SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Though I swore that Sabbatical would stay in warmer latitudes, after being separated from the ship since May, it's time to bring her back to San Francisco where we can sail this fall.
Sometime soon we will begin moving Sabbatical north, probably in stages, to also escape the exhorbitant berthing fees that have come to mark San Diego. Parking a boat the size of Sabbatical now costs about $950 per month - and the threat of more rate hikes is in the air as the slip shortage gets worse as more new boats try to find spots.
In San Francisco Bay, we have berthing for about $400. For that, we can don our gloves and hats in the colder weather and still do quite nicely.
What this means, of course, is all the folks who wanted to jump aboard and see what cruising life was like - but couldn't make it to Mexico - get another shot. The ship is for sale, but we expect to get it out of the slip and tool around San Francisco Bay a lot, until some buyer comes along.
Which means we might do a lot of sailing for several years.
I've secured one crew member for the sojourn north, mi amigo Scott Noble, who has his own small business but also is an experienced jet mechanic. So if we have engine trouble along the way, and he goes into the engine room, I get to shout just like Captain James T. Kirk.
"Scotty, I need that engine back online right now."
And he gets to shout back, "I'm doin' the best I can captain."
Should be a fun trip - and it will be nice to have Sabbatical within easy reach again.