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Follow our adventures as we sail the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
03/26/2012

Mast hanging

2012 Cruising Mexico
Mast Hanging
03/26/2012

Morley is finally big enough to challenge Carden's record of "mast hanging". Carden 14 seconds - Morley 7 seconds. I love these kids!

2012 Cruising Mexico
Galley Sink Photo
03/25/2012

I got distracted in the cabin today and didn't see Morley climbing on the galley counter. Next thing I knew she was in trouble. Like any good mother I grabbed my camera to capture the moment before coming to her rescue!

2012 Cruising Mexico
03/19/2012

Fun on the boat

2012 Cruising Mexico
03/19/2012

Our old refrigeration unit

2012 Cruising Mexico
Work Day
03/19/2012

When we first bought the boat, we had visions of sitting in tropical places with a margarita in one hand and a varnish brush in the other. We had always read of other cruisers who spend days and days redoing the varnish on their teak. It's an ongoing chore on a sailboat. So it's something we were prepared for. But, once we started cruising we didn't really want to sit in the hot sun for hours slaving over the cosmetic details of the boat. We want to live, explore, relax and enjoy the time we have down here. Thankfully, Rockstar's mexican caretaker, Arturo offered to refinish our teak for us and for about $10/hr we were very happy to accept. So, this morning after breakfast we found ourselves stuck downstairs as Arturo and his brother and son sanded and varnished the teak around the cockpit.

That inspired us to get busy with projects downstairs. We bought a new refrigeration system before we left Vancouver and today we installed it. Our old system is probably as old as the boat (27 years) and draws about 5 Amps all the time which is very inefficient and a huge drain on our batteries when we are under sail or at anchor (without shore power). The new one draws about half as much.

It wasn't a particularly hard installation but like anything on a boat it was a bit fiddly. The copper lines that run from the compressor (in the engine compartment) to the freezer box (in the galley) are about 15 feet long and can not be bent too much or too many times as they are full of freon so Jeff and I spent a good hour babying them. But, I'm happy to report there were no surprises and the new unit is working like a charm and keeping Jeff's beer nice and cold.

After lunch we were still going strong on our work kick so we re-arranged some gear and equipment in the forward cabin to make more storage room for the kids and to even out the boat (we list to starboard). Mostly it was Jeff doing all the heavy sail lifting and me directing. The kids love the extra space and Carden suggested that maybe the "shelf" in the cabin can be Mo's new bed? (The photo is them trying it out)

We also had a visit from Aunty Cheri's mum and dad, Candace and Ken which was a nice surprise and we got to catch up with them.

Our fixed outboard was delivered back today and runs well so we have our car (aka dingy) back and don't have to rely on the water taxi's. To celebrate we took the whole family for a dingy ride into town for tacos at Dos Soles.


2012 Cruising Mexico

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