November 21, 2019

The Alize' has sold to the highest bidder

There is an old cliche in the boating community, 'the two happiest days in a boater's life are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat.'

I am not one to cling to an old cliche but in this case, the adage rings true.

Closing sale documents are sitting in my inbox and I am elated.

Joyful.

I am filled with joy because this beautiful vessel has found a new home and a new life.

There are adventures on the horizon for this old sailboat. Her story is still unfolding. Her future is unwritten.

You see....once you start in with the old cliches, they just begin spilling forward.

What more can I say. I took this vessel to the glaciers of Alaska and then down to the islands of Mexico. Considering this boat was marketed as a coastal cruiser, I should say that we certainly cruised some coastline.

She never let me down.
That is what is so hard to say goodbye to.
She was good to the last drop.

She was always ready for more. She rarely complained. Maybe never, she may have never complained.

She entered my life with a strong, functional Yanmar diesel engine and she has now left my life with the same strong and functional Yanmar diesel.

If I ever buy another boat (I will), that boat will contain a Yanmar diesel.

Oh, and I will buy another boat.
Mark my words.

It won't be for some time. I am currently enjoying the hell out of not owning a boat. But soon enough I will be sniffing around the docks, looking for something that is ready to head out to Sea.
Something big and blue water ready.

But until that moment, I may buy something small and leave it on a mooring ball in Mission Bay, perhaps in Mariner's Cove. Yes, I am saying it now... I am in the market for a 25 footer to hold me over until I pick up a blue water cruiser.

But for now, so long Alize' and thanks for the memories....








August 4, 2019

The Captain has a new job.

Greeting fellow boaters,

My beloved Alize' sailboat remains in Mexican waters. She will most likely remain on the market in La Paz until the weather cools down. These are the dog days of summer in southern Baja. This means there are not many buyers walking around the docks.


new boat and CBD job



In other news, I was recently approached by a CBD company that needs a Chief Science Officer. CBD Care Garden is the name of this company, they use hemp extract to produce various topical products (massage oil, face creams) that are enriched with the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. In other words, they completely remove THC and use a hemp extract that has a high percentage of CBD. This all gets blended in with other plants and carrier oils....and you have yourself a fancy botanical product!

I have a background in writing/teaching about medicinal plants and the health benefits of plant derived compounds. So, this is a perfect fit for me.

There is currently a lot of hype surrounding the health benefits of CBD. Some of this is garbage, while some of it is supported by scientific publications. To help others make sense of this world, I have recently put together this article about the science behind CBD. Please give it a read! I wrote this for a broad audience.

Cheers,
Captain Curran

July 9, 2019

Boat price recently reduced to 10K

If you have ever dreamed of dropping anchor in a remote Mexican island - this is your chance.

It turns out, you don't even need to be rich. You need 10K and an adventurous heart.

My beloved Alize' sailboat is waiting for you in a fancy marina in La Paz. Costa Baja Marina is about 4 miles outside of downtown La Paz.

Here is the listing for sailboats at La Paz Yachts. You can find my boat - it is the most affordable boat on the page!


This is my Newport 30 out sailing off the coast of San Diego




This is my make shift sun canopy. In this image, the boat is anchored off of Espiritu Santo Island. This location is a 4 hour sail from Marina Costa Baja.

If you want to learn anything about my marine solar panel installation, you can click here to learn about the solar panel on my boat.

All questions on the sale of boat can be directed at Tom at La Paz Yachts.


May 16, 2019

The boat is emptied out and clean, she is ready for a new owner.

My beautiful Newport 30 sailboat is cleaned out and prepped for the market.

Yes, all good things must pass. My beloved Alize is no different...
I drove my truck down the Baja peninsula and hauled all my boat stuff back to San Diego.
Alize is now listed with La Paz Yachts, ask for Tom. He is the man. Here is the listing page. Tom can handle all inquiries and take you out for a visit to the boat.

This 30 foot sailboat has a beautiful and functional Yanmar diesel.
The boat is ready to island hop in the Sea of Cortez.

She is ready for her next adventure!


Main cabin and settee



 Rotating small dinner table, perfect for 2.


Here she rests at dock in Marina Costa Baja, just a few miles from the town of La Paz, Mexico.
You can find more details on the website at La Paz Yachts. All inquiries about boat should be directed at Tom at La Paz Yachts.

March 7, 2019

Dorado from the Sea of Cortez

Last year, I caught this beautiful Dorado out in southern end of the Canal de San Jose.
It is rare that I am fully prepared to bring in a decent sized pelagic fish on the Alize'.

But in this moment, I was equipped with the proper Mexican fishing license, a stout deep sea pole and reel and good high test line. This fish put up a good fight.


Dorado from the Canal de San Jose


My girlfriend is famously known for NOT eating fish. This has been a major source of tension in our relationship. However, we broke this trend with this delicious Dorado.

After filleting the fish, we sliced off section for sashimi and seasoned to taste with spices and soy sauce.

The meal was fantastic!

January 31, 2019

Broke another tiller...and got a new one.

Hello sailing friends,

Long time no talk... Winter is the least boat-y season of the year.
Like many, I've been busy with the holiday season and travel...
Fortunately, I have a 2 week sail planned with the Alize' down in southern Baja.

The plan is to slowly travel from La Paz up to the islands near Loreto.

To prepare for this journey, I've just purchased a beautiful new tiller for the Newport 30 sailboat.
Check her out, this just arrived in the mail.


As you can see, the designers included a large "rise" in the dimensions. In fact, this is a 16 inch shift in plane. This allows the tiller to turn in a large radius without hitting the edge of my cockpit seats.

I am planning to sell the boat, so I thought it would be cool to put a fresh tiller on the boat.

If anyone is looking for a promptly built tiller, I recommend Jamestown Distributors. They built this in 4-5 days and the price was very reasonable.
I think I paid 140$, something like that...