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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Daysail to Yelapa between Hurricanes and tropical storms
Pascale
06/11/2015

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.

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07/27/2015 | Sophia
Hey! I was bored recently (and you may find this a little weird) but I remembered that me and my group of friend had made friends with a person named Antoine at a place called Tinsley island. So, with Google as my aid, I used the information that I had to see if I could find this Antoine.. It was during the SFYC and Corinthian Tinsley Cruise I believe about a year ago? So just wondering now, have you guys ever been to Tinsley island? Am I on the right track?
07/27/2015 | Sophia
And I know this is really quite stalk-ish 😂 We were all around 12-13 at the time, and there was a large group of girls who were at Tinsley. I don't think Antoine would remember, the idea only comes up because so many of us were there. 😂
07/28/2015 | Antoine
Hey Sophia, yep, that's me! I remember playing flashlight tag with you guys on Tinsley, that was really fun (I believe I was around 13 years old at the time, I am 17 now). It would be cool to connect with you and the others again sometime.
PS: If anyone asks, I don't know anything about no colas or snickers. (>_>')
07/28/2015 | Antoine
If you want my email it's antoine@calou.com. I'd like to hear from you. ;)
Back in Paradise
Bruce
05/21/2015

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
Next chapter:
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.

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05/21/2015 | Ron
Bruce, we don't know each other but my wife and I are planning to join the BajaHaHa this fall. I noticed you have listed PredictWind as a useful app. Do you use it and have you found it reliable and worth the while. Glad to hear you got your fuel problem solved.
05/25/2015 | Pascale s/v Calou
Hi Ron, Pascale here, I'm the one checking the weather. We've been using Magicseaweed and Passage weather in the past, but we used Predict wind recently and it's been right on. Eebmike.com is good also mostly to watch for Hurricane.
Have fun on the Haha. Maybe, we'll meet somewhere in Mexico!
Additional photo of Calou with her new paint and teak
05/14/2015


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Getting ready to sail back North
05/14/2015

We've been back to Barra from California for about a month. It took a while to put the boat back together after its new painting and teak job. She looks beautiful!
We're planning on setting sail this coming Sunday. We should be back in Paradise Village by next Wednesday or Thursday.

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Ski time in the Sierra
Pascale
03/29/2015

We've been enjoying our time in California staying at our cabin in Truckee. We ski, hike, play tennis and other fun things!
We''ll be back in Barra mid April. Calou should look beautiful when we see her again having new paint and teak done.

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Having fun!
Pascale
02/18/2015

Antoine and Bruce went on a guided ATV tour with Rob of SV Shindig and Pat on SV Starshine yesterday. They went from Saint Patricio and followed an arroyo until they reached a waterfall and it lasted from 10am to about 3pm. They were tired, but happy.

SEE YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE

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Overdue updates!
Pascale
02/18/2015

We've been at the Isla Navidad Marina since February 1st. On our way down from Paradise Village we stopped at Ipala, Chamela and Tenacatita. We tried Paraiso, but found it too surgy!
We hurried to meet with our dear friends Debbie and Jeff from S/V Sailors Run. We arrived at Isla Navidad a few hours before Super Bowl. We refueled, showered and went to meet Debbie and Jeff in Barra de Navidad. They came for dinner the day after and took off for Santiago Bay the next day. We're going to visit with them again from Feb. 22nd to the 25th, before they sail South to Ecuador.
As we decided to have some work done on Calou, ( new teak and new top and hull paint ) we rented a nice 3 bdr place near where they anchored.
Meanwhile, we've been having a great time meeting new and old friends.
I've been trying to post more than one photo on a post with no success. So, for now it is what it is!

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Boat Work in Barra
Bruce
02/18/2015, Barra de Navidad

We’re having Calou repainted with two part epoxy from the waterline to the top of the mast. They just sprayed the first coat of primer today on the port side of the hull.

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