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Nayarit (The state of)
11/29/2007, San Blas

I got my raw water pump humming nicely and off I went for points south. I cruised by the Islands in front of Mazatlan and set a course for Isla Isabella. The seas were flat and I was doing a nice beam reach at about 5 knots and not running my engine.It was so peaceful and quiet. It was so flat and calm I decided to take a shower underway, which I don't normally do. It was great. In the middle of the night I had to fire up the engine to motor for a few hours. Coming alongside Isla Isabella at daybreak I noticed 2 boats anchored that were rolling a little too much for my liking, so continued on to San Blas. I'll be able to visit the island on my way back north. Pulled into the San Blas estuary in the afternoon and set anchor. I normally would anchor out in Matanchen Bay to stay away from the No-See-Ums,but was a little adventurous this time. Spent a nice evening with cruisers and dinner ashore in what I consider to be the most authentic Mexican town I have ever seen. I'll pull out this afternoon for Chacala and visit with my Canuck friends who are land cruising and staying at a RV park just up the road from Chacala. My next posting should be when I get into Banderas Bay.

11/29/2007 | Bryan
This is a fantastic, beautiful picture. What a symbol of peace and prosperity.
11/30/2007 | Susan
Tell us about the dinner and the town.
Who else is out cruising?
Marina Mazatlan
11/26/2007, Mazatlan

I left the old town anchorage that was free to go across town to Mazatlan Marina that was'nt free. I had a nice Thanksgiving with about 100 other cruisers. After 1 night in Mazatlan Marina I went over to visit my friends on Wasatch and found out that it was $7 a night cheaper to stay there in a first class(brand new) marina/haulout center. My raw water pump was leaking so I decided to exchange it for a new one I had on the boat. Like and idiot I broke the pulley and had to have another one manufactured here in Mazatlan. They did a fabulous job for just $90. So I hope to be out of here for some real nice anchorages and a chance to pass on some nice photos.

11/27/2007 | Susan
This delightful blog is the first thing I look for in the morning.
Cabo Wabo
11/26/2007, Cabo San Lucas

After an all nighter and having a cruiseliner dodge me I came upon a fishing extravaganza with about 100 boats all looking for the same fish I guess. I had to weave my way through them and the wakes they put out are more serious than wind whipped waves. Pulling into Cabo was quite a wake up considering the travels of the past 10 days. 2 cruise ships ferrying passengers back and forth and all the tourist(cattle) boats with loud and obnoxious sounds emitting from them. I anchored out in front of the hotels and the loud parties on the beach were quite the site. You probably guessed by now that Cabo is not my favorite spot. After 2 nights there it was time to cross the Sea of Cortez for Mazatlan. I sailed almost the entire distance under some brisk winds. I pulled into old town at midnite and told myself to be careful to drop the anchor and get a secure hold. I dropped it with the electric switch instead of my usual manual way while up on the bow. About 2 in the morning I heard pounding on the hull and someone yelling Senior..Senior. My boat was sitting right next to the seawall and I started up the engine and pulled forward fast. After resetting my anchor properly I paid off my rescuers and they stoled my binoculers(they needed them more than I did) and went back to sleep. Next: Marina Mazatlan

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