Arrival in Mazatlan
10 November 2008
We had a long windless passage from Cabo to Mazatlan. There was never more than 5 knots of wind, often less than 3. Therefore, we had to motorsail the entire way. Along the way, at 5 in the morning, we inadvertently ran out of fuel. Calou carries two fuel tanks, and we ran the first one dry. Normally this would not happen, but at 5 o'clock in the morning, well, it's easier to overlook such things. In a flat calm, I bled the air out of the fuel pump and injectors and got the engine going again on the second tank. Well, it's a good idea to practice this procedure once in a while, anyway.
We arrived at Mazatlan around 9 a.m., or about 25 hours after we left Cabo. The Marina El Cid is luxurious yet inexpensive. We have two large swimming pools and a hot tub just yards from our boat. We like this place so much we'll hang out here for a while before heading south after Thanksgiving.
Mazatlan has a great cruiser community, excellent shopping, and a very nice "old town". In fact Mazatlan is the oldest port city on the West coast of Mexico.
We have a bunch of projects to get done on the boat, and Mazatlan is the perfect place to do it. I plan to beef up the stainless steel radar mount that broke on us twice. I have a few other ideas for stainless steel projects that we can do while we're at it. And it's about time for a new dodger. We can get this work done in Mazatlan very inexpensively.