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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump

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Passage to Mag Bay

01 November 2008
We left Turtle Bay this morning at 8:30 a.m., and headed offshore where we found 15 to 20 knots of wind coming from the north west. This has made for a pleasant sailing day thus far. We are now sailing wing-and-wing and making 8 knots.

One of the sailboats in the fleet lost its steering. They have a cable quadrant, and the last i heard they were setting up the emergency tiller and heading for a bay along the way where they can anchor for the night and try to make repairs. I heard that about three other Ha-ha boats were accompanying them. That's an example of how members of the Ha-ha fleet help each other out.

A few hours ago we heard something snap, and looking up from the cockpit the radar on its backstay mount ahd rotated 180 degrees. The bolt that prevents its rotation had snapped - again. Having repaired it already once before, we all knew what to do. We attached the topping lift around the backstay and used it to support the weight of the radar dome. Francois used the topping lift winch to raise or lower the assembly to just the right level. John used two Vise grips to rotate the assembly back into the proper position, while I leaned over the swim step and inserted a new bolt. Since this is the second time it broke, it's obvious that the 1/4 inch bolt is not up to the task. I'll have to re-engineer that assembly so that it's much stronger when we get to a marina somewhere.

In order to reduce the strain on the radar dome mount, we ran a line from one stern cleat, up and around the radar dome, and back down, so that the dome doesn't swing back and forth. That should reduce the strain on that bold considerably.
Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine (15)
Extra: Sailing on the 20th Annual Baja Ha-ha, departing mid October 2013 from Tiburon, and continuing to cruise Mexico. This will be our 3rd Haha. In 2011 we sailed the Puddle Jump from Mexico to French Polynesia, then up to Hawaii and back to San Francisco.
Calou's Photos - Calou's Baja Haha (Main)
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Created 20 December 2013
Photos from our month long stay in Mazatlán in board CALOU.
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Created 17 November 2013
photos from our crossing from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan with crew members Steve and Lisa.
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Created 13 November 2013
Photos from our sailing trip from San Francisco to Monterey, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, Catalina Island, and San Diego
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Photos of Isla Isabela, San Blas, Chacala and PV
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Created 23 June 2009
photos between Puerto Vallarta and Barra de Navidad
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Created 14 January 2009
Here is the sketchbook of Antoine, age 10
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Created 30 November 2008
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