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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
Arrival in Ixtapa
Bruce
11/30/2009

We arrived this afternoon at the marina in Ixtapa. We saw lots of dolphins, who love to play by the bow of the boat, and the odd sea turtle and shark. Some of the boats and ships were peculiar, including one that looked like a square rigger.

It was a long sail and we had our share of technical difficulties. First of all, as Pascale mentioned, we had the overtemperature alarm go off last night around 830 PM. Pascale and Bob awoke me to look at the situation. We shut off the engine and I got out the laser temperature scanner and checked the temperature of the engine block. 174 degrees F seemed quite within the normal range. We checked that there was seawater coolant flowing (check) and that there was sufficient crankcase oil (check). After letting the engine cool a bit I topped off the engine coolant (adding about a half liter) and started the engine at 2000 RPM instead of the usual 2700 RPM. The engine ran all night after that without a problem. As the day went on, I tried increasing the RPM to 2500, then back to 2220, finding that the alarm would chirp at us, indicating it was at the edge. I read up on the specs for the engine temperature alarm -- it's supposed to go off at 100C (212F). We were nowhere near that. I think the culprit is a miscalibrated temperature alarm switch. Something to check out at the next opportunity.

Then there was the refrigeration that stopped working. Its diagnostic light complained of insufficient voltage. I found the battery bank was barely at 12 volts. It turns out the alternator wasn't charging. I communicated with Balcor via SSB radio email and found out that the culprit is likely a defective voltage regulator. Another project, albeit a minor one.

We did an all night sail (actually, since the winds were very light, we motorsailed most of the time). I got up at 5 a.m. to take over. We arrived in Ixtapa around 4:30 PM.

Boy, is it HOT here! Right now it's 10:15 PM and it's about 88 degrees outside. We are coaxing our air conditioning unit to get the inside temperature to a reasonable 80 degrees.

The photo is of Antoine with his model M-16 that we made. The hills of Ixtapa are in the background, as this was taken as we made our arrival.

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Passage to Ixtapa
Pascale
11/30/2009, 17 40.0'N:101 37.0'W

It's 7:15 a.m., there is only 4 to 5 knots of wind from the South. We are motor-sailing. I did my watch from 9 to 11 PM last night. Francois came up to do his watch, but I couldn't sleep, so I stayed with him. Let me back up a bit, when I was up in the cockpit with Bob at around 8:30 PM, the engine alarm beeped, so we turned the engine off. Bruce looked at the engine, checking the oil and topping off the coolant. The engine has been running fine since then. Now, the refrigerator is not getting enough voltage. Bruce is trying to figure it out. I didn't sleep much last night, and neither did Bob and Francois. We let the captain sleep. Now, Bruce is on watch since 5 a.m. I came up at 7 a.m. to keep a watch so Bruce could look at the fridge. Dolphins are visiting us. Antoine is up and so happy to see them. They are always a good omen!

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Pascale's report
Pascale
11/29/2009, Pacific Ocean between Las Hadas and Ixtapa

We left Las Hadas, Manzanillo, this morning around 10:30 a.m. Now, we're going south to Ixtapa. We should get there tomorrow around 1 PM. The winds are very light, so we are motor-sailing. The winds are from the South West and we're going South East so we're close hauled with the main & jib up. It's wonderful to be at sea again after being at the Marina at Barra de Navidad for months. Not to say that we didn't enjoy ourselves, but land life doesn't feel the same. We will return to Barra de Navidad some day, but we don't know when. We have a fishing line out. Hopefully, we'll catch something. Each one of us is getting into a sealife routine. Bob, our friend from Mazatlan, is with us for the trip to Zihuatanejo. Bruce made lunch for everybody. He's a wonderful captain. Francois is in his cabin playing on his computer and Antoine is having fun with his M-16, that his Papa made out of wood in Barra de Navidad. It looks really cool!

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Leaving Las Hadas
Bruce
11/29/2009

We went shopping yesterday in Manzanillo, provisioning for our upcoming trip. Two shopping carts of food amazingly disappeared on our boat as we stowed it in the fridge, freezer, pantry, and various cubby holes. We enjoyed a nice dinner last night at the Marina Grill, an open air restaurant in the marina. The food was delicious.

Here's a photo of Calou tied up at the dock at Las Hadas. There's a very strong surge in this marina, so bad that we chewed completely through a 3/4 inch docking line in only a few hours. After that we put chafe protection on the lines, and by morning the chafe protection we had added was worn all the way through. If we ever return to Las Hadas I think we'll just stay at anchor.

We departed from Las Hadas this morning, making our way south to the port of Ixtapa. This will be a 177 mile sail.

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Arrival at Las Hadas
Bruce
11/26/2009, Manzanillo

We finally got the O-rings in today to repair our hydraulic backstay adjuster. These o-rings are less than 1/4 inch in diameter. So much trouble for such a tiny part!! We sailed out of Barra today, and headed south, to our first stop at Manzanillo. Here we are at Las Hadas, best known for the site where the Bo Derek movie, "10", was filmed.

For now, we have no internet access, so our updates are via Single Sideband radio.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the crew of Calou!
11/26/2009, Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Churkey
11/26/2009

Whole Turkey is impossible to find here in Barra de Navidad, so we roasted a Churkey, with stuffing and all the trimmings, on board Calou!

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an unforseen delay
11/23/2009

We departed from Barra with high hopes this afternoon heading into a fresh breeze. When we were about a mile offshore we started to raise the sails; part of this procedure was to tension the backstay. The backstay adjuster is hydraulic, and I found that this device was leaking oil when we were using it. So we reluctantly returned to port to make repairs. I have some new o-rings on order from San Diego ... It will be a few days before they arrive I think.

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