Two SeaLions Kiss – A Short Film

Please follow this to my Vimeo Channel. All my video are done with an iPhone and an iPad. Hope you enjoy watching as much as i enjoys making the film.

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Denny Freitas


Started Landscaping

It’s been way to long between blog posts! So much has happened in the last few months. It’s been a very sad and difficult time. However, it appears things are turning around. We often have to face many difficult challenges in life the key is to remember that your current situation or situations are temporary!

Rather than talk about how bad things have been. I want to share something positive. I started doing landscaping for extra cash. It has worked out great, not only am I making a few bucks I am getting in much better physical shape, and meeting real nice people here in Santa Cruz.

Hope you are have a great day, Denny

Boat Back in the Water

After a tough three weeks of working on the 1987 Chris Craft, I finally got the “Old Christy Lynn” back in the water. Now we are all set for this summer. Bottom painted, new transducer, which gives me a new speedometer, depth finder, fish finder and more.

I also polished and waxed all of the gel coat. Re painted the old blue stripe black with a red pin stripe.

It was great to have Capt Joe Rodgers of Marine Survey check out the bottom. He used a mallet on every square inch of the boat. Now we have that documented in the survey as well.

As far as the “Old Christy Lynn” I have a new name for this classic boat. “Miss Rae”

Santa Cruz Boat Yard a Week Later

WOW, I feel like I have a full time job again! When I was young I started in the workforce early. At 13 years I was old prepping cars for paint jobs. Of course, it wasn’t long before I was doing the painting. It was a fun, artist job. I miss that type of work. Later today I need to pick the boat name and get it the striping tape.

I choose Black and Red stripes to replace the old original Chris Craft Blue. Of course, those two colors are the most expensive and hardest to apply. Red is a very transparent color and black shows every little defect.

So, needless to say, I have been super busy all last week. Leaving no time for blogging. I did get some great simple footage. That is posted on youtube. Yes, I finally broke down and went back to youtube and Facebook.

I mention this in an earlier post. I am not a fan of today’s social media. I do admit however it is more difficult to have your own “Blogging Space”

Have a great day,


Here is a video about a 1920s fishing boat. He said one day i can meet the owner who is 89 years old!

Moving Video Hosting to YouTube

I met a former computer engineer today who suggested I move my videos from my own hosting service over to YouTube. After he explained I completely understand.

Retired in Santa Cruz is a simple videography site where I quickly capturing an interesting story. “When I see it I shoot it”. I was not using youtube because I didn’t want it to be in today’s social media frenzy.

I would rather have it on my own web domain. That way if the people I am filming are not OK with it then, I have total control to remove it. I feel as if Facebook and Youtube is being watched by way too many people.

That is why I was using Vimeo along with a simple site.

WordPress is a great community of mostly Bloggers and I like it being simple and low key.

However, I am now going to start up a youtube channel.

Thanks, Denny

Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor Boat yard

After a couple of months of debate and many conversations, we have decided to not sell the “ole Christy Lynn” We looked at several boats and nothing was as nice as our Chris Craft!

So, I finally made the decision to keep my 1987 Chris Craft 294. I had a lot of offers but in the end, I believe it is the best fit for me and my family.

The boat was pulled out last Friday by Tim at the Santa Cruz Boat Yard. He did an amazing job pressure washing the bottom of the boat. It is great to be able to take care of so many items while the boat is up on jack stands.

I have been working with Ray from Ray’s Boat and Sanding. From the being, he has clearly laid out his plan to paint the bottom of the boat along with changing the blue colored stripe to black.

The boat yard has turned out to be an amazing resource. I have been able to meet people to help with all my boat issues.

I even was able to get Captain Joe Rodgers to finish my survey that was originally conducted in the water, just over a year ago.

Johnson and Hicks are putting in a new transducer and hooking up my “Furumo” Depth finder and fish finder.

Well, and me, I have been sanding and polishing 4 to 5 hours each day since the boat has been out of the water.

Please check out the video of a day in the “Boat Yard” …

Move from Retired in Santa Cruz…


Hi Everyone, Thank you all for stopping by my “Retired in Santa Cruz” WordPress site.

We will soon be moving to a new domain and home on the web.

That’s Epic Films of Santa Cruz . com

I started out using the “” to get an idea and feel for our new venture. What I have learned is that there are amazing stories all over this little coastal town.

Mike Ziegler once said “every Picture Tells a Story…Don’t It”

So moving pictures can tell amazing stories.

We use a combination of old school “tape” cameras along with new 4k video. It makes for an interesting way to tell stories, the History of this little town full of talented people.

We will be up and running at our new domain by June 1st 2017.

Until then please follow us here. That way it will make a smooth transition to our new web design.

Thanks Denny

Big Stick Logjam 2017

Thanks to Rainer for inviting me to this year’s “Big Stick Logjam 17” It was an amazing event. I met some real nice people and watched some “Epic Surfing”.

I watched an amazing paddle race. Check out the pictures to watch just how close and exciting the race was! I hoped to interview the winner but he went right back out on his board! My arms would have fallen off if I had paddled around that bouy! Great Race!

Christy Lynn IN & OUT

A couple days ago we finally got to pull out our 1987 Chris Craft 294 Catalina Express. A fancy title for an RV on the Ocean!

This boat takes us on amazing adventures which we plan to film!

The man I bought this boat from took amazing care of this classic Chris Craft Cruiser. I am the third proud owner of this vessel. I have owned the boat for 18 months. After I bought the boat i had it surveyed by Captain Joe Rodgers. He said be sure to take care of your bottom. So here I am. It will be out of the water and in the “Boat Yard” for all of next week.

Getting many things done:

  1. New bottom paint
  2. Check and re seal all through hulls
  3. Check Props
  4. Installing a new Tow Hook
  5. Installing a Depth finder/Fish Finder (Furmuo) Thanks to my buddy Dave!

and last but not least…Time to ReName Her!

Any Ideas? 

*Thanks for watching this short film created by Denise Freitas

Thanks Denny