We have recovered nicely from a serious virus, infecting our two laptops this past week. It looks like we acquired the virus from a friend's external hard drive, in an exchange of data.
We were referred to Charles Swarts of www.mazpc.com by our friends at Total Yacht Works. Charles can be reached at 176 3564 or 669 110 5034. He comes to your boat. An added bonus is the fact that Charles is from Fort Worth Texas and has run his legitimate business here in Mazatlan, for the past 6 years. He is very competent and his fee very reasonable.
Our big concern was with the fact our two laptops are used for navigation on our boat and we are not sure how to set up the charts with our MaxSea etc. Charles managed to find the virus and to successfully remove it, without erasing our hard disk completely, which is routinely what is done in most cases.
So happy is an understatement, and we highly recommend this very nice young man for your computer/software/repair needs. You will be elated with the experience of dealing with Charles just as we have been.
02/12/2012, Marina Isla
Our projects are coming off our list one after the other.
This past week our newly rebuilt bow thruster electric motor was reinstalled and works like a charm.
Our new bilge monitor is installed and working fine.
I need to apply one more coat of paint on the air diffuser which I hope to install this week. I fitted it this afternoon and it is ready for the isolating foam after the last coat of paint.
The genset is being worked on by Raf, a competent mecanic from Total Yacht Works. The head has been removed and the valves will be replaced etc. The genset needs a major overall.
The temperatures are getting warmer and warmer every day. We have been seeing the mercury hitting the low 90s almost every day, during the past few weeks. In a month we will need that a/c unit working during the day. In two to three months we will need it 24 hours a day until November.
We are comfortably installed on slip A-12 at marina Isla and we like it very much here. We have the Restaurant/Bar Palapa close by and the maritime traffic is low in this part of the Estrela Sabalo...so no wake.
All of our friends have now gone down South for a few months and many will return starting in April to go up the Sea of Cortez for the Summer.
02/06/2012, Isla Mazatlan Estrero El Sabalo
We moved Taya yesterday morning to a new marina, where we have signed up for one year from today. We are on slip 12 close to the Restaurant Palapa, the showers, the bridge etc.
We are a short distance from the road where we can take buses to Mazatlan. We are close to Marina Fonatur where Lynne will continue to do her laundry and where we will continue to receive our mail. We are in very good terms with the management there as well as all the employees.
We are also close by the grocery store Santa Fe (Holly Faith) and many restaurants and other tiendas.
We are busy cleaning up Taya and today we started on our stainless steel.
Not much has been happening since our last posting. We have had a few outings and dinners with friends during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, but otherwise uneventful.
We just enjoy our retirement and take a lot of meals on board. We have just obtained our FM2 - Mexican residence permit. We now have our CURP (social security number) and are poised to get our Mexican driver's license. It looks like we are taking roots in this beautiful and exceptionally friendly country. Next we will join the Mexican health care system (IMSS) because our country will drop us off in July, following the two year extension they granted us when we left Canada.
I have been battling a tenacious bacterial/fungus infection for the past 1 1/2 months and with the excellent care of Dr. Adrian Fernandez, Dermatologist, (300 pesos per visit) I am now back in good health. With the high level of humidity and temperature prevailing here in Mexico, it takes a lot longer to heal any lesions or infections. One has really to be very careful. We know of someone who almost lost vision in her right eye, as a result of a very benign irritation.
We have decided to take a one year hiatus here in Mazatlan, and will be moving our boat to the Isla Marina nearby on February 4th, because they include power in their moorage fee.
We have just purchased a new household air conditioning unit that we will install on our coach roof. It will be running 24 hours per day starting in March. We will build a wood canopy to channel the cold air into our large salon hatch. This will insure we are comfortable aboard Taya during the very hot summer months ahead.
Lynne will be going to Quebec from June 16th to August 18th, to visit her aging parents. I will remain in Mazatlan with Pacha, our beloved siamese cat, who is not getting any younger...just like his dad! Under no circumstances, woud we leave our pet with anyone.
We have been exchanging DVDs with friends and have spent a lot of time on that. I have also been reading a lot during the past few months. In fact we are preparing a European trip we are planning for hopefully the not too distant future. Our plan so far would take us to Spain, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. There are a lot of sights we wish to visit and we would most likely lease/purchase a car for 6 months to facilite our displacements.
On the boat maintenance side, we had to rewire our pullpit navigation lights. The welding melted our old wires in the stainless steel tubes when we replaced our lifelines in San Carlos. The electric motor of our bow thruster has been rebuilt and should be reinstalled shortly. We need to fish 4 wires from our bilge pump midship to our navigation table, to hook it up to a new Water Witch BA 200 monitor/controller we have acquired. This instrument records how frequently the pump runs, how long each time, has a high water alarm built in etc. The last project is to reseat the valves on our genset.
The first Friday each month, a number of shops and residences in el centro open for visits. It is well organized with a map with numbers on the map and a large sign in front of each house/shop indicating they are part of the organization of the art walk.
This time we visited a number of shops with friends that we had not had a chance to visit on prior visits. It included a few private homes, which are renovated old 19 century colonial homes. It was well worth the visit.
We finished our visit with dinner at Cavot de Leon Restaurant il El Centro.
On Christmas eve with had a few friends over for drinks and food. We had a blast and the evening went by rather fast. The Next day we had dinner aboard s/v Babeeze with Eva, Rene and friends. She had cooked a traditional turkey which was absolutely delicious. We all contributed something to the dinner and it was frankly a huge success.
A few days later we were invited to dinner aboard s/v August Moon and friends and following great food we all played Mexican Train which is one of the favorite pass time of cruisers.
Agustine who is 70 years old is retiring today, from the Mazatlan Public Transportation Commission. He was a dispatcher and we befriended him over the last year.
Every time we took a bus near Marina El Cid, he was there and Lynne never missing an opportunity to speak Spanish, conversed with him frequently. Over time we became attached to him. He did not speak any English.
We were told yesterday by a co-worker of his, by the name of Vicki, that today was his last day of work.
We were at the bus terminal this morning to bid our farewell and offer our best wishes for a great retirement. He was touched by the small gift and card we braught for him. Vicki and Lynne gave him the big hug he deserved.
Farewell Old Friend...thank you for your friendship and have a long, healthy and happy retirement.
12/17/2011, Marina Fonatur
Our French friends Gisele and Alain of s/v Dancing Dolphin, left yesterday morning at 08:30, bound for La Cruz, 172 miles south of here.
We were together nearly every day and we will miss them. We have known them for almost one year and we kept running into each other as we cruised the Sea of Cortez.
They flew in from France two years ago to purchase a 1964 Hudson 50 made in Taiwan. It is a gorgeous boat as can be seen in the photo gallery. This of course is a labor of love, as she needs a lot of repairs, upgrades and maintenance. But she is beautiful and very spacious.
Hopefully, we will run into each other again as we ourselves sail South in early February.
12/16/2011, Marina Mazatlan
Saturday afternoon at 15:00, a group of some 25 children age 3 to 17, from the Salvation Army Orphanage, gave their annual performance to the fleet. The venue was the roof top of the Marina Mazatlan office.
The show lasted over an hour and featured folkloric dances from the states of Sinaloa (here) and other surrounding states like Nayarit to the south of us. The costumes we very colorful and their performance very good.
The show was attended by some 60 sailors and we donated 18,000 pesos to keep the orphanage going. It is private with no government subsidies. They give dancing performances to gather the necessary funds to cover their expenses.
Please visit our photo gallery to see the pictures we have taken of the event.
To say that we had a great time with Peter during his one week visit to Mazatlan, would be an understatement. For those who know Peter, it will come as no surprise that he could be called "Mr. 220 volts".
He is very energetic, likes partying and enjoys life to the fullest. He is also a great entertainer, very kind and generous. We lived with him for one week, and by the time he left last Thurday, Lynne and I were totally exausted and very sad to see him leave.
On his flight in, Peter befriended a Fijian couple, Pushpa and Ramendra Kumar, both of Indian descent. We met them at the airport and saw them frequently at the Hotel. They would come in to the room for a few drinks before dinner and we often had dinner together. They were an added bonus to the great week we had.
Wednesday we came to Taya from the resort and he cooked a "Chicken Curry" which was to die for. We had Marni & Peter over to enjoy that awsome lunch, which we all enjoyed.
They had met Peter in Vancouver this past summer to pick up several items we had purchased on the internet and had shipped to Peter's house. We had a great time together and time flew.
We have been in bed early since last Thursday, getting up at about 08:00 every morning. We are beginning to feel great again.
Thanks again dear friend for a great time together...it was just too short.