Sequoia Changing Latitudes

Vessel Name: Sequoia
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: Portland, Or
Crew: Craig & Barbara Johnston
We are the proud owners of S/V Sequoia, Outbound 44 hull #5, built for us in Shanghai, China in 2001. [...]
We care about the world and its people, and try to live responsible lives, mindful of ourselves, the places we travel to, and the people we meet. We miss our sons and extended family, and try to get together as much as possible. And, dear reader, we look forward to meeting you, again or for the [...]
26 July 2011 | St. Helens/Scappoose, OR
20 July 2011 | In the middle of the ocean
01 July 2011 | Hawaii
19 June 2011 | Hawaii
12 June 2011 | Maui, Hawaii
30 May 2011 | Hilo, Hawaii
12 May 2011 | Hilo, Hawaii
06 May 2011 | 547 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii
01 May 2011 | In the middle of the ocean
25 April 2011 | North Pacific
19 April 2011 | La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
06 April 2011 | San Francisco Island, north of La Paz, Mexico
23 March 2011 | La Cruz, Nayarit, Mexico
14 March 2011 | La Cruz, Nayarit, Mexico
07 March 2011 | La Cruz, Nayarit, Mexico
17 February 2011 | Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, MX
04 February 2011 | Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, MX
29 January 2011 | Barra de Navidad, Colima, Mexico
23 January 2011 | Chamela Bay, Jalisco, Mexico
10 January 2011 | Paradise Marina, Banderas Bay, MX
Recent Blog Posts
26 July 2011 | St. Helens/Scappoose, OR

Arrival home after 18 day passage from Hawaii

We made it! We’re at home, contemplating the overgrown garden and the deer munching contentedly on everything, and most especially on those Oregon strawberries we’ve been longing for all year! Oh well – it’s good to be home, and everything seems to be in good order. The country is in political [...]

20 July 2011 | In the middle of the ocean

On passage from Kauai to Oregon

Several people commented that my last post, about our last weeks in Hawaii, seemed to be all about provisioning. I went back and looked at it, and they're right! We did lots of fun things in Hawaii, but there's no doubt my focus was on provisioning. Now that focus proves its merit. We're in the middle [...]

01 July 2011 | Hawaii

Oahu to Kaua'ia

19 June 2011 | Hawaii

Molokai to Honolulu

Today is Fathers Day, and I’m thinking about my father, his enjoyment of sailing, and how much he would have liked to be part of our journey. Sonata, the 39 foot sailboat he bought when I was in college, was a Transpac boat, built in the ‘50s to be a high-speed contender in that race. (Of course [...]

12 June 2011 | Maui, Hawaii

Westward Ho: Molokini, Lahaina, Honolua Bay

When I last wrote, we were still in Hilo, waiting for the trade winds to drop sufficiently that we could comfortably make passage across the Alenuihaha Channel to Maui. As it happens, now we are at the west end of Maui, waiting for the trade winds to drop sufficiently that we can comfortably make passage [...]

30 May 2011 | Hilo, Hawaii

Three weeks (or more) in Hilo

Tomorrow we will have been in Hilo for three weeks. What's that you say? Could Hilo possibly be that interesting that there would be three weeks of stuff to do there? Well, yes and no. Here's some details.

One definition of cruising

10 January 2011 | Paradise Marina, Banderas Bay, MX
Barbara/sunny, high 70's
Most of you are probably familiar with the old saw defining a boat: "A hole in the water, into which you pour money." There's another that's commonly mentioned among the cruising community: "What's the definition of cruising?" Answer: "Repairing your boat in exotic places." We're now living that definition, at least for a few days.

We left La Cruz Marina the day before yesterday, to go cruising to Punta de Mita (at the north end of Banderas Bay) and make at least one day trip to the Islas Marietas. The islands, near Punta de Mita, are known for the good snorkeling, caves and abundant wildlife. Another reason for leaving La Cruz is that our watermaker doesn't work so well (or at least it uses up filters at an unreasonable rate) in populated areas. We wanted to get out into clear water so that we could fill our water tanks. By the time we got to Punta de Mita, we had a healthy ten inches of water in one tank. We shut down the watermaker, and prepared to make an early departure the next morning for the Islas Marietas. We headed out yesterday morning (watermaker going) and made the passage out to the islands. They're rugged and interesting, no question about it. We saw whales, dolphins, and those line dancing stingrays, as we got close. We anchored, and Craig went down to check on the watermaker's progress. Whaa?? The tank gauge shows four inches of water, instead of the 10 of the night before. Not only that, the bilge pump is cycling on and off, and there's a significant flow of water into the bilge.

We cleaned out every under-sole compartment, and they were all full of water. Hot water. Pop cans, beer cans, wine bottles, canned fruit, sitting in hot water. Vacuum sealed bags of chocolate candy, sitting in hot water. (Yikes!) Cleaning products, sitting in hot water. Everything got removed, every compartment got cleaned, and every limber hole reamed out (allowing water to flow from compartment to compartment and eventually to the bilge).

Needless to say, we concluded it was the water heater. That fabulous, compact, Swedish, stainless steel water heater, situated under the quarter berth. Now we moved everything off the quarter berth (where we store a fair amount of stuff). Off come the cushions, the boards under the cushions. Out comes all the spare hanks of rope, scuba tanks, pieces of plywood for unknown woodworking projects (hopefully never needed). I didn't get a picture at this point, but imagine all that stuff, and everything that came out of the under-sole compartments, all sitting out in the normally clean, neat public areas of the boat. And we're sitting at anchor in the middle of a wildlife refuge/snorkeling paradise.

We figured out that our little sortie from the dock was at an end, and that we needed to get ourselves to a place where we could take on water, not worried about the water impurities one worries about in Mexico. The marina that advertises itself as having clean water piped to the docks is Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. So here we are. This morning Craig completed the disassembly of the hot water heater (which involved lots more hot water, heated by the engine on the way here). He figured out what parts were needed -- the heating element had corroded completely through, destroying its electrical connection, and making an exit channel for the hot water to escape. In the 9 years since we bought the water heater, the Swedish company has been acquired by an Italian company, but hopefully there are parts available in the United States. Then it's just a question of getting them here. That maybe is a subject to be covered in a later writing.

Paradise Village is an upscale marina. It charges more than La Cruz (although not much more), and has fabulous facilities. 4 swimming pools. Innumerable restaurants. A shopping mall steps away. Close by buses into Puerto Vallarta. And time share salesmen lurking behind every bush.

So: Shall we go cruising with no hot water? Shall we hang here until the parts arrive? Is this the time for a land trip? Stay tuned.
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