updated 10/21/14 
Aloha e' Komo mai!
Welcome and come aboard. 

Everywhere we go people we meet are full of questions about our  Albin Vega 27 "Lealea" and the cruising life as experienced by her crew. Over the years we have learned a lot and collected the information on this site so we can share it with you.

Our goal is to challenge ourselves and our vessel and by so doing learn and grow; to share our experiences and the lessons learned through our videos and written logs and to promote small boat cruising in general and the American Vega Association in particular.

For more insight into the cruising life or to simply give advice please visit our blog found in The Logbook or you can also follow and comment with us on Facebook or Google+
Visit The Captain's Notebook where Chuck writes down his thoughts, notes and lessons learned about cruising, sailing and boat maintenance or open the First Mate's Journal and read of Lealea's voyages in Laura's daily logs.  Click into The Galley  and find our favorite seagoing recipes, get some ideas on provisioning and budgeting or learn more about how we manage to eat healthy without refrigeration.  

To see all our videos in chronological order please visit our YouTube channel and click Playlists .  Be sure to subscribe while there in order to receive updates about our latest videos. 

We created Lealea's Book Locker to provide a list of recommended reading books for sailors or those dreaming to be.  We consider many of these books to be a "must read"  for any prospective boat owner or cruiser.  

Check out Laura's photography website which offers a selection of her favorite images available for purchase and offers a wide variety of matting and framing options or stop in and visit our CafePress Store Cruising Lealea - Life in the Sticks - Images from the cruising and sailing life. 

The Original Plan April 2007:

The first step was to haul out at Ala Wai Marine to have the bottom cleaned and fresh anti-fouling paint applied. We installed some new equipment, changed through-hull fittings and sea cocks and had Lealea surveyed.

After provisioning we would sail for Puget Sound and the annual Pacific Northwest VEGAtarian Rendezvous at Fisherman’s Bay, Lopez Island, WA the last weekend of June. The voyage will take approximately four weeks. We plan to spend time with friends and family in Victoria, Vancouver, Gig Harbor and Seattle and cruising the San Juan islands before heading South, down the coast, stopping occasionally along the way, to San Diego where we will join the Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally and race to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in October. From Cabo we intended to make for French Polynesia to explore the Marquesas, Tahiti, Moorea etc. By then we will have extended, modified or abandoned our original plan. Eventually, we will make our way to New England and our farm in Vermont. At this point, we expect that to take two or three years.

We'll post any changes to The Plan here.

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How is That Working For Us?

Everything went fine, according to plan that is, until we reached the outer channel marker buoy departing Ala Wai Boat Harbor when the engine quit. I expected to get seasick; I always do, but I never imagined that I would remain so for twenty one days (A new personal record). Nor did I anticipate that it would ultimately take us fifty five days to reach Cape Flattery.  You can watch it all in our video logs on our YouTube channel.

We missed the Rendezvous by three weeks and arrived with a damaged boat that we thought would require two or three weeks to repair. In fact, we spent five months in Port Townsend refitting the boat

All this means that the original plan to head South before Winter after cruising the San Juans for two months was completely blown. Laura went to work for West Marine.  First in Port Townsend, then in Friday Harbor, Seattle and most recently in San Carlos on the San Francisco Bay.  This gave us the opportunity to take our time cruising that beautiful area and give it the attention it deserved. After all, we are not in a hurry. That's why they call it "Cruising". We departed San Francisco in May 2011 with the idea that we would follow the winds to Hawaii, then Alaska that same year.

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Instead, we enjoyed the warm sunshine tempered by trade winds and tropical showers blowing off the mountains in Hawaii for a full year.  Now we are are in 2014 cruising SE Alaska for our second year and well past our original two or three year timeline. We even missed another Rendezvous.  Take a look at The Logbook or our Facebook page to catch up on the latest.

The Plan requires further revision in response to events and changing circumstances... but who knows? Certainly not us.  Everything depends on the weather.
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