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

On the Sea Again

04 December 2008 | Isla Iabella/San Blas/Chacala
Gabriellas grandpa
I left Mazatlan after a nice, but too long of a stay. Thanksgiving dinner was quite nice and it felt good to do something with a meaning. I worked most of the time I was there by carving and serving the turkey. 180 people and 10 turkeys..whew, I'm tired. Pulled out of the marina at noon and headed for Isla Isabella to get some shots of the blue-footed boobies and some underwater pics of my art work on the boat. Arrived at daybreak and quickly set my hook(anchor) in a patch of sand. I wanted to double check the setting of the hook so I decided to go diving right away. I put on my new shorty and the dive rig my son got for me and went over the side. First off, I did'nt have enough weight to let me go down, so I had to push off the boat and work my fins like crazy to get down. I took a few pics of Gabrielllas name on the bottom of the boat and then decided to grab my anchor chain to check out the setting of the hook. Sure enough, it was wrapped around a rock and the anchor itself was just laying on its side and could not penetrate the hard shale or sand covered rock. There was'nt much wind, but the seas were lumpy and uncomfortable, so I decided to weigh anchor and set off for San Blas. I could always get the pics of the birds on the way back north. As I'm pulling up the anchor I try to pull the boat ahead to unwrap from the rock. With the action from the lumpy seas, my anchor chain dug into the bow roller and chewed it up. Then I finally got the anchor almost all the way up and the lumpy seas caused my anchor to hit my bow and punch a nice little chunk into it. So off to San Blas licking my wounds. I get into Matanchen Bay wich is the outer anchorage at San Blas and drop my hook and let the noise of the engine drain from my body. The next morning I go and start the engine so I can motor into the San Blas estuary and I decided to check my exhaust water flow(which I only do once in awhile) and there was NO water coming out. Here we go again with the raw water pump. I take the pump off and check it out to find nothing wrong with it. So I'm thinking my heat exchanger is shot and start trouble shooting the cause. Evidently I did'nt check the pump good enough because I later checked it out again and found the impeller was slipping off its metal housing. So I put on one of my backups and bingo, I'm back in business. Now I don't want to go in the estuary at San Blas, so I take off for Chacala. A nice 4 hour motor-boat ride and I pull into Chacala with only one other boat. Chacala is so laid back and peaceful for me. The whole tropical look is so inviting and the food is good at the palapas. I give my business to Las Brisas palapa because not only is the food good but I get free internet from their beach palapa. I don't have to lug my laptop ashore and set it up in a internet cafe. I go to visit my good Canadien friends Jan and Wolf in Lo De Marcos tomorrow. I will take the bus to get there and then they will drive me back. They are about 15 miles down the coast. Then Saturday I should move on to Banderas Bay and La Cruz De Huanacastle. The blog pic is for you Bryan. I will try to post a few more pics in the gallery.
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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
Yoana
reglassing crushed ama
reglassing the strut area
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Starboard side steering pulley that fell off
 
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