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Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump
CYC burgee in Barra
04/17/2009, Barra de Navidad

There's a funky little palapa bar on the beach here called Piper's Cruiser Lounge, it's open air with a thatched roof. The band plays all the great rock and roll songs from the late 60s and 70s, like Credence Clearwater, Jimi Hendrix...

What really caught our eye however was an ancient looking life ring in this bar. It looks like it's been around many years. The ring has a Corinthian YC of San Francisco [CYC] burgee painted on it along with the yacht name "Magnifico" and the port name "Portland". Does any club historian know the story behind this CYC flagged boat?

Perhaps a CYC club historian knows the story. It would be interesting to know the rest of the story of 'Magnifico'.

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Adding a battery for the windlass
04/09/2009, Barra de Navidad

Today I installed and wired in the new battery, it's a 4D deep cycle battery mounted under the bed in the forwaqrd cabin. This battery has its own 150 amp circuit breaker, and it's connected with X00 cables to the main 12v connection at the windlass (at the bow). This battery will serve as an additional battery for the house bank, and also supply high amperage when necessary directly to the windlass. We hope this will solve our windlass problems once and for all.

I shopped for a "battery box" for the 4D battery , but the ones I found were huge (more than six inches bigger than the battery all around). I found the perfect solution in a 13 gallon holding tank, which when you cut the top off, is the perfect size to house a 4D battery.

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Going to Maria's Tienda
04/07/2009



We head out to Maria's Tienda on our dinghy to reprovision prior to our upcoming departure.

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04/07/2009 | John Thompson
Thanks for the great video!!! What a nice way to remember the cruising life. That background music is perfect. I also see you have a nice dinghy cover. Nice to I have I bet. It just turned rainy and cold here again. Nice for a few days - it cleans the dust off my car. I hope your preparations for the onward journey are going well. - John
04/20/2009 | Papa
Yes! We did enjoy the little slice of life :)
Reminds me of Xcalak! (QRoo)
Mexico Lindo
04/05/2009, Barra de Navidad

Pascale relaxes at Mexico Lindo, the best deal for a meal in Barra. You can get a great lunch or dinner there for less than 50 pesos ($3.50 US).

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Calou at Barra
04/05/2009, Barra de Navidad

Here's Calou at the marina at Barra. We're preparing our boat for our travels to Panama, adding a batter to the battery bank and upgrading the connection to the windlass.

We should be ready to leave Barra in about a week, if all goes well.

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Coconuts & Bananas
03/23/2009, Barra de Navidad

Between Barra and Manzanillo, the plantations of coconut palms (above) and bananas (underneath) go on as far as the eye can see...

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Back In Barra
03/23/2009, Barra de Navidad

After a 3 week hiatus in the U.S., we're back aboard CALOU in Barra de Navidad. We brought with us a bunch of boat parts and supplies. First order of business: to work on getting the windlass to run better.

I ordered a new 4D battery (to match the ones we have in the House battery bank) which I plan to install in the forward cabin, as close as possible to the windlass. This should minimize the voltage drop we were getting at the windlass.

Yesterday we drove to Manzanillo in a rented car to do some shopping. We took this photo of a roadside fruit stand along the way.

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Spring Break at Tahoe
03/08/2009, Incline Village, Nevada

We're taking a 3 week break from the boat, and are skiing at Incline Village, Nevada. We'll return to Mexico on March 18. In this photo Pascale and Bruce enjoy the view of Lake Tahoe from Diamond Peak.

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