Who says you need a big boat and a big budget to go cruising? Meet my friend Ben and also meet out little mahogany dinghy “Puff”. Over the years I’ve had lots of small adventures on “Puff” with my kids so when my friend Ben Shaw mentioned wanting to do some small boat voyaging around the bay this summer I offered up little “Puff” and the challenge was a go…. read Ben’s blog to find out what it was like spending a week sailing, sleeping and voyaging in an 8 foot dinghy on a long loop around San Francisco Bay at shawkeane.wordpress The adventure was epic and I have a feeling it won’t be his last on “Puff” either!
This season I had the pleasure of sailing with Sophie and helping her learn the ropes, so to speak… learning to sail her own boat through spending some time crewing for me. Here is an awesome little video from her YouTube channel “sailing with Sophie” if you like it be sure to subscribe to her channel to see her progression in sailing- Sophie is not one of those who dreams about going sailing- she is making her dreams real!
Ok so you may recall that we cast off our shore power for good this summer with new solar panels, charge controller and inverter/charger (thanks again dad for the panels!) We have had our first few cloudy/foggy days where the sun barely peeped out at all and I still had fully charged batteries by mid afternoon so it looks like we might be able to ditch the grid forever!
Next up is solar cooking. My son Julius was super excited to get a GoSun oven for summer solstice but unfortunately it wasn't tightened down quite right and the glass vacuum tube crashed and broke on him after just two meals (awesome ones, too)! The good people at GoSun just sent us a new one, no questions asked.
So far, I LOVE it!
No fuel, just sun.
Easy to fill, easy to clean, no oven heat in the galley on a hot day.
Here's a quick look at how it works…
Insert a tray into the glass vacuum tube and set in the sun for about 30 minutes…
Yum! Eggplant baked with pesto and zucchini both out of JJ's garden.
Below is the kids favorite organic hot dogs wrapped in pizza dough- remember pigs in a blanket?
If you're interested in purchasing one for yourself or for a gift click here:
If you know anyone with a boat or who likes to camp it's an awesome gift!
If you want it to be super portable get the sport pro pack with two trays and a carrying case.
This year we volunteered as a support boat for some amazing swimmers to raise money for Baykeeper. Baykeeper watches over our waters and works hard to prevent pollution so we think it’s a great cause to support and I look forward to doing some more on the water volunteering with them this winter. Check out the video here: