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All cleaned upSteve
07/05/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
Before I left San Diego I had contemplated having Si Bon waxed. Si Bon had a few scuff marks here and there, both from all the work she had done and from the skipper occasionally brushing up against the dock. I had a couple of estimates that were $420-$600. At the time I was feeling maxed out on spending and decided that a scuffed up boat wasn't all that bad when cruising in a third world country. Well add 4 months of cruising, an anchor snubber rubbing against the side, more docking and somewhere around 1,500 miles and Si Bon was starting to look pretty grungy. Shortly after arriving in San Carlos A dude by the name of Jesus approached me, Jesus said that he would clean the boat, wax the boat down to the waterline and clean the stainless steel....all for $150 USD. This morning Jesus and his son Eduardo showed up at just before 0700, they worked all morning and finished just before noon. I'm gonna have to say that Si Bon didn't look this good the day I bought her...and when you think of all she's been through in the past year and a half...that's saying a lot.
07/04/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
Yesterday (Sunday) I pretty much vegged out and did nothing for a change. Hanging around doing nothing gave me a chance to observe that comings and goings of the other boats here in Marina San Carlos. By last night I decided that this has got to be the party boat capitol of the world...or at least Mexico. There were boats of all shapes and sizes, fishing boats (most were not going fishing, pic), there were dive boats, there were waterskiing boats and there were boats that I'm not sure what you would call. The boats would leave the marina packed with people, music blaring and a few hours later they would return, drop off one group and pick up another group and head back out....music still blaring. This went on all day and well into the evening.
07/02/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
It seems like each day the mercury rises a little bit here in the Sea...and the locals say it's just getting started. During the REAL heat of the summer they call it "the triple 100's" that means that the air temp is 100+, the humidity is 100+ and the water temp is 100. I think they are probably exaggerating the water temp...but not by much, as it is already well into the 80's. When at anchor you are able to jump into the water to try to cool off...but in the marinas that would be a last resort..and one I may be doing soon. All that said, I think my decision to return to the states for a couple of months, is going to turn out to be a wise one. Si Bon does have an air conditioner on her, but I haven't turned it on for nearly a year. If you don't exercise boat systems they tend to deteriorate and I would hate to cause myself more problems by turning on something that isn't really very effective on an uninsulated boat anyway. So I'm slowly chipping away at the things I need to do to Si Bon before I leave. Yesterday I did a little checking into getting a small Casita or condo for a week or so while I prepare to leave mexico sometime around the middle of the month. I want to try to look at a couple of places today. Well it's 0645 and it's already hotter than....well let's just say it's hot...so I need to grab some water and get going.
Marina San CarlosSteve
06/30/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico
I made the whooping 6NM mile journey from Bahia Algodones to Marina San Carlos this morning. It's always interesting coming into a harbor that you've never been in before, it use to cause me great anxiety. I no longer feel anxious or nervous while doing most things on my boat...including coming into an unfamiliar port and into an unfamiliar slip...even when single handing. My confidence level has risen so much over the past year in so many ways. Now, please don't confuse my confident attitude with a cocky attitude...it's not. I don't think anyone should ever feel cocky about docking a 41 foot sailboat, even with a full crew aboard. As is typical here in Mexico, there were plenty of people ready to help me in, and one of them, who I later found out is a ASA certified sailing instructor said "you brought that boat in real well". Confidence level went up another notch.
On the hard...or not, that is the question.Steve
06/29/2011, at a desk
One of the reasons I didn't stay in Bahia San Pedro longer was that I need to complete 45 hours of continuing education every 4 years in order to maintain my California Real Estate licensee. I am able to complete the courses on line, however it does require a reliable internet connection. Marina Real has what I've found to be the most reliable internet connections since leaving San Diego...so it was a great chance to at least get started on my testing. I've finished one of three final exams and am waiting until 3:52 local time to take exam number 2.
What happened to SteveSteve
06/28/2011, Mainland Mexico, Sea of Cortez
I'm pretty sure all of my blog followers are wonderings...what happened to Steve and his always exciting blog? Although while anchored in Bahia Algodones, I have great cell service, I have no internet service. I am currently sitting in the Marina Real's air conditioned office posting this blog. Soon after arriving in Bahia Algodones I discovered that for $12.00 I could come over here put my dinghy in a slip and use their showers, their internet and as a fringe benefit I can toss out my trash in their dumpster. Now that might not sound like a good deal to you...but being a thrifty (cheap) cruiser, I also figured out that if I come in the late morning I can get the rest of that day and all of the following day. Now add up your internet bill, your air conditioning bill, your water bill and your trash bill and $6.00 a day starts to sound pretty good, (and I only have to pay it when I want to). Bahia Algodones is a beautiful large bay (pic) that is lined with million dollar homes, it is also home to two large resorts and Marina Real. during the weekends it is full of kids on waverunners, wakeboard boats, kayaks and small sailboats. Sunday morning I woke up and decided to move up the coast 10 miles to another bay called Bahia San Pedro. Bahia San Pedro is a picture perfect cove of which I was the only boat anchored in...certainly a lot quieter that Algodones. I spent Sunday swimming, snorkleing and rowing around this wonderful spot...wishing Shaybo was there to enjoy it with me. Monday morning the wind came up with a fury...I was anchored close to a beautiful shear rock cliff which protected me from the swells...but with 25+ knot gusts blowing across the bay, I had no choice but to stay on Si Bon. You definitely don't want to go for a hike or swim and watch your boat be blown out to sea, or onto the rocks while you're stranded in an isolated, remote bay. Finally around 1430 in afternoon the wind subsided enough for me to weigh the anchor and head back to Algodones. As I was preparing to leave, a couple of guys in a panga approached Si Bon and sold me two lobster tails for 40 pasos ($3.50) and then invited me to the beach to have dinner with them. I politely refused...hopefully next time I'll be able to join them.
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