Marsha Dee becomes a convertible
01/21/2012, Mazatlan marina (still)
We just got a bimini installed so we can have shade while sailing. We also had some no-see-um screens made for the companionways and hatches. So now, hopefully, we'll be bug free. The no-see-ums, (jejenes) here really do a number on me!
So, we're finally ready to go. We were going to leave today, but I wasn't quite through with a varnishing project, so we're now going to leave tomorrow AM.
Our plan is to sail to Stone Island at the south end of Mazatlan Harbor and spend the night, and then leave early Monday for San Blas and Mantanchen Bay. We should make it there by Tuesday mid-day.
There are a lot of Americans and Canadians here on our dock and every afternoon there's a happy hour get-together on the dock. We've met some real nice people, and we'll probably see them again down the coast.
Anyhow, that's all for now, we'll update as soon as we're able.
Back in the water (and it still floats).
Cat. Crabby, cool
01/11/2012, Marina Mazatlan, slip 6-4
Well, Marsha Dee is back in the water with her new paint job. It looks so good, I don't want to get it dirty. The yard, Groupo Naval Mazatlan and Paul, the painter, did a beautiful job and very reasonably too. An example-to put the name back on the stern, a duplicate of what it was befi=ore, cost about $75.00 here, it was $300.00 in Oceanside last summer.
I can definitely recommend these people to any one considering a paint job.
We are now trying to straighten everything up and re-provision. We'll probably head out of here early next week for points south. We'll update later.
Robalo in Isla Del Bosque'
Just a quick pic to show how Angel cooks the Robalo.
I just received this picture from the guy who's painting the boat. From what I can tell, it looks really nice. Sorry, Darwin, but he wouldn't put the Tecate logo on the side.
He says they're going to put the boat in the water this Saturday. We are going to Mazatlan on Monday, so Marsha Dee should be ready to go, hopefully.
We are getting anxious to get going again. It has been wonderful visiting our friends, resting, walking on the beach eating great fish, taking hot showers every day, etc., but it's not as adventurous (uncomfortable) as cruising.
We plan to leave Mazatlan next week, after re-provisioning and head for Isla Isabel, San Blas and Puerto Vallarta.
Yesterday, we visited a Mexican family, friends of Jeanette's, in Isla Del Bosque', a farming town between Teacapan and Esquinapa. The husband, Angel, grilled Robalo, a large local fish marinated in soy and butter. Absolutely delicious. The wife, Susana, made fresh tortillas on the top of an oil drum in the back yard. They were great! If we don't leave here pretty soon, I'm going to get fat.
Happy New Year, & paint update
12/31/2011, Teacapan, Sin
Just a quickie to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We are going to celebrate by watching the New Year festivities on TV. That way, we only have to stay up till 10PM.
I'm attaching a picture of the progress on the painting. I can't wait to see what it looks like when the masking is removed. It appears that the hull is finished, now they're scraping and sanding the bottom prior to painting.
The painter now says it will be ready on Jan. 7. Mexican time? I hope that the second week of January, we'll be able to get going again. I'm getting antsy.
I talked to an englishman here who used to run diving charters to Isla Isabel, which is on the way to San Blas. He says it's beautiful snorkeling and birdwatching there, so I think that will be our first stop after leaving Mazatlan.
Anyhow, Happy new Year to all, and to all a good night.