Nightide - Ship's Log

13 February 2018 | North of La Cruz
06 February 2018 | La Cruz
06 February 2018 | La Cruz
29 January 2018 | La Cruz, Banderas Bay
27 January 2018 | La Cruz Marina
21 January 2018 | Isla Isabel
21 January 2018 | Northern Baja Peninsula
21 January 2018 | San Evaristo, La Paz Area
21 January 2018 | La Paz Islands
29 November 2017 | La Paz
26 November 2017 | La Paz
26 November 2017 | La Paz
23 November 2017 | La Paz
23 November 2017 | Ballandra Bay
23 November 2017 | Bahia Los Muertos
04 November 2017 | Mazatlan Marina
04 November 2017 | Mazatlan
26 October 2017 | Copper Canyon, Mexico
26 October 2017 | Mazatlan Mexico

(272) Horseback Riding

13 February 2018 | North of La Cruz
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Here I am, in the rear, with Jamie from Sherpa and her friend from NY enjoying riding along a beach north of La Cruz. Great way to spend a hot day. We had the beach to ourselves, and the horses seemed to enjoy it as well.

(271) Work Projects

06 February 2018 | La Cruz
HB
Work work work.....Our brief stay in La Cruz is turning into a long stay. Two big projects are underway. Not sure if I mentioned the first project already, but we have commissioned the remaining 2 of our 4 inboard fuel tanks. They are smaller tanks and sit on the outside of the large inner tanks, and are also the hardest to get at. When Ian installed them he did not vent these two tanks and they have never been used. For the crossing to French Polynesia, we need all the fuel we can get. So, we had someone come in and install vents and tie the vent lines into the 2 that are already in place for the centre tanks.
The second project is new wiring inside the mast for our VHF and AIS split. Over time we've been loosing the range of receiving and transmitting on the VHF. Last week a technician had a look at it and found a fault inside the mast 62.5 ft from the base. Our mast is 65 ft high, so that tells you how accurate the equipment was to detect it. The whole wire needs replacing so today Ian went up the mast and with me inside at the base we were able to move the current wire back and forth. Thank goodness we hadn't bundled it with other wires inside the mast. We now have the new wiring and fittings so in the next couple days it will be replaced.

Picture is new vent in starboard tank.

(270) Liberty 458 Party

06 February 2018 | La Cruz
HB
Last night was a fun night. 11 people around the table, including three Liberty 458 owners. I may get the hull numbers wrong, but here goes: Sea Witch (#21), Distant Drummer (#7) and Nightide (#2). We chose a lovely restaurant with traditional Mexican entertainment in La Cruz. A little too noisy to exchange ideas etc, but a fun night of music and food all the same. Here we all are.

(269) Ian’s Bucketlist Item - ‘Learn to Surf'

31 January 2018 | Sayulita
HB
Can't quite check this one off his bucket list, because I haven't actually seen him stand up on the board, but I'm sure the next time we go he'll get to 'ride' a wave. We went to Sayulita (a very popular surfing beach about half and hour's drive north from La Cruz). Joe (from Sherpa) and Ian took a half hour lesson on the beach followed by a couple of hours in the surf. I managed a few videos, but forgot to take any snaps of them in the surf, but here is one where they are dirt diving (sky diving term) on the beach.

(268) La Cruz

29 January 2018 | La Cruz, Banderas Bay
HB
We are thoroughly enjoying La Cruz. I could stay here for a while. It is about 25 kms from the larger city of Puerto Vallarta, further south along the coast (an hour's bus ride). PV is a big tourist town, with lots of hotels (many all inclusives), restaurants and shops. La Cruz is much smaller, quieter and has a cosy community feel to it, with lovely cobblestone streets, small restaurants under shaded trees and great music. It seems to attract cruisers and musicians, and those wanting to walk the less crowded streets in the evenings to a nice eatery and then sit and listen to some good music.

There are about 3 other marinas in the general area, each with their various attributes. We are at the Marina Riviera Nayarit (or shortened to La Cruz Marina), the more popular one with the cruisers. The marina has about 340 slips, and right now it is packed. It's the high season here for sailing. Our dock is full and there is a lot of activity. Many boats (particularly those with their main sleeping berths in the forward part of their boats), are backed into their slip and everyone is working on some project or another. There is laundry to be hauled up to the marina office, where a lady will pick it up and have it back to your boat the next day for 130 pesos. Varnishing work, cleaning, canvas and sail work. Mexican workers will do stainless steel, varnish projects, bottom cleaning for you, and there are many large sport fishing launches here owned and operated by locals, so there is always the lovely aromas of Mexican food and music on the dock. Yoga classes are just up the dock 3 times a week, seminars for cruisers about twice a week, a Deli and small swimming pool. Or it is a 5 min walk to the nearest beach. There's a friendly atmosphere, everyone offering advice on someone else's boat project, or just shooting the breeze, and within a couple of days of arrival you get absorbed into the dock neighborhood.

Each Wednesday there is a local community market where you can buy kitchen and household items, shoes, pirated dvds, veges/fruit, meat, and clothes. It is put on by the locals for the locals, but is also popular with cruisers and North American residents. 4-5 blocks of tree shaded cobble stone streets are lined with stalls and wares are spread out over the ground so you have to step around and over the more densely packed areas. The big tourist market is on Sundays. Lots of arts and crafts, baked goods, seafood, meat, and a big food stand area where you can buy from a large selection of Mexican foods then sit nearby on the rocks that look out over the bay and marina while eating a delicious brunch. This market is always packed. People come from all around including Puerto Vallarta for this one. Prices can be inflated. Anyway, it has been our weekly source for pastries, salsa's and guacamoles, bread and veges.

I've learned to be hesitant when eating out, but this is changing here. You don't hear much about people getting sick. We buy slow roasted chicken at roadside stands, and fish tacos, and have found some great eateries, always washed down with a marquarita.

Our days are nearly always sunny. We haven't experienced such ongoing sunshine anywhere else we've lived. And it sure beats Yellowknife. Probably in the -30C up there now. Temps are around the high 20's and low 30's during the day and cool down enough at night that we have a thin cover over us. So much more tolerable than the blazing heat of summer. We did have a small thunderstorm go across a couple of evenings back. It was during an open air movie night over near the beach and sent everyone running for cover.

Ahh, life is good. Going to be hard to leave the dock.

(267) Life Raft Training

27 January 2018 | La Cruz Marina
HB
Just loving La Cruz. Lots of great seminars (all free), weather, medical, navigation, sailing downwind permits and visas. A couple of days ago we had this one; a discussion on ditch bags and how to get into a life raft. A good turn out with 30 or so people and lots of fun at the dock.
Vessel Name: Nightide
Vessel Make/Model: Liberty 458
Hailing Port: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
Nightide's Photos - Main
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Created 21 June 2017
San Diego to Aqua Verde
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Created 6 April 2017
Aqua Verde -
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Created 27 December 2016
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Quilts that I've made aboard Nightide
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Organizers, time savers, and other useful things that we've made for Nightide.
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Interior and Exterior of Nightide
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Christmas 2014
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Teak Deck Removal
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Removing Antifouling
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Moving to Yellowknife 2009
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San Diego 2009
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