This IS retirement

27 November 2015 | Marina Fonatur Mazatlan
01 November 2015 | Guaymas/Fonatur Marina
30 April 2015 | La Paz City of Peace
14 April 2015 | La Cruz De Huanacaxtle
26 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colima....laguna
03 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colomilla, Isla Grande
08 February 2015 | Santiago/Manzanillo
07 January 2015 | Punta Mita
27 December 2014 | Rancho Cordova, Ca
14 December 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mx.
04 December 2014 | Marina Seca Guaymas
22 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
16 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
03 May 2014 | Loreto, BCS, Mexico
21 April 2014 | Virtual marina La Paz
02 April 2014 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle/P.V.
18 March 2014 | Barra De Navidad/Colimilla
24 February 2014 | Colimilla/La Culebra/Isla Grande
18 February 2014 | Santiago/Manzanillo
28 January 2014 | La Paz City of Peace

So, you think its all beaches, guacamole, and sun

21 January 2011 | Barra De Navidad
Gabriellas Grandpa
After a week in Barra I took off for Santiago/Manzanillo for a week to play while waiting for the school kids to get off their extra long Christmas vacation. Of course this made mi nieta a little sad because she and her classmates were getting a little anxious to get to the video conference. A sail to Santiago from Barra is about 5 hours of pleasant off wind conditions. Dropped anchor off the upscale restaurant hoping to get easy access to wifi. It turned out the wifi signal I got was from about a mile away from the other end of the beach. I stayed put because I was further away from the crowd of other anchored boats so I could run my generator each evening to enjoy my decadence of watching a movie with the lights on and keeping my batteries up. You'all are probably wondering what that post picture is all about. The definition of cruising is "fixing boat things while in exotic anchorages". The first thing that broke was my instant 'on demand' hot water heater. I bought the big one on the right about 13 or 14 years ago on ebay and it was shipped from China straight to me. For $135 (including shipping), I think I got my moneys worth although I ordered one that was way too big for my boat. The one on the left is my new one I bought at Coppel (a Mexican department store) in Manzanillo for $170 and is exactly the size I needed. It is also made in China and sports a German manufacturers name. So I sucessfully installed it and was taking warm showers with more water pressure than my backup Sunshower that I used for a few days while waiting for my new water heater. The next item to break was my dinghy(car). It sprung a leak right at the end of the tube in the cone. I didn't have enough glue to effectively put enough patches on it so a good cruising friend of mine donated his glue and patch kit. Got it fixed after a couple of patching episodes. You see, a dinghy on a cruising boat is like having a car back at home. If you don't have a dinghy you can't go ashore unless you call a water taxi (if there is one in the area you are anchored) or swim to shore. Last year I had a backup dinghy and a backup outboard...this year I am living dangerously by having only one of each. Yesterday I finally had the video conference between the schools here in Mexico and Rancho Cordova. You see, this is the only way to see my granddaughter in school. I baked 2 batches of Toolhouse cookies and bought fresh leche for the kids to consume (a bribe maybe?). Of course my wonderful daughter-in-law Karen tried to match my hospitallity by making cookies for the kids on the other end. I absolutely love to see the kids interact on theses video chats. For the little effort I take to do this, the reward is so gratifying that I want to do it on a daily basis. Now I can cruise for a month or two with no obligations and enjoy the guacamole and chips under a palapa on the beach. Oh yeah, I forgot to relay a little 'dream come true' episode (sorta, kinda) in the anchorage at Santiago. I was sitting down in the boat one afternoon when I heard some giggling and some yelling hello. I went topside and there were 2 people in the water holdiing on to my dinghy. The girl asked if they could rest holding on to the dinghy and I said yes and then asked them to come aboard while they rested up from their swim to the boat from the beach. Needless to say the girl was a very nice (visually and mentally) young Mexican and the young boy was Swiss. We had a very nice visit and chatted for a long time before they swam back to the beach. the boy was on vacation from Switzerland and the girl (who spoke very good english) was hoping to get into Scripps in San Diego. They were the kind of young people that give you hope that our society will survive.
Vessel Name: Mannasea
Vessel Make/Model: Piver 36AA Trimaran
Hailing Port: San Diego
Crew: Grumpy grandpa/Phil Perkins
About: After spending the most wonderful 5 years of my life with my grandaughter Gabriella, it's my turn to go cruising. I'll keep going as long as it's fun and if I can get rid of this nagging feeling of returning to my grandaughter..
Mannasea's Photos - This IS retirement (Main)
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My departure from Rio Vista to Mexico
Gabriella knows I
Her famous neck tugs.
Tenacatita cruise
Mom and sister
Tenacatita gang
too much Dramamine and sun
Dad..a lobster fisherman
reglassing crushed ama
reglassing the strut area
Port steering pulley
Starboard side steering pulley that fell off
Dr. Lilian and sister Sofia
Dr. Lilian and Manuel she really enjoying the trip?
Dr. Lilian and Manuel
My precious...........
Barbara (second from left) and Tom (tall). My friends from Hooligan enjoying the Christmas feast.
A typical Christmas scene you can find anywhere in the world...right?    Sands hotel pool and bar area where we had our Christmas feast.
Vendor on the malecon in Barra.
Vendor on Malecon selling papaya, pineapple, and cocnuts.
The beginning of refurbishing the chairs and tables.
The rusty and dirty fan that jumped out and cut my fingers.
Put these colors up against the gringo colors that I applied....big differrence.
Before...boys banos.
My Christmas dinner plate. Susan, I made apple pie and the cruisers would not believe that I actually made it from scratch......Delicious.
Old colors...starting of the prep.
Media room
Mannasea as seen from the school. Anchored in front of the Isla in the Barra lagoon.
School entrance painted 2 years ago...nice lettering, eh?
Before and after
Before and after....most of the chairs had the watermelon paint.
Main classroom....bookshelf.
This is what most of the walls looked like before painting.
Tom putting the bookshelf slats back on after painting in the squares.
Jim putting on one of three coats of polyurethane after the maple stain.
The master culprit who disrupted the tranquility of cruisers in the lagoon.
Rob suffering through the alklyd paint application in the banos.
After....note the scaffolding to the left of the put an extension ladder on top of that!
All the masking and paint still got through
Sanford and son
At the fuel dock minus the mast
Ready to ease into the water
Looks like a monster
Semana Santa revellers
Their favorite beach cover each other in sand.
Even the dogs get into the act.
My lonely boat.
No pooping sign on a gringos newly purchased property.
Chacal...Semanaaaa Santaaaa.
Kindergarten building
Looking down from basketball court
Ocean mural by Mario Tellos
The entire 1st thru 6th grades.
The mural done by Mario Tellos
The kindergarten class with art work by Mario Tellos.
The kindergarten banos.
This is my heart medicine...climbing to take these pics.
I love these vistas.
Tucked in behind the sandspit.
The dark spot due north of my boat is a sunken 40ft sailboat.
Mexicans were camping out on the beach celebrating Semana Santa.
I love the water colors. The yacht in the background is Besame with lovely Merry onboard.
The clarity of the water just isn
I will have to do a better job of underwater Photography
This is what the whales and dolphins get to see. They all know my granddaughter now.
Iguanas on Isla Isabella
Blue-footed Boobys on Isla Isabella
The fish camp on Isla Isabella
The 2 classrooms at the Colimilla school.
The computer room at Colimilla school.
I love looking down on the boat from up high.
This is half way up to the top.
Just above the pool area.
From the Paradise restaurant where the food is great and the view is better.
From another restaurant where the prices are through the roof.
Looking up to the Paradise restaurant from the beach palapas.
Just coming up from a dive.
I was disappointed in the clarity of the water around Isla Grande.
These are just a few of the hundreds of fish that were seeking protection from birds under my boat.
This Iguana lives with the Crocodiles.
Egads!!!!! Cocodrillos..............
Nice fat croc.
The start of Zihua Sailfest.
Princess and Grandpa on the front porch.
Gabriellas snow person.
My work attire doesn
Air conditioned bus in Mexico.
This is my view from the palapa.
Guacamole and chips with a double coca light to wash it down.
Yawn....another sunset in Paradise.
Looking at Chacala from the boat.
The boat from the dinghy landing.
The boat from the Port Captains office.
The boat from the beach.
I decided to do a little remodeling while doing my once in 10 year cleaning.
Sunrise coming into Mazatlan
Look at water temperature....And to think I can
This squid thought it could sun on my deck....I think he got cooked!
Sitting peacefully in La Paz
Beautiful sunrise as entering the La Paz bay.
Cruiseship Ryndam at dock in Guaymas.
Added some blanco(white) pigment to the bottom paint and presto..G
I tried to duplicate Gabriellas stick figure drawing.
My new hulls...white white. New graphics.
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