Sailing vessel Whirlwind

1985 Alajuela 48

19 August 2010
19 August 2010
19 August 2010 | Union WA
15 December 2009 | Currently in Mazatlan
12 November 2009 | San Carlos Mexico
21 July 2009 | San Carlos Mexico
05 July 2009 | San Carlos Boat Yard
29 June 2009 | San Carlos Boat yard
07 June 2009 | San Carlos Boat Yard
14 April 2009
19 March 2009 | San Carlos
19 March 2009 | San Carlos
18 March 2009
09 October 2008
09 October 2008
09 October 2008 | Bremerton
02 August 2008

Bob Cat

19 August 2010
We have a Bob cat hanging around. This is the third time we've seen him in the back yard.

Sailing on China Cloud.

19 August 2010
We had a nice day.

Angie and Bruce from Desert Venture

19 August 2010
We had dinner on board Desert Venture with Angie and Bruce when they were passing through Port Townsend. It was a great time.

Land Lubber

19 August 2010 | Union WA
We are at the house for Hurricane Season. We will head back to San Carlos in Nov. For our launch date. House projects and yard work are taking up most of our time. We did get out sailing with my family the other day and had a geart time.

Sailing Mexico 2009-2010

15 December 2009 | Currently in Mazatlan
Maryann
It feels great to be back on the boat. We left San Carlos on Nov. 24th. The winds were forcast to be 10-15 knots out of the North. Where have I heard that before???? Well, Once we got out of the bay we knew we were going to have some wind. The seas were bumpy and it was only 6:30 in the morning. The morning progessed so did the wind and seas. We had winds up to 30 knots and the seas were steep and very close together. The good thing was we saved on fuel and we made good time crossing the sea. It was a wild ride. We pulled into Chavato right before dark. It was a good anchorage for the North winds. It was great to be out of San Carlos. We will work our way down the baja until we get to Isla San Fransico and cross back over to Mazatlan from there. We will spend the holidays there and have some work done on the boat.

Getting ready to go

12 November 2009 | San Carlos Mexico
We are back in the water after a year and 6 months on the hard. We did get a lot done...... buying the house and the new paint job on Whirlwind. It is time to get back out on the water and set out to do what we started and worked so hard for the last 10 years. But wait....We have to go back to San Carlos to fix the less than perfect paint job that we paid for....and that they have to fix next hurricane season. Oh....Then we have find the perfect renter for our house so we can go sailing. But mean time......We will enjoy the winter here in sunny Mexico on the Whirlwind that I have missed so much.

The New Paint Job

21 July 2009 | San Carlos Mexico
After a long hot smmer in Mexico we are finnally heading North. We stayed and and supervised the new paint job which took about 8 weeks. They still need to fix a few things that didn't turn out to well, but we will get it fixed when we return in October. We plan on spending another season cruising Mexico. Every now and then you have to take some time and work on the boat. Now its time to go mow the lawn.

05 July 2009 | San Carlos Boat Yard
First coats of blue.

Waiting on painting weather

29 June 2009 | San Carlos Boat yard
We are all taped up and ready to go, but the humidity is to high to paint.

Paint Job for Whirlwind

07 June 2009 | San Carlos Boat Yard
We decided it was time for Whirlwind to have a new paint job. She was looking kinda tired. We headed back to California to buy paint, but found out we could not buy the Awlgrip in the LA area, so we had it shipped down from fisheries in Seattle. It only took a few days on a truck. Then we headed back down with the paint. The job will take about 6 weeks , so we plan on staying down here until the job is completed. We will update the blog as the job continues.
Vessel Name: whirlwind
Vessel Make/Model: Alajuela 48
Hailing Port: Brownsville, Washington
Crew: Ron Watt and Maryann Watkins
About:
We left Washington in 2006 and sailed down the coast to Mexico. We took a leisurely 3 months heading South. We really enjoyed the trip down the coast especially after San Francisco, where the tempatures warmed up and we removed our rain gear. [...]
Extra: We have been keeping Whirlwind in San Carlos during the hurricane season and will be staying in our new house in Union WA. during the summer. Life is good!
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Whirlwind

Who: Ron Watt and Maryann Watkins
Port: Brownsville, Washington