Looking Back at Our Two Boats

Betty Jean is the opposite of Grand Slam: she is smaller and closer to the water yet almost 20% heavier, with a full keel and bowsprit. She is a ketch, with a main, mizzen main and genoa, as opposed to a sloop with a large main and jib.

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My Father’s Daughter

I wrote this blog last year around this time and thought I’d share it – Over the past few months, as I’ve been singularly focused (with varied levels  of enthusiasm) on reviving the wood on Betty Jean, my mom’s voice (spoken in tones both endearing and exasperated) swirls in my head, “You’re your father’s daughter.” The light…

Shiny New Port Hole

For Christmas this year, my dad gave Adam and I the most awesome gift – a new port hole! Below is a shot of the boat pre-porthole – take a look at the front of the white cabin. And the modest master at work: Our new porthole is the greatest thing. It lets in a…

Our First Week Aboard Betty Jean

In November of last year, Bud (Grand Slam’s new owner) and Adam orchestrated the ol’ switcheroo – simultaneous trips moving Grand Slam up to Long Beach and Betty Jean down to San Diego. Bud and his son drove down to San Diego where they began their trip while Adam and I drove Bud’s car up…