Back in Paradise after a year in La Paz
25 May 2017
We left Marina Palmira on May 8th, spent a night at Los Suenos and crossed to Mazatlan. We had wind the all way and a full moon. Made it to Mazatlan in time to meet our friend Jeff Hartjoy from Sailor's Run. We hadn't seen him since he left for his nonstop solo circumnavigation 2 years ago.
We stayed a week at Marina El Cid with our friend Liz from Reno who had never sailed offshore. She was such a joy. We departed on May 17th at 5am and made it before dark at Isla Isabel. Set sail for Matenchen Bay and Chacala.
Finally, with a stop at the Marina in La Cruz, we arrived at our final destination at the Paradise Village Marina where we leave Calou for Hurricane season.
Squally night at Caleta Partida
15 February 2017
We departed from Marina Palmira in La Paz on Monday, spent a night on the hook at Bahia Balandra, then sailed yesterday from Balandra to anchor at Caleta Partida, which is a bay between the two islands Isla Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida. This bay is fairly well protected from most wind directions, except for WSW.
We spent the afternoon relaxing on the hook and enjoyed dinner and a movie. This morning we had breakfast in the cockpit and Pascale and Antoine kayaked around the bay and visited friends Lynda and Willy on Reel Joy. We were enjoying a poker game on their boat when we noticed ominous dark clouds and lighting bursts filling the sky to the West. Soon, rain began to fall, so we returned to our boat to hunker down for a stormy night.
Change of plan
12 February 2017 | La Paz
We decided to leave Calou in the La Paz area until May. We'll cross over to Mazatlan and then Puerto Vallarta in early May.
Meanwhile, we'll enjoy the Sea of Cortez and Nevada in March and April.
Back in the Sea of Cortez for a little while
01 November 2016
We've been back in La Paz since October 15th.
We just went out at Isla Espiritus Santos and Balandra for 3 nights to test all systems. And..., we have salted water coming into the bilge when we run the engine. The water maker is not working. We have to change the membrane. Other than that, everything is good. We spent 1 night at Bahia San Gabriel on Isla Espiritus Santos and 2 nights at Balandra. We kayaked and swam. It was wonderful!
We'll be back around mid-January and planning on crossing over to Mazatlan at that time.
La Paz, Baja Sur
01 June 2016
We made it to the other side!
We left Paradise Village on April 26th stopped over at the Marina El Cid. Enjoyed Mazatlan for a little over a week and crossed over to Los Frailes. Then, we sailed to Los Muertos. Last time we were there was 9 years ago with our two boys. Antoine, who was 9 then, remembered the train museum at the Los Suenos Resort. We went for a swim there.
After staying two nights at Los Muertos, we sailed to the beautiful Playa Bonanza. Then, sailed down to Marina Palmira to reprovision and clean the boat.
After a few days of rest, we went to Bahia Balandra just 12 miles North of La Paz. Gorgeous Bay with white sand and turquoise water. We stayed there for 5 days snorkelling, kayaking, hiking.
We are back at Marina Palmira where we'll keep Calou for the summer months.
We'll fly home end of June and fly down mid-october for a short while.
We'll be spending Christmas and New Year in the USA.
Hanging out in Paradise
06 February 2016
We've been in Nuevo Vallarta since January 9th. We spend Christmas and New Year in California.
After having our Turbo rebuild, we went out sailing on Banderas Bay and spend the night at anchor to check all the systems. Everything is ok.
We went out again for a day sail with sailor friends Richelle and Brian from sv Woodwind I and a new friend from Canada Gordon.
We'll fly to our new home in Nevada next week and will be back in Paradise Village early April.
Daysail to Yelapa between Hurricanes and tropical storms
11 June 2015
Yesterday, we treated our friend Liz and ourselves to a beautiful daysail to Yelapa. When we got to the little cove a panga came toward us and ask us if we wanted a mooring, of course we said yes as it is very deep to anchor. When we were secured to the mooring the panga driver gave us a ride ashore. After, some quesadilla de camarone, coconut and drinks we went for a walk in the tiny village. This lush part of Banderas Bay is only accessible by horse as they is no road for cars.
Back in Paradise
21 May 2015
We set sail Sunday morning from Barra De Navidad to Puerto Vallarta. We picked the "weather window" when there were't strong winds blowing from the north. Our first day's sail was from Barra De Navidad to Chamela, where we anchored off of a tiny little village called La Perula (the pearl). Along the way, we had some minor troubles. We have a vacuum gauge that tells us when there is a vacuum between the fuel filters and the fuel tank(s). When there's a vacuum there, it means that fuel isn't flowing from the tank to the filters. The gauge goes from white (normal) to yellow (borderline) to red (really bad). Every other hour or so, the gauge would go from white to yellow. When I would switch from the Main fuel tank to the Auxiliary, the problem would resolve itself. Then later, on the Auxiliary tank, the problem would reappear. When I would switch back to the Main tank, the problem would resolve itself. This went on all day. But we made it to Chamela.
We spent two nights at anchor at Chamela, because the winds were blowing strongly from the north. We never went ashore, because there were huge breaking waves on the beach. We just enjoyed relaxing on the boat. Except for me, that is.
This is when the electric pump for the head (toilet) decided to quit. So I had to take the electric pump off of the toilet and replace it with a backup manual toilet pump. But all of our backups are old, old, manual pumps. The best I could do, after 2 hours of sweaty, messy, smelly work, was to replace the electric pump with a manual pump that sort of half works, now we have to use the bathroom faucet to fill the toilet bowl with water. At least it works.
You guys who think we sailors just sit around and drink margaritas, have no idea how much hard and dirty work is involved in keeping a boat afloat smile emoticon
After 2 nights at Chamela, the winds had calmed, so we headed north to the next anchorage, Ipala. However the fuel tank gremlins came into play again, with the full line vacuum gauge telling us that something was blocking fuel from getting to the engine. When that happened, I would switch from one of our 2 fuel tanks, to the other, and the vacuum would go back to zero (where we want it to be).
We arrived at Ipala, set anchor and went to shore. There's no cell phone coverage at Ipala, so I was eager to use the internet at the little restaurant on shore. No such luck: their internet was down.
Next morning, at dawn, we left Ipala and sailed towards Banderas Bay. After 10 minutes, the fuel line vacuum gauge indicated we weren't getting flow from the fuel tank. So I switched from the Main tank to the Auxiliary, which has always worked before. No dice!. I checked everything else (fuel tank vacuum, fuel filters). The only choice was to shut off the engines so I could work on the fuel lines from the tanks. Fortunately there was some wind so we could sail smile emoticon
With the engine off, I connected a portable vacuum pump directly to the hose from the fuel tank. At first there was resistance, but as I increased the vacuum pump pressure, all of a sudden there was a "whoosh!", and fuel rushed in. Proof positive that our problems have been due to "crap" (a precise technical term meaning unknown substances) in the fuel tank.
Drama over, we motorsailed in the light 5 knot winds to the marina at Paradise Village.