Stranger things happen

We talked to lots o folks, studied the weather patterns, scratched our heads, tucked our tails, and are putting the idea of heading north to bed for this season…

Friends Gil and Lexi are heading inland to do some sight seeing and will try again next in the fall…

I am heading back to San Francisco for family and friends… A bus and a plane ride away.

Storms and more storms… This model shows the storms following one after the other up the coast predicted for a 12 days out…

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After Dolores spins out up off the coast of California the northerlies fill in blowing down the Baja pacific coast …  Here are the current conditions showing we would have headwinds around 20 Knots and waves in the 4 to 8 foot range…

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FIN again

 

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Planning for a trip uo the coast…

Hey all, planning a trip from Mazatlanupthe coast to San Diego (ish) …  Here are the tools we are using tocheck the weather prior to departure.

Date 2015 Jul 17:

This is the NOAA Tropical weather outlook site…   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=epac&fdays=2

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Here isthe Navy Waveand wind model site:

https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/wxmap_cgi/cgi-bin/wxmap_loop.cgi?area=efs_ww3m_epac&dtg=2015071700&prod=raw-ensm-sig_wav_ht&tau=000&set=EFS

Note the date in the link, it should change to the current date when you try it… Below is youtube link to screen of 240 hour loop…  Looks like another system follows as Delores moves up the coast…

And here is a youtube of the Maxsea program running a simulation combining the route from Mazatlan toEnsenada with GRIB data from UGRIB…

We notice that after the storm passes the winds on the outside of the Baja seen to kick up pretty strong northerlies…  Along with the storm swell, not favorable conditions for beating up the coast…

SOOOOO  we may not embark right away, we will , however, wait and see if the storm that MAY follow Delores WILL actually develop?

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Koog Zaandijk Bet yo can’t say that 3 times fast

After Paris, Champagne, Mont Saint Michel, Paris again we bussed up to Amsterdam and 20 minute train up to Koog Zaandijg…

Here are links to some photos, we hope:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/131741198@N04/mz0j80

https://www.flickr.com/photos/131741198@N04/shares/xAH4vK

https://www.flickr.com/photos/131741198@N04/shares/naR7Y0

And here are some if the link is bad:

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Paris and beyond…

So… 15 days since last post, a lot of water under the keel since then…  Our itinerary for the trip MEX – ESP –  FRA – NED. and we are now in NED, actually Jess booked a B&B outside the city of Amsterdam and so far so good! We are in Koog-Zaandijk…  A poor attempt at a map: 2015 Europe trip Prior post got us up to first few days in Paris.  Paris was FINE, we saw sights, ate some pretty good food and had some memorable times with family .  Our host (B&B ) , Jean or John? was most gracious.  We will recommend any time, however, he is booked for the next 3 years so we hear?  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/548675?s=PMEv Some more photos of Paris, Champagne – Reims, Granville – Mont Saint Michel: The Aristons from Brouillet, Champagne… Old and dear friends of Frank’s…

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Paris in spring time

LINK to photo page,,,

https://plus.google.com/u/0/101560568353577477518/stories/b6c84ddb-a90f-3cae-8bb7-fbe680af51a114d42badda5?cfem=1

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FIN

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Barcelona day two and three…

We have been here a couple days, today we took the bus tour around the city, takes 3 or 4 hours minimum to do the whole thing.  You can get off and back on as many times as you want, buses come around to each of the 37 stops once every 10 to 15 minutes…

http://www.barcelonacitytour.com/

I am still putting all my photos up on Google+ site at link below, but I’ll still load a few here too…  When you link to the Google+ photos below, it comes up in “Highlights” mode, if you NEED TO see ALL OF THEM just hit the “All photos” tab!

https://plus.google.com/photos?referrer=GPU&ruid=101560568353577477518

The AirB&B room is FINE, and only 35 steps up from the street level… here are some photos:

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Our room location is marked “21 Apr-25 Apr” and is  just under the “r” in Barcelona on the map below…

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So did you know that April 23 is St George Day “Dia de Sant Jordi” in Barcelona, where every boy is suppose to give his girl a rose and every girl is suppose to give her boy a book?  There are 6 million roses sold in Barcelona today alone!  Mine was only 3.5 euro…

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And every one of the 6 million rose buyers are on the streets of Barcelona today.

Here are a few photos of the sights from the tour bus.  We did not get off of the bus at too many places today, tomorrow we will do a couple places and take our time…

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FIN

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Long time NO BLOG

Hello all, it has been a long time with no blog…  So here it is!

We have been in Mazatlan since 2/19/2015, Jess went back to Palo Alto and returned here 4/6/2015.  We left Mazatlan on 4/19 for a trip to Europe.  Be back 5/20!

Bye bye boat sweet boat…  See ya in a month!

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So long shrimp and coconut pizza dinner…

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After a couple bus rides (9 or so hours) we are in Puerto Vallarta:

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Plane from PV to Mexico City to Madrid, took about 14 hours including the stop in Mexico City…  Jess in Madrid.

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Look, Barcelona!

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It has buses too:

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And the cigarette machines are flat screen, digital devices, WHAT IS THAT!

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We arrived in Barcelona around 6PM 4/21/2015 and took a but to city center, walked 7 blocks then up 35 steps to the roof top (ish) B&B from AirB&B…

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We are getting up after a 12 hour nap and will tour this fair city … More later…

FIN

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Stone Island tour … Stone Island tour…

“The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,the Skipper brave and sure, five passengers set sail that day, for a three hour tour, a three hour tour…” Don’t know what made me think of that?

We left the boat today for a free day, nothing on the boat needed fixed today!  WOO HOO! KNOCK WOOD!  So off we went in search of adventure, careful what you wish for!  No actually it was a lovely day filled with little pleasant surprises.

Not sunny, but a lovely SKY:

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A cruise ship was in harbor from Los Angeles.  A couple from the ship told us that it was a great time and good buy at $500 USD for a 7 day cruise from L.A. to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas then back!

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From the Club Nauticio landing here in the Old Harbor Mazatlan we walked a bit up the road and found the 30 peso shuttle boat from here over to the other side of the harbor, Isla Piedra or Stone Island.

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A short walk, directly across the road from the dock on Stone Island and you take a foot path directly down to the North end of the beach… The beach is full of Palapas (palm frond covered beach restaurants) ….  Just Kinda pick one and have a nice breakfast, we chose El Velero ( The Sailboat) of course, walk the beach for a while and return to the palapa for lemonade or lunch or what ever…

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We found a garden, new to stone island, and had a lovely walk through.  A waiter at El Valero said the project is a white elephant?  we are not sure of the context, he also used the phrase “to laundry” so we are not sure what it is all about.  I think the gardens are the start of a housing/condo  development.  The waiter said he hopes it will not change the beach too much.  Us too!  It is called Amaitlan.  I found some info on the WEB?

http://www.amaitlan.mx/wp/begin/           http://www.amaitlan.mx/wp/?p=1

Some photos of the gardens:

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Back here from Stone Island  on the boat shuttle and we found the bathrooms here at Club Nautico and we explored a bit…  not much here, maybe a cold shower, paper in the bathroom…

When we checked in and paid 50 peso for the dinghy docking fees per day the attendant said there was wifi too but we can’t see the AP from the boat, even with my super duper antenna.  He did pick up the router from under his desk to write down the password off the back of the router for us so maybe there is no real attempt to serve the harbor from there…

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Back to the boat for and we were called out for a quick bouncing ride across the harbor to lend a hand to a run-away sailing vessel by another anchored cruiser we passed.  A sailboat had it’s anchor drag today as the winds kicked up above 15 Knots…

All was well, it caught it’s self before running onto the rocks on the lee side of the harbor near the entrance.  Several of the cruisers at anchor here lent a hand, got onboard let out a little more scope and called the harbor master for help.  Harbor master sent over a boat to tow them back to the anchorage!

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FIN again

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At PLAY(a) in Mazatlan

Pictures worth…

I did finally get the Katadyn Powersaver 40e seals replaced and I found the stuff from Gary’s website

http://ishipaco.com/katadyn/

invaluable…  Used the video as a guide and it worked out well…

We got back to the INM offices and Jess got her fingerprints done, my application  is on hold somewhere in Mexico City…  They say it happens…

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Frinnds on svSunday Gil and Lexie from San Diego too, had us up to dinner in the condo … Very nice evening with good friends!

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A Sunday brunch with Federico, Aida, Mario and Javier and a half day at the beech and some site seeing in the Old Town, Mazatlan:

Jess found cotton growing on the hillside near Mr Lionso’s at Playa Bruja

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Limonade and coco to get out of the sun…

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The old opera house in el centro…

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FIN

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Mazatlan third time ROUND

History

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!

http://www.activemarinemazatlan.com/       http://www.rafasboatservices.com/

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!

Judo

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

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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!

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We did get out Sunday to Playa Bruja, for a lovely shrimp and mango margarita feed!  And as always met lots of Canadians!

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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!

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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…

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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.

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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!

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Making Water from dock hose bib, we filter going into tanks.

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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

The Katadyn Model 40E Waternaker

Moved KAYAKS from aft by cockpit to forward around dinghy.

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Need to take some more photos!

FIN

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