s/v Charabia

21 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
20 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
19 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
18 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
17 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
16 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
15 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
14 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north to Puerto Vallarta
13 February 2018 | Marina Barro de Navidad
12 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north to Puerto Vallarta
11 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north to Puerto Vallarta
10 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north to Puerto Vallarta
09 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north to Puerto Vallarta
08 February 2018 | Club de Yates Acapulco
07 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north
06 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north
05 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north
04 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north
03 February 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Mexico, heading north
02 February 2018 | Chiapas Marina, Mexico

Long Day of Boat Work

21 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
Up early, before sun rise. Worked on boat projects that need to be done before we do our long sail to Hawaii. Assisted Mark in his climb to the top of the mast. He put a new connector on the antenna cable. Apparently, it was installed incorrectly by the prior owners. Then our jib sail was delivered from the sail maker with the repairs that we asked for. Mark and I hoisted it and furled it. Mike at PV Sales did a wonderful job. I collected all our laundry and dropped it off for cleaning. Will get it back late tomorrow. Mark worked on the port engine. He bled the system and ran the engine only to find that there was a fuel leak at the bleed screw. Walked up thru town to the boat shop and several other shops to see if they carried anything that would replace the washer, but no luck. We did come upon the Wednesday Market and bought some fruits and veggies. Mark bought a pair of sandals. There was a number of stalls selling goods today. After lunch, we decided to try AutoZone for parts. We took a small bus, more like a van and the price was less than last time, 30 pesos for both of us. Mark was the door opener as there weren't enough seats at the beginning of our ride. We stopped at Walmart and bought a few things. The cab ride was only 160 pesos when last time it was 300. Mark found a hand cart at our dock entrance, which helped in carrying our purchases back to the boat. Mark's new gasket material was used to create a fiber washer. He bled the system and re-ran the engine to make sure there was no air in the system and then checked that there were no more leaks. He picked up our filled propane tank, which has lasted us since the day we left Jax. After dinner, we headed to the cruisers' lounge where we showered and are adding today's blog entry. The morning was quite hot with not much of a breeze, until later in the afternoon. The sun is just setting and we are so tired that we may forego another movie night.

Breakfast and Boat work

20 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
Up early. Took a cab over to the St. Regis resort for breakfast with Mike & Lara. Thanks so much for the good food and great company! We stopped at Punta de Mita on the way back and checked out the beach and shops. Then headed back and made a stop at the sail loft. They had some questions which Mark was able to answer. The work on the sail was supposed to be done today, so hopefully, by tomorrow, we will have it back. Mark changed the oil in both sail drives. He also changed the oil in the starboard engine as that one was used the most along our recent travels. Walked over to the ship yard to deposit the old oil and spoke with the manager lady to get prices on a haul out. Mark found a fuel leak in the port engine which has been ongoing so he used JB Weld to fix it. We went to the top restaurant, for the first time, for a drink and some quesadillas. The afternoon breeze picked up and the wind felt cooler walking up to the cruisers' lounge this evening. Looks like many boats have left recently. We may be here for a couple more days. It's Mark 's turn to pick a movie. We watched Avatar last night.

Rest and Recovery

19 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
Slept in some. Helped Mark remove our jib sail and fold it up. Had breakfast listening to our cruisers net. We loaded the sail onto our dolly and walked across the marina to the sail loft. That meant climbing up two flights of stairs to get there. Mark wanted to post of picture of that but I didn't take one. The sail repairs should be done by Wednesday. Walked around town and back to the boat. Mark did some maintenance on our water maker, changing one of the filters. We went thru all the mail we had forwarded from our mail service. Thanks to everyone that sent us mail since November. We had to change addresses and pay some bills. After dinner, walked up to the cruisers' lounge for a shower and wifi updates. Thankfully, the service is working tonight. It's so up and down frustrating. For some reason we are wiped out. We are planning on watching a movie when we get back to the boat. Tomorrow, we will head back to the St Regis for breakfast, prior to Mike & Lara's departure. The days have been very hot in the morning with little breeze. Then the wind pipes up in the afternoon and we stop sweating. There was a chance of rain today, but none came. We have not seen rain in weeks.

Mike & Lara visit Charabia

18 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
Up early today. Had breakfast and then washed the boat. We had been delinquent on getting rid of the salt water and birdie doo. Charabia looked wonderful when we were done. Walked over to the town square and checked out the local market ware. Then walked the far docks and enjoyed the Sunday cruisers' market. They had everything from clothes to food to souvenirs. Bought a few things. There was a Canadian baker with bagels and cinnamon buns. He had the longest line of customers. We bought some bagels and I asked if he would open a fresh box of cinnamon buns. The reason I asked is that the top box was almost sold out and the remaining buns were being eaten by some flies. He was happy to co-operate and everyone is line spoke up wanting some too. Walked back to the boat. Mark added a waterproofing layer on our bimini while I did some dinner prep. Also, baked some brownies. Mike and Lara were at our marina on a very fancy big power boat which took them up the coast for a few hours. We saw their boat return an collected them. When we got to Charabia, we untied the lines headed out for a sail in the Cape. We were back to the dock within a couple of hours. We saw some whales, dolphins and sea birds. We had some appetizers and enjoyed a hot dinner. Mark plugged in the under water light which attracted an assortment of fish. We took a walk on the break water and were able to see another boat with under water lights. There were some large fish swimming in the blue lights. We walked up to La Cruz where Mike and Lara found a taxi and left around 9:30. We are late with our blog today. We can hear some rock-n-roll music from a bar close to the marina.

St Regis

17 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
We set an alarm clock for the first time and it didn't go off. Thankfully, we had enough time to get ready and leave on time for the St. Regis Resort. We walked into the La Cruz and caught a cab for 300 pesos. Our quote from yesterday was 400. The driver got a good tip when we arrived. The place is so beautiful, it took our breath away. Between the many pools, fountains, beach and lounge chairs, it was a sight to behold. We enjoyed a late breakfast buffet with Mike & Lara. Then got into our swim suits and hit the beach. The sand was soft and hot. We walked out into the ocean and the water was surprisingly cold. We got set up on two lounge chairs and just enjoyed the surroundings. When we got hot we walked over to one of the pools. We headed home around 5:30. Arranged a cab at their lobby and we were given a Mercedes van. We asked how much to take us back to the marina and he said their rate was 2000+ pesos. We said OMG! He said he could take us to Punta Mita which was the nearby tiny town and we could get a cab or bus from there. The taxi driver said it was $500 so we said no as our other option was to take a bus. We elected for the bus roller coaster ride for 50 pesos. There were not many onboard so we sat in the front seat. The driver made several stops including one where we were going very fast and he slammed on the breaks, in the middle of no where, and picked up a lot of people. I was wondering where they would have come from. We made it safely to our stop in La Cruz and walked back to the marina. Yesterday, we left two bags of laundry for the service that cleans clothes and we found them nicely wrapped on our boat with for a cost of only 175 pesos. Had dinner and headed up to the cruisers' lounge to update the blog. We totally enjoyed our day. Many thanks to Mike and Lara who will come over tomorrow afternoon. We are planning to take them for a sail on Charabia!

La Cruz

16 February 2018 | La Cruz Marina
Helen
Slept well last night. I think we caught up on the sleep we missed while sailing. Our day started with checking into the marina. Then visiting the Port Captain, which is on this property but a long walk around. We decided to walk thru the local town of La Cruz. Lots of little stores and restaurants. Mark found the boat store and was able to buy a few things he needed. Then we walked back to the boat for lunch. Took a bus ride to Walmart and Autozone. Then headed back to the boat in time to have dinner and watch a free movie at the amphitheater in back of our boat. It was about the Boston Marathon Bombing movie and quite well done. We are meeting up with relatives at the St. Regis resort, tomorrow for breakfast. Can't wait!
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
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Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Get the boat ready to cruise.
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