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Tanda Malaika

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FullSizeRenderWe’ve spent so much time trying to come up with a name for our new home.  We’ve heard all the superstitions concerning renaming a boat, but since we aren’t the superstitious type, we are giving her our own name.  Beside, Emma announced to us that she read that if you do rename it, you just have to get a virgin to urinate on your newly named boat, and all ill juju will be washed away.  She, of course, volunteered to do the honors!

We figured that since she’s an African built yacht, she deserves an African name, and the one we have chosen, means “Guardian of the Sea.”  Her name will be Tanda Malaika.  Maybe a little tough for some to pronounce at first, but before you know it, it’ll roll of your tongue beautifully like it does ours.

Blue Bones

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IMG_5870I spent several days calling marina’s to try find a live aboard slip where we could keep our new home, and each time I’d be given the same responses.  No slips big enough are available, and you can’t have more than 2 people living on a boat in our marina.  Finally on Friday, I drove from one marina office to the next, asking in person, and what I found out, is that pretty much all marina’s between San Francisco and San Diego, have been zoned to allow no more that 2 people on a live aboard.

So, we will need to go to Plan B. (more to follow tomorrow concerning that)

As I was leaving the last marina, I noticed a little old man with a mischievous smile, who had also been searching for a slip.  As we left, I mentioned to him how tough it’s been to find a place for our cat.  He said he couldn’t believe how things had changed in all the years he’d lived in this area.  I then asked him, since he knew the area well, if he knew of a good diesel boat mechanic that could help us with our daughters boat engine.  He spread his arms wide then hit his chest and said, ‘you’re looking at him! I know a diesel engine better than I know a woman’s body.’  I smiled at his enthusiasm and took him up on his offer to look at Hannah’s boat.  He took a good long look at the engine, made a few adjustments – all the while laughing and telling us tall stories of the open seas.  He said his mother named him Mark, but he’s known as Blue Bones, because he loves sailing in cold places where ice bergs and beluga whales are seen off to port and starboard.

The next thing I knew, Blue Bones had the little diesel engine humming happily. I have a feeling we’ve not only found ourselves a great diesel mechanic, but also a new life long friend.

The moral of the story is that the old saying is true: Never, judge a book by it cover:)

Our new home

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For several years now, Danny and the creatures and I have spoken about our desire to circumnavigate on a catamaran.  We’ve spent many evenings pouring through sites like Yachtworld, The Multihull Company, The Catamaran Company and several others.  During the day we text each other links to various boats we have found.  It was difficult finding the right boat for our family that fit into our budget.  We knew we wanted a catamaran, and that it needed to have 4 double berths.  We wanted it to be structurally sound but weren’t afraid of hard work to fix it up a bit if needed.

About a month ago I told Danny about a guy who’s name is Phil Berman.  He owns The Multihull Company and I had a gut feeling that if anyone was going to find us a boat, it would be him.  Phil is not only an honest, knowledgeable businessmen, but he is an excellent sailor.  I appreciated the fact that he did not only ‘talk the talk’ but he ‘walked the walk.’  Within 2 weeks of contacting Phil, Danny and I were in Florida, looking at boats with his trusted employee, Jeff Jones.  Jeff showed us many boats and was so patient and informative.  He was clear and made us feel like he had all the time in the world to take care of our needs.  He answered all our questions and didn’t pressure us in any way.  At the end of the day, our favorite boats, were Leopard 46 and Lagoon 450.

We liked the openness and size of the Lagoon.  The ceilings are tall, the all running rigging leads back to the helm for single handling if needed, the hulls are wide and comfortable for a liveaboard, and we liked the overall look of the boat.

The Leopard was was also beautifully layed out for single handling, it has a large trampoline at the bow and convenient steps or seats for easy access to the hard top bimini. The interior was comfortable and flowed well, and like the Lagoon, it has all the electonics we needed.

After considering all pro’s and con’s of both boats, we decided on the Leopard 46.  We decided we were willing to give up a tiny bit of living area for a more efficient sail.  Overall, the Leopard was just more our style, and just like me, it was made in Africa.  Leopards are produced in the beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.

We returned to our hotel room, chatted it over, and called Jeff that evening with our offer.  By the next morning, the offer was accepted, and we were on our way to purchasing our new home!!

Leopard 46
Leopard 46

Magical Beginnings…

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Our family officially began on April 10, 2014.  I had 7 children, Kjira (23), Hunter (20), Jonathan (17), Hannah (17), Mycah (15), Aidan (12) and Emma (12), and my sweet husband, Danny, had 4 children, Ashley (23), Jacob (21), Jordan (17) and Aundrea (15), so combined we have 11 beautiful creatures.  We were married bare foot on the beach at sunset, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and then shortly after, settled in Oxnard, California.

Danny is a tall, dark and handsome corporate jet pilot, scuba diver, musician, genius, who is creative, thoughtful, loving and adventurous.  I am a scuba instructor and corporate flight attendant, who loves cooking, photography and anything outdoors, but most importantly, being a mother and a wife. I love my life, I am madly in love, and I am so excited to live every day with my Soul Mate.IMG_0253