Anchorages Near La PazJohn
While staying at the Marine in La Paz you can take a 1 1/2 hour trip to some great places to anchor, swim, snorkel and beach comb, and have an overnight. The water colour is amazing as too are the coloured fish.
03/29/2012, Near La Paz
Blue green water, sandy beaches to yourself and blue skys, what the Sea of Cortez has to offer. We are settling into La Paz now, doing some boat chores, shopping and finding a location to leave L'Ange for July to Oct. hopefully out of any hurrican's potential damage. We are booked to return to Vancouver April 12 for about 6 weeks. Mitsuko is off to Japan April 23 for 3 weeks, and it looks like I have a trip to the Cambodia project in May.
Boat Maintenance & UpgradesJohn
We are continually working on L'Ange to keep her in good shape and few problems. While in Mazatlan we had the 1000 hr service on the engine, water heat exchanger removed, serviced and cleaned, valves set, injectors serviced. We have changed the solar panels, put extra supports on the bimini, and 2, 130 watt panels on the top, and moved the 2, 90 watt panels to be on the side, where they are raised and lowered as needed, and a new 25 amp regulator. We now have more than needed to run the fridge, freezer, lights, computer, and TV/CD. Great not to have to worry about running the generator or engine. I am now connecting the GPS into the VHF and SSB radios, giving us lat and long readings when we are on the radios. Should have done this before leaving. If you are going to call in an emergency, it is wise to know where you are.
Shedules - Mexican StyleJohn
03/27/2012, Mazatlan to Baha
What do the do with the old volkswagons in Mexico?, they cut them down and make open air taxis with them. Here I am negotiating for a ride.
03/27/2012, Mazatlan / La Paz
The photo is sunrise (6:00 am) as we travel West from Mazatlan to Baha. We get into 3 to 4 hour watch, sleeping as we listen to the rythem of the diesel. One thing we have learnt, is that you cannot hand steer at night, on the autopilot all the time. You lose your sense of direction once it gets dark.
The Mexican Cruising VortexJohn
03/27/2012, Now in La Paz
The photo is the sunset (6:30 pm) as we travel from Mazatlan West to the Baha. Leaving at 6 am, and motoring for 32 hours, not a wind above 5 knots, and smooth seas. Mitsuko is the passage weather planner, and advises when to leave. After putting her through a hurricane, then around Cabo Correntes on an overnight passage with 25kn head winds and 6 to 8 foot seas, she thinks my scheduling and weather reading sucks. So the Admiral is the boss for planning departure dates. She has 3 weather web sites to go to, and listens to the reports on the morning and evening nets (SSB and HAM sites), and then makes the decision.
Captain & First Mate