Sirocco Sails to Mexico

S/V Sirocco

Who: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
Port: Oceanside, CA
21 June 2011 | San Diego
20 June 2011 | 145 Miles from San Diego
16 June 2011 | 275 Miles from San Diego
14 June 2011 | 70 Miles South of Turtle Bay
12 June 2011 | Halfway to Bahia Santa Maria
10 June 2011 | San Jose Del Cabo
08 June 2011 | Between La Paz and San Jose Del Cabo
01 June 2011 | La Paz
28 May 2011 | La Paz
25 May 2011 | En route to La Paz
24 May 2011 | Ensenada Grande, Isla Partida
24 May 2011 | Isolotes
24 May 2011 | Nopolo
22 May 2011 | Ballena
22 May 2011 | Timbabiche
22 May 2011 | Agua Verde
14 May 2011 | Honeymoon Cove
14 May 2011
14 May 2011

One broken bolt....

03 December 2009
Lee
How a single broken bolt can wreak costly repairs

On our trip from PV to Barra Navidad, we continued to notice that the complex bracket supporting the frig compressor was increasingly wobbling. Because the alternator hides the bolts holding the bracket to the engine block, we did not know why this was happening. At one point we gave up on using the engine compressor - we took off the belt and jury rigged the bracket so it would not completely fall off the engine.

When we started disaseembling things, we saw that one of three bolts had sheared off. We think this happened years ago. That left two bolts and one was missing and the third was loose and about to exit the block. Before this we had to modify the bracket because it was destroying the heat exchanger a vital component more so than a frig.

Our back up was the Honda generator to run the 110 frig system. We also had an Engle freezer so we were not in dire straights.

John from Johnco drilled out the sheared bolt and modified the system with weld tabs to ensure that the bracket will not separate from the block.

While the engine was partly disassembled, we decided to put the new starter in even though there was not sign of trouble with the existing one. The starter must be removed to put in a new impeller - go figure!. But the bearings in the alternator did not sound quite right so we took this opportunity to install the new one we had on board.

John also did a cleanup repair on the turbo which was not spinning freely. So everything on the port side of the engine is new and hopefully is in better shape than when we departed San Diego. John is from St Louis and live here in Barra. His fee was reasonable and about half of what all this work would cost in the U.S., especially Oceanside if you get my drift.

It was fun working with John and his apprentice Eddy.
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Vessel Name: Sirocco
Vessel Make/Model: J Boats J/130
Hailing Port: Oceanside, CA
Crew: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
About:
Lee and Cathy own Sirocco, a 1994 J/130 they purchased over three years ago and had shipped across the country from Rockport, Maine to Oceanside, California. Lee and Cathy have primarily raced Sirocco but decided to slow down and take some time cruising. [...]
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Sirocco's Photos - Main
Islotes is a sea lion habitat
8 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
Two small anchorages on the Baja mainland
3 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
The name means turquoise water
5 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
Terrific crystal clear water in this tiny anchorage
18 Photos
Created 16 May 2011
14 Photos
Created 16 May 2011
Salt Mining Ghost Town on Isla Carmen
9 Photos
Created 16 May 2011
4 Photos
Created 16 May 2011
6 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
Second trip to Los Muertos
5 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
21 Photos
Created 5 March 2011
8 Photos
Created 25 January 2011
13 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
This bay is about 20 miles south of Barra.
11 Photos
Created 22 January 2011
The "Secret Anchorage" in the Barra Bay
6 Photos
Created 15 January 2011
Oasis Resort in Bucerias http://www.losarroyosverdes.com
27 Photos
Created 9 January 2011
Salyulita is a small artsy surf town about 30 miles north of Banderas Bay
10 Photos
Created 5 January 2011
Yelapa is a village in the southern part of Banderas Bay only accessible by water
10 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 5 January 2011
La Cruz is a quaint village in the north part of Banderas Bay
9 Photos
Created 5 January 2011
2 Photos
Created 17 December 2010
Matachen Bay is a beautiful anchorage around the corner from San Blas
3 Photos
Created 13 December 2010
Los Frailes is a very protected anchorage between Cabo and La Paz
6 Photos
Created 13 December 2010
Island 60 miles from Banderas Bay that is a bird sanctuary
10 Photos
Created 7 December 2010
Island off of La Paz
17 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 2 December 2010
11 Photos
Created 2 December 2010

S/V Sirocco

Who: Lee Pryor and Cathy Sweet,
Port: Oceanside, CA