Voyages of Liberte
This Just In: Today's Mexican Headlines

We tuned out CNN and experienced these headlines ourselves:

Boat Neighbors Offer Kilmers a Ride to Grocery Store
... then help them carry 25 bags of groceries down the dock. Will not accept gas or $$.

Cruising Couple Encounter 82 Smiles in the Course of the Day
... wonderful people who help at every turn.

Boat Owner Gets Royal Treatment at Small Hardware Store
... Owner, proprietor and businessman Marco Antonio Barraza Ojeda actually drives boat owner to another store several miles away to purchase the correct manguerra (hose). Incredible guy.

Boat Dog Goes Everywhere Without a Leash... And Loves It!

Water Pressure Fitting Fixed!
Yacht now has running water again... and it is sweet.

Yachting Couple Enjoys Romantic Dinner Under the Stars
Warm night in the cockpit, warming up some leftovers in a very peaceful place

Quiet Night Enjoyed With Actual Books... well, really they're Kindle books and iBooks...

David and Rebecca Very Thankful To Be In Love, To Be On a Boat, To Everyone Who We Met Today, and For Another Beautiful Day.

12/06/2010 | SEAN MURPHY
Have fun you two. You deserve the royal treatment as you would be first in line to help someone else out. Wish we were there. Talk to you soon and be safe.
Taking a cruise vs. actual cruising

"Cruising is the most labor-intensive way to live a third-world lifestyle."

Rebecca and I love to work - and that's a good thing when you go cruising. Here's a short list of Liberte boat chores, after the yacht's been sitting "on the hard" for the past 8 months:

- Bottom paint (Marina Seca)
- Cutlass bearing replaced
- Lube and work thru-hulls (if you have holes in the bottom of your boat - and we have 6 or so - you want them to close on demand).
- Launch and make sure she floats!
- See if engine starts
- Find a marina slip
- Move onboard from hotel with dog and new supplies
- Test and replace house and start batteries
- Happily note that fridge starts now that power is back up - cross that off the list with great gusto.
- Unpack and sort out the boat
- Scrub 8 months of Sonoran dust off the boat cover, dry and repack
- Move everything around at least 3 times
- Bend on the sails - in between wind events
- Fix that leaking water fixture that was spraying everywhere, and you conveniently forgot over the summer. Why is it in such a tight corner?!
- Now can fill water tanks and hope it doesn't spray anymore.
- Hit everything that moves with T-9, Boeing's lubricant of choice
- Move some more stuff around
- Provision the boat with a trip to Wal-Mart - 25 bags full
- Replace pump in the head - now replacing head hoses if they have the right size at Star Marine
- Also happily note that chartplotter reboots correctly, and shows us precisely on A dock where we belong.

Lest you feel sorry for us, please note that we are performing said tasks in the Mexican sunshine, with a great deal of laughter and enjoyment, and taking plenty of siesta breaks and strolls around the town. Still to come...

- Fill propane (local knowledge says go to the corner store and wait there with your propane tank. The propane truck driver stops for a taco at the taco stand for breakfast and will fill your tank. Love it!)
- Find and replace head hoses - also hit with muriatic acid to take away the scaling. In the future we'll use even more vinegar - Don Casey says 1 pint per month - flushed very slowly through the system.
- Engine check and shakedown
- Install Scottimini. Rebecca would like to request that we fly Scott up from the Grenadines to supervise.
- Inflate "Liberteeny" the dingy
- Fire up Liberteeny's Merc8 outboard
- Obtain diesel and petrol from the fuel dock
- Rebed swim platform teak - the Cappy stored some diesel on the stern where it leaked onto and dissolved the rubber compound holding the teak. Have the stuff to do it but "waiting for the right day."
- Check out BBQ. Seems like it was falling apart at last inspection.
- Connect saltwater pump in the galley
- Test & inspect bilge pump
- Replace steaming and anchor light bulbs
- Get Mexican courtesy flag - last one shredding in a violent Norther. Evidently one of our fellow cruisers here makes or stocks them - we'll hail him on the Cruiser's Net on VHF 72 at 8 a.m. manana.
- Test the anchor windlass
- Dig out and install mainsheet
- Patch up autohelm
- Scrub stern
- Obtain our fishing license - it involves finding a fellow named "Manny" on the dock - a short fellow who runs a boat named "Reelaxation."
- Check weather and clear out
- Stow 'n' Go!!

Boat dreams sometimes come true

This morning, I woke up dreaming that I had a boat in a warm place, and I could sail away with my dog and my girl. I woke up to early light on the water and realized that today, this dream was true. Today the boat goes in the water. Right through that window is the launch ramp where we go from being a land yacht to de real ting.


Here's some fancy clippin' on the hotel grounds. Reminds me of the documentary "A Man Named Pearl."

Spanish lessons

Rebecca and Sammy study Spanish by watching a Law and Order and CSI marathon in the hotel room. I'm happy to see Rebecca relaxing - she deserves it! Sammy... recovering from the effects of her doggie Valium on the airplane.

12/06/2010 | Scout!
Isn't Mexico supposed to be warm. Why are you wrapped up liked it's winter time?
Of Mark Twain and cutlass bearings

I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
- Mark Twain

I'm with Capt. Clemons on this one. I've had more nightmares about cutlass bearings - reading the literature made them sound like you'd have to tear the boat apart to get 'em out or in. I know for a fact my friend Pete had to drop his rudder - and dig a big hole to do so. The online chatter was ominous. I sweated this thing no end.

Turns out like many things, it's not quite what you'd expect. And in the case of replacing Liberte's cutlass bearing, that's a good thing. Boom, off came the prop, bang, out came the old bearing, wham, in went the new one.
Thank you naval architects Berret-Racoupeau and Beneteau for that. For a boy who'd just like to get his boat in the water, it's nice to cross that one off the list.

Why replace it? 10 years on the original part, and a bit of play in the prop shaft. There was also some shimmy in reverse. New part was $33 and a quick bit of work in the boatyard.

Another day in "boat school" - escuala de barco.

We launch at high tide.

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