MsChievous

Vessel Name: MsChievous
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Robinhood, Maine
Crew: Susan and Jim AuBuchon
About: Livin' the life - finally!
22 November 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
15 November 2019
09 November 2019 | About 150 miles north of Cabo - 27 41.09N 114 53.14W
07 November 2019 | Turtle Bay
01 November 2019 | Off Catalina Island
16 August 2019 | Ventura, California
14 August 2019 | 14 miles west of Golden Gate bridge
13 August 2019 | 10 miles south of Point Arena; about 70 miles north of the Golden Gate
11 August 2019 | Eureka, California
10 August 2019 | 10 miles south of Coos Bay, Oregon
07 August 2019 | Friday Harbor
04 August 2019 | Neah Bay, Washington
04 August 2019 | Neah Bay, Washington
10 June 2019
11 May 2019 | 29.31.45N, 115.59.06W (225 miles south of San Diego)
28 March 2019
Recent Blog Posts
22 November 2019 | Puerto Vallarta

Made it to Puerto Vallarta

After finishing the Baja Ha-Ha run to Cabo San Lucas without incident, we decided to head out the next day (as soon as all the Mexican paperwork was completed) to avoid a storm that was headed northward to the cape. We expected that we could outrun the storm winds by leaving Friday for Puerto Vallarta where we intended to leave the boat over the holidays. However, within a couple hours of our departure, the storm intensified, spreading gale-force winds further eastward and even getting itself designated as a named storm (Raymond). This caused us to head NE rather than SE until we could turn the corner and avoid the NE quadrant of the storm. This added perhaps another 6-8 hours to our trip, but we still got into PV on Sunday - never seeing anything more than 7-10 knots of wind. We enjoyed several days at a marina attached to a very nice resort (with great pools and a beach great for jumping in the surf). We're back in snow country now until the new year, but the warmth of our granddaughter's hugs makes up for the warmth we're missing in Mexico! And we even ate at the Vallarta Yacht Club - it's amazing where the Seattle Yacht Club has reciprocal privileges...

15 November 2019

Cabo San Lucas

We arrived Thursday 11/14 after a beautiful overnight trip. We had porpoise join us along the way for a bit, and we were welcomed to the cape by a magnificent show of breaching whales. (Boy, those guys a BIG and make huge splashes!) As soon as the port agent has our paperwork Friday, we will be heading [...]

09 November 2019 | About 150 miles north of Cabo - 27 41.09N 114 53.14W

Stop 2 - Bahia Santa Maria

We arrived at 9pm Sunday after a good overnight (day and a half) sail (!) from Turtle Bay. Several boats sustained sail damage when a squall came through. Luckily, we missed that but still got the spectacular rainbow. We rested Monday and then enjoyed "watching" the Seahawks game (Gamecast on ESPN). [...]

07 November 2019 | Turtle Bay

First stop

We arrived early afternoon, about the tenth boat in. The others were either catamarans (fast sailers in light/flat conditions) or heavy displacement boats (including 2 other Hylas) who would rather motor than dawdle along in a zephyr. We'll probably see the rest overnight or in the morning. Not much to the town! Glad we're throwing our own beach party! First task: repairing the impeller on the outboard (that was supposedly all fixed... - now done); next: figure out why the bowthruster won't work again. (Voyaging is the art of boat repair in exotic locations!) On the menu tonight: Filet mignon - our reward.

01 November 2019 | Off Catalina Island

The Adventure Begins

Well, it started in August with the trip down the coast, but now we're on our way to San Diego, the Baja Ha-Ha, warm water and livin' the dream! We were slow out of the gate - almost a week longer in Ventura than planned - because of the malfunction of a key engine part (exhaust anti-siphon valve) that flooded the cylinders with water. With the assistance of an excellent mechanic, everything was put right again without apparent lasting damage to the engine. (The alternators' voltage regulators may have been damaged by the power surge - to be investigated further and possibly changed out when we reach San Diego.) For today, we're enjoying blue sky, warm breezes and being able to watch the scenery (including continued fires - that blanketed the boat with ash overnight). We hope to make San Diego by daybreak Saturday in time to welcome Kate and Skip aboard to join us and participate in the pre-start revelry.

16 August 2019 | Ventura, California

Cheated Death - Once Again!

Shortly after dawn Friday, we entered Ventura Harbor. completing our 1413 nautical mile journey from Washington. The last night was the most challenging, traversing the rig-strewn Santa Barbara Channel in fog, dodging a dredging barge, and having the chart plotter decide it was a good time to reboot [...]

Made it to Puerto Vallarta

22 November 2019 | Puerto Vallarta
James AuBuchon | Hot!
After finishing the Baja Ha-Ha run to Cabo San Lucas without incident, we decided to head out the next day (as soon as all the Mexican paperwork was completed) to avoid a storm that was headed northward to the cape. We expected that we could outrun the storm winds by leaving Friday for Puerto Vallarta where we intended to leave the boat over the holidays. However, within a couple hours of our departure, the storm intensified, spreading gale-force winds further eastward and even getting itself designated as a named storm (Raymond). This caused us to head NE rather than SE until we could turn the corner and avoid the NE quadrant of the storm. This added perhaps another 6-8 hours to our trip, but we still got into PV on Sunday - never seeing anything more than 7-10 knots of wind. We enjoyed several days at a marina attached to a very nice resort (with great pools and a beach great for jumping in the surf). We're back in snow country now until the new year, but the warmth of our granddaughter's hugs makes up for the warmth we're missing in Mexico! And we even ate at the Vallarta Yacht Club - it's amazing where the Seattle Yacht Club has reciprocal privileges...

Cabo San Lucas

15 November 2019
James AuBuchon
We arrived Thursday 11/14 after a beautiful overnight trip. We had porpoise join us along the way for a bit, and we were welcomed to the cape by a magnificent show of breaching whales. (Boy, those guys a BIG and make huge splashes!) As soon as the port agent has our paperwork Friday, we will be heading out to Puerta Vallarta (a two-overnight sail) to get out of the way of a storm coming through Sunday.

When we arrived, we immediately put up the sunshade as it's certainly hot in the sun and then celebrated the trip with rum punches. A great Mexican lunch ensued, followed by a very deep nap for a couple hours! By then, it was time for a marvelous Italian dinner. Such is the life of a sailor!

Forgot to mention that on the way to Bahia Santa Maria, I caught my first (ocean) fish - a yellow fin tuna. Great eating! (certainly fresh!)

Stop 2 - Bahia Santa Maria

09 November 2019 | About 150 miles north of Cabo - 27 41.09N 114 53.14W
Jim AuBuchon
We arrived at 9pm Sunday after a good overnight (day and a half) sail (!) from Turtle Bay. Several boats sustained sail damage when a squall came through. Luckily, we missed that but still got the spectacular rainbow. We rested Monday and then enjoyed "watching" the Seahawks game (Gamecast on ESPN). There are quite a few in the group from Seattle plus, predictably, a lot of 49er fans. I won a beer but never collected at the beach party this afternoon. That was a lot of fun, with locals cooking up good food and a band (from La Paz - it took them 12 hours to get here). Most exciting was the panga ride across the bar to get back to the boats. Yes, everyone got wet!
Beautiful day, beautiful surroundings!

First stop

07 November 2019 | Turtle Bay
Jim AuBuchon
We arrived early afternoon, about the tenth boat in. The others were either catamarans (fast sailers in light/flat conditions) or heavy displacement boats (including 2 other Hylas) who would rather motor than dawdle along in a zephyr. We'll probably see the rest overnight or in the morning. Not much to the town! Glad we're throwing our own beach party! First task: repairing the impeller on the outboard (that was supposedly all fixed... - now done); next: figure out why the bowthruster won't work again. (Voyaging is the art of boat repair in exotic locations!) On the menu tonight: Filet mignon - our reward.

The Adventure Begins

01 November 2019 | Off Catalina Island
James AuBuchon | Clear - 75F
Well, it started in August with the trip down the coast, but now we're on our way to San Diego, the Baja Ha-Ha, warm water and livin' the dream! We were slow out of the gate - almost a week longer in Ventura than planned - because of the malfunction of a key engine part (exhaust anti-siphon valve) that flooded the cylinders with water. With the assistance of an excellent mechanic, everything was put right again without apparent lasting damage to the engine. (The alternators' voltage regulators may have been damaged by the power surge - to be investigated further and possibly changed out when we reach San Diego.) For today, we're enjoying blue sky, warm breezes and being able to watch the scenery (including continued fires - that blanketed the boat with ash overnight). We hope to make San Diego by daybreak Saturday in time to welcome Kate and Skip aboard to join us and participate in the pre-start revelry.

Cheated Death - Once Again!

16 August 2019 | Ventura, California
Jim AuBuchon
Shortly after dawn Friday, we entered Ventura Harbor. completing our 1413 nautical mile journey from Washington. The last night was the most challenging, traversing the rig-strewn Santa Barbara Channel in fog, dodging a dredging barge, and having the chart plotter decide it was a good time to reboot itself (all the way back to choosing a language!). Luckily the only engine hiccup was 10 minutes before we entered the harbor when the fuel filter decided it was time to be ehanged. (That's why there are two in the system - that problem only took 10 seconds to solve.) Among the joys of the last leg of the trip were a few more whales and a school of porpoise swimming along with us in our bow wake.

The marina here is nice - and, yes, ringed with palm trees. Tomorrow is a cookout here, so we are looking forward to meeting some of our new neighbors before heading back to Seattle and then to New Hampshire. Stay tuned for more exciting adventures soon!
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