Not exactly sure how many miles I have sailed but must be close to 20,000. Been pretty lucky until about Three weeks ago while transiting the Pinole flats. We struck number 10 buoy. All I can say is......not paying attention! Sailing with headsail off the wind and lost track of drift and well, there you go. Above is port bow. LCB has a crash bulkhead so no water intrusion but disheartening to say the least. Called some friends on Napa River, we were headed to their house, and they were sure we could get hauled at the Napa Valley Marina.
I am a sailor. Cashed it all in in 2003 and sailed around the NW USA then went to Mexico for two years then sailed to Australia on a Baltic 42. Sold the boat in OZ and bought a Privilege 42 in Venezuela. Not fully retired so have been doing the nuclear steam generator change out gig to recharge my financial batteries. Work 13-15 hours a day for two to three months. Make great money quickly so I can get back to the boat.