Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monterey to Morro Bay

We had a great time exploring Monterey Bay.  The sea life was amazing.  There were sea lions everywhere.  Sea otters could be seen at any given time floating on their backs eating their fresh catch.  One morning we woke up to a whale watching boat tour guide on her PA talking about dolphins.  We looked outside and sure enough there was a pod of dolphins dancing between our boat and the beach.  Oh, and there was a Taco Bell and Trader Joe's within walking distance.  Speaking of walking, we have been walking anywhere from 3-5 miles a day.

During our stay in Monterey, we chose to tie up to a guest mooring bouy.  We like the idea of staying out of marinas for privacy and budget purposes.  Staying on a mooring bouy allowed us access to the marina wifi, showers, and laundry facilities.  The downfall to this is the fact that the moorings are not protected by the breakwater.  This means that the ocean swell rolls right into the bay and sends Ohana into bronco bucking madness.  The first two nights were okay.  The last two were not.  Keep in mind that we have been living "on the hook" for a year in HMB.  We know about boat wake and the gentle swell of the ocean.  There was nothing gentle about this.  The best part was being beam to the swell and feeling like a baby being rocked in a cradle by a mama on crack.  If you've ever had the pleasure of experiencing this, you know exactly what I mean. 

We left Monterey at 10am Sunday and headed out for what we expected to be about a 24 hour run to Port San Luis.  Yes, you can drive there in 2.5 hours... This was to be our first overnight trip with the girls on the boat.  I had mixed emotions about this.  On one hand, I was excited to have them experience the millions of stars and dolphins riding our wake.  On the other hand, I like to sleep at night.  Everyone did just fine though.  We were all a bit tired the next day.  The girls were up at dawn and excited about sailing into a new port.  We ended up stopping in Morro Bay rather than Port San Luis to save some time.  We pulled up to the Morro Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) dock at noon and took a giant nap. 

Good Morning!

The MBYC has a nice linear dock with water and power hook ups.  Lynne is very friendly and accommodating.  The bathroom & shower facilities are the nicest I have seen thus far.  We are on the dock with a Canadian who is heading to Mexico.  We have also met the crew of a boat headed home to  Nicaragua.  We now have Nicaraguan friends and a beachfront home to stay in down there.  We seem to meet someone new everyday.  The sailing community is very friendly. 

Ohana and friends on the MBYC dock

The town of Morro Bay is quite nice.  They have a great waterfront lined with shops and restaurants.  There are is an Albertsons, Rite Aid, and Dollar Store within walking distance.  They also have cheap diesel and propane at their fuel dock. 

Our next port of call will be Santa Barbara.  Depending on weather, we will head out tomorrow night or Thursday.


  1. OMG THIS IS AWESOME!!! Thank you for sharing I loved reading every bit of it and allowing me to experience YOUR experience. LOVE IT!! Stay safe and enjoy!!

  2. Your off the dock. Excellent! We are still in El Salvador, but planning on heading on to Nicaragua tomorrow or Thursday.



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