Dojo looks good…

Been traveling!

We put the boat up in San Carlos, Sonora MX and have taken a bus to Phoenix May 27th, and then Jess flew to Palo Alto to see family and I am on the way to Indiana via Denver to see family…

Saw son Andrew in Denver before he headed off to a friends wedding back east, he looks and sounds good too!  So I have his Ford Ranger truck til he returns around the 9th of June.  Wheels, woohoo!

Jess says things are going well in Palo Alto!

I am staying in the Dojo for a week or so then moving into the old loft apartment above the dojo. I head to IN on the 12th, back around the 22nd of June.  Jess plans to return to Denver around the 16th June.

The yard hauling the boat did break a piece of fiberglass faring from the lower aft corner of keel.  So they are fixing that and then they will  moving the boat from the work yard to the storage yard.  Security is pretty tight in at Marina Seca in San Carlos, you will have a guard with you when you visit your boat in storage.  You can stay on the boat in the work yard and they have water and air hook-ups for working.   We will probably use a few days and paint the bottom before splashing again later this summer or in the fall when we return…  Had a through hull valve to change out, but nothing major was at issue when we hauled (knock on wood).

Dojo:

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FIN

PS  - Been to one workout!  Great to see some of the club judoka!  Looking forward to seeing more!  Oh yes, not much exercise on a boat, so, OUCH!

 

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San Carlos…

We made it to San Carlos, Sonora MX.  The sailing last night was very nice, winds picked up his morning and we arrived both sails double reefed into San Carlos at around 5.0 knots…  Used about 8.2 hours on the motor (good ol’ George) maybe 4 gallons of fuel.  Winds all night were true direction about 110 degrees mag.

Found a webcam of our anchorage, we are just out of sight out in the bay around to the camera left…

http://webcamsdemexico.com/webcam-san-carlos.html

This is a lovely harbor.  We will proceed to find a storage yard for the boat and arrange a schedule, then arrange the “how to” return to US.  Our visas are up 5/28/2014.

After Agua Verde we ran up to Candeleros (small) for one night then to Puerto Escondito to hide from some winds and provision in Loreto with svTraveler and svPassageII then to Puerto Ballandra then to Caleta San Juanico then off to San Carlos…  Mor hippity hop hop…

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So some photos:Turns out if you take your fancy lure from the fancy lure store and put some raw hotdog on the hook you can catch, after a couple hotdogs, a gaggle of fishes.  Not sure what to call em, looks like a “sergeant fish” from my photo card…  But my my are they tasty!

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If you zoom in you can see the night sharks?

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Off for San Carlos…

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Museum in Loreto:

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Hotel in Loreto:

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Taxi in Loreto:

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Hajime in Puerto Escondito:

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Shots from the hop and hop…

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Do you know the way…?

We left La Paz in Baja California Sur a couple weeks ago, I think?  We have been having a lovely trip up the east coast of Baja California, Sur.  I guess we have decided on hops of 15 to 20 miles a day in order to keep the motoring to a minimum.  We can usually make 18 Nm in under six hours sailing “anchors up” to anchors away”.  And some days we just stayed where we were.

Hippity hop…

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Hop:

La Paz to Punta San Lorenzo to Port Ballena to Caleta Partita to El Cardonal to Cabeza de Machudo to Isla San Francisco to Puerta San Evaristo to Pta San Telmo to Puerrto Agua Verde to Caleta Candalleros Chica to Puerto Escondito (inside)…

Some photos…

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We are now in Puerto Escondito, 14 miles south of Lareto.  We have bought 3 nights on a “certified” mooring ball, one of the 15 same such mooring balls in the puerto.  The word is that the puerto has let most them go to disrepair, however, has contracted for survey and repair of these moorings.  Out of the over 100 moorings floating all around the puerto there are around 15 that still have a grab line on a float, which seems to mean that it is been checked out by “Carlos the diver” to be in good shape???

When we came into the area, we picked up a mooring in the circular area just inside the entrance.  Dropped the dinghy off the bow of Hajime, mounted the motor, grabbed the garbage and the shower kits and came into the Fonature Marina office.  There we got 2 cold showers and dinghy dock privileges and garbage privileges for 30 pesos.

Walked up to the road, about 3/4 miles and  had second breakfast at a lovely resort restaurant.  (After showers and dropping the garbage, of course)  Continued a block to the Modelorama tienda and got some vegies and ice cream.  Decided to hold on the shopping for groceries til we get to Loreto tomorrow or the next day…

 

It looks like another 4 or 5 hops to Bahia Conception, spend some time up there, then over to the San Carlos area on the mainland.

For later, some links:

http://onelongtrip.blogspot.mx/2013/05/crossing-sea-of-cortez-guaymas-sonora.html

http://www.marinaguaymas.com/price.html

https://maps.google.com.mx/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=217550548436148645563.0004aca04f804e904cf5d&hl=es-419&ie=UTF8&t=h&vpsrc=6&ll=27.897842,-110.89046&spn=0.009103,0.014613&z=16&source=embed&dg=feature

Location

Located in Guaymas Sonora 12 miles away from San Carlos. Entering Guaymas before the Mc Donalds turn right on Ave. Benito Juarez. Follow Ave. Benito Juarez to the shipyards on the bay’s south side, turn left at sign “Parque Industrial” or take bus line “PARAJE” from 20th street

Marina Guaymas GPS coordinates: N 27 53.871′ W 110 53.512′

http://www.solmatesantiago.com/solweb/2006/38sc3.html

 

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La Paz or bust…

Maybe it is more accurate to say La Paz and bust?  Just a cruisers joke.  What broke this trip?

When last we posted, we were in the old Mazatlan harbor.  We then moved up the coast to Marina Mazatlan for a one night stay.  We got fuel, did a re-alignment on the motor to prop shaft skipped a couple other important issues on the “to do list” and headed out to start crossing the Gulf of California to FINALLY get over to the state of Baja California Sur and to the town of La Paz.  We are excited to see our great friends Liz and Alan on svVivacia!

Old Mazatlan harbor anchorage and El Faro (The Lighthouse):

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Marina Mazatlan:

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Leaving Mazatlan Thursday April 17, 2014 around 9:30AM here is a 3d image from Max Sea showing the route 245 Nm:

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Sunset and sunrise?

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We were too busy to photo the next bits.  After an uneventful 40 hours or so, we got the the north end of Isla Cerralvo at about 3:00 AM.  There the depth goes from 500 ft to 50 ft and back to 500 or so…  The wind also swung from a nice beam reach to a bash, head on, and got up to around 30 knots.

So what on that “to do list”  turned out to important this trip?  The compass light was out, we knew it was out, we needed it!  When it’s 3:00 AM and you are bashing you need two hands just to stay in the cockpit of the vessel so when one is busy holding a flashlight on the compass so you can hand steer by compass because your auto pilot is not working because it has an intermittent short that only seems to happen when bashing into a 30 knot wind and 10 to 15 foot seas coming over the bow etc. etc. etc…

We did get a little nervous when the SOG (speed over ground) went down to zero and the  tachometer  still read the 2500 rpm we had been cruising at for the last couple hours.  But it turns out in those seas you need to bump the engine speed up a little in rpm and you can still progress.  We ran it up to 3000 to 3200 and started to do around 3 to 4 knots so we could get through the rough part of the pass north of the island.  We ran over to Bonanza beach on Isla del Espiritu Santo and dropped anchor on Saturday at sunrise about 8:00 AM and slept til noon.  The wind blew 25 knots out of the south most of the way from Isla Cerralvo to the anchorage.

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We were following, or ahead of, sv Cricket and sv Lotus the whole way and we all had our trials and tribulations.  Cricket got stung with one after another inconvenience:  jib furler line broke or broke a block, plugged fuel filter from the rough seas and stuff shaking loose in the fuel tanks and clogging the filters( lotus loaned them a filter wrench (on the fly) and they got  that fixed), beat their way through the 30 knot headwinds/seas at the pass,  got to Bonanza anchorage and while anchoring, lost power on the windless and fouled the propeller on a line that shook loose from their deck stowage during the night…  They did at the last minute set anchor in 12 foot of water and all was well.  We helped then free the line by diving on it using our air compressor/regulator system and a sharp knife the next morning!  Hey it works!

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We left new friends at Bonanza beach around 2:00 PM and ran the last 21 nautical miles over to La Paz getting in around 5:00PM Sat April 19, 2014.  George ran GREAT!

Bonanza on Isla del Espiritu Santo to La Paz photos:

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We took up residence in slip 210 at Marina La Paz where Alan and Liz were at dock (again) welcoming us into a another lovely marina.  Alan had run around and worked some kind of magic so we had a slip to pull into where there are NEVER slips available!  Alan is my hero!

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FIN

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Boat work while waiting (patiently) for Beta 30 diesel

Back from Zihuatanejo, time to get things ready for the new motor.  I am still thinking we should do a little sound insulation in the motor compartment.  Have to check on getting insulation at the chandlery. Maybe the ceiling, access door and bulkheads shared with the salon area in the boat?  The only worry is increasing the temperature insulation but this will leave the whole back end of the engine open to the aft storage area in the boat so ventilation should be adequate, but will it be quieter without completely enclosing the motor? I know sound/vibration transmits via structure as well as through the air. Still thinking on that.

Lower radar radome by removing 8″ support bracket. Move VHF speaker/horn. Move navigation GPS antenna.

Change mounting of solar panels by adding support structure using one inch stainless steel tube. Will allow some tilting towards the sun as well as removing the shadow of the radome.

New panel for the motor control is bigger than the old one and we need to modify the panel mount area in the cockpit with a cover plate.  This will cover the holes left by removing the old panel and gauges and switches and supply a surface for the new cutouts.

 

 

 

 

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Just thinking…

Most of you know that we broke our crankshaft on our Westerbeke 40 in at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle while charging the batteries at anchor on January 11, 2014.  At the time it seemed like a really BIG problem:

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We replaced the Westerbeke 40 with a Beta 30 and called her “George”!

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George? She is doing fine, young as she is, we worry.  However, in the last crossing, her first real test she performed above and beyond the call to duty. George is a Beta 30 ordered on February 11, 2014, imported into Puerto Vallarta, MX directly from Beta Marine LTD in Gloucester England on March 29, 2014,  installed (by us) on March 30-31, 2014 at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Jalisco Mexico and first started April 01, 2014…

Now, after sea trials we understood we were “over prop’ed” moderately since we could only make 3300 RPM with our old prop.  And still when we were beating (bashing) into a 30+ knot wind and 10 to 15 foot seas she took a WOT (wide open throttle) of around 3300+ RPM.  So running at 3000 instead of our cruising 2400 RPM allowed is to make minimum of 3 to 5 knots (when the bow was above the waves)!

Not too shabby… Atta girl George!

When we voted for the 30 HP, 3600 RPM engine as a replacement for the Westerbeke 40, which have considerably different design power curves, we were worried about having made the correct decision.  We opted for a motor which, by design seemed to be on the low end of motor one would specify for our 1978 Tartan 37 hull #82.

We thought of another way to do some research on the motor specification issue.  A great source is the http://sailboatdata.com/  database, it is however a bit tedious to search for information.  I searched for  “1976 36 diesel” and found some sailboats similar to our Tartan 37 with the following engines specified ae OE:  Red lines below show similar displacement vessels with 30 HP or smaller engines…

Boat Name                     Engine Mfgr.         Model           HP       Boat Wt.(lbs)

Tartan 37 (1976)                    Westerbeke                 40                     38 HP     15500

Islander 36                              Pathfinder diesel       50                    42 HP      13450

West Indies Morgan 36      Volvo Penta diesel     MD-2B           25 HP     17000

Magellen 36                            Volvo                                                        25 HP     16300

Medway 36 Westerly           Volvo Penta                  MD 3B            36 HP     16125

Ericson 36C                             Westerbeke                  Pilot 20           20 HP    17200

Islander Freeport 36             Perkins                           4.108              42 HP     17000

Yamaha 37 (1983)                  Yanmar                          3G MF            20 HP     14330

Island Trader 38                     Volvo Penta                  MD 17C           36 HP     26400

Alpa 38                                       Mercedes                                                 48 HP     18000

Pearson 38 (1989)                  Volvo Penta                                              25 HP    15175

C&C 36-1  (1977)                     Yanmar                          3QM30             30 HP    12000

Dufour 9000 (1979)               Perkins                           4.108                42 HP    19841

Hunter 356 (2000)                Yanmar                                                       27 HP    13900

Catalina 36 mkII (1994)       Universal                                                    35 HP    15000

 

Conclusion?

She, George, runs great and got us out of a pretty tight spot with power to spare, what more can you say?

Work list:

Stuff we are taking care of on the “to do list” this week at dock at La Paz Marina in order to make it a busy week:

Fix the compass light: Usually we are our own worst enemies!  It turns out I flipped pos and neg wires when moving the wires for the compass light that had run through the engine compartment…  Also found a loose connection in the NMEA wiring while checking the system for the compass light problem which may solve another intermittent autopilot tracking error we have been getting.  Good news.

Intermittent fault in the auto pilot rudder feedback circuit is still consistently not showing up even with all the wire twisting and tugging if connectors and splices!

Windless needed greased, cleaned, and sealed up again…  We took it apart and broke the seals when it jammed up on a chain knot when dropping anchor back in Jaltimbe, so now it has been cleaned greased and re-sealed!

Checked torque on the engine fasteners, Jess borrowed a torque wrench and all was well!  Good news.

Tightened the shaft log packing so it drips about 2 times a minute while at rest.  We will keep a check on the running temp and make sure it is staying cool while running!

Noted that the final alignment work, transmission to prop shaft, done in Mazatlan before the last trip has reduced the running vibration considerably!  Checked fasteners and all is tight. Good News.

Washed down the cabin and sent bedding to laundry.  We had left the cabin roof hatches only latched and not sealed and when the wind kicked up and the bow buried in the waves,  we took a little water through the cabin roof hatches.

Noted the chain plate covers we added in La Cruz have sealed up the intermittently leaking chain plates. Good news!

Washing boat, cleaning bottom (that which we can reach from dock with a long handle brush) washing salt out of lines, etc.

FIN

 

 

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Gegg-fest 2014!

We met Colin and Wendy Gegg in Mazatlan last summer.  We all had a lovely first get together at Mr. Leones at Playa Bruja in Cerretos, north of Mazatlan. So in recognition of their fantastic accomplishment of making it to the Marquesas after leaving PV of the Pacific Puddle Jump, we thought it a good idea to return to Playa Bruja and toast their success ie. Gegg-fest 2014!  Find them bloggin’ and spottin’ at:

https://share.delorme.com/WendyGegg   (password is “PuddleJump”)

http://www.sailblogs.com/member/bangorang/

Happy crossing Shellbacks from us lowly Pollywogs!  We toast you with the best mango margaritas we could find:

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Que la via bien!

PS:

On the way back to El Faro, the boat, from Playa Bruja the bus got in a wreck when a motorcycle tried to pass on the left during the buss left hand turn!  Jess did the immobilization of the boys head/neck until the ambulance arrived:  Jess is the one in the purple/blue top on her knees in the street keeping the boy from moving his head/neck.  Probably a broken leg, maybe head and neck injury, in and out of consciousness for the 15 minute wait for the ambulance…

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FIN

 

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