Two years since our last LiFePO4 battery bank capacity test…

Hi guys, it’s good to have you two back onboard!

Batteries are same capacity as they were back in Jan 2020, great news!

We are in Bahia Falsa north of La Paz in Baja California Sur Mexico hanging out for Jess’ brother and friend Tommy to arrive along with friend boat “Boomerang” . Supplies are funning thin but it’s Good Friday and that marks the middle of Samna Santa in Mexico so we are a bit hesitant to go running around town,

Soooo we started a capacity test on the house bank of 4 parallel 100 Ah Lifepo4 batteries. In January of 2018. The bank was installed in February of 2016 but we never got around to a capacity test.

Battery info here:

  1. In Jan 2018 capacity was 320 Ah at 12.6 volts resting voltage.
  2. In Feb 2020 capacity was 290 Ah at 11.6 volts. (resting?)
  3. This test – April 2022 capacity is 290 Ah at 12.0 volts resting voltage.

Nice to know, we still have pretty good capacity after 6 years on boat.

LiFePO4 voltage SOC chart

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From Bahia Concepcion to Caleta San Juanico to Puerto Escondido

NOTE: We have been sending photos up to our WordPress blog account since 2011 and FINALLY filled up the FREE 3 gig media storage limit.

Sooooo no more photos until we get to some usable internet and can do something with the older media. I’m patently opposed to paying $20 a month to increase the storage from 3 gig to 50 gig. (seems that’s the only option for upgrade that I could find for the WordPress blogs!)

Here is a link to our google photos account for all the photos we have taken since leaving Bahia Conception:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8GexhWie6uKQWgWF7

Not a very pretty blog page but what the heck!

We stopped after a lovely sail at Punta Pulpito for an overnight then sailed and motored the next day to Puerto Escondito. Arrived on the 28th of March 2022. We took a mooring ball in the mooring field for around $110 USD for the week and took the seven days to visit Loreto have a couple restaurant meals, fill the fresh water tank and someone even had a nice pump for trade on the local cruisers net. Marco Fluidtech UP3/E gear pump. NICE!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/MiHmr5UN8pafQyhy5

We were using our spare fresh water pressure pump to front end the water maker and the microswitch broke. The switches are like $5 USD but not readily available to your local hardware.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/foowWEJZMiUgyarT9

Not much more, here are our track/routings to date, 370 Nm and counting!

Stuff we have fixed so far this year:

  1. In the boat yard:
    1. Replaced the teak decking in the cockpit with SeaCork, bought it here (France): https://seacorkfloor.com/cork-decking-for-boats/
    2. While it was out, we replaced the Edson Idler Plate assembly under the Edson steering binnacle. The Idler turns the vertical 1/4 inch stainless steel cables from the wheel chain gear on the steering wheel shaft around sheaves to horizontal cables directed back to the steering quadrant on the top of the rudder post. https://photos.app.goo.gl/8cVi2Tuec223QqHt5
    3. Added stiffener wedges to the wooden slat seating in the cockpit where the slats were in danger of cracking when stepped on.
    4. Ground out the flex cracks around the keel/hull joint and sealed with sand-able flexible epoxy from West Marine and faired it with Poly-Flex. Sealed it all prior to bottom paint with epoxy barrier coat paint. https://photos.app.goo.gl/7q6niFeLtQG9SCut9
    5. Had the yard sand and then paint the bottom with Interlux ACT red bottom paint we brought down to MX with us. We also sealed the prop and shaft with epoxy barrier coat and painted them with the Interlux ACT as well (it’s a test for the barnacles)
    6. Added four new fenders as rail jewelry for Hajime’s cute transom…
  2. On the water:
    1. Split the 200 foot 5/15 anchor chain into 100 foot sections and removed the rusted 100 foot to storage in the bow chain locker. We spliced the nylon road onto the 100 foot of 5/16 chain.
    2. Had to tear down the windlass and unstick a stuck brush after the overload from snagging the 100 pound lost anchor and 1/2 inch chain in Bahia San Carlos.
    3. Both of our Fynspray hand pumps needed parts so we pulled them from service and replaced them with electric water pumps and single line faucets. They feed into the galley sink using the same holes in the counter that the Fynspray hand pumps had used.
    4. New drain and faucet in the head. Finally found that slow leak! https://photos.app.goo.gl/oKjfE78VQNadRYHn7
    5. 12V fan for the “Natures Head” composting toilet gave up and we had to find a replacement and install it.https://photos.app.goo.gl/yeREgEBsFcPkXBhq7
    6. Had a broken block on the mast for the whisker pole topping lift line. The block broke at the end of last season and Jess went up the mast to replace the remnants of the broken block with a new block.
    7. Replaced the line on the main sheet traveler, replaced the main sheet, replaced the lines on the boom vang, and replaced the whisker pole topping lift line all with 3/8 inch double braid. (finally learned how to splice loop ends on double braid!)
    8. Replaced the main sail halyard with a new 110 foot pre made halyard and rotated the old one to the spare halyard position on the mast.
    9. Finally purchased some real “potable” water hose from the San Carlos hardware store and replaced the potable water line from the port side potable tank through the new pump and carbon filter to the new galley faucet. (finally got rid of that vinyl hose taste in the drinking water.)
    10. Replaced the fuel tank on the 5HP Mercury 2-stroke outboard (the old one was cracked and leaking), replaced the fuel diverter valve and fuel filter as well.
    11. A week later the 5 HP mercury 2-stroke outboard motor stop working on the way into dock from anchor in San Carlos, and we replaced the carburetor with spare from ships stores.
    12. Moved the spare water pump from the potable water line to the water maker pressure pump where a micro switch failure took the old pump out of action. We got a nice new pump that another cruiser had for trade on the cruisers radio net in in Puerto Escondido.

That’s it for now, kinda sure something else will need fixing???

FIN – you two!

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Anchors Away Santispac Bay

As always: Track us at: https://share.garmin.com/svHajime If it’s not URGENT reply using emails and NOT the InReach Satellite messaging!

As you two probably already know, we left San Carlos Bay March 18, 2022 in the afternoon.

The plan is usually to make the trip at around 5 knots (sailing if you can) and arrive mid morning the next day somewhere around Conception Bay or Santa Rosalia. We spent most of the night trying to slow down so we would not arrive before sunrise. NICE SAIL! Beam reach and one to 2 foot seas.

Arrival in Bahia Santo Domingo on the north east point of Bahia Conception allowed us to spend a day and night resting before dropping down the bay to Playa Santispac.

Projects of course:

Spent a week in Bahia Conception and it’s time to move along to the South!

More later…

FIN

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The Adventure of the OTHER Anchor…

A quick revision: It seems that this year “If it’s not one thing, it’s another…” Soooo the morning before the anchor story recounted below, we had to replace the carburetor on the Mercury 5 HP on our dinghy. We had one in spare parts storage!

And on the other end of the anchor escapade, we had to pull the motor out of the windlass and clean it up and unstick one of the four brushes inside.

The Adventure of the Other Anchor

We were sitting in San Carlos Bay, enjoying the afternoon blow, which typically blows up to 30 knots.  And then I noticed that one of our neighbors was drifting by.  No wait, that’s us drifting by!

I informed the captain, who verified that we were indeed dragging, and powered us up forthwith to haul up the anchor and reset, although why it had decided to uproot just then was a mystery, we had been anchored there for a few days.  

As navigator/deckhand, I ran forward to get the anchor up.  The winch complained bitterly but hauled, then quit.  Curses ensued.  It wouldn’t run backwards or forwards.  Was it jammed?  I went back to inform the Captain of this development and we switched places so he could see what he could do with his more powerful muscles.  Not only could he not make the winch work, he couldn’t haul the anchor up either.  So, we were doing a slow promenade thru the spread-out anchorage, with various of our neighbors asking if we wanted help, and getting nowhere with the anchor.  This is a problem in a 30 knot blow.  Of course, we could simply continue our motor rounds until the blow lays down, which it generally does, usually modifying about 7PM or so in the evening, but that seemed really an unsatisfactory plan.

The anchor would not go up, nor down.  Therefore we could not anchor.  Fortunately, we had been offered a mooring by a boat which hauled out this morning, one Tamboran.  I had not thought we would need or want to use it, but it seemed like a good idea at the moment.  After a consult, both captain and navigator agreed that the mooring was the best bet, and we snagged it and made it fast.  Then the fun began.

First we tried lifting the chain together.  Not a chance.  Then we got smart and used the mast as a crane and tried lifting it.  That got us a little bit, and the Captain got the chain to unjam, but the winch still refused to winch.  Then the captain, who is, after all, an engineer, proceeded to rig a shackle to the improvised jib sheet, shackled sheet to our chain, and had the navigator haul it up a foot.  Then he used our bridle to secure our gains and moved the shackle another foot down so the navigator could winch the unholy mess up another foot.  

This eventually revealed a chain draped across our fouled anchor.  A big, heavy chain, maybe half inch, (that’s twice as thick and much larger links than our own dainty 5/16 chain) covered with mussels and harbor slime.  That’s a lot of chain, but it still had something heavy on it.  The captain then rigged a loop of docking line around the chain (more cleverness with more of our specialized boating gear) and clipped that to the main halyard and we brought it up far enough to see what we had been snagged on, and incidentally liberated our anchor in that move.  The prize  was a 75-100 pound CQR style anchor and some 1/2 chain disappearing into the depths, and no wonder our winch quit and it’s battery died!  The visiting anchor/chain was also decorated with a fair amount of mud, weed, and barnacles.  It had been there for a bit.

Best GUESS – we dropped anchor into this mess and apparently our anchor set. As the boat swung in the wind our anchor swivel fowled with the lost chain/anchor and we peeled our anchor out of the sand. We got the mess up to about 10 foot below the boats hull before the windlass gave up, too much weight!

We stared at our catch, appalled, trying to decide what to do with it.  Even if we could get it on deck, what in creation would we do with it?  Yet should we just drop it?  It seemed uncivil, but at least we were now at a mooring, not an anchorage. . .

We tied a buoy (empty 5 liter water bottle) on it ( it had a 30 plus foot 3/8 inch nylon line on it as well as the 1/2 inch chain) and we dropped it back in the water. We plan to notify the port captain of the hazard in his waters.  We have found Tamboran’s name and number and texted him (he was quite deaf when I talked to him) to thank him for his foresight and kindness. And as soon as we bring our dinghy back in (she had to be let out on a leash after we moored to free up the main halyard), I believe it may be time for a margarita.  This is Mexico, after all. Mmmmmm!

Mercury 5HP 2-stroke outboard carburetor
Lewmar ProFish 1000 Gen 3 electric motor serial numbers starting 566, 567, 569, 572
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LiFePO4 all over again…

I have been ask a lot lately about our LiFePO4 (lithium) house battery system. (Thanks John!) And thought I would let y’all where we ended up and the silly way we got there and how I would do it if I had it to do over again.

Back in February of 2016 our four 100 Amp Hour LiFePO4 batteries arrived. I bought them on Ebay for like $875 each… I was so excited I took a couple rolls of film photographing them. Below is a link to all the photos and also here are a couple photos that give you the idea:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/TFhBwFnz6zeCFFFa7

We pulled the GC2 series 6 volt 200 Amp Hour batteries out of the boat aft hold battery box (removing the 280 pounds of battery from the boat) and replaced them with the four new LiFePO4’s at around 100 pounds! Today a similar product on Amazon runs around $370 each: (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FMTRYPT/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A2JSKPPFWRERMB&psc=1)

There are also bigger/different size LiFePO4 batteries available on Amazon. I really like this one! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BR4C358/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2EZ26GXN4H62H&psc=1 Chen has great reviews and availability looks good! The 250 Amp charge/discharge capacities looks great too! We liked the 400 Amp Hour capacity and have not really taxed it since 2016.

There are a hand full of important things to keep in mind when sourcing your batteries. SOME NOTES ON LiFePO4 batteries in the boat:

  1. Are you going to be running them in a cold environment? They can discharge at 0 deg. F but don’t like to charge at below 32 deg. F. Some of the batteries available today have onboard heaters to take care of this. In MX and on most boats it is not an issue!
  2. Are you going to run a 24 volt boat or a 48 volt boat or a 12 volt boat? Most boats are setup for 12 volt systems and are very happy with the 12.8 volt LiFePO4’s.
    1. The chemistry/properties of the LiFePO4 system makes it such that the batteries are composed of 3.2 volt cells and four of them in series make a 12.8 volt battery. Lead acid batteries are composed of 6 cells at 2.0 volts to make a 12 volt (nominal battery). A fully charged lead acid battery rests at around 12.7 volts. A fully charged LiFePO4 battery is around 14.4 volts but they tend to rest between 13.5 and 13.2 volts
    2. All the 12v devices on your boat will be very happy running at 12.8 to 14.0 volts. Most alternators on our boat engines charge up to 14.4 volts so the equipment on a boat allows for this increase in voltage.
    3. Using LiFePO4 batteries, however, you will have a much longer life battery if you operate it above say from 13.8 volts to 12.5 volts. The studies say you can extend these batteries to over 10,000 complete charge/discharge cycles if you use the middle 80 percent of the battery capacity.
    4. The charge limits on a 12.8 volt LiFePO4 are 15.2 to 10.4 volts and to keep the cells in this range the built batteries have a battery management system (BMS) to assure that individual cells stay inside their design parameters. When a cell falls outside these parameters the BMS shuts the battery off.
    5. A BMS is sized by the maximum amperage it can handle during this shut down operation. Usually they have a MAX charge amperage and a MAX discharge amperage so you need to check out your house battery bank MAX usage and your charging equipment maximum limits to properly size a battery/BMS combination.

What we did right? Not much but we survived:

  1. I did not make sure that the “drop-in” batteries we bought could run in parallel. The BMS/battery manufacturer would have a recommendation for this.
  2. I did not understand the limits on the charging and that our three chargers, shore power charger, boat motor alternator, solar charge controller would need to be limited to around 13.8 to 14.2 volts MAX in order to treat the batteries nicely.
  3. Did not know that you should store the batteries during off season at around 50 percent charge, we stored ours at closer to 80 percent most years since 2016.

How we handled the three chargers:

  1. For the shore power charger we had the original 40 amp charger that came with the boat, I think? And we put a Xantrex in when we bought boat in 2010. It blew up around the time we were thinking of the LiFePO4’s and we put a programmable Pronautic 30 Amp charger on boat then. It works well!
  2. Boat motor alternator is not too smart and want’s to charge up to 14.4 volts. We suffered with this issue and refused to buy the $1000 “smart” voltage regulator system. Tried and failed at a couple adjustable voltage regulators “not smart” voltage regulators. Finally after building a van conversion Solar/LiFePO4 system for a friend in 2020 we found the DC-DC charger, Renogy 40 AMP is the ticket for us! Renogy make a 60 Amp and a 20 Amp etc. There are other manufacturers of DC-DC chargers too. Renogy even make one with a solar charge controller onboard if you need. Make sure of your solar panel needs prior to jumping on the Renogy DCC50S!
  3. We had three 140 watt panels on boat and could not program the controller so we put in a separate new solar charge controller. We installed a 4215BN EP Tracer 40A 12V 24V MPPT Solar charger Controller regulator with MT50 remote panel. I think they have BT options today too…

Pretty much, that’s the story. Knowing then what I know now, I would do it again even even faster! We went through a couple sets of CG2 lead acid batteries (440 Amp Hours when P/S to 12 volt system) and at 5 years and we needed the third set when we put the LiFePO4’s in Feb. 2016.

Any questions, feel free to send me a comment and I’ll get back to you soon as we have internet again!!! Off to Bahia Conception, Baja Sur, MX where there is no internet! Woohoo!

Pronautic 30 AMP 120v – 12v charger
Renogy 40 Amp DC-DC charger
Renogy DCC50S
EP Tracer 4215 BN 40nAmp 12/24 volt with MT50

Yes, FIN FIN FIN!

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We did SPLASH then on to Bahia San Carlos

Hi guys! Yes both of you, yes we love you both the same!

We splashed Friday the 4th of March at 9:00AM. We motored over to Marina Fonatur in Guaymas and called them AGAIN and were told AGAIN that they had no room for us! We stayed on the hook near the Fonatur docks overnight and headed to Bahia San Carlos (about 20 NM north) and arrived around 10:00AM on the 5th.

We anchored for a couple days and then took a space on dock at Marina San Carlos for 4 nights starting on the 8th. We are now back at anchor in the bay waiting for an opening in the blustery afternoon weather which will allow us to cross over to the Baja. It has been blowing 30 knots most afternoons since we have been here. A break in the blow would be nice???

Techie: Stuff we been doing. We did not get the sails up before leaving the dry storage yard at Marina Guaymas since the tide chart was looking like it might be a couple weeks when we would not be able to launch if we did not SPLASH on the 4th or 5th. This condition happens when the rising tide is unavailable during working hours, we splashed on Mar 4, 2022at 9:00 AM:

We got the Main sail up in Guaymas but broke a couple of the sail foot plastic slugs that slide in the boom when out hauled. Should not cause a major issue and we have spares if needed.

We did not get the jib sail up until we were on dock in Marina San Carlos. The winds come up around 10:00 AM daily and blow up to 30 knots making it difficult to do that kind of work.

Things we have gotten done:

The cork sole in the cockpit is coming along, our first try at the black caulking in the grooves between plank size sections was NOT FANTASTIC, so after sanding there were places to add some black caulking. The caulking takes 48 hours before you can sand it again and see how well you did. Hope that after the caulk is ready, we will finish sand and apply sealant and then call the project complete, maybe another week! It is a work in progress.

We had a broken block on the front of the mast for the whisker pole topping lift. Jess went up and changed it out for a new block we had in spare parts.

We are sick and tired of trying to keep the Fynspray rocker pumps operational. We used them for salt water and potable water at the galley sink. The pump design is prone to drying out of the pump rubber necessitating a disassembly and reassemble regularly. And the bottom cap will strip it’s threads easily and the hose barb nipple is prone to breaking. We installed these pumps new in 2010 because there were old ones already on boat which did not work when we bought her, DUH! (This pump today is around $160 USD each)

Fynspray Rocker pump – don’t do it!

Sooooo we got a couple of $7 USD faucets from the local hardware and are rigging them to electric pumps for the potable and for the salt water supply at the galley sink. Boatie boat has got to have water!

It turns out that the Battery Tender failure might have been the solar charge controller on the unit and not the solar panel so we cut some wires and spliced some wires and put a spare solar charge controller we had laying around in line with the old solar panel from Battery Tender:

Been doing the rest of the normal boat opening stuff; ranging the anchor rode and making sure al the 30 foot increment marks are on the chain so we know how much chain/rode has been let out when anchoring, greasing bearings and oiling pawls on the winches, flushing out and cleaning the water tanks and refilling one with 60 gallons of tap water for washing and etc., and the other with 25 gallons of potable water, replacing a failed propane hose from the tanks to the solenoid and refilling one empty propane tank, washing boat, replacing the vent fan for the head (it runs 24/7 when we are on boat), replacing the drain fitting on the sink in the head (parts have rotted away), replacing the faucet on the sink in the head (parts of it have rotted away too!).

How about some photos for the Marina at San Carlos and surrounding area:

And yesssss you do have to look closely at the photos!

FIN again

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2022 Marina Guaymas – San Carlos, Sonora – SPLASH

Hi Guys! We made it back to good old s/v Hajime again. Have a few projects before splashing and then a few after. Once again, we are reminded about the TIDE situation here in Guaymas/San Carlos. We arrived on a Thursday and THEN reviewed the tides and realized that we had max eight days in the boat yard in order to get ready to SPLASH. Or ELSE it would be around another 15 days until high tide and marina working hours came together again. OOPS!

We stayed at the Hotel Hacienda Tetakawi in San Carlos and for $43 USD a night it was not a bad hotel. A little noisy at times but nice economy lodgings. The restaurant attached was excellent for breakfast and there are good restaurants within walking distance. Jaks Snacks was a great for breakfast and suppers too!

We did get the new Seacork sole placed in the cockpit and replaced the Edson idler plate assembly in the steering system and sealed the lead keel to fiberglass boat hull interface with flexible epoxy and flexible fairing compound (It has been showing cracking of the rigid fairing materials we have been using in the past) and had the yard clean paint the bottom with ablative bottom paint all in 8 days! We SPLASHED March 4th at 9:00 AM. First day working in the yard was Friday February 25th. No sails mounted yet and she needs a bath and water tanks washed and filled and all those little things for opening boat!

Some photos of the work this year…

Demolition, the old teak came up easy enough, mostly it pulled up leaving the screws old adhesive and dirt behind. The sheaves that turn the steering cables from the ship wheel to the rudder quadrant are an assemble that Edson calls an idler plate assembly and they still make the design used on the Tartan 37/38 boats. We ordered one and it did fit. It is now forged aluminum mounting plate instead of the steel one in the original design. Less rust we hope!

Prepping for bottom paint:

Seacork placement:

Nice paint job by the yard. We sanded the prop and shaft and applied an epoxy barrier coat prior to the ablative bottom paint. We shall see how it works. We used Interlux ACT ablative bottom paint. First time using this paint. Marina Guaymas will store the car for $1.50 USD per day in their fenced and guarded storage yard.

We left boat in May 2021 and returned in Feb 2022 and the House LiFePO4 batteries were at 13.2 volts and the Lead Acid Starter batteries were at 12.25 volts. None of these were connected to any charge or sources nor to any usage.

Our “Battery Tender” solar battery tender took a crap and the windlass battery an Optima AGM D34M was at 5.2 volts. We used it as a OCRE and picked up a new one at Auto Zone in Guaymas for a cool $7,000 pesos! That was the second “Battery Tender” that gave up on us in the last 5 years!

Enough for now. We do have some new light fixtures we are installing in the solon, galley, head, etc. Seems we have some power to spare with LiFePO4 batteries. No more cruisers midnight!

FIN again, thanks you two for stopping by!

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Been a long time (again)

This seems to be the theme, long time away from poor old Hajime. She is fine, thank you both for asking! We drove to San Carlos/Guaymas from Denver. Stayed in Las Vegas NM and then in Benson AZ before crossing the boarder at Nogales AZ. Was like 5 deg. F leaving Denver, snowed all the way to New Mexico, sand storms in Arizona and snowed and ice storm in Benson, AZ just east of Tucson. In Nogales, AZ, aA lucky wrong turn sent us to the Downtown Border Crossing instead of the Mariposa Border Crossing which I was aiming at and we were waived through the crossing without passport checks, car search, etc. Was a bit odd!

This years work list includes removing the old teak sole in the cockpit and replacing it with a SeaCork material. We ordered materials from France, https://seacorkfloor.com/cork-decking-for-boats/, and hope we have all the tools and materials we need to get the job done! Will try to do a techie post on all that next time. For now, just saying we are back on boat and hope to splash in a couple weeks.

Some photos, the work has begun:

Fin for now.

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The rest of the story… (2021)

Hi, hope you two are doing well…

s/v Hajime was last seen in Bahia Falsa April 15th… Then what?

I found these videos in the camera from 4/5/2021, thought I would share…

Techie business:

Watermaker was healed by a new membrane. We also added a water boost pump and are were again making water. TDS around 200 ppm.

Photo of watermaker and filters and pump in their new home… This is on the aft side of the bulkhead between the galley and the starboard aft lazaret.

Next photo:

And there is still room for the “hooka” a 12v DC air compressor we use when cleaning the boat bottom. This one has been onboard since 2010…

Back to the trip… Sooooo we left La Paz BCS for the trip north.

Buddied up with Dennis on Dulce Vita. Nice trip to Bahia San Francisco, where we found Dennis.

On to Bahia Santa Evaristo, to Bahia Agua Verde, to Puerto Escondito, where we left Dulce Vita.

We continued to Isla Coronado and then overnight to Bahia Conception spent a few days dodging winds and making friends. Happy B-day David on s/v CAVU (David and Maria, also on a Tartan 37! ) ! Also in photo s/v Double D…

Crossed the sea on an overnight to Bahia San Carlos in Sonora MX followed by a hop down coast to Guaymas where we cleaned the boat up at Marina Fonatur and haulled out at Marina Guaymas. Nice trip, lots of sailing and some hiding from uncomfortable wind events.

From the camera found a few photos… Fun things to see in MX:

Some photos of putting boat away for summer:

Guaymas Fonatur dock:

On supports in Marina Guaymas yard:

s/v Hajime did a stellar job. She is 11 seasons with us now out of her 43 years afloat.

Next year’s boat gifts include the following AND we need to replace the teak decking in th e cockpit, maybe cork (working on all that)!

Parker Hannifin 207P-4 Brass Coupling Pipe Fitting, 1/4″ Female Thread x 1/4″ Female ThreadSold by: Amazon.com Services LLC2.50
MENSI Propane Gas Cylinder QCC Type Adapter with 1/4″ Male NPT Thread ACME Regulator Valve7.39
only fire 5Ft Extension Appliance Hose for Propane or Natural Gas 1/4” NPT Male x 1/4” Female Flared B FittingSold by: Onlyfire Outdoor LLC$17.9917.99

HM Digital DM-1 In-Line Dual TDS Monitor, 0-9990 ppm Range, +/- 2% Readout AccuracySold by: The Brky Guy  Product question? Ask Seller$21.95
21.95
Foval 200W Car Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC Converter with 4 USB Ports Charger (White)Sold by: FOVAL  Product question? Ask Seller$22.98Condition: New22.98
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My oh my, safe in La Paz…

Hi guys!

Posted last in Matanchen Bay near San Blas, just after leaving Banderas Bay.

The sail up to Mazatlan from San Blas was good, sail most of the way, maybe 60 percent of it anyway. We provisioned in Mazatlan, tried to fix the watermaker that started making BAD water on the trip and saw friends Federico and his sons.

Mario Balam, Fede, Xavier, Jess and Jim

Watermaker was a bust but found a contact in La Paz and since we were heading to the Baja anyway, we pointed boat at La Paz and headed out. Lots of sailing and lots of motoring, again probably half the time of each. We arrived to hear the fellow with the watermaker parts was heading out of town the next day, so no rest for the wicked, we ran into town from the anchorage we chose, Bahia Falsa, and picked up the parts the day we arrived, April 15.

There is a lovely beach for locals mostly here at Bahia Falsa, Treasure Beach (Playa Tesoro). Left the dinghy and called a taxi and ran into La Paz for parts and a bank machine stop then back to boat and a margarita, early to bed! Coroumels are blowing nightly so it tested our anchor holding nicely maybe 30 plus knots wind speed in this location. It’s only for a couple nights!

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