09/29/2008, Tiburon CA
With less than 2 weeks to go, we are getting down to the wire, and starting to feel the heat of the coming planned departure date of October 10. We could let the date slip by a few days, but preferably not.
First I'll list the items that were on the list, that have been taken care of:
rewire electric water heater so it can't be run on the inverter
fix latch in forward head under sink
fix lock on forward head door
install new instruments and radar/chartplotter
remove existing AC inverter and replace with new
add AC outlets to all interior cabins and heads (9 outlets)
add kill switch to wind generator
rebuild, overhaul, and upgrade winches
perform engine service, replace motor mounts
replace house battery bank
remount forward head sump pump
repair fresh water system leaks
install bunk in forward cabin starboard side
install motor crane
install new Jensen/Sirius stereo system
make new sunbrella cover for dinghy
install LED lights for navigation lights
Here are the projects in progress, and nearly completed:
install new refrigeration
install SSB radio
replace standing rigging
repair or replace VHF radio & intercom
Here are projects that remain:
replace hose clamps in aft head
fix lock on chain locker
install shunt for wind generator amp meter
install new LED anchor light fixture
install wind instruments at masthead
replace selected lifelines
install upgrade kits on winches
upgrade line controls on jib fairlead adjustments
check & test starter solenoid
re-plumb water strainer for a/c
replace teak rails on cabin top
make sun shades for dodger and hatches
make insect screens for ports and hatches
test outboard motor
fabricate arch to mount solar panels
mount solar panels
install lee cloths
install pantry food storage system
09/06/2008, Tiburon, CA
We're planning another sail to Mexico this October. As of July 2008, we have purchased another boat, a Jeanneau 47 that we have christened "Calou".
Bruce is outfitting the boat with the necessary cruising gear. Last week a Spectra watermaker was installed, as well as our Icom 802 SSB radio. Yesterday the installation of new instruments (radar/chartplotter, wind, speed and depth) were installed at the helm.
New refrigeration is going in; this will be a Frigoboat keel cooling system.
Other projects in the to-do list include installation of solar panels and a motor crane, and replacing the Xantrex 5200 inverter with another one that is more efficient. (Can you believe, the Xantrex 5200 draws 7 DC amps from the battery when there's no AC load?!)
Also, we're putting all new standing rigging, servicing the winches, and possibly adding two new winches to the cockpit.
Stay tuned here, as we will begin posting about the boat preparations until our departure scheduled roughly October 10.
Here's a video with the highlights of our sail from Bahia de Concepcion northward in the Sea of Cortez, to Santa Rosalia and then across the sea eastward to San Carlos.
This video is Part 3 in a 3-part series.
Here's a video with the highlights of our sail from Puerto Escondido northward in the Sea of Cortez, to Isla Martin.
Video and stills of our sailing trip in the Sea of Cortez, from Puerto Escondido to Puerto Ballandra where there was an informal cruiser's potcluck on the beach, then to San Juanico, then to Playa El Burro on Bahia de Concepcion, which featured a palapa-lined beach and a homey little restaurant called Bertha's.
We then headed north to an anchorage on Bahia de Concepcion called San Dominico, and met a guy named Garth on the boat INCLINATION who taught the boys about all the types of sea life in Bahia Concepcion, and showed them how to hunt for scallops and clams (steamer clams and the larger, popular "chocolates", so named because the shells are chocolate brown).
This video is Part 2 in a 3-part series.
07/07/2007, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
CALOU was loaded on a truck this morning, using an ingenious submersible trailer that they back down the boat ramp under our boat, and six hydraulic arms are raised up that support the boat. Then the boat is pulled out of the water.
CALOU was then taken to MARINA SECA, where Pascale and I began the task of removing sails and all the rigging and the boom, in preparation for pulling the mast out on Monday.
Then sometime on Wednesday a semi truck will haul her first to Tucson, then home to Sausalito, California. We'll report on this blog how the trucking experience works out for us.
07/07/2007, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Our first day in San Carlos was marked by having our dinghy stolen, it seems it couldn't get worse, but we were stricken with food poisoning on the third day. Francois had a mild case, but for Pascale and me, we had to be taken to a clinic and be put on I.V. to get us hydrated, we had lost so much water.
Following this, we had little appetite and were unable to eat for another three days. Today we're doing better.
We were very lucky to find a very beautiful and luxurious 2BR condo for rent here, at the same price as two cheap motel rooms in the surrounding area. It's part of the Hotel/Marina complex, and opens right onto one of the three beautiful swimming pools. (Our condo is just to the left of the house-shaped topiary in the photo).
It's so nice to sleep in a king bed and have A/C in these 100+ degree temperatures! We'll stay in the condo the next 5 days while we get the boat ready for her journey back home by truck.
We left Santa Rosalia a 5:45 a.m. and are sailing north east across the Sea of Cortez to San Carlos. The seas were flat at first and now we have about 4 foot waves. The winds are about 16 to 18 knots on a close reach which makes for excellent sailing conditions.
We put out the fishing lines and caught a Dorado this morning. Francois and Pascale filleted it and we're planning to have the fish for dinner this evening when we arrive in San Carlos.
We're about midway across the Sea of Cortez now, about 6 more hours to go.
We arrived in the quaint town of Santa Rosalia, nicknamed El Ciudad De Madera (the City of Wood) because of its unique wood architecture. In 1885 a French mining company established a copper mine in the area, and built the many homes and buildings of the town out of wood. So the town's architecture has a distinct look reminiscent of France.
It even has a steel church, designed by the French engineer Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame).