Jerry King and Arlene Nicholson maintain this site so their families, friends, and anyone else can keep up with their adventures on Mirador, a 1995 Caliber 40 Sailboat. We sailed from Tacoma Washington to San Diego in the autumn of 2000. In the spring of 2001 we sold our Puget Sound home to cruise full time on Mirador in Western Mexico. We then returned to Puget Sound in late 2004 and kept Mirador at a dock on the Thea Foss waterway in downtown Tacoma.
While sailing in Puget Sound on a rainy winter day in in early August 2010 Jerry decided it was time to take Mirador back to a sunny warm climate. Jerry and his two brothers, Jim and John, left Puget Sound on September 1 and arrived at Oceanside in Southern California on September 15. Mirador then reached her new semi-permanent home in San Diego Bay on September 18, 2010. You can read all about the trip and see lot's of video and still photos at #Tacoma San Diego 2010 or just scroll down the page.
Mirador is currently ( July 2016 ) at D dock in Sunroad Marina (Sunroad
Marina Homepage) on Harbor
Island East, San Diego. Click on the thumbnails of Mirador's new home to
see full size pictures taken from the ramp leading to Mirador's dock and from
the parking lot looking toward San Diego.
Mirador is currently ( July 2016 ) at D dock in Sunroad Marina (Sunroad Marina Homepage) on Harbor
Island East, San Diego. Click on the thumbnails of Mirador's new home to see full size pictures taken from the ramp leading to Mirador's dock and from the parking lot looking toward San Diego.
Our FLICKR site will display thousands of photos showing Mirador and us sailing from Canada to Mexico - Click here to visit the site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tacomasailorphotos/sets
SHORT TERM PLANS
Arlene has now officially retired from her job at Tacoma City Water where she worked as a Water Station Control Operator for 32 years. We will live aboard Mirador in San Diego until the Fall 2016 Mexican cruising season. Arlene would like to cruise south again on Mirador. But, Jerry, getting old, lazy, and feeble, is thinking something bigger and easier would be a comfy way to cruise, perhaps a Selene 53 trawler or a Catana 471 sailing catamaran. Maybe this fall will be the fall we decide where to head next and what to travel in. Or, maybe we will just stay in Sunroad on Mirador and enjoy life in San Diego.
Check the FLICKR site for lot's of bicycle and hiking pictures.
Our plans, as of July, 2016, change day to day. Medical problems have overtaken us and are causing us to rethink our long distance cruising plans.
Arlene has recovered from her left shoulder and arm injury but does have some residual problems. There is some nerve damage that makes it difficult for her to control her hand and fingers at times. Occasionally her hand and fingers 'freeze' and she cannot move them. She has to use her right hand to move the fingers and flex the wrist at which time she can again control the hand and fingers. Jerry received another lubrication injection in each knee and they are still working well. The knee Doc did say that at some point his knees will quit working and will finally demand replacement.
As of mid-2016 we are thinking about heading south again in late 2016 or early 2017. We'll spend a year or two in Western Mexico and then continue south and east thru the Panama Canal. From there - Who Knows?
We are also thinking seriously about selling Mirador and purchasing a 44' to 50' sailing catamaran. In early 2015 we tried to buy a Brazzapi 51 cat but someone with more cash beat us to the deal. We are now looking hard at Lagoon 440s and 47s, and Catana 471/472 boats. A lot more room for living aboard and a much easier sailing platform for Jerry's bad knees and Arlene's weak and painful left shoulder, arm, and hand.
Another big consideration for us is to get out of California where we pay way too many taxes. Our California income, boat, and sales tax expenditures are just about the biggest expense, and only slightly less than our medical insurance and medical payments. Now that we are California residents our slip fees, state taxes, and medical insurance accounts for over 55% of our total expenses. I hope we can find a state where all those bills will be significantly less. But, it is hard to give up the wonderful life we have in San Diego:
- near perfect
- a wide range of bicycling opportunities
- great public library
- all kinds of free cultural events
- fantastic parks
We will probably move our domicile to Florida and cruise from there thru the Bahama Islands, Turks & Caico Islands, and maybe as far north as Maine.
HERE IS THE BOAT AND CREW
The picture below is Mirador in Echo Bay on Succia Island in the north part of the San Juan Islands - about 85 miles NW of Seattle and just south of the Canadian border . Jerry's brother Jim is standing on the bow.
Read about our ownership & brief history of our travels with Mirador A HISTORY OF MIRADOR
How is Mirador different than any other Caliber 40? What did we add and change to make her different?
Click here to see Miradors Tacoma to San Diego Playlist - this will take you to YouTube where we have 16 HiDef videos showing our 2010 trip to San Diego
TACOMA TO SAN DIEGO - THEORY AND PLANNING Plans for Heading South
A WALK AROUND MIRADOR IN CRUISING TRIM YouTube Video - Walk Around Mirador
HEAD WINDS EVERY WHERE How to get out of Puget Sound?
FLARES AND NEW CREW Day One to Kingston
NON-STOP TO MONTEREY?? Escape from Puget Sound
NON-STOP TO MONTEREY?? Gale Alley Shows it's Stuff
WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW Waiting in Newport
WHEN CAN WE HEAD SOUTH? Still Waiting in Newport
STILL TRYING FOR MONTEREY Will We Ever Get There?
ONE MORE TRIP TO MONTEREY Is There a Slip for Mirador at Monterey?
SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL TO OCEANSIDE Warm Water and Warm Wind - Finally!
ON TO MIRADOR'S NEW HOME ON TO A NEW HOME
PUGET SOUND SAILING STORIES
PREPARING MIRADOR FOR A TRIP TO SAN DIEGO How Much Work Can it BE?
STRANGE NEW GIG HARBOR STRUCTURES August 2010
MY WINTER CRUISE BEGINS IN AUGUST September 1, 2008
TACOMA TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL July 4, 2008
MIRADOR SUFFERS IN THE SNOW! Dock Street Snow
MEXICAN LOGS FOR 2004
CLICK ON ANY DATE or BLUE TEXT TO SEE OUR THOUGHTS FROM THAT PERIOD
MV WELL DESERVED June_4_2004
MIRADOR - ABANDONED IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO June_1_2004
CAT'S MEOW - SAFE AT HOME IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO May_25_2004
MV CAT'S MEOW - AGROUND AND FLOODED May_22_2004
FOOD & WATER May_15_2004
LORETOFEST 2004 May_12_2004
THE LA PAZ MALECON April_27_2004
THE EASY WAY NORTH April_16_2004
HEADED SOUTH FOR LA PAZ April_9_2004
PLANNED TO GO SOUTH - ACTUALLY HEADED NORTH March_27_2004
IN THE WATER - SHINY AND NEW March_13_2004
A WHOLE NEW ANCHORING SYSTEM February_16_2004
BACK TO LA PAZ AND A BEAUTIFUL NEW BOAT February_8_2004
Click on any of the red links to go to that page
READ A LOT OF OPINIONS ABOUT SEA OF CORTEZ ANCHORAGES Sea of Cortez Anchorages
HURRICANE MARTY & REPAIRS TO MIRADOR Hurricane Marty
READ THE LOGS FOR 2003 YEAR 2003 LOGS
READ THE LOGS FOR NOV 2001 THRU CHRISTMAS 2002 YEAR 2002 LOGS
READ THE LOGS OF PREVIOUS VOYAGES July 1999 thru November 2001
? HOW DID WE GET TO THIS PLACE IN LIFE? Background
? BOAT INFORMATION Caliber 40 Specifications
? WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS? The Plan
? PHOTO GALLERIES
The following e-mail addresses should have an ampersand (@) in them where we have written (at sign) There is NO SPACE either before or after the @. We have been getting a lot of junk mail generated by programs that scan WEB sites looking for @ symbols in the middle of addresses. We hope that our using the (at sign) convention will stop this problem.
The following E-Mail address will send messages to us on Mirador via our HAM/SSB Radio. These messages must adhere to a very specific format. The connection between the shore based station that is connected to the Internet and our boat radio is VERY SLOW - 1200 baud when it is going full speed. If you wish to send us messages on the HAM or SSB radio link please keep them short and simple.
- only plain text (no HTML or any other HyperText - use your FORMAT/STYLE menu item to specify plain text)
- one page or shorter (AIRMAIL will cutoff any messages longer than about 2000 characters)
-include any original message in a reply
We normally check for messages everyday on our HAM link when we are away from Tacoma on the boat.
DO NOT SEND ANY EMAIL TO OUR HAM ADDRESS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE WE ARE OFF CRUISING
WE DO NOT CHECK OUR HAM EMAIL WHEN WE ARE NOT CRUISING ON MIRADOR!!
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