This IS retirement

27 November 2015 | Marina Fonatur Mazatlan
01 November 2015 | Guaymas/Fonatur Marina
30 April 2015 | La Paz City of Peace
14 April 2015 | La Cruz De Huanacaxtle
26 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colima....laguna
03 March 2015 | La Culebra, Colomilla, Isla Grande
08 February 2015 | Santiago/Manzanillo
07 January 2015 | Punta Mita
27 December 2014 | Rancho Cordova, Ca
14 December 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mx.
04 December 2014 | Marina Seca Guaymas
22 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
16 November 2014 | Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
03 May 2014 | Loreto, BCS, Mexico
21 April 2014 | Virtual marina La Paz
02 April 2014 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle/P.V.
18 March 2014 | Barra De Navidad/Colimilla
24 February 2014 | Colimilla/La Culebra/Isla Grande
18 February 2014 | Santiago/Manzanillo
28 January 2014 | La Paz City of Peace

Moving South

07 January 2015 | Punta Mita
Gabriellas Gpa
Finally got the weather window I wanted for sailing down the Sea of Cortez on the mainland side to Mazatlan. Lots of wind and for a couple 4 or 5 hour periods a little too much but doable. The nights were freezing so much that I had to wear my Levis and if you know me, I don't wear long pants. I hit over 11 knots a couple times and the feathering prop let me do nice speeds. This is a first for me as I usually motor a lot if the boat dips below 4 knots, but did not use the motor until I was coming into the islands at Mazatlan to anchor for the rest of the night. That took 3 days and 2 I/2 nights to accomplish. Took off that very morning to keep pushing south while the wind was blowing out of the north to push me south into warmer weather. Before I got to Isla Isabella I noticed the weather really warming and of course I had already discarded the long pants and hoodie. As I was approaching Isla Isabella the wind dropped down to almost nothing and I had to start using my motor. Because the prop and prop shaft were new, I had a different kind of vibration that was a little annoying so I set my course for San Blas/Mantenchen Bay. I was going to dive on the prop to see if I could notice anything out of wack. I dropped the hook in Mantenchen Bay and went immediately in the water. I could not see any reason for the vibration/noise and I had also took my shaft coupling apart to check the alignment and it was OK. The water in Mantenchen Bay was a little on the murky side, so I thought I would move on to Punta Mita and dive on it again. I checked the weather on three different sites and it looked like nothing over 10 off I went. About 2 hours out on a 10 hour trip the wind started to build and it rapidly went to over 25 knots. It was coming from land (an offshore flow) so the seas weren't as bad as they could be, but bad enough. The autopilot couldn't keep up with wind and waves so I scrambled to disengage it and hand steer. All the scrambling around, I hit the wires for the autopilot and broke the connectors. So now I'm hand steering and could not leave that post for a second because of the stiff winds and I had no reef in my sails (full force on sails). I'm sure glad I didn't have to go pee..... After about 2 hours the winds started to moderate and came down to 20 knots, enough where I could leave the wheel for 10 seconds at a time to collect wire cutters, crimpers, and new connectors. Got the autopilot up and running and let it do the steering while I started to pick up the mess. Mt microwave came flying off it's shelf and all kinds of stuff bouncing around in the cabin. My new generator tipped over and my extra outboard went sliding across the deck. This was one of those locally generated weather periods that cannot be forecast. I finally pulled into Punta Mita and dropped the hook and launched the dinghy to go ashore for a very delicious Dorado (MahiMahi) dinner. Today I took the bus to Nuevo Vallarta to check out a trimaran for sale for my friend Joe from Amarige fame. I pull out of here for Barra de Navidad/Colimilla in the morning for one last overnight passage. Oh yeah, I think the propeller problem is that the blades are too close to the hull and cause it to thump/vibrate/and make noise. The post pic is of my Princess the day I left Rio Vista for Mexico. A day that caused a lot of grief and sadness for my Princess and myself.
Vessel Name: Mannasea
Vessel Make/Model: Piver 36AA Trimaran
Hailing Port: San Diego
Crew: Grumpy grandpa/Phil Perkins
About: After spending the most wonderful 5 years of my life with my grandaughter Gabriella, it's my turn to go cruising. I'll keep going as long as it's fun and if I can get rid of this nagging feeling of returning to my grandaughter..
Mannasea's Photos - This IS retirement (Main)
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My departure from Rio Vista to Mexico
Gabriella knows I
Her famous neck tugs.
Tenacatita cruise
Mom and sister
Tenacatita gang
too much Dramamine and sun
Dad..a lobster fisherman
reglassing crushed ama
reglassing the strut area
Port steering pulley
Starboard side steering pulley that fell off
Dr. Lilian and sister Sofia
Dr. Lilian and Manuel she really enjoying the trip?
Dr. Lilian and Manuel
My precious...........
Barbara (second from left) and Tom (tall). My friends from Hooligan enjoying the Christmas feast.
A typical Christmas scene you can find anywhere in the world...right?    Sands hotel pool and bar area where we had our Christmas feast.
Vendor on the malecon in Barra.
Vendor on Malecon selling papaya, pineapple, and cocnuts.
The beginning of refurbishing the chairs and tables.
The rusty and dirty fan that jumped out and cut my fingers.
Put these colors up against the gringo colors that I applied....big differrence.
Before...boys banos.
My Christmas dinner plate. Susan, I made apple pie and the cruisers would not believe that I actually made it from scratch......Delicious.
Old colors...starting of the prep.
Media room
Mannasea as seen from the school. Anchored in front of the Isla in the Barra lagoon.
School entrance painted 2 years ago...nice lettering, eh?
Before and after
Before and after....most of the chairs had the watermelon paint.
Main classroom....bookshelf.
This is what most of the walls looked like before painting.
Tom putting the bookshelf slats back on after painting in the squares.
Jim putting on one of three coats of polyurethane after the maple stain.
The master culprit who disrupted the tranquility of cruisers in the lagoon.
Rob suffering through the alklyd paint application in the banos.
After....note the scaffolding to the left of the put an extension ladder on top of that!
All the masking and paint still got through
Sanford and son
At the fuel dock minus the mast
Ready to ease into the water
Looks like a monster
Semana Santa revellers
Their favorite beach cover each other in sand.
Even the dogs get into the act.
My lonely boat.
No pooping sign on a gringos newly purchased property.
Chacal...Semanaaaa Santaaaa.
Kindergarten building
Looking down from basketball court
Ocean mural by Mario Tellos
The entire 1st thru 6th grades.
The mural done by Mario Tellos
The kindergarten class with art work by Mario Tellos.
The kindergarten banos.
This is my heart medicine...climbing to take these pics.
I love these vistas.
Tucked in behind the sandspit.
The dark spot due north of my boat is a sunken 40ft sailboat.
Mexicans were camping out on the beach celebrating Semana Santa.
I love the water colors. The yacht in the background is Besame with lovely Merry onboard.
The clarity of the water just isn
I will have to do a better job of underwater Photography
This is what the whales and dolphins get to see. They all know my granddaughter now.
Iguanas on Isla Isabella
Blue-footed Boobys on Isla Isabella
The fish camp on Isla Isabella
The 2 classrooms at the Colimilla school.
The computer room at Colimilla school.
I love looking down on the boat from up high.
This is half way up to the top.
Just above the pool area.
From the Paradise restaurant where the food is great and the view is better.
From another restaurant where the prices are through the roof.
Looking up to the Paradise restaurant from the beach palapas.
Just coming up from a dive.
I was disappointed in the clarity of the water around Isla Grande.
These are just a few of the hundreds of fish that were seeking protection from birds under my boat.
This Iguana lives with the Crocodiles.
Egads!!!!! Cocodrillos..............
Nice fat croc.
The start of Zihua Sailfest.
Princess and Grandpa on the front porch.
Gabriellas snow person.
My work attire doesn
Air conditioned bus in Mexico.
This is my view from the palapa.
Guacamole and chips with a double coca light to wash it down.
Yawn....another sunset in Paradise.
Looking at Chacala from the boat.
The boat from the dinghy landing.
The boat from the Port Captains office.
The boat from the beach.
I decided to do a little remodeling while doing my once in 10 year cleaning.
Sunrise coming into Mazatlan
Look at water temperature....And to think I can
This squid thought it could sun on my deck....I think he got cooked!
Sitting peacefully in La Paz
Beautiful sunrise as entering the La Paz bay.
Cruiseship Ryndam at dock in Guaymas.
Added some blanco(white) pigment to the bottom paint and presto..G
I tried to duplicate Gabriellas stick figure drawing.
My new hulls...white white. New graphics.
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