We came up here to Mazatlan in May of 2013 in order to get our Motor rebuilt or replaced! We had it rebuilt for around $7000 USD at the old Total Yacht Works. Oh ya, got a “free” tee shirt too!
Then after five and a half months without a motor ( we spent the summer in Mazatlan) we went back south Mid October 2013… Long story short, the rebuilt motor lasted until then end of January 2014 (just around 100 engine hours).
We did not rush back to Mazatlan for service from Total Yacht Works, they were GONE after 15 years in business at that time. I did get to talk to Bob Bucannon the day after my crank shaft broke in Puerto Vallarta and he said, “Drink heavily!”… He left Mazatlan later that week!
Jess and I think it was because of the liability overhead of all those 40 or so re-builds they had done (Rafael (Rafa) did ours) and he did not put the correct journal bearings on the at the #1 journal on the crank shaft. It was ground 0.010” undersized journal during the rebuild. The crank broke in half just behind the #1 journal. Was in two separate pieces, but still ran…
Inhabiting the same location as the old TBY are now two companies today, Active Marine and Rafa’s Superior Marine. I would do business with Active Marine Services if needed… Enough said!
We came back through Mazatlan in May 2014 on our way over to La Paz and the Sea of Cortez. And now we are back visiting our friends and enjoying the city!
Visa- Temporary Resident cards
This trip we have just applied for temporary resident cards here in Mazatlan. We went into the INM (Mexican Immigration) last Thursday after arriving Wednesday 18 Feb 2015. We did all the paperwork and paid fees and now we wait for a notice via email to come pickup the cards.
We got notice on Tuesday 24 Feb to return three days after receiving notice! We will go in tomorrow or 26 Feb, Friday! I believe we have to do fingerprinting and it will be done. We can not leave Mazatlan until we have these cards, the INM office retains your tourist card during the process!
The beginning of the temporary resident process is done in the USA at a Mexican Consulate, you make an online reservation for a time/day to go into a Consulate and start the process with a filled out application and six months statements showing financial requirements are met, photos, etc. The Consulate will approve you for any one of the types of residencies for which you are applying. The take fingerprints, photos, and put a visa sticker into your passport. I think it was $38 USD each at the consulate.
The NEXT trip into Mexico the border INM agent issuing your tourist card should give you a special 30 day tourist card which you NEED to take to an INM office within 30 CALENDAR days in order to start the process of getting the physical card! We paid $232 USD each for the INM fees and $18.50 USD each for photos and copies and paperwork expertise from the little business next door to the INM in Mazatlan which helps people get it right in a timely manner for the INM document requirements. I used 15.2 peso per USD which is the rate today for costs)
There is a rumor that some Mexican Consulates are less strict with their interpretation of the recent Mexican Immigration rule changes. And, that you can go DIRECTLY to a permanent resident card application and skip the four years of temporary resident fees! It is completely the duty of the Mexican Consul in your US city to determine the type of resident card you can apply for when arriving in Mexico. The local agents can not change what is on your visa stamp received from the consulate in the US! The difference in total cost considerable. Four years $3519 peso each year (you may be able to get a card for 4 years at $8000 peso???) Permanent is one time $4219 peso…
Nuff of that!
We have been doing Judo with friends at Irimi Dojo in Juaurez Neighborhood here in Mazatlan! Great to see friends Federico, Aida, Mario and Javier along with everyone in the classes!
Getting around the city
Bus info: http://www.mazinfo.com/visitors/busroute1.html
One route map: http://www.mazatlantoday.net/pdf/mazatlan_city_bus_map.pdf
Another route map: http://www.maztravel.com/maz/maps/mapbus.html
New bus route site: http://imaginemazatlan.com/BusRoutes/BusRouteBase.htm COOL!
We did get out Sunday to Playa Bruja, for a lovely shrimp and mango margarita feed! And as always met lots of Canadians!
Been doing some boat stuff
Re-stitched bimini, it needed all the zippers and seams re-stitched with thread which will not dissolve in the MX sun!
Did re-alignment transmission to prop shaft. Was on the list for around 100 hours to check and re-align if needed… These are old photos of the old motor, but for you techies! The round red “flex coupling” bolts tot he “X” flange on the transmission with four bolts. When the two come together, if you put one bolt in and loosely tighten it and turn it so there is no gap between flanges… Then if you can get a feeler gage into any of the other three legs of the “X” you have an alignment problem. To check you loosen the bolts and get out the feeler gauges to see how much gap is naturally there…
We had about 0.006″ top to bottom and about 0.014: side to side. It was relatively easy to fix but we did have to drill out a couple holes for the motor mounts to get it done.
Changed motor and refrigerator zincs. With the new motor the same zinc we buy and cut down for the refrigerator also fits the Beta 30, cut length is a little different. Woo Hoo one less part number in the parts bin!
Making Water from dock hose bib, we filter going into tanks.
Getting setup to service watermaker, have seal kit and downloaded Gary’s book and video: http://www.ishipaco.com/katadyn/ Gary’s site has a great video showing you how to do the seal maintenance: http://www.ishipaco.com/katadyn/RepairVideo.mpg
Moved KAYAKS from aft by cockpit to forward around dinghy.
Need to take some more photos!