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S/V Si Bon
Safe and sound
Steve
09/29/2011, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico

Well I survived another bus trip through what most people consider hell. It's kinda funny and very sad that so many people that have never stepped foot in Mexico seem to be experts on the safety of traveling and living down here. It seems that for some reason they put more weight on the media/US Government's account of Mexico then the people who actually live here's account of things. Well I guess that makes sense..the media and government never exaggerate things or lie to us.
I had grown more and more anxious about what I would have to do to get Si Bon back to cruising mode, when you leave a boat for two months with things not being used, it could end up as a big can of worms. I had hired Carlos to keep Si Bon's bottom cleaned and start the main engine and generator a couple of times...but what about all the other things not being used? Would all of my various navigation lights come on? would the all important stereo work? what about the refrigeration? How about my expensive battery bank...would it still be fully charged? and after leaving both toilets unused for two months, will I have to do the worst job on a boat and rebuild them? All of these things raced faster and faster through my mind as we got closer and closer to San Carlos and as we walked down the boardwalk towards Si Bon's slip. As we approached the "A" dock where Si Bon is docked Carlos walked up...it was very good to see him, Sharon and I chatted with him for what seemed to be forever before I excused myself and continued on to Si Bon's slip, as we rounded the dock and set our eyes on Si Bon Sharon mutter something like "gosh, she looks better than the last time I saw her". We still have plenty of things to check out, but the lights all work, the refrigerator was plenty cold, the batteries were just fine and as we kicked back and had a Brewski while listening to the stereo, I couldn't help but think, " I'm sure glad that I won't have to rebuild either one of the toilets"
As I later told Carlos, I was so happy I nearly cried. Muchos gracias amigo for all of your hard work and attention to detail.

09/29/2011 | Ramon
That's great... I'm looking forward to some sailing posts and pics to illustrate the sailing. Favorable winds to you both.
09/29/2011 | Karen
How fantastic is this!!!! Maybe we need to circulate Carlos name to all the sailors out there for when they are in Mexico! :) welcome back to your yacht!
Adios USA...for awhile anyway
Steve
09/26/2011, Los Angles, Ca.

Early yesterday we checked out of our Mission Beach condo, met Kim and Paul for a quick goodbye breakfast and headed north to Malibu to visit Ashley. Our Mission Beach vacation was pretty busy with getting all of the last minute things taken care of for our return to Mexico. It was pretty nice in that the condo came with several bikes, a paddle board (pic) and a kayak and all for about the same as we would have paid for a hotel. It was a great week as Sharon was able to meet both of my daughters and most of my close friends. Sharon was also able to see a few of her old friends including Betty Bo who lives not far from our condo.
Today we began the nearly 1000 mile trip back to Si Bon as we drive the rental car to Tucson then board the autobus for San Carlos.
Hurricane Hilary is still a definite threat and we are both anxious to be in San Carlos before she blows into town sometime towards the end of the week.

Hurricane Hilary; update 1
Steve
09/23/2011, Southern Mexico

Since earlier this morning the forecast has changed and as the weathermen say "Hilary is how spinning harmlessly out to sea". The weathermen obviously have not spent any time at sea. The weather guessers could change their minds again after lunch.....so I will continue to keep a VERY close eye on things and will also keep my blog updated.

09/24/2011 | Amber Gilbert
yipie! or maybe not... either way glad your not going straight to si bon and have a condo for a bit :)
Hurricane Hilary
Steve
09/23/2011, Southern Mexico

Hurricane season in the eastern Pacific runs from mid May thru the end of October. History shows that the Northern sea is pretty safe until September and October. Tropical Storm Hilary was upgraded to Hurricane status yesterday and is currently gaining strength off of the Southern Mexico coast...and headed north. Sharon and I were already planning on leaving Tucson Tuesday morning on the Autobus, we should be in San Carlos by Tuesday afternoon and will be able to take care of any final preparations should Hilary end up in The Sea of Cortez as the current forecast shows.
Sharon and I will be staying at a condo for the first week of our return and so there is no need for family/friends to worry about us. Si Bon will remain in her slip at Marina San Carlos, so no need to worry about her either. If Hilary does indeed come up the sea as forecast, we will be as prepared as we possibly can.

09/24/2011 | Steve Cook
and lucky for us we've already been through one hurricane this summer :-/
Where to meet us 2011/2012
Steve and Sharon
09/21/2011, Mexico

Sharon arrived in San Diego yesterday. We are now in final preparation for our return to Mexico next week.
When telling our friends about our lifestyle most people express a desire to join us somewhere. We have learned from past experience that it is best for visitors to have their own hotel room to use as kind of a base of operations...its not that we don't want people to stay on Si Bon, but a 42 foot sailboat loaded with cruising gear and equipment gets a little to cozy for most people. That being said we can do day sails and maybe an overnighter and of course spend plenty of time lounging in the warm Mexican sun sipping something cool.
There will be a couple of good spots for friends and family to join us, where it is easy to fly in and out of. Mazatlan..we will be in Mazatlan from early December until mid January (Sharon will return to the states from 12-17 thru 1-07). Mazatlan is a very popular vacation destination located on the Pacific Coast of Mainland Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta... we will be in the PV area for most of the month of February and possibly into March. PV is located within the largest bay on the Pacific coast. PV has many marinas and anchorages within a few hours sail from each other. There are many resorts and hotels throughout the area that offer some pretty decent travel packages.
So...if you want a nice inexpensive break from the gloomy winter months we hope that you will join us for Mexican fun in the sun.

PS. We are not sure at this time where we will go from Puerto Vallarta.

River rat
Steve
09/17/2011, The River (Colorado)

It kind of funny that after sailing, my other boating interest is high powered Jet boats and/or waverunners. I Sold my 215 HP Seadoo before I left on my cruise and I haven't been back to "The River" since. My good buddy Frank also sold his waverunner and purchased a high-powered Yamaha Jet boat.
We left san Diego early Monday morning for our guy trip to Lake Havasu and Laughlin Nv.. We were able to get to Havasu early enough that we launched the 17 foot rocket and headed out on the lake. Now I gotta tell this little boat hauls ass, it turns on a dime...and you can even spin 360's on it. As we were flying along Frank decided without warning to crank the wheel and spin the little boat into a 360...completely unaware, I grabbed the first thing I could, which happened to be a support for the bimini cover, which in turn snapped right off. We secured the Bimini and Frank gave me a turn at the wheel (pic). Driving the small Yamaha was a blast...and after a few practice turns I was cranking it around in tight circles.
Being in the warm desert environment made me very homesick for Si Bon, the landscape looks the same as most of the areas that I've been in in Mexico, only instead of a lake or river, there is an ocean. I have rented a condo in Mission Beach (San Diego) next week and Sharon is flying to San Diego on Tuesday. Within the next two weeks we will be returning to San Carlos to begin our next adventure together.

09/17/2011 | Pat K'ski
Lucky you having the best of both boat worlds, sail and power. Enjoy!

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