S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!

October 21, 2009

Still in Marina Del Rey - Oct. 21

Disappointingly we did not solve INTREPID II's mechanical/electrical challenges after all.

We are now waiting for return phone calls from electrical shops and from other yacht clubs who might have reciprocal spots to offer for a few additional.  We've tried to upload some pictures onto this blog but all that happens is they queue up then disappear.   It might be time for a new, speedier computer, but that definitely is not in this year's cruising budget.

We've spent Monday and Tuesday night onboard INTREPID II at the yacht club dock and had a enjoyable dinner last evening with family at one of their favorite Mexican restaurants.  We've said our farewells for now, having had too short a visit, but boat repairs have certainly had an impact on how we're spending our time.  Since Kelly had to drive to the Standard Horizon office outside Long Beach to deliver and pick up our less than stellar performing chart plotter, we rented a car and also used it for trips to West Marine, Ralph's (large grocery store) and to do some banking.  It will be laundry day today with attempts at checking email and updating this blog.

In the meantime, we discovered a tidbit of history about our current location:

The anchorage that became Marina del Rey’s raison d’etre finally started fast-tracking in 1949 when the Army Corps of Engineers submitted an elaborate $23 million plan for a marina with the capability of mooring over eight thousand small craft boats. The fast track went warp speed in 1954 when President Dwight David Eisenhower signed Public Law 780, making the Marina del Rey harbor an authorized federal project.   As the project neared completion, a vicious 1962-63 winter storm demonstrated that the channel leading into the harbor proper was vulnerable to strong wave action. Baffles, lying perpendicular to the channel, were quickly installed, and then later replaced with a bouldered jetty that protects the channel today.  (courtesy of online Tripadviser article)

Our plans are still to move down to King's Harbor in Redondo then spots south - but for now one day at a time.