Merry Christmas from Teacapan
12/22/2011, Teacapan, Sin.
We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are still at our friends' home in Teacapan. No news on the boat painting, but I'll follow up soon. Hopefully, it will be done before New Year so that we can get back on the road again.
The weather has been very nice here, warm days and cool nights, T-shirt weather all the time. I am attaching some more C-monkey pix for all you C-monkey fans.
Yesterday, we met with Victor, a local fishing captain and eco-tourism guide, as well as a friend of Jeanette's, who says that he can lead me into the harbor here at high tide with plenty of depth to spare. I think we may try it, as the harbor here is very scenic, and is at the mouth of a fresh water estuary that extends many miles inland. Could be a fun dinghy trip.
We are going to spend Christmas with a Canadian couple who have a home here, and have invited a group of gringos to share Christmas with them. Should be fun.
I was able to get a Telcel SIM card installed in the phone Mike B. loaned me, so now we have a phone that works here-our Verizon phones won't work in the smaller villages.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, and I hope to have some pictures of the new, improved, Marsha Dee soon.
The C Monkey celebrates Christmas
Just thought I'd send this pic of the C-monkey celebrating Christmas at Nidart. We just couldn't keep him out of the tree.
Also, for Tom M., we saw the OYC burgee at the Barefoot Bar and wondered where it came from. Now we know.
OYC is everywhere!
Baby shower at Nidart
Cat. Crabby-warm & sunny
12/11/2011, Historic district, Mazatlan
Last evening we were invited to a baby shower for one of Jeanette and Carol's friends daughter who is expecting any day now. The friends, Rak and Loa, own an art gallery/studio/school in the historic district in Mazatlan called Nidart, which stands for Nido de Arte, (artists' nest). They produce some beautiful items and across the street they have a handmade ice cream business where they make GREAT ice cream.
We had a wonderful buffet including mole', marlin ceviche and a smoked marlin salad that was wonderful. We also had mojitos, and for dessert, some Don Julio tequila!
We rode over there and back in a pickup/taxi because there were 8 of us. Quite a wild ride.
All in all, it was a great time, and the Garcia Perez' have a wonderful family and they were very welcoming to us.
Tuesday, we're off to Teacapan.
Marsha Dee gets painted
12/10/2011, Singlar yard/Mazatlan
Well, Marsha Dee is on her way to a new look. The first coat of primer is on, and the plan is to paint the hull white with a red stripe about 8-10" wide just below the rub rail and another red stripe about4-6" wide just above the water line.
Attached find some pix of the bottom paint that's peeling off after only 4 months!
I've decided to go ahead and have the bottom repainted here while it's out of the water. They will sand off all the old paint, put 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of anti-fouling for $1,000. I think that's a really good deal.
n Tuesday, we're leaving Mazatlan and going to visit our friends, the Camilles, in Teacapan. We'll probably be there until just after Christmas, when the boat should be finished. We're really getting anxious to get back on the water and head for points south!
Merry Christmas to all.
CC & Jeanette
Our "full size" car at the airport
Well, Darwin has left us, and we're all alone. I'm sure he's glad to be home with his family, but we had a lot of fun together.
The last couple of days, we've just been relaxing, reading and fighting with the computers as usual. We have decided to paint the boat primarily white with a red stripe just below the rub rail, and another just above the water line. Sorry, Darwin, but I couldn't get Tecate to sponsor the paint job. So, no more banana boat, we'll have to call it something else. Any ideas?
We also discovered that even though I had the bottom painted in Oceanside in July, the bottom paint is peeling off already. The yard here has suggested that perhaps the new bottom paint wasn't compatible with the old.
They want to sand off all the bottom paint, primer it, and put on new, which will be quite expensive, ($1,300 dollars). I'm considering just leaving it until next summer at least. Any thoughts?
Tomorrow, we move to the Inn at Mazatlan to spend a week with Jeanette's sister-in-law. If I don't have the bottom done, the boat should be nearly finished by then. Then we'll go to Teacapan for awhile to visit our friends, and then back on the boat and southward.