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Sea of Cortez Sailing
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Posted: September 01, 2012
Tom Morkin
We’d heard all the stories of relentless heat: day after day of 100F temperatures coupled with high humidity, windless days followed by hellacious nighttime chubasco winds, and thunderstorms that uproot anchors with 40 plus knots of wind which can materialize with almost no warning — not to mention the occasional hurricane that meanders up the Sea beginning in late August through September and occasionally October — But we’ve also heard of the unpopulated anchorages, fantastic fishing, abundance of clams, scallops, oysters and mussels there for the hunter ga...... Read More

Back to the Sea of Cortez
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Posted: August 15, 2012
By Liz Tosoni
We are back in the Sea of Cortez again, having completed our circumnavigation of the big wide world and in a way, visiting these anchorages and islands we know from previous visits feels like coming home. The main town of La Paz is surprisingly, much like it was back then (13 years ago when we left from Cabo San Lucas with Feel Free), real Mexico, but cleaner now, with a fine new board walk. It’s a city of 215,000 people, yet almost everyone you pass on the street says "buenos dias" or "buenas tardes". It’s as if they are saying "Welcome back!...... Read More

After Circumnavigation: What to Take, What to Leave Behind
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Posted: August 01, 2012
By Tom Morkin
La Cruz, Puerto Vallarta Mexico
After 13 years and umpteen miles under her keel Feel Free has tied the knot on the circumnavigation. As the ship’s chief engineer and bottle washer I thought it might be interesting to reflect on the hardware side of the trip. How did all the stuff we packed on Feel Free perform, and would we recommend it to other cruisers? If, heaven forbid, we were to contemplate a second circumnavigation, how would things be different? What gear would we simply have to have and what would we leave behind?
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Mexican Booby Trap
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Posted: July 15, 2012
By Liz Tosoni
Isla Isabela, Mexico, 21 51.3 North, 105 54.0 W
Isolated, volcanic, 281’ high Isla Isabela is nicknamed the “Galapagos of Mexico” and no wonder. It is home and nesting grounds to blue footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, brown boobies, red footed boobies, brown pelicans, white tailed tropic birds, Heerman’s gulls, sooty terns and brown noddies. Then there are the native reptiles like the green iguanas and the Mexican milk snake, not to mention the proliferation of underwater life.

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Tackling the Tehuantepec
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Posted: July 01, 2012
By Tom Morkin
During our little meander around the planet there have been about eight areas where we expected to encounter more wind than we wanted. In some of those areas, a heck of a lot more. They stand out in my memory:
Cape Mendocino, California
Alenuihaha Channel between the Island of Hawaii and Oahu
Cape Wessel, northern Australia
Strait of Mannar between Sri Lanka and the Indian subcontinent
Gulf of Suez in the northern Red Sea
North coast of Colombia, at the mouth of the Rio Magdalena
Northern Costa Rica and Nicaraguan area of Papagayo winds

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Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico
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Posted: June 14, 2012
Feel Free Sails to Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
By Liz Tosoni
Sailing along the coast of Nicaragua close to shore was fast, exhilarating. Our log book indicates that from Bahia Santa Elena in Costa Rica, and all the way to Corinto, Nicaragua, said to be the northern end of the Papagayo wind area, a distance of about 150 miles, we got nothing less than 15 knots, often 20- 25 knots, gusting to 30 and 35, occasionally 40.
A constantly changing, moving picture show of sand dunes, jutting cliffs, hills the color of rust, small rural settlements and bold volcanoes was always on view to...... Read More

Sailing northern Costa Rica and Nicargua
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Posted: June 01, 2012
By Tom Morkin
We savored our last night at anchor in the nearly landlocked Bahia Santa Elena, our last bay in Costa Rica, because we knew that beginning the next day we’d be dealing with strong Papagayo winds along the Nicaragua coast.

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Costa Rican Cruising
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Posted: May 15, 2012
Liz Tosoni
Bahia Santa Elena, Costa Rica,
10°55.1’ N lat., 085°47.35’ W long.
“There’s a good spot to anchor at Cabo Matapalo, just ten miles from here. From there you can set off at first light, no hazards to worry about, for the next long leg to Drake’s Bay. I’ll give you the coordinates,” advised Tim at Land Sea Services in Golfito. Sounded good to us. What he didn’t tell us was that Cabo Matapalo is a surf beach, locally known as “Backwash” with occasional monster waves, and that surfers flock there from far and wide to ...... Read More

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