Rant time

You two are much better than this so you may want to skip this one…

Soooooo, Lets all pay attention, not only to the regulations, but lets add some common sense to where we dump our shit.

Here some regulations your “Youtube Influencer” may not be helping you with, it’s not FUN to talk about doing the hard (correct) stuff:

  1. In Florida: What are the coastal boundaries for waters in Florida? Coastal boundary limits are nine nautical miles on the Gulf and three miles on the Atlantic Ocean – Treat the Sea of Cortez like costal boundary limits, maybe not but think before you flush?
  2. In the USA – https://www.boatus.org/clean-boating/sewage/ – The Law – Sewage regulations are some of the most misunderstood boating laws. To be clear, it is ILLEGAL to discharge UNTREATED sewage on inland waters and within 3 miles of shore. To legally dispose of sewage boaters must either have an on-board treatment device (Type I or Type II MSD) or a holding tank (Type III MSD) to hold the waste and have it pumped out ashore. A No Discharge Zone (NDZ) further prohibits the discharge of treated boat sewage. Within NDZ boundaries, vessel operators are required to retain their sewage discharges on-board for disposal at sea (beyond three miles from shore) or onshore at a pumpout facility.
  3. Did you know? – Discharge from a single boat over one weekend contributes the same amount of bacterial pollution as the treated sewage from 10,000 people (California State Water Resources Control Board)! – https://www.sailorsforthesea.org/programs/green-boating-guide/blackwater

Oh and another thing, If you are doing costal sailing or cruising in an area where you dont have LOCAL KNOWLEDGE, get a f___ing cruising guide.

They have approach and entry information and waypoints for navigating in and around harbors and bays. Navigation Charts DO NOT supply this information. Even your Navionics and Garmin charts and Raymarine charts and etc. do not supply this information. Or you can listen to your Youtube influencer and just TRUST them, ya that might work. It would be a great episode to get video of your boat on the rocks or on its side at low tide. What happens if your internet goes down on approach to port?

Three verifiable sources for local information is the rule for first approach to a bay or harbor or anchorage area.

Here was a chart problem we worked on with Garmin (Owner of Navionics) back in Feb 2018

See the chart photos in BLOG

Here are a few for Mexico:

  1. https://www.bluewaterweb.com/index.php/charlie-s-western-mexico-13th-edition.html
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Mexico-Boating-Guide-Capt-Rains/dp/0963847058
  3. https://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Mexico-Cruisers-Guidebook-2nd/dp/0980090156/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1QJH49PMD6PAO&keywords=Pacific+Mexico%3A+A+Cruiser%27s+Guidebook&qid=1675028511&s=books&sprefix=pacific+mexico+a+cruiser%27s+guidebook%2Cstripbooks%2C383&sr=1-1&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.18630bbb-fcbb-42f8-9767-857e17e03685
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Cortez-Cruisers-Guidebook-4th/dp/0980090180/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1QJH49PMD6PAO&keywords=Pacific+Mexico%3A+A+Cruiser%27s+Guidebook&qid=1675028549&s=books&sprefix=pacific+mexico+a+cruiser%27s+guidebook%2Cstripbooks%2C383&sr=1-3&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.18630bbb-fcbb-42f8-9767-857e17e03685

Safe boating!

FIN FIN FIN

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Where were we…

You two know how difficult it is!

Here is a LINK to some of our photos from this month: https://photos.app.goo.gl/MZRNWfqJHAq8xPVRA

Some things we hear these days that we NEVER heard on the VHF in Barra de Navidad back when:

  1. “Hey, svWHODUNIT, look-out there is a panga pulling into the harbor”.
  2. “How do I get a hold of THE water delivery boat?”
  3. “svWHODUNIT, WHODUNIT, WHODUNIT – Don’t go over there, it’s shallowwwwwwshit!”

So things have been interesting!

We left the boat anchored in the lagoon for a couple nights and took friends John Weiland and Alex Munrow from sv/SaoershiaSaooristciaSaorisississs..SAURON…Oh-ALEX! -something-like-that. John was staying with us the last couple weeks on boat and we went up to Ciudad Colima for a archeological/coffee/cacao/beer tour and a couple nights in a hotel. John got to see Barra and Tennacatita, sail a bit and feel the ocean swell for the first time!!!

In Colima City, Jupiter takes care of showing folks the best things about his city!!! https://www.admiremexicotours.com/aboutus-english Jupiter is the best tour guide in Mexico!

So now John is on a walkabout and on his way to Guadalajara hopefully to find some of his friends scattered around México. He put us on a bus in Colima and sent us back to Barra after a couple days checking out Colima.

Some photos:

Techie time:

We decided to get Starlink after we got messages from Google-Fi that they were turning off out data link in Mexico. Seems we stayed too long and used too much data. After getting the shipping address for the Marina here in Barra de Navidad,

Marina Puerto de la Navidad

Paseo del Pescador S/N

Frac. Isla Navidad

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

C.P. 28838

email: recepcionmarina@islaresort.com.mx “boat name”

I ordered the Starlink RV version of the rectangular v2 hardware on Jan 10th and it arrived on Jan 12th. It did take about 5 or six days for the shipping department to get the order input into their computer system so that the Starlink showed as :SHIPPED” in the order system. Seems like showing “SHIPPED” kicked the account to LIVE! We now have Starlink and it is working well.

Cost in MX was $8,300 peso hardware including taxes and shipping. And it is suppose to invoice $1,350 peso monthly RV service fee. You can pause your account for months at a time and start it up again.

Photos below: Starlink mounted in fishing rod holder on boat life rail, We cut a hole using hole saw. All I could find online was fakebook “Starlink Hacks Group” drawing a 5 inch line in from each side and I used that: (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=759584991842561&set=pcb.689429492290172)

REV. 4.75 bottom up and 4.5 right to left in a plane parallel to flat dish face

Here are some photos with better dimensions (Taken parallel to the dish face):

So if I were to do it AGAIN… I get 4.75 inches from the dish edge measured in a plane parallel to the dish flat face in the 19 inch dish direction and 4.5 inches from the dish edge measured in a plane parallel to the dish flat face in the 12 inch dish direction. If you stow the dish mast and place dish face down with the mast pointing at your belly. The hole is 4.75 inch from belly edge towards middle and 4.5 inch from RH edge towards middle.

The cut out piece looks to be ABS plastic approx 1/8 inch thick, I plugged the hole with a rubber plug and put a zip tie on motor wire that was disconnected so it can be retrieved if needed… The SPEED TEST is from a day after removing the motor drive wire leads.

Of course we are looking into running it from the 12 volt DC boat power system and maybe even mounting it “flat mount” to get rid of the post mount hanging over the side of the boat. Not sure where we will mount it, the pole holder does work okay…

For a 12v DC boat system to be able to supply power to the Starlink, you can:

  1. Leave it on the Starlink supplied router/power supply that comes with the dish. Here you need to convert 12v DC to 120V AC using a true sine wave power inverter. This equipment looses around 10% of the consumed power from your 12v system when you invert 12v to 120v and then the router/power supply from Starlink will consume another 10% when converting the 120V AC current to 48v DC to send to the dish.
  2. Or you can hack up some cables and drive the dish direct from your 12v DC system by adding a POE injector (power over ethernet) 12v to 48v DC and adding your own ethernet router to supply hot spot to boat and any cabled ethernet devices you have on boat.

We are leaning towards the hacking. A power supply can run as low as $25 USD and the POE as low as $20. A fellow user, Jim Olsen, posts on his blog where he does the hacking in an accessory ethernet connector cable you can get from Starlink for around $45 and so you don’t need to cut up your 75 foot proprietary cable that comes with your Starlink. (https://www.offgridcto.com/2022/05/23/starlink-on-pure-dc-power/). Thanks Mr. Olsen.

So the plan to convert uses the following equipment:

Voltage drop of 4 each – 24AWG conductors carrying 56 volts at around 3 amps over 150 feet (75×2) is similar cross section to 18AWG. In the calculator (https://www.inchcalculator.com/voltage-drop-calculator/) is ALMOST 6 volts…

I’ll let you two know how it works out!

Techie time:

A video that helped explain about the flat mounting of Starlink V2 from a youtuber,
jeepNtreetop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7S7fQEafB8

We are thinking of removing the rotation capability as described in this video starting around 7:15 into the video. $379 seems reasonable for the work involved if DIY… Supplier is: https://star-mountsystems.com/

At 13:35 min. into this video, we see a wire twist that (maybe) came from the antenna rotating the same direction 360 plus degrees over and over again… I’m worried this may happen more often on a boat than in other installations. That’s why we made the hole and pulled the motor wire…

Back to Boat: We did get the bronze bushings and longer 316 stainless 1/2″ bolt installed in the installed in the goose neck, hope it tightens up the boom to mast attachment:

We had a stanchion rust through at the top of the base and could not get the bits out of the base. We took it over to a fabricator in Melaque, Minimaq (address and phone can be found in Google Maps), Jaime made us a new one and machined the stuck bits from the base (only thing – it’s made from solid bar stock 😉 :

The new Hull Transmitter from Raymarine / (Tacktick) worked like a charm and we have water speed/water temp/depth information in the NMEA network from the Tacktick instruments AGAIN! We did have to go through the new item setup but we only had to put the powered hull transmitter next to the Tacktick mn100-2 display units to get the hull transmitter added to the bluetooth network.

FIN, you two get back to work!

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Slow but steady – Barra de Navidad

Two stand alone?

Or something like that.

Bahia Tennacatita to Barra de Navidad is only two to 3 hours at 5 knots direct via the iron wind. We arrived 27th December 2022 and been here since anchored in the lagoon, except for a morning run 3 miles off shore to flush the composting head (and catch a 30 inch dorado – mmmm lunch/dinner/supper). This place is a magnet, hard to get away. See Techie talk below!

Winds come up in the afternoons, sometimes over 30 knots and usually out of the NW. Here is a plot we did a few years back.

Can ge accessed here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?spn=0.022332%2C0.039697&ctz=360&t=m&mid=1rB2Id0caa3zcmMjwor-xHI_Pc3k&ll=19.19133844615164%2C-104.674862&z=16

Buyer beware the soundings we did are older now and I believe the lagoon depths may have seen some changes since then. As always use the routing way points available in most cruising guides for this area.

We got to see four vessels run aground during falling tide in the lagoon Friday the 6th of January 2023. If either of you two need waypoints, I have them from THE MEXICO CRUSING GUIDE: Pacific Mexico A Cruisers Guidebook.

Friend John W from Denver area is coming into Puerto Vallarta, we rented a car and pick him up Monday 1/9/2023. It’s about 155 miles from Barra de Navidad, (the Colima side of the lagoon) to Puerto Vallarta. 4.5 hours each way.

Techie talk:

We have been waxing the boat coach roof and cockpit area. It takes a few days to get all around the boat, cleaning then waxing. We do get some dew/condensation over night, so if you use that fresh water before it dries off you can keep the deck fairly clean.

We serviced watermaker, bypass valve was leaking so we opened it up and replaced membrane while it was opened.

We found a broken life line stanchion starboard side second back from the pulpit. Rusted through, I think we had it setup so it would not drain the salt water that got into it or something else weird! We found a fabricator in Melaque who can make us one from solid bar and also cut out the tube part that is rusted/fused inside the stanchion base. Hope to see his work this coming week.

Next week, fixing the goosnect boom to mast connection. It has been working away at the aluminum casting on the end of the boom and making the hole bigger. We now have some oil-light bushings and a drill and new 316 stainless bolt that might just do the job.

FIN

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Merry Christmas 2022

Merry Christmas you two and Happy new Year!

We have not updated since Chacala.

From Chacala south to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for a short stay then we moved down coast to Chamela Bay – Perula and now last night arrived in Tennacatita Bay.

A photo from last night in the anchorage. There are over 30 boats in Bahia Tennacatita today.

Some photos from here and there…

Some birding in Perula…

There is a new (for us) pier and boardwalk in Perula. You can run up river from the bay at pretty much any tide set and tie up at the down river end of one of the three muelles…

TECHIE TIME (Already?)

We picked up a little bigger Rocna Anchor. We have used a Rocna 15 (15 kg ) anchor for several years and found a Rocna 20 at “treasures of the bilge” in Huanacaxtle and grabbed it. Anyone need a Rocna 15? It is a hair light for a Tartan 38.

Huanacaxtle anchorage is pretty silty water and lots of stuff to feed the sea life that wants to fowl your anchor road and chain. A little steel brush and wash down spray helps but you still put some organics into the chain locker…

LiFePO4 batteries are doing well, pumps are working, new lighting we put in last year is great, but does eat the Amp Hours. We tent to use 30 AHr from sundown to lights out most nights… Water maker is doing okay, we get around 250 ppm best reading from the current membrane and we have a spare if it goes bad.

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We chased the Tacktick problem down to the hull transmitter and have a new one arriving Jan 10 with friend John from Denver. John is also bringing a propane sensor for the Trident Propane sensor/solenoid system and a couple DC breakers for the solar panel re-wiring.

FIN for a bit

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Okay today is La Cruz de Haunacaxtle…

But yesterday… You two know how you can loose a few days along the way in MX. We did a taxi into San Blas and saw sights and had lunch, stumbled around a bit looking for aguacate and returned to boats.

Some photos from the last couple days in San Blas, Matanchen Bay:

We planned to leave the following morning after picking up some potable water, we had seen a water truck on the beach around 10AM the day before and figured he might return the next day, same time.

Mexico does not work on plans so much. We went into the beach and waited around until around 10:45 and it was not the water trucks day on Las Islitas. We got back to the boat around 11:00AM.

When we returned to boat, it smelled like propane. Boat was filled with propane (heavier than air). We opened everything we could and got the smell to disperse with the help of the breeze and after a while a fan helped the cause. Then we started in on examining the the two devices that use propane. Water heater and the oven/stove. Everything had to come out of lazarets and we removed the water heater to inspect fittings, same with the oven/stove.

We gave up around 3:00 PM and decided to do without propane until we could find the leak. Can was still mostly full, all hose ends looked good, the hoses looked great, and we could not repeat the propane smell/leak again.

Always look to what you fixed last for the solution to the next problem!

Well, I didn’t fix anything this time, but I was in the aft lazaret digging for lures for rigging the fishing poles and was moving things around… Long story short, it turns out I had not removed the screw-on valve from the small green propane can that we use for the Magma Grill. I had just set the can/valve in a bucket in the aft lazaret.

IF YOU PUSH DOWN ON THE SPRING LOADED VALVE KNOB WHEN THE VALVE IS ATTACHED TO THE PROPANE CAN, IT RELEASES PROPANE.

Simple as that. I had set a bag on the bucket that held the can/valve and the pressure from the bag pressed down the valve knob and opened the propane valve to fill the boat and empty the can.

Moral of story? ALWAYS remove the screw-on valve from the propane can when not in use! I thought I knew that!

Matanchen (San Blas) which was 150 miles from Mazatlan, and we continue on to add another 75 miles and we are in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

BUT, along the way is a special little village, Chacala Nayarit. You two would really like Chacala:

A snap or two from the show-off whale crowd:

Not a whale but irrestible! (pelicans sharing with tiejeretas (frigatebirds):

Our next planned voyage is 155 miles down coast to Barra de Navidad with a couple stops along the way at Chamela Bay and maybe Tennacatita Bay. We will head out soon as we can divest of the old sails, provision and water boat.

TECHIE:

Remove the damn valve from the propane can!

FIN

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125 Nm to Matanchen

Hey guys, good to have you two back with us again.

Leaving Mazatlan is always bitter sweet. We got to visit Irimi Judo three times while there getting the boat in shape and seeing old friends and making new ones is always enjoyed. Leaving Marina Mazatlan, we waited for a high tide and at +3.5 foot tide we still saw a ten foot depth 10 ft. at the tip of the break water. We hope the dredging can clear this out in the coming weeks. This was the first time we exited the marina by sailing inside (east of) the three islands while heading south to the old harbor. We recorded a 15 foot depth where it was charted at 15 foot on the 2022 Garmin Charts. It’s nice to be able to believe your charts!

Old harbor was pretty much the same as prior years except Club Nautico is in a transition to new ownership. No one in the old staff seemed to know what the plans are for the club property but there was cleanup and demolition of some the old buildings. We hope it will still be a place for cruisers to anchor or moor and have shore access in the future. We stayed three nights and visited the city, provisioned, and saw the sights. The Olas Altas bar, Puerto Viejo, is now a hole in the ground.

We kinda miss it!

And some photos from around Mazatlan:

Leaving Mazatlan on Dec. 01 2022 we had a robust beginning to the trip, head sail only on s/v Hajime for most of the afternoon and evening. Overnight was motor sail to Isla Isabel and the next day was mostly a sailing with head and main sails from Isla Isabel to Bahia Matanchen. Total distance is about 130 Nm.

The new sails for sure added several knots to our boat speed… Joking! We did have no issues with the new sails, mostly we down winded on the jib the first half of the trip and only put the main up the last 10 hours from the island to Matanchen.

The bay is quiet and our friend Varo is still working at Alicia’s restaurant/palapas.

La Tovara boat tour in the mangroves takes you to the water springs where the sailing ships have stopped for water since the 1500’s. It is still a great trip to take for 200 peso per person. Maybe we go into San Blas before leaving…

Techie time…

Not much techie stuff, we did have all three depth sounders go on the fritz during the sail from Mazatlan. Turns out, one of them just has not been used in a couple years and we just had to add antifreeze and it now works well. And another one was a user error issue, Garmin put a “stop sounder transmission” button on the screen you use to dim the screen brightness at night, press the wrong button in the dark and oops! It tool a web search to figure it out after checking all connections, and etc. The third issue which we are still concerned about, the Raymarine Tacktick wireless system has been great for 10 years and we hope to figure out how to get the T121 Hull Transmitter back online with the Micronet Bluetooth instruments network system without having to buy a new $500 USD T121 transmitter… We will keep you two informed!

The boat sump that collects shaft log drainage and refrigerator drain and etc. was not pumping out the drain hose. The pump started but would pump no water. We changed out a couple sharp 90 deg. drain hose fittings and it seems much better. Again, time will tell.

The cork cockpit sole we put in last year has dulled in color, but still looks and feels great under foot.

We fired up the water maker and it seems to be performing well. We are only 10 gallons into the season so far. We make about a gallon an hour at around 8 amps power draw with the Katadyn 40E.

We finally removed the wind machine from its ten year location above the solar panels and we left it with the boat management company manager, Hector. It was still functional, but he shading of the solar array of three panels on the aft radar/solar panel arch would reduce the solar array power generation by half when the wind machine cast a shadow on one or more panels, which it ALWAYS did. Now we are seeing around 20 amps at 14 volts (at the best time of day) which is a lot closer to the 30 amps max possible for a 430 watt panel array.

The T121 Tack Tick (Raymarine) Hull Transmitter:

FIN

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Around Mazatlán

You two getting tired of me this season?

Thought I would post some photos from around town in the blog today. The weather has been stellar, we have been to the Irimi Judo Club a few times and it is GREAT to be back with our Mexican Judoka we have come to know and love over the years!

— saved place for promised photo from Irimi Judo Club

Here are some around the city photos:

We are off to the old harbor tomorrow to float at anchor for a bit, do some laundry, spend a day at Stone Island, finish the food shopping and prepare for the southward sail/motor. It’s an overnight to Isla Isabel from Mazatlan and then a full day to San Blas from there. San Blas to Chacala, Nayarit is 4 or 5 hours and then It’s a full day down to Banderas Bay. With a night or two stopping here and there the trip will take a week or so. Depends on weather and anchorage.

I forgot to hit post yesterday so here are some NEW SAIL photos for Bob, we shook em out on the way from Marina Mazatlán to the old harbor…

We are now anchored in the old harbor, just inside the jetty in the area in front of Club Nautica. This is free anchorage inside the jetty and the only fee was $50 peso last year ($2.50 USD). let’s see what a new year brings…

FIN

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Since we are stuck here a little longer, “Mazatlán ain’t so bad”

You two know how it is…

First and foremost, Mazatlan is busy busy, we took a couple photos on the board walk looking up the coast, lots of construction going on:

Here is a screen shot from Mazatlan tides for November 18 and 19: http://predmar.cicese.mx/calendarios/

Bottom line, high tide on 18th is at 7:05AM at 66 centimeters about 2.5 feet above mean low tide. And on the 19th high tide is at 7:03 AM and only a couple inches higher. The trend continues most of next week and beyond. So since the marina inlet/outlet is closed for dredging operations from 10PM to 10AM every day. The two named storms this season moved a lot of sand into the inlet area. We hope to try to squeak out mid week if we get all chores done and winds and waves work out. We will go south a couple hours to the old harbor and anchor for a bit before continuing the trip south towards Puerto Vallarta and points between here and there and beyond!

Some photos from boat:

Found a broken shackle on the block we use to lower the outboard motor to the dingy, just weird!

Replaced the shackles on the anchor, they have twisted around the anchor a couple times and we had not had that issue for the first 10 years they were installed. Still need safety wire on the new one!

We got the dingy motor running and went for a marina tour and saw a couple of long time residents sunning themselves on Tenacity’s solar panels…

Got the new batteries delivered, sweet, and installed then we bled the newly installed fuel line and crossed our fingers and shazam she started immediately. We ran the new shift and throttle cables up and down, forward and reverse tugging at the dock lines and she is a happy boat all ready to move off dock.

So Bob, it is hard to tell from the photos above but our new sails are loaded and ready to test. Here are photos of the sails back on July 11th spread out on the dojo floor. We just had to see them before we took them to boat:

Techie’s corner:

A quick note on LiFePO4’s (s/vHajime’s house battery bank of four 100 Amp hour LiFePO4 batteries installed in January of 2016. Here are a couple reference blog pages from s/vHajime:

There are more battery posts in the blogs, but you two get the gist of it.

  1. We installed the LiFePO4’s new in January 2016, the first capacity test was 385 Ah at 11.4 volts resting voltage in May of 2016.
  2. In Jan 2018 capacity was 320 Ah at 12.6 volts resting voltage.
  3. In Feb 2020 capacity was 290 Ah at 11.6 volts. (resting?)
  4. In April 2022 capacity is 290 Ah at 12.0 volts resting voltage.
  5. THIS TEST In November 2022 capacity is 280 Ah at 11.4v resting voltage.

Soooo not much change since the last check before the summer and my methodology is not too scientific. If we are at a place where we can afford to run the house bank empty we turn off the solar and make sure there is no shore power attached to boat and wait until the lights go out.

We have thirty-two 3.2volt 200 Ah LifePO4 cells in Denver, they would make up four – 400Ah 12v batteries and maybe change the trim of the vessel a bit. But they are in Denver!

FIN again

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Once more into the fold (and unfold)

You two especially, but anyone with a lazaret (or two) understands tis title.

Back to boatie-boat projects:

  1. Hung and admired new sails from National Sails – Rolly Tasker Sails – https://www.rollytasker.com/en/
  2. Installed a new baby solar panel on the bow to keep the windlass battery tended
  3. Changed out the pump and the old jury rigged plumbing on the potable water tank/filter/faucet
  4. Filled the potable water tanks from purchased water in 20 liter (5 gallon) containers
  5. Replaced the salt water filters with see through canisters and rebuilt pump with new pressure switch for watermaker and sink salt water faucet
  6. REPLACED CONTROL CABLES FROM Edson steering pedestal to the motor for the throttle and for the forward reverse control ( it is necessary to loosen the quadrant cables in order to lift the steering chain off the sprocket in the pedestal so that there is room enough to pull up the cable mount bracket for changing cables, it is quite the project)
  7. REPLACED THE DRIVE PLATE in the Beta 30 motor, we had a clatter noise in neutral and sent audio to Beta Marine in Gloucestershire from which they diagnosed a bad drive plate… Sounds like this happens quite a bit, replacement parts were stocked in USA and easily obtained.
  8. Replaced the diesel fuel line from the auxiliary pump to the motor (the old one was a cobble job when we originally installed the Beta 30)
  9. Ordered/received and cut to size for the forward V-berth a 2 inch mattress topper
  10. Replaced the starter batteries, one of them had run away from us and would not charge so we pulled from service last season and replaced both batteries since we run them in parallel

The big projects were the drive plate change out and the control cable replacement. The contro cables were easy to diagnose for replacement, they have been hard to work since we bought the boat in 2010. The drive plate on the other hand took sending an audio file to Beta in Gloucester England for a recommendation of the problem and solution, here is a link to the audio/video file they received: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pZRMahjFdo2DN8H79

And some photos from the other projects

We hope to be on the water in a few days, laundry is done, boat has water and fuel. We just need to stow loose bits in lockers and head for the Old Harbor for a few days then probably southward bound. We will blog as we go!

Hugs to both of you!

FIN

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Mazatlan or Bust

Hi you two, been too long!

We left Denver on 11/08/2022 around 10:30 AM local time. Stayed in Socorro NM that night and crossed the MX border about noon on the 9th at the Nogales NM Mariposa St. boarder crossing. We tried to stop at the Aduana (customs office) to pay the $800 USD tax on the items we had in the car but the customs officers were busy with another car and waved us on to the crossing. A very nice welcome to Mexico this time.

We made it to San Carlos Sonora around 5:30PM and checked in at Hotel Tetakawi in San friends we met on our first sailing adventure back in 2012 from Comox BC, Kit and Terry Rushton and they welcomed us to MX. How nice to have wise Canadian friends!!!

We made some inquiries at the Tufesa bus station and found that we could pay and extra $800 peso ($40 USD) and take 8 bags on the bus trip to Mazatlan with us so we repacked bags and added a couple and parked dropped the bags at Tufesa and then parked the car at Marina Guaymas for $60 USD per month storage fee. Car is now in a secured compound and we took a taxi to the bus terminal for the overnight (12 hours) to Mazatlan. We arrived on Friday the 11th at 10:30 AM. Took two taxis to the Marina Mazatlan with 4 bags in each taxi. Boat sweet boat.

So far out list is going well:

Rigged both NEW sails, they fit nicely, thanks National Sails – Rolly Tasker for a great job! Our sails for the 1978 Tartan 37-2 ran $4000 USD delivered to Denver. If anyone needs, I have sail sail info sheets I can send…

Head sail luff 44′-7″, Leech 38′-3″, Foot 18′-2″

Main sail luff 42′-0″, Leech 43′-8″, Foot 12′-0″

Added new solar panel to the forward windlass battery.

Changed out the salt water filters and pump for the watermaker and salt water faucet in the galley.

Rigged lines for sails and traveler and boom breaks.

Tomorrow is Monday and we have to get our TIP (temporary import permit) renewed. The TIP is a 10 year document and you can renew it within 60 days of the expiration date. It should be easy as taking the old tip (with the sticker remnants) to the military bank (Banjercito) with proof of insurance, boats registration, and etc. We will let you know if it was harder than that.

Still ahead is the drive plate replacement and the control cable replacement. Need to install new alternator too and get new starter batteries. We are now in mid check up on the LiFePO4 battery bank for capacity. Let you know on that too!

The cork looks good after being left out in the sun for the summer. Will photo all that stuff too!

Photo of boat arrival day:

Fin again

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