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On January 3, 2019 we purchased Matilda, a 46′ Hylas sailboat. The purchase was completed about four miles offshore from San Diego to avoid (not evade) California sales tax. This was all done on the up-and-up under the direction of an attorney who specializes in these quasi-legal, shady schemes. On our maiden voyage from San Diego to Marina del Rey (Los Angeles), where Matilda was to undergo an extensive re-fit, we were stopped by the US Coast Guard for a “routine” inspection which, remarkably, we passed with flying colors.
The ten month re-fit of Matilda included a new generator, watermaker, washer/dryer, Hydrovane self-steering system, air conditioning, fresh water electric macerating heads, chart plotter, wind instruments, radar, forward scanning sonar, and major service/rebuild of the engine, furling systems, winches, windlass, rigging, and much more.
We departed Marina del Rey in October 2019 and joined the Baja HaHa rally in San Diego for the passage to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This was a great way to start the journey. Click the link for more info on the Baja HaHa. Our plan was to cruise around Mexico for a few months then head to the South Pacific. The Covid-19 pandemic forced us to change that plan.
We have spent about half of our time over the past two years cruising the west coast of Mexico from the northern edge of the Sea of Cortez to Huatulco in southern Mexico.
The latest plan is to sail south, through the Panama Canal into the Caribbean between now and June 2022. We will leave Matilda in Panama for the hurricane season (June-October). In early November we will sail from Panama to Jamaica and on to St Lucia.
In January 2023 we will be joining the World ARC rally in St.Lucia for a 15 month 26,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe.