The Anderson's Great Adventure

04 January 2014 | San Carlos, Mexico
28 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
23 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
22 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
19 August 2011 | Santa Rosalia
04 August 2011
25 July 2011
01 March 2011 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
25 February 2011 | Tenacatita
13 February 2011 | Near Zihuatanejo
07 February 2011 | Zihuatanejo
27 January 2011
26 January 2011
23 January 2011 | Bahia Santiago
19 January 2011 | Barra de Navidad
15 January 2011 | Tenacatita

Yes We Are Still Alive

04 January 2014 | San Carlos, Mexico
Eric & Marilyn
Wow, it's been almost two years since we last posted something on our blog. We are still cruising in Mexico but got a little distracted. After spending the whole summer up in the Sea of Cortez during the first year we discovered that it was just too hot to stick around during the summer months.

Minnie Winnie

We decided to split the time in Mexico with the States, winter in Mexico and summer in the US so we bought a 30ft "Minnie Winnie" RV to do some land cruising. Of course we had to get a dinghy or as the RV crowd call them a Toad to tow behind the RV so we picked up a Chevrolet HHR, which is a small SUV. We keep the RV stored in Tucson, Arizona as it is close to San Carlos, Mexico where we store our boat and drive the Toad between Tucson and San Carlos. We now spend 6 months of winter in Mexico and 6 months of summer in the US. The first year we took the RV all the way to Florida and back, which included Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. It was a pretty cool trip.

Fleetwood Discovery Motor Home

When we got back to Tucson we needed a part for the RV so we stopped into the Winnebago dealer in Tucson. While we were there Marilyn said, "Let's just take a walk around the used RV lot" so we did. You guessed it, Marilyn said, "I like that one". We are now the proud owners of a 37ft class A diesel motor coach. It is a Fleetwood Discovery motor coach It is like having a house on wheels. We now have a condo in the water and a condo on land.

Grand Canyon

This last summer we took our motor coach through Colorado, the Black Hills of South Dakota, of course Sturgis during the big annual Harley motor cycle get together, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, the Badlands, then back through the Grand Canyon. It was a great trip.

Bottom Stripped Clean

New Bottom Paint

We are now back in Mexico for the winter season. We had the boat in dry storage at Marina San Carlos. While it was out of the water we had the bottom paint taken all the way down to the gel coat, a new epoxy barrier coat applied, then two coats of primer, and two coats of bottom paint. It was launched the 4th of January and after finishing getting everything ready we will push off and sail to La Paz, stopping first at Isla Partida.

It's In The Mail

28 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
As the old saying goes "it's in the mail". We tried to search for a rebuilt injector pump and couldn't find one. These things do not fail - except for operator error. Chip on Miss Teak up in Dana Point even tried to get one from the Yanmar dealer up there. All to no avail. We bit the bullet and had Total Yacht Works, the local Yanmar dealer working on our dilemma, order us a new one from the main Yanmar depot in Georgia. If we missed getting that one then we would have to order it from Japan and who knows how long that would have taken. It only costs $3000 (cough cough) so it is going to be a short season with us only being on the hook until we pull out in June. Well it got shipped to California Friday and sent by truck down here. It should only take another 5 days to get here. It has to go through customs in Guadalajara which can be a pain as things get "lost" for a time. Any way "it's in the mail".

In the meantime, sitting in the cockpit looking at spectacular sunsets could not be any better a place to be stuck in.

Poor Local Wedding

23 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
While tied up at the dock waiting for repairs, we have been watching a BIG tent going up across from us on the opposite side of the marina entrance. This thing was clear plastic and two stories high. It had chandeliers and a huge stage erected. Colored lights were set up to shine across the marina to light up the boats.

As it turned out, it was a wedding for the niece of the mayor of Mazatlan. There were 450 guests some great music and the most spectacular fire works that we have seen in Mexico.

We heard that it costs about $50,000 to throw this shindig on. There is money in Mexico.

Never Leave On Friday The 13th

22 April 2012 | Marina El Cid, Mazatlan
We have had to run north and south the last few months for various reasons so have been off the air and let slide doing any postings to our blog. We are back in business and can start chronicling our adventures once again.

What a way to start.

There is an old saying that you should not start a trip or crossing on Friday. Well, we did. Not only did we leave on Friday, but we also picked Friday the 13th. Should have known. We hurried (key word) and filled up the fuel tank and headed from Mazatlan to La Paz. We were buddy boating with Roger and Di on Di's Dream. At first, we ran into some lumpy seas and took some water over the bow, which was no big deal. During the night and about 40 miles out the engine suddenly quit. I knew I had plenty of fuel and thought it might be low oil. Roger was able to pass me some oil to top off the engine. No good. The engine would still not start. When out on deck I noticed the fill plug for the diesel was lying next to an open fill port, that's a big deal.
That means salt water in the diesel. We decided to turn around and try to head back to Mazatlan. Of course the wind died so we were just floating. Luckily the current was heading straight back to Mazatlan. It was only one and a half knots but in the right direction.

The day broke with blue skies, sun, and flat water. No wind. Since we were not going any faster than the current, it was fun trying to keep the boat headed with the current without any steerage. Marilyn thought it was great "sailing" without the noise of the engine, sunny, warm, and reading her book. The wind picked up in the afternoon so we were able to make some good time under full sails. With the wind we thought that we would be back to El Cid in Mazatlan when it was still light. When we got to about 10 miles from El Cid in Mazatlan the wind died. We finally got to an anchorage at about 9:00 PM and dropped the hook. Whew, we made it.

Patrick on Just A Minute had heard our chatter on the radio and followed our progress. He organized a flotilla of dinghies to come get us the next morning and tow us in to the marina. That makes it two nights and a day to make the 80 mile round trip from dock to dock. At least we made it back safe.

Next we had a mechanic check out the engine and found that the injector pump was toast. It seems that when salt water hits the hot diesel in the engine it turns to glue and plugs up the works in the injector. Result was the pump head cracked. We are now seeing if it can be rebuilt in Mexico or we will have to get a new one for $3000. That is going to drastically cut down on the cruising season.

Anyway take your time at the fuel dock and make sure everything is secured and think twice about leaving on Friday the 13th.

Our 50th Wedding Anniversary

19 August 2011 | Santa Rosalia
We invited Pam and Rick to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary tonight. We had cosmos and martinis followed by a grilled steak dinner and a special bottle of wine that Eric had hidden away for this special occasion. It was delicious. When we got married August 19, 1961, we never dreamed we would be celebrating our 50th anniversary in Mexico on our sailboat. We are still enjoying the cruising life and being together.

Return to Loreto

04 August 2011
We left San Juanico on 8/3/11 at 7:35 am and arrived at Loreto at 12:25 pm (26 miles south). We visited the historic mission church, Mision Nuestra Senora de Loreto and the museum next to it. This was the first of the 23 missions built throughout Baja and California. We found the hot dog stand in Loreto so we could compare them with the delicious bacon wrapped hot dogs we had experienced in Santa Rosalia. They were good but the Santa Rosalia hot dogs have the best buns. We had a very rolly night in the anchorage so I think Gerrit was glad to get off the boat when we took him to the airport to fly back home. It was great to be able to show Gerrit the islands in the Sea of Cortez that we love. I think he had a good time too!
Vessel Name: FULL:SHELL
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina/Morgan 440
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Eric and Marilyn Anderson
FULL:SHELL's Photos - Bahia Manzanillo
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Full:Shell in Las Hadas Marina.
View of Las Hadas Marina.
View of Full:Shell in Las Hadas Marina.
View from the Paradise Restaurant.
Breakfast at Paradise Restaurant.
View from Paradise Restaurant.
View from Paradise Restaurant.
Las Hadas Resort Hotel.
Las Hadas Resort.
Las Hadas Resort Pools.
Las Hadas Resort Pool.
Las Hadas Resort Beach.
Sailfish statue and gazebo on the Waterfront Plaza in historic downtown Monzanillo.
Mercado 5 de Mayo.
Downtown across the street from Mercado 5 de Mayo.