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600 miles in a week
Gabriellas G-Pa
11/05/2011, La Cruz De Huanacastle

Left Chacala after only one night because, yes, that's right, I on a mission. Had a nice ride down the coast and around the corner at Punta Mita. Entered Banderas Bay and was greeted with a red tide. It was a red tide all the way down to La Cruz. My friends Barbara and Tom on Hooligan are splashing their boat today at 4pm at Opequimar in Puerto Vallarta. I will visit with them tomorrow for a short time and pull out of here Monday morning for another.....that's guessed it..OVERNIGHTER for Barra De Navidad. The reason for coming all the way into Banderas Bay was to visit them and get a nice meal. Well the meal is out tonight because I didn't fix the air leak in the inflatible the way I should have. So I just finished fixing the leak and it has to sit overnight before I can put air pressure on it. Tonights' dinner....Chili and grilled cheese. The suffering I go through to put on this great illusion of the fabulous cruising lifestyle.

11/06/2011 | Susan
Good boom fix.
Things that go broke.
Gabriellas G-Pa
11/05/2011, La Cruz De Huanacastle

Left the anchorage at Pujero Island in front lf hotel row Mazatlan early in the morning for ANOTHER overnighter to Chacala. I will sail by Isla Isabella and San Blas because I'm on a mission to get to Barra. On the way down the coast I noticed my prop shaft vibrating, so I put it in reverse to see if I could shake off anything that coould be on the prop. No luck. So I stopped the boat and dropped sail and went diving in the 86 degree water and sure enough it was a heavy piece of plastic sheeting. Cut it off and climbed out of the water and presto...smooth running shaft. At least that dive wasn't in the middle of the night with the boat tossing around a rough sea. A couple hours later I was checking my sail and I spotted my sail track broke and lifted up pulling a half dozen screws out. So into my trusty bin of gadgets to fix that problem. Three hose clamps and about 20 minutes later problem solved. And to think that my son laughs at me for all the duck tape, chewing gum, and instant glue that I purchase. Can you say McGyver? I'll post the plastic and repair jobs in the gallery. Pulled into my tropical anchorage of Chacala and went ashore. I visited with a Enlish girl married to a Mexican from Guadalajara and operates a restaurant/palapa on the beach. They have excellent food and were written up in the Oct.18 edition of The Log, a southern California boating newspaper. I had a delicious Mahi Mahi dinner and relaxed for the night. Oh yeah, the name of the place is Chac Mool.

11/06/2011 | Susan
Mahi mahi dinner - NOW you're cruisin' Phil.
We saw several Chac Mool statues at Chichen Itza. Neat name for a restaurant.
Delivery Skipper
Gabriellas G-Pa
11/02/2011, Isla Pujero

Left Topolabampo for another overnighter to Mazatlan. Topo is a hour and 45 minute motor boat ride from the sea buoy to putting the anchor down....that's a lot of fuel and time to put in for the night. I didn't know if I would make it to Mazatlan before dark and before I ran out of fuel. I DID BOTH...that is make it in before dark and had a quarter tank of fuel left. I anchored at Isla Pujero for a peaceful night of sleep. The Isla is right across from hotel row in Mazatlan and is a little picturesque. The next morning I motored into the Singlar fuel dock to get fuel and wash the boat down. I had a nice reunion with Eunice in the office and was told the rest of the girls were off today because of Dia la Muertos. I then went over to Marina Mazatlan to check on storage prices...this will be a theme this year because of the 40% increase in fees at my ex-wonderful marina seca. On the way back I stopped off at the Santa Fe market to get groceries and a universal remote for the tv and dvd.....and Karen, it cost 29 pesos($2.30US) and I have it programmed already....priorities. I then went back out to the Isla for another night and will weigh anchor early for the trip down to my favorite anchorage in Nayarit..Chacala. I threw the dinghy in the water and row ashore to see if I could get something to eat. They only had catered goodies for private party/tours, but one of the locals asked a friend of his to fix me something. it was sliced sirloin and fixings for carne asada tacos. They were delicious and the cost reflected that at 100 pesos with a coke. I still welcomed that treat because I have been preparing(can we say sandwich) all my food since I left Guaymas four days earlier. It's tough being a cruiser in mananaland.

11/03/2011 | Susan
How were the storage prices at Marina Mazatlan?
11/05/2011 | Phil
@ Susan...$300 a month with taxes and everything. That's still $80 more than Marina Seca(not Singlar) Guaymas.

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