Sailing on Starshine

Vessel Name: Starshine
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Pat and Melodie Williams
About: We have been "working the plan" since 2004 when Pat began taking sailing lessons. That lead to a few sailing vacations on sailboats. Melodie took some classes too. We purchased our boat in 2011.
23 January 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
04 December 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA
04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon
17 July 2017 | Polson Montana
31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
04 May 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Mexico
04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
12 March 2017 | Chamela Bay
12 March 2017 | Tenicatita Bay
18 February 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
29 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
19 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
06 January 2017 | St Thomas USVI
06 January 2017 | Balboa Panama
30 November 2016 | Golfito Costa Rica
02 November 2016 | Marina San Carlos
Recent Blog Posts
23 January 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Still in La Cruz, but looking to sail south

Today is Tuesday January 23, 2018.

04 December 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Enjoying Mexico in Banderas Bay

I've been told by my mother that my blog has once again been neglected.

24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA

Where have we been?

I have been neglecting our blog since early September. I wrote an update but made the classic mistake of not saving my work. You have seen me make this mistake in the past, but it appears I have not learned my lesson! So here it goes again, post # 2……

04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA

Snakes to the Lake

Today is Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

Still in La Cruz, but looking to sail south

23 January 2018 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Pat - Cloudy
Today is Tuesday January 23, 2018.

Melodie and I had a good holiday season. She visited family back in Milwaukee and I made an appearance there during the week of Christmas-New Years. Temperatures in the single digits and below….it was COLD. But it was good to see family and we had a nice visit.

I returned to Starshine in the Marina at La Cruz and continued to troubleshoot a problem in our fuel system. We were seeing bubbles in our Racor fuel filter. The internet said it was a supply side vacuum leak. I had a very difficult time trying to locate the leak. Several other boaters we know had a similar problem, that was tracked to the shut off valve at the fuel tank. I was able to blow air past our shut off valve, so I thought that might be the culprit. I changed the valve, but it didn’t make the bubbling go away. Finally we switched out the entire Racor unit, going from a fancy dual unit to a simpler single unit. That solved the problem. We will either rebuild or replace the fancy dual unit sometime down the road.

We finished our time in the marina, and with the fuel issue solved we moved to the anchorage. It’s been a little rolly, but we deployed our “Flopper Stopper” and it has attenuated the rolling somewhat.

We’ve been enjoying the many restaurants in La Cruz and going out with friends, both land based and other boaters. The photo was taken from the balcony of one of our land based friends.

I got some dental work done in Bucerias, the small town between La Cruz and Nuevo Vallarta. The cleaning was $36 USD and two cavities filled was $75. All done in a brand new facility by an English speaking dentist.

We were going to head south last week, but got waylaid by the weather. A large “swell train” came down from the north and caused there to be some really big waves in the area. We chose to stay here in La Cruz to let the weather pass. That was a week ago today. It’s looking like we may have a window this coming Thursday or Friday. We’ll have to see.

My friend Rich from my Club Nautique days came to Puerto Vallarta for a vacation with his sister. He gave me a shout via Facebook and we were able to get together for lunch down in Marina Vallarta. It was good to catch up, having been about a year and a half since we last saw one another. I was also able to have dinner with my friend Arnstein. He delivered a brand new Jeaneau 54 from San Diego to Nuevo Vallarta. Club Nautique is opening a charter base at Paradise Village. It was their first boat to arrive for their estimated 4-6 boat fleet.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here almost three months so far this season. We are enjoying the warm weather, but wish the water was warmer too. It was in the low 80’s when we first arrived, but now it’s in the mid 70’s. It makes for a brisk jump in the water, but it’s not too bad after a swim around the boat.

That’s all for now. The next big thing on our calendar is finding a place to watch the Super Bowl.
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