24 November 2008 | La Cruz & Punta Mita
I know it's been a days since our last post but our internet access has not been good. The night we came back from the beach at Punta Mita I realized that I must have hit something (underwater chain) with our outboard and spun our prop. This means that the engine runs but the prop will not push the dinghy forward. This also means I must replace the prop (they don't use shear pins anymore) because I don't have a spare. We rowed back to the boat and decided that we must leave Punta Mita in the morning to find a propeller. In the morning we met a cruiser anchored near by and he checked a local guide and found a local "Johnson" outboard motor dealer. Good news, I called and they said they could get the propeller in a couple days.
We headed sailing eight miles to a nearby Marina. This is a beautiful brand new Marina, which only charged us $17.00 per day for a slip with water & power. The only problem was there wireless internet really wasn't working yet. I really don't miss TV down here but I now realize how addicted to the internet that I'm. It turned out that the Marina was filled with people we met on the Baja Ha Ha or others we met at other anchorages. Of course we got together and talked about cruising and boats. I finally got to wash down the boat with fresh water (it has been a month) and fix some things on the boat. Nancy & I took the local bus ($1.40) into Puerto Vallarta to pick up our propeller and take in the local color. Boy this place is growing. There is one resort after another and many high-end villas. The real estate costs are very high with most homes costing in the millions of dollars. I guess many Americans have vacation mansions and retire here. We came into the Marina (Riviera Nayarit) on the 19th and left on the 23rd so we stayed longer than planned but it was really beautiful and fun to hang around with our new friends.
On the 23rd we motored sailed (low wind) back to Punta Mita. We are determined to surf here. We didn't get a chance earlier because of the propeller issue. So we woke up this morning (24th) and dropped the dinghy in the water, mounted the engine, loaded the surfboards and heading to a local point break. It was exciting to anchor the dinghy outside the breaking waves and paddle into the line-up. The surf was small (3') but fun for Nancy & I. We surfed for an hour & a half and headed back to the boat. I'm writing this while anchored off Punta Mita. I'm going to copy this to a flash stick and we are going to head into the internet to update the website. I hope everyone is doing well and we miss everyone. We will probably stay here a couple of days then start heading south again.