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Gabriellas Grandpa
11/17/2010, Marina Singlar

I think this was one of the truly stressful launches that I have ever had. The boat went down into the water and I studied the glass bottom for about five minutes and to my wonderful surprise not a drop of water anywhere........ Then I went over to the fuel dock where I will stay for awhile to finish painting my decks. Heres a little story that had a few people laughing at and with me. After I docked the boat, I went over to the office to harass Ariana and Marlene and tell them how thrilled I was to not have a leak in the glass bottom. Then, as I was strolling back to the boat I was looking for my mast top visible over the huge Pemex fuel tanks. Horacio and Lalo were chatting by the tanks and seen the concern on my face as I was looking for my mast top and couldn't see it. Going through my mind was that the glass bottom sucked in and the boat was on the bottom. Then as I rounded the corner and saw that there was no mast on the boat(it's still laying in the yard waiting for me to paint it) I turned to Horacio and said I was looking for the mast and he knew it was in the yard.....Horacio and Lalo laughed so hard and had to tell everyone how old and senile I am.
I just finished painting the top of the house and tomorrow will do the decks. It takes almost a day to tape and cut the radius on the tape. Then I will anchor out while I work on the mast. Susan, Walmart is just another place to get bargains and the locals have a few more items here so they don't have to drive to Hermosillo. Plenty of turkeys at all the stores and I just put up the sign up sheet for Thanksgiving.

11/17/2010 | Della
Well we love you even if your a lil senile! lol Hey gave me a laugh because honestly that is something I would do! love you Uncle!! Hope you have a beautifully blessed holiday!
11/17/2010 | Jeff Sr
You must slow dowm and let the MAST catch up. God bless you and your boat
11/17/2010 | Jan and Wolf
she is looking mighty good Phil, you did a great job.
11/18/2010 | Susan
She lookin' good. So, who's cooking the birds this year? How many "guest" are you expecting?
11/19/2010 | Hooligans
We love this story! That's the Phil we know & love. See. . . you really can't get along without us. Looks like you are making good progress. You won't recognize us when you see us. Tom's got new toys.
See ya sooner than you think. Happy Thanksgiving!
Barbara & Tom
11/20/2010 | Boomerang
God love ya Phil, thats funny but I bet you didn't think so at the time. Just dont forget to put the mast on before you head south!
Salud Amigo, Chuck and Elaine
12/01/2010 | Gabriella's Mommy
Mannasea looks absolutely beautiful!! I don't think I've ever seen her so shiny and sparkly!
Splashig tomorrow
Gabriellas Grandpa
11/15/2010, Guaymas

This is about par for last years's almost been a month. My excuse is too much work on the boat and too exhausted to do anything but watch movies. I got the woodwork done where the carpenter bees destroyed it and a lot of the painting done. As I was installing the glass bottom window, I noticed a crack appearing on it. So I took it off and tried to get another made here in Guaymas. Their safety glass is thinner than the one I had made in Rancho Cordova and it made me a little queesy putting in a thinner piece of safety glass the what was in there in the first place. So I decided to get get two of them and put a clear plastic spacer between them. Now they are installed and I kept messing with the regular spacers that keep the pressure on the glass. Tomorrow I will find out if I put the right amount of pressure on the glass. I'm glad that the travel-lift operator is my best friend down here and won't get upset if he has to pull me out of the water if it is not right. After I splash, I will get busy on my mast and boom. I have no idea how long it will take me to paint and and install all the new rigging. Everyone is asking me to organize the Thanksgiving dinner potluck here at the marina. I really wanted to be on my way by Thanksgiving, but as usual, it will be after. The new Walmart and Sam's Club in Guaymas has really changed things around here. There is a new girl in the office, so I have twice the fun as I did with just Ariana. Marlene has lived in Vancouver and has good English skills as she does business skills. The locals celbrate Revolution Day with a big parade down there main street(Aquiles Serdan) and every school and organization in the area participate. I promise to let you all know within a few days if the splash was successful.

11/15/2010 | Susan
In what ways have the "big box stores" changed Guaymas, and you? But of course Phil, you're the obvious one to organize Thanksgiving; and who better to carve the turkey:) Don't forget pictures of the big splash.
Black Bees
Gabriellas Grandpa
10/18/2010, Guaymas

The trip down from Rancho Cordova to Guaymas was the easiest yet. Picked up Steve in Lotus and packed all his stuff in the van, had to put the outboard and my large luggage on the roof to make room. We drove down to Costa Mesa so I could stop by Minneys Yacht Surplus to pick up my new to me drifter. Also bought a few other odds and ends and then we met up with a couple of friends of Steve's who are rebuilding a Katrina salvaged boat. When we left Nogales to cross the border the stress level created from the fear of Mexican customs was high. We came up to the first (Red light/Green light) and it showed red. So the gate opened and I crept forward and there was no one around, so I kept driving forward and before we knew it, we were on our way to the next customs and visa area at KM21 marker. After we got our visas we drove around the building to the customs inspection area and got a GREEN light. After we drove for a couple of miles and were muttering to ourselves saying we cant believe we got off so easy.......we were joking about going back and demanding they inspect our vehicle. Got to the boat and was pleasantly surprised that everything was working properly. Did laundry and cleaned the boat and left it wide open to air out. Started to work on my dryrot areas and noticed tons of sawdust or chewed wood around the area along with these perfect half-inch holes. It looked someone just drilled those holes, but it was these huge black bees that chewed into the dryrot areas to feast on the bad wood. So I started to cut out the affected area and the bees came out and larvae fell out. They really set up housekeeping in that wood. There were about 12 black adults and 4 or 5 reddish/orange juveniles and three maggots. My blog picture is a black bee flying around looking for its home that I destroyed. The boat work begins................

10/19/2010 | Susan
Well, THAT'S certainly a first, black bees in the boat. You're lucky there were only a small number of bees and not a whole hive full of honey:)
10/22/2010 | Jeff Sr
will a good start puts mine back to work on the thing you LOVE . Keep tye Blogs coming
10/22/2010 | Pat Lysaght
Those big furry bees are carpenter bees and they are always boring into my redwood fence. It’s amazing how they make those perfect little round holes! Hope you got rid of them… I always spray into the holes after they have left in the morning and then putty up the holes. Works for me!!!

10/27/2010 | Gabriella's Mommy
Glad to hear you got rid of the bees -- and good hearing your voice tonight, as well. Gabriella has been very busy this week, but she's anxious to talk w/ you. Good luck rigging your mast.... Confuscious say: Next time, ask for estimate, Grasshopper!
11/07/2010 | Judy Yawman-Adams
Hey, Phillie Willie. So, what the heck has happened to you since 10/18? Did you get stuck in Customs after all? I hope your bees are gone. Sounded pretty gross. I actually had bees and larvae like that in the bracket holes of a bookcase I made! I hope your last few weeks have been less eventful. I lost my new job; want a sailing partner?

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