Failure To Launch Part 3 of 3


Failure to Launch is three-part follow-up series to the summer of 2014 when we invested blood, sweat, and tears to prepare LA VITA for the next leg of our long distant voyage. These events were chronicled in Count Down To Launch.


The needle pricked each time it entered my arm. On her third try, I trembled, “What’s the problem?”

Your vein is collapsing.” The nurse hovered over my wrist, hypodermic in hand. She shook her head in frustration and marched away.

Confused, I asked Rick, “What’s going on?”

Failure To Launch Part 2 of 3


Rick and I are on high alert. We’ve been driving for three solid days on this endless gray highway.  The detour sign is missing. A truck driver, using hand signals, shows us which lane to take.  “Look out,” I shout, pointing straight ahead. Traffic is diverted into our oncoming lane. We proceed on faith.

“Good grief, we’re on the wrong side of the double yellow line.” I warn.



Failure To Launch Part 1 of 3

Dock lines are curled and ready to toss. Waypoints charted from marina to destination. LA VITA is ready from mast to keel. Rick and Lynn are primed to go. It’s two weeks before Christmas 2014.

“Time to raise the dinghy and tie her down on the foredeck,” says Rick reaching for the halyard. “I’ll pull the dinghy on board while you crank the winch, okay?”



“Sure, I’m ready. Let’s do it,” Lynn replies.

Lynn grabs the winch handle with both hands and pushes. The winch barely moves. Lynn slumps on the deck, rubbing her arms. Her shoulders ache. She fails to raise the dinghy.

“What’s wrong?” Rick asks.

“I can’t turn the winch. I can’t raise the dingy. I don’t have any strength.”

Count Down To Launch

We busted our butt getting LA VITA shipshape. It was a long, hot, and wet summer.

Lynn The Drowned Rat

Lynn The Drowned Rat

Wet Bunk and Soggy Saloon

A leak developed over our bunk and in the saloon. Thank goodness the soggy pillows were on Rick’s side of the berth.

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Our Comfy Berth LA VITA‘s Saloon

Using a hose to simulate rain, Rick determined the leak was most likely under the mast base plate. We agonized over the decision to pull or not to pull. What if his diagnosis is wrong?

Dog Fight & Lynn Visits ER!

“I think I’ve been bit!” I said in disbelief as I put down my camera and discover two holes in my leg. I just  became collateral damage in an angry territorial dispute between local mongrel dogs.

(Video: Click to play) Mongrels in Action

It’s 7am and we are on our daily walk along the malecón (seaside promenade) and were standing in front of the fish market.

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Lynn In The Lazarette

Where do I begin? It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about life on LA VITA.

We’re alive and thriving. You probably guessed the ‘alive’ part because I’ve written this post. Thriving is subjective, but I’d say we are.

Over the past months we’ve tackled huge projects, both personal and boat-related. I’ve wanted to describe the details and share my fears and triumphs. But I couldn’t. Why? I set two priorities: improve my writing style and enhance our Website.

I dived into the world HTML code and got lost for several months. After all my fiddling, I hope our blog loads faster and the pages are easier to read.

I’ve been studying the art and craft of storytelling. The hardest lessons: tell one story, make if brief, and make it personal. Apparently, long technical posts are no longer in vogue. This post is my best effort.

Special thanks to our blog followers and my writer friends for your input, suggestions, and encouragement.

I am forever grateful to three special writers that stuck by me as I fought my way along the learning curve.

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Marie, Peta, Lynn, Marie
(LCWG: La Cruz Writers’ Group Members)

My retreat is over! I’m back. I’m writing. I’m posting.

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Lynn Looking Out of Lazarette

To discover what I learn in the lazarette, click

Daniel n Art

Many years ago, Daniel (my grandson) visited me in San Diego. I was working on an art exchange video.

Here is an excerpt of the video featuring Daniel. It is very short video (1:12). Daniel is opening an envelop. Inside is a picture drawn by a child living in Estonia. (no audio)

Daniel was about 5-years old when he starred in this video. Today he is a department manager for Lowes, married, and has a young family of his own.

Please forgive me for bragging, but Daniel was the youngest person promoted to manager in the entire Loews national chain.

Three Kings Day

In our last post we listed Kids’ Wish list for Santa as written by some very special young people. You may remember these little ones are living at a local children’s shelter, Casa Hogar, and are cared for by Manos de Amor (Hands of Love).

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Click here to see a bunch of happy kids!

Lynn Visits Santiago

(A special thanks to everyone for giving me permission to take their picture. Note: click on picture to enlarge.)

My adventure begins during Rick’s fourth hospital visit.

Ibana, one of Rick’s nurses, has invited me to visit her mom, Julia in Santiago. Santiago is a small town five hours north of Puerto Vallarta, near San Blas. She, Jose (her husband), and two sons are leaving that night. I had to make a difficult decision quickly.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lunch: Whole Dried Shrimp LUNCH: Shrimp

During each hospital stay I’ve been with Rick almost everyday and slept in his room nearly every night.

What’s Goin’ On?

Whenever possible, we would go to the Ikuai restaurant and listen to Mango Duo. Their Latin rhythms, acoustic swing, and Zoe’s lovely voice create a relaxing haven for us.

We sure enjoy their music and friendship.

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When LA VITA sensed that Rick was well enough to go for a sail, she demanded we go to Opequimar Shipyard and get her bottom painted!

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