Canadian family circumnavigating full time aboard a 2001 Leopard 45.

no AC

We have a couple of things to do before we leave. First, find a surveyor for our insurance so we can leave Rockstar here in the marina for the summer. Jeff found a local guy and after a bit of back and forth with the insurance agency they have said we can use him for the survey. Jeff had gone to see a friend of a friend with a phone who had the number of this guy and he had said to call him back Monday at 10 so Monday at 10 Jeff went off in the dingy to the friend of a friends house to see if he was there and could call the surveyor to set up a time to see the boat. Amazingly, it worked out and we think that the guy is coming to see us on Saturday and we also think he can do the survey in english. The cost is about $400 which was better than getting a English speaking International surveyor down from Puerto Vallarta (about $1000).

We also need a de-humidifier or an ac unit. We are trying to get a ac unit because it will stop the boat from melting (literally) while we are away and hopefully keep the bugs out also. So, today we headed into Manzanillo with Secundino. We spent 7 hours (in an air conditioned suv thank god!) looking for ac units. We looked in about 20 stores but they only stock the ones that you put in a window, not a portable. So, we need to do some more research and legwork.

When we got back to the marina we decided to grab dinner in the hotel restaurant. I ran to the boat quickly to make Mo a bottle and found absolute carnage in the cabin. There were about 100 dead bees ALL over the cabin and galley. It was the weirdest nastiest thing ever! (and I found out that I am scared to death of dead bees!)
Last year we were told we had bees on the boat when it was in Mazatlan, we were also told it was taken care of. Since Cabo we have had a couple of honey bees exit the mast via the cabin every couple of days or so. We just shoo them out. 3 days ago Jeff saw bees swarming the top of the mast so we hauled up a Raid soaked rag on a messanger line attached to the halyard to prevent them from starting a hive. It seemed to work because the swarm left. But, how 100 bees ended up (in bits) in the cabin was a mystery.

Luckily, I married Sherlock Holmes and by the time the kids and I walked back to the boat Jeff had cleaned up the massacre and solved the mystery. He thinks that the bees have been in hibernation through the winter (somewhere on the boat) and that they just woke up all groggy and crawled out of the nearest exit hole which unfortunately happened to be behind our galley fan so as they exited they all got sucked through the fan, chopped up and scattered all over the cabin.