Blessed Lady

This is the cruising blog of the sailing yacht Mabrouka. The Favorites in the side bar allow those with discriminating taste to filter for just the stuff you want to read. Thanks for visiting, Roy.

13 September 2015
21 August 2015
21 August 2015
20 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
15 June 2015 | Mazatlan Marina, Mazatlan Mexico
13 April 2015 | Off Club Nautico, Mazatlan Commercial Harbor, Mazatlan, MX
15 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
13 February 2015 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
25 January 2015
06 January 2015 | Mazatlan, MX
24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
24 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
22 December 2014
21 December 2014
18 December 2014 | Playa Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan, MX
18 December 2014 | Mazatlan, MX
15 December 2014 | Ensenada des los Muertos, Mexico

Shifting northward

24 December 2014 | Marina Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico
Morning entry into Mazatlan's commercial harbor

My first week in Mazatlan had been taken up mostly with exploration. I'd used the anchorage at Club Nautico as a convenient and inexpensive base while old Mazatlan enchanted me with her golden evening light. Daughter Emily was to come to Mexico on December 30th for a visit, though, and I thought more convenient access to restaurants, groceries, and showers ashore would make a better welcome for her, so I moved Mabrouka up to Marina Mazatlan on Christmas Eve. What's more, Jim and Karen had invited me to enjoy Christmas dinner aboard their lovely Hans Christian, Apropos, so there I was with two reasons to take the two-hour motor to the north side of town.

The trip was my first extended daylight exposure to the near coastal waters we'd sailed across from La Paz and my enlightenment was not altogether reassuring. Our one AM landfall from Ensenada des los Muertos the previous week had been abbreviated by a brief jog upwind while we took down sails, and now I was seeing how disastrous that could have been. I know we were well enough out to sea for the maneuver, but the bright light of day showed me several small, un-lighted rocks awash far enough from the coastal islands to be an unexpected surprise at night. I could well imagine a ragged sailor, worn to the nubbins by a rough crossing and in search of more shelter to douse his sails than we needed, coming to a shocking halt on top of one of these.

I did have reason, though, to worry a little about clearing the marina entrance this day. I'd heard much conversation by local and incoming cruisers on the morning radio net about the dredge that is often working just inside the jetty. Apparently there is a standing problem with the channel silting up. None other than my friends Jared and Amanda on Friday had had a gut twisting experience there. As veterans of several Pacific Northwest bar crossings, they were prepared for some swell at the entrance, but were unnerved when the outflow for the one that rose behind them was enough to draw them to a stop, even though they were gunning their engine to full power to outrun it. At the same time, their depth alarm began to sound, warning them they were at the edge of their comfort zone for water under their keel. They survived, only to be confronted by the dredge with its suction pipes restricting the channel. With no where else to go, they just had to tighten up their little sphincter muscles and slip between steel hull and rocky shore.

Their tale ended well, but provides the only real drama I have to interest readers in my own dull entry to Marina Mazatlan. I'd timed it for high tide, the swells were not running large, and the dredge was not working. I found the approach to be as expected from having read and reread the guidebook. Though I'd heard only silence in response to my earlier radio requests, the marina had finally answered about a half mile out with a slip assignment, so I motored Mabrouka at least semi-confidently between the jetties, past the El Cid Resort Marina and the slumbering dredge parked along one side of the narrow channel toward Marina Mazatlan deeper inside the lagoon. I was greeted at slip 26, dock 3 by white-shirted security guards who took my lines, hola-ed me to their marina, and handed me a magnetic gate card.

There was enough left of the day for me to reward Mabrouka for her fine service crossing the Gulf of California with a full rinse and rub down.
Vessel Name: Mabrouka
Vessel Make/Model: CT-41
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Roy Neyman
Mabrouka and I have been partners in crime since October 1998, hanging about in West Coast waters, first in San Diego, then in Seattle. All of that time we've lived together aboard. [...]
I've called this blog "Blessed Lady" because that's my preferred translation from Arabic for "Mabrouka". She's a 1980 CT-41, one of several clones of the original Bill Garden design Mariner ketches. At 50 feet from the tip of her mizzen boom to the tip of her bow sprit, she's 16 tons of [...]
Mabrouka's Photos - Main
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On the streets of Freemont
Street art edited.
Elvis the stuffed cat is a memento of my daughters at the age of about 5.  The peace sign was a gift from good friend, Karyn Borcich.  Thanks to both!
This is Swan as I knew him, though in a more rugged environment than we ever shared.  We usually met at the coffee shop or at Voula
This is of Swan as I would also like to have known him, ...cigarettes, cameras and wine.
This is Steve hosting our Elliott Bay Design Group company picnic at his vacation home in Darington.
I never went fishing with Steve, although he let me try out his fly casting rig in the river by his house during one of the company picnics he hosted.  I
The winter slip on Lake Union
Temporary raft up with Molly Bella near my old slip at Stimson Marina
This album shares photos from mainland and Baja Mexico.
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 1 March 2015
The beginning of the South Pacific cruise, heading to San Diego and Mexico
1 Photo | 6 Sub-Albums
Created 15 August 2014
Killing time with local sailing and projects before heading south with the Coho Ho Ho cruiser's rally
56 Photos
Created 29 June 2014
Kathy and Karyn (with a "Y") used me as an excuse for a party. I was just fine with that!
25 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
On Lake Union where Mabrouka and I spent the winter
20 Photos
Created 31 May 2014
Shakedown cruise to Port Townsend
7 Photos
Created 25 May 2014
Gunkholing in the Seattle area, with me and Mabrouka getting our sea legs back under us.
50 Photos | 28 Sub-Albums
Created 14 April 2013
Custom made sailing skiff hand-built by NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA
18 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Pre-retirement cruising pics
27 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
Photos accompanying Projects blogs.
43 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 March 2013