Thursday, February 28, 2013

Guess Where We Are............

-First it was the tides. It’s very shallow here and the high tides have been early in the morning and at night (before and after the travel lift hours). 
-Then Jim got sick. There’s been a bug traveling around the boat yard almost as long as we’ve been here. We were feeling pretty smug having not picked it up, but last week Jim came down with it and now I'm coming down with it!
-Now it’s the very strong northerlies. There have been 25-40 knot winds every night and now they’re all day long with seven to eight foot seas in the northern Sea of Cortez crossing. The Sea of Cortez is a bit like Puget Sound - short, steep waves that are close together - not the nice rolling swells. Apparently it's bad enough that many of the Port Captains have closed their ports (not letting boats leave the harbor). These conditions are supposed to last through Saturday.  We are first on the list to splash on Saturday.
This is what the cockpit looks like in the mornings lately because of the wind.
Red dirt everywhere.
****Our advice: Don’t spend the winter in the Sea of Cortez, especially the northern Sea. It’s too darn COLD! 
We're thinking there must be some reason we were supposed to spend so long here???????
So…………while we’ve been waiting we’ve done more projects (stuff we thought we'd do in the water) and we've made new friends.
Going up to re-install the running backs, radar reflector,
and flag halyard.
Another trip up for the staysail halyard and to try to fix
 the pointer for the wind instrument (unsuccessful).
View from the top.

Another view from the top - notice how small the car looks!

View half way up.

Sign in the women's bathroom.
There is NOT a similar sign in the men's.
Machismo is very important here in Mexico.

Valentine's Day dinner at a restaurant in downtown
Guaymas with our boat yard buddies.
Potluck in our "front yard".

Akila - our neighbor's cat has lived in the boat yard her
 entire life (about 1 year) and goes up and down their ladder regularly
 so when I went up to get something she followed me up!

Mexicans are masters at improvising to get the job done -
and so is Jim! He used a borrowed step ladder as a plank
(there are no scrap planks or wood of any kind here), the boat yard ladder,
and the dinghy on the davits to make a scaffolding so he could get up to wire the new solar panel.
There is no OSHA here:)

Friday, February 15, 2013


Carnival is a six day event in Guaymas. There are four parades, carnival rides, and lots of events. We went to the first parade on Saturday night:
Can you find the balloon vendor?

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Day In The Life - Guaymas Marina Seca

We moved onto the boat a week ago today. Jim is in the cockpit re-installing the cockpit seat hardware and he just came down below to get some caulking. He knew right where it was and could actually access it without moving twenty things to get to it. As he headed back out he said "It's so nice to be able to access things!"  - that about sums up what it's been like until yesterday. We've been installing, putting away, inventorying, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning. We set a tentative launch date for 2/19.  There is still a lot of re-installing to do and we still need to paint the bottom, but the two major disruptive jobs are done - installing the new windlass and removing the old holding tank. We may head across Bahia Guaymas to the Singlar (Government) marina for a week to finish up and install the new holding tank which is being made.

Living on the boat in the boat yard is just another "adventure" - sort of like camping with a few more amenities. Lots of very interesting people here. There are a few people who are working on their boats with the goal to get back into the water ASAP.  There are a surprising number of people who just come down here to use their boats (on the hard) as a place to stay for 4 or 5 months. 
-There was an Austrian family (2 boys 6 and 9) who was here for two weeks. They had done the Northwest Passage and Alaska last year and this year they are heading across the Pacific. 
-There is a young English couple who has been here for about a year doing a total refit on a boat they bought down here and are hoping to launch in a couple of weeks. 
-There is a couple whose mast was hit by lightening while here in the yard last summer. They didn't know it until they got back here at the end of October. All of their electronics and much of their electrical system were fried. They are getting close to launching now.
-There have been several single-handers. Most of them have finished and launched. One who is still in the yard is a young guy who went to the Wooden Boat School in Port Hadlock and works in Port Townsend during the busy boat season and comes down here in the winter.
-Lots of Canadians.
-Several people who have done long distance cruising and have ended up in Mexico.
-Several people who have been doing the 6 months of cruising in Mexico for 8 or 9 years and have no plans to go anywhere else.
Needless to say, the conversations at the potlucks and gatherings have been very interesting! 
Here are a few photos of our temporary home:
The ladder we go up and down many times every day.
View of our "front yard" from the boat.
View from the bow.

New Windlass
The deck is now our "garage".
This is one of two boatyard dogs.
View from the front of the shower/bathroom building.
Looking past the guard shack to the long term
storage yard across the street. 
This is where we do dishes and sometimes a little laundry.
It's in back of the shower/bathroom building.

The women's bathroom is also the book exchange and community
bulletin board.

Yard art - notice the hats!