Guaymas – Urologist 2019

Hi ALL, or,  Hi to the two of you!

Going to do this blog for those of you “guys” in my age group who have not had any urologist visits yet!  Or at least not had one in Mexico.

If not a guy or not interested? I’ll blog some neat boat stuff in a few days…  We are in the yard working away on s/v Hajime.

We arrived in Guaymas November 12. Jim had had two rounds of 14 day antibiotics and could not get over a UTI (urinary track infection).  We spent the 13th calling around for a Urologist and found DR BRAULIO ALFREDO MACIAS and we could see him on the 14th at 3:00 PM.  I say we, Jessica called the doctors and set up the appointments and I would have died without her…  The Doctor explained three laboratory tests he wanted and how they would help tell what the problem was,  a UTI or any prostate problem which might be on the scale of “Okay no problems”  to “cutting off your ba__s!”.  Jessica said, “No, ahí es donde se mantiene el cerebro en la mayoría de los hombres.”

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Jess got the tests scheduled for the 14th AM and PM and we planned on seeing the doctor  again with the results in hand later on the 15th. Tests were PSA blood test, Urine analysys and an ultrasound of the bladder and prostate.

However, as usual, plans don’t always work out.  Jim popped a fever overnight and we got the blood test/urine analysis at 8:00 AM and went to see the Dr.  ( an extra visit ).   He glanced at the PSA of 10.4 and mumbled “ay carum…”, stopped himself then and talked some more about removing testicles ( and the prostate ).  He wrote prescriptions for antibiotics and a couple prostate meds to help peeing and the like.  Said to come back with the results of the ultrasound, he would be in the office until 8:00 PM.

We went for the ultrasound at 6:30PM  and then back to the Dr. and were relieved that there was no indication of cancer in the ultrasound and that we will re-test the PSA after the the antibiotics are done in 20 days.  He wrote the prescription for the next PSA blood test for Dec 04.

Neat things in Mexico medical services. The lab and office hours seem to be more available for working folks. The labs hand you the results and you take them to the doctor.  After reviewing the results, the doctor takes some notes and returns your labs to you for safe keeping…

The Dr. took time to explain the workings of the prostate, the common things that happen to all of us (males) as we age, the meaning of the PSA levels (normal is 0 to 4.5, 10.4 is “ay carumba!”.  That infection can elevate the PSA level. What they look for in the ultrasound; bladder wall thickness, complete emptying of bladder during urination, and homogeneity vs. granularity of prostate gland and size of prostate.

My ultrasound showed some “bright spots”  likely calcification in the prostate and all bladder not emptying completely.  No likely signs of cancer and that its OK to keep my testicles for a bit longer…

In US terms the cost seems pretty reasonable.  Urologist office visit $600 MN per visit (3 visits).  The PSA and urine test $285 MN.  The ultrasound $450 MN and the medications were highest at $3070 MN for the lot (14 days Ciprofloxacino 500mg and 30 days Finasterida 5mg and 30 days Tamsulosina 0.4mg).  NOTE:  Medical system got $2535 MN ($133 USD) and drug companies got $3070 MN ($160 USD).

Total cost was $5605 MN ($ 293 USD).  Would have been $30 USD less without the 3rd Dr. visit we needed since I got a fever overnight.  I figure it was money well spent for the peace of mind on the whole testicle thing and the helping with the fever and the burning when you pee!

Probably enough for now.  We are on boat being eaten alive by mosquitoes (zancudos) and proceeding with the list plus a few other things.  I’ll put up photos in the next blog in a few days.  This one did not deserve much in the way of photos, specially with the testicle removal talk and all…

Boat in in yard, Marina Guaymas, bottom star in map below.


AJ and Jim drove to Benson AZ Sunday 11th Nov. and stayed the night. And then continued driving to Hermasillo to pick up Jeana and Jessica who flew from Denver on 12th Nov. and stayed the night.  We all rode in AJ’s car to San Carlos/Guaymas on Tuesday 13th Nov.










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Ready for boat, it’s fall 2019!

Hello again everyone, or,  both of you!

We are getting ready to pack up and head for Guaymas/San Carlos in November.  We’ve collected lots of STUFF to feed the boat.

MX Guaymasmapsonora



  1. NEW STANDING RIGGING – We are going synthetic!
  2. PAINT – We are having the bottom and freeboard re-painted by the yard in Guaymas at Marina Guaymas.  Gabriel Larios has been communicating with us via emails very well!  We commissioned the bottom and freeboard for $350 and $1500 (plus materials).  I’ll let you know what the final invoice comes to…
  3. MAST – We will un-step the mast in order to silence the cable slapping we have (ENJOYED?) for the past nine years.  Then re-step it with NEW STANDING RIGGING.
  4.  ALTERNATOR – We have replaced a pulley on the spare alternator and secured a remote adjustable voltage regulator that will work on both the alternators (original and spare).
  5. Dingy Wheels for the new dinghy!
  6. Replacing the solar charger/controller “Battery tender” for the windless battery in the bow.
  7. Outboard hydrofoil stabilizer (since the test parts we made last spring worked so well) we decided to buy a real one!
           “MARINA GUAYMAS”
Boat´s dry storage, work yard

           (011) (52) 622 22 1 72 00

Synthetic standing rigging PLAN –

We have chosen 5/16″ dia.  (Dynice Dux – Diameter : 8mm) from Jimmy Green Marine. 100 Meters (328 feet) ran us £ 594.95 ($760 USD) delivered, (£ 550 plus delivery).   Design requirement was for 246 feet of line (includes splices, thimbles and turnbuckles).

Also decided to keep the turnbuckles in the standing rigging system so we had to come up with different top ends for the turnbuckles.  Lots of choices!


I’ve drawn up the following rigging plan to make sure.  We need to take everything we need for the job since it’s pretty hard to get STUFF for a sailing vessel in MX…
We chose 8mm:  5/16″ dia.  1×19 316 stainless wire has a breaking strength of approx. 6.8 ton.  The 8mm Dynice Dux specs at 9.9 ton linear and 8.9 ton spliced.  Strength should be no issue and we will take care of the creep and/or stretch with the planned attachment system.
For the attachment system, the big issue is can you live with JUST TURNBUCKLES, ours have about six inches adjustment in them, or do you need more adjustment to help you draw out any splice originated construction stretch you plan to have.  We are thinking to get about 6 inches per end of construction stretch.  So we added the 8 to 1 – 1/8 in. dia. dyneema line  planning about 12 to 16 inches of take-up. (works like a 8 to 1 block and tackle…  The 1/8 inch dyneema is spec. at one ton breaking strength so it should take 8 ton in the configuration we designed.


So at the turnbuckle end, red in drawing below, the boat has 1/2″ and 5/8″ clevis pins attaching to the boat chain plates.  We purchased  1/2″ and 5/8″ Left Hand threaded Toggles to allow us to wrap the 1/8″ dyneema around the upper Clevis pins.
The 1/8″ dia.  dyneema (blue in drawing) will wrap over the 1/2 in.  or 5/8 in. dia. clevis pin in the turnbuckle.  Eight strands should hold 8 ton.
At the lower end of the stay a thimble is spliced to the Dynice Dux (white in drawing) and the 1/8 in. dia. line wraps through the heavy duty 316 stainless thimble.  The 5/16 in. dia.  Dynice Dux line is spliced around the 5/16 in.  thimbles with a brummel splice and an approx. 70x bury.
Note in the “detail at upper thimble” see drawing below “upper thimble”, we found a spacer with 1″ OD and 1/2 or 5/8 ID 1/23 thick in 316 stainless that we can insert into the thimble at the upper end mast connection clevis pins. (it just felt like the right thing to do for $6 a piece for the spacers)…
And if we get all the construction stretch out of the system and eliminate the 1/8 dyneema from the system, we can pin the lower thimbles to the turnbuckles. So we purchased extra spacers for that end connection too.
Detail at lower turnbuckle:
Detail at lower thimble:
Detail at upper thimble:
rigg2  rigg5  from –
We have collected all the parts: LH thread toggle turnbuckle ends ( we have RH in case we guessed wrong) thimbles, 5/16 Dynice Dux, 3mm dyneema, 1.5 mm dyneema, 1 in. dia. 1/2 inch thick spacers for the thimbles, chafe guard, and etc…

Cost estimate:

RH toggles (includes 2ea – 1/2″ Turnbuckles complete) and 1/2″ RH toggles 4ea and 5/8″ and RH toggles 3ea  36+110+168=$314 USD
LH (just in case toggles)  1/2″ 4ea and 5/8″ 3ea  95+175= $290 USD
8mm Dynice Dux 328′ $760 USD
3mm dyneema 238′ $71 USD
2.8mm Dyneema 7/64″ 120′ $24 USD
Project total = $1459 (and maybe rebate on the $290 LH toggles) would NET= $1169 USD plus 16% MX tax ($233 USD) at the border…
All that’s left now is to go to the boat, drop the mast, measure the steel stays we are replacing, splice up the dynice dux stays and hang them on the mast ready for re-stepping.  We have a 14gauge insulated wire to place inside the backstay for an antenna for the SSB radio.


We chose IMRON for freeboard painting… For primer we use International Intertuf 2 or 3 coats (sometimes more), and about paint 3 or 4 coats IMRON.
We chose Americoat ABC#3, probably blue or what ever color they come up with for bottom painting…


We pulled out the soft foam ties that were around the cables running from the cabin to the masthead back in 2010 when we re-worked the boat in Napa, CA.  Oops! The cables have been slapping inside the mast ever since.
The plan is to put the cables into PE pipe insulation or use heavy duty wire ties in a constellation of 4 or 5 ties at 3 foot intervals (or so) along the length of the cables. The tails of the wire ties will stick out from the wire bundle like porcupine quills  and hold the cable away from slapping the inside of the mast????   IT’S A PLAN!
Something like this guy did in the photo below:
We have two VHF and a 14×3 to mast head and one 14×2 to midmast…


After the “on the alternator” adjustable regulator we tried last spring concept seemed to work for us.  We took the summer and put the correct pulley on the spare alternator and rigged up a remote mount adjustable regulator for ease of access for adjusting in the future (if necessary).  We will mount the adjustable regulator where it can be accessed without stopping the engine and loosening the alternator to swing it into a place to access the adjustment screw.

This is not a perfect solution, it tends to reduce the charge current before you might want it reduced for the LiFePO4 batteries in our house system but seems to work for us since we get most of our battery charge from solar and not the alternator.  We really just needed to limit the maximum charge voltage from the alternator on long motoring sessions.

Parts are from:

Dingy Wheels:

Davis Wheel-A-Weigh Standard Launching Wheels from Overton’s.


“Battery tender”:

Outboard hydrofoil:


All kinds of work to do this season.  Plans?    Andrew Carmer and Jim are driving down to Guaymas around Nov. 10 and Jeana and Jessica are flying to Hermosillo in Sonora via Guadalajara in Jalisco on the 11th.  We have a B&B for a week in San Carlos. The kids will return to USA after a week or so via Andrew’s car.

We are probably headed south out of Guaymas/San Carlos when we are ready and floating again.  Hope to take only a couple weeks from arrival to launch??? 

Sounds like the El Nortes are evil in the N. Sea in the winter. So back to Mazatlan, San Carlos, Puerto Vallarta/ La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Tinnicatita, Barre de Navidad. 

Once we proof the new rigging, maybe we will keep going this year or maybe next year. San Salvador ( there is a rally from the PV area), farther finds Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama… All of these seem to be South of the Hurricane zone for the winter months…

Saw this on a WINDY.COM email it’s a great APP on Android and IOS


Rigging info from:


Upper shrouds – 1×19 5/16 316 stainless, 5/8th pin. 44 feet long.
fwd lowers 1/4″ – 23′ 10 1/4″. 1/2″ pin
Aft lowers 1/4″ -24′ 1/4″. 1/2″ pin
Backstay – 5/16″ 48 feet however I have a rather long turnbuckle connector on the back stay so could be 2 feet longer without that. 5/8″ pin
Forestay is 46′ 5/16″. lower stud is a Harken furl long swage stud. 5/8″ pin.

Mainsail, 115? length, 7/16? diameter (OEM was pre-streched 3/8″ diameter dacron);
Headsail, 115? length, 7/16? diameter (OEM was 7 x 19 SS 3/16″ wire and 7/16″ diameter dacron);
Spinnaker, 120? length, 7/16? diameter.
The main sheet length is a function of the number and location of the blocks on the boom and traveler, which varies amoung different T37s. The mainsheet diameter is a function of the winch (my Lewmar 16 self tailing one speed requires a 3/8″ diameter, which is smaller than the OEM 7/16″ diameter).
The genoa sheets are a function of the size of the headsail, which varies amoung different T37s, since the length has to be sufficient for example to run from the starboard winch around the forward shrouds to the clew when the genoa is on the starboard tack with the sail on the port side fully extended. The genoa sheet diameter is a function of the winch (my Anderson 46 self tailing two speed require a 1/2 diameter, which is smaller than the OEM 9/16″ diameter).
The reef lines are 3/8″ diameter and length is a function of the number of reefs.
The centerboard pennant is 30′ pre-streached dacron 3/8″ diameter.
Centerboard tag line is 3/8″ dacron.
Flag halyard is 1/8″ nylon.
The main boom topping lift was 7 x 19 vinyl coated wire 1/8″ diameter.
There was also a main boom topping pennant that was 5/16″ dacron. Jay.

Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type:Fin with rudder on skeg
Rigging Type:Masthead Sloop
LOA:37.29 ft / 11.37 m
LWL:28.50 ft / 8.69 m
Beam:11.75 ft / 3.58 m
S.A. (reported):667.00 ft2 / 61.97 m2
Draft (max):6.75 ft / 2.06 m
Draft (min):
Displacement:15,200 lb / 6,895 kg
Ballast:7,500 lb / 3,402 kg
Ballast Type:Lead
First Built:1976
Last Built:1989
# Built:
Builder:Tartan Marine (USA)
Designer:Sparkman & Stephens

Auxiliary Power/Tanks (orig. equip.)

Water:60 gals / 227 L
Fuel:25 gals / 95 L (50 gal in Hajime)

Sailboat Calculations

Comfort Ratio:28.35
Capsize Screening Formula:1.90

Rig and Sail Particulars

I:50.00 ft / 15.24 m
J:16.00 ft / 4.88 m
P:44.50 ft / 13.56 m
E:12.00 ft / 3.66 m
S.A. Fore:400.00 ft2 / 37.16 m2
S.A. Main:267.00 ft2 / 24.81 m2
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles)667.00 ft2 / 61.97 m2
S.A./Disp. (calc.):17.46
Est. Forestay Len.:52.50 ft / 16.00 m

Sailboat Links

s/v Hajime is a Tartan38 with a Tartan37 single spreader rig.


Same hull as the TARTAN 37(S&S) but with deeper fin keel and taller rig.

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Denver, you can’t sail to Denver!

Things went pretty well for us on the trip to Guaymas/San Carlos in Sonora MX.  Four days/3 nights from Mazatlan, following seas (mostly) and a little sailing wind. We did have a bit of an issue with motor overheating, but the spare thermostat took care of it (last post tells all).

More sunrises and sunsets, of course!  Maybe a little fog.



After arrival, a few phone calls got us a haul-out date at Marina Guaymas (Gabriel’s) and a reservation for 3 days at the Guaymas Fonatur Marina.  We were not sure the new dingy was going to fit inside the cabin for storage, but it slid right in (last thing to store).

San Carlos to Guaymas was a little of a rocky ride, maybe 4 hours but Guaymas harbor was very quiet, Fonatur was an easy docking.



Cleaned up boat and ready for haul-out. Hauling was a breeze, we had to drop the front stay but it only took half an hour or so.  The travel lift at Marina Guaymas is a little smaller than ones we have seen in the past.


Soon as we had a haul out date we got on with scheduling a bus to Phoenix and airline to Denver.  Haul out was scheduled for 10:00 AM May 03, bus for 5:00PM same day and airline for 11:50 AM the next day May o4. 2019.

FIN  (for the summer?)


Fonatur Marina dock rental was $256  MX per day for 3 days totaled $42 USD

Marina Guaymas Haul out , pressure wash, and 3 months yard storage was $612 USD

What happened to the sun ( photo from back door in Denver)


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WORKING our way to Guaymas, Sonora

Plans and more plans

Hi all,  we are not in Puerto Vallarta anymore.  Somos en Guaymas, Sonora MX.

Adios old friend

Before leaving La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, we decided to invest in a dinghy.  Matte, our Walker Bay 8, by name, was having trouble supporting the Mercury 5 HP 2 stroke we bought a couple years ago.

Friends on s/v Landfall had a great family, Boca, for placing the Walker Bay 8 with sail kit and water wings.  Very sad to see her go, but to a family made us feel better…

Standing in on our fore deck is a new addition to the family, names “Yoshi”.  Welcome!

Of course it needed a hydrofoil…

The new dink did not get up and plane the way we would like and before spending dollars on a hydrofoil kit, we decided to make one from a piece of HDPE  and some sawing and drilling and tapping and screws and washers and VIOLA!

It took a count to 15 seconds or so prior to installing the hydrofoil for the dink to plane with one person on board and now it takes maybe a 7 second count.  Better!  May be worth the cost…


We left La Cruz de Huanacaxtle before sunrise in the morning and decided to make the run to Mazatlan.  PV to Mazatlan was 30 hours or so.  We stayed just long enough to make sure the weather was good, changed the oil and today after 3 nights out motoring and sailing we are in San Carlos Bay, just outside of Guaymas in Sonora MX.

Both legs of the trip were pretty great.  Following winds and seas for the most part.  Some really nice sunsets and sun rises ( I had sunset shift and missed most of the sun rises).

The plans

The “plan” is to haul out at Marina Guaymas and do some work on the boat.  Probably will schedule the work for this summer:

The list:

  1. Un-step the mast and change out a wire and take care of the cable slapping sounds in the mast.
  2. See if there is a rigger in Guaymas and check to see if our standing rigging is good to go another 9 years…  If not replace the standing rigging.
  3. Sand and Paint the bottom of Hajime.
  4.  Repack the shaft log.
  5. Maybe replace the sole teak in the cockpit.

Techie (sure)…

Last couple blogs find me bragging about the spare alternator and the really neat way to put an adjustable regulator on it!  Well every silver lining hits the coffin with a nail, or something like that…  The regulator does work.  I, however, chose an alternator with one not enough ridges in the belt pulley and it sort of fit the motor (almost) properly.


So when the motor started to overheat on leaving Mazatlan for Guaymas / San Carlos, of course, it must have been something to do with the last thing we changed on the motor…

Soooo underway we changed the alternator back to the original one that came with the motor.  I did move the adjustable regulator to the OE alternator though!

Fired up the motor and it seemed to work fine for a couple hours so we pointed the bow north again and aimed for Guaymas.

A day later after sailing for a time we began motoring as winds died and she over heated once again.  Huh?  Maybe the belt that was worn from the incorrect pulley was an issue?

So we replaced the belt and the overheating continued…

I know, I know, THERMOSTAT!

It should have been the first choice in the logic tree for the intermediate problem of overheating.  We changed out the thermostat and it is holding fine.

Part of making this item the last part we chose to replace was because  I was not sure where it went on the motor.

Turns out, it goes here (see photo) and changes out in 10 minutes with a 1/2 inch wrench!:


Need to get a mechanical manual for the Beta 30.  If anyone has one, let me know!

On arrival:

Of course margaritas and Jess made a fantastic pizza!  Yes after 4 days and three nights on the water and waves… PIZZA!  NICE!



Part numbers to remember:


Oil Filter 211-60390 SKU: 211-60390.Categories: .Tag: DESCRIPTION Oil Filter for Beta 28-38   (except remote oil filter) cross reference # wix 51344/ kubota 16271-32090 Fram PH3593A Fram PH9688

Belt PIX-X’ceed 6 PK 1038. ANTISTATIC. OIL & HEAT RESIDENT.     Or optibelt 6 PK 1038  (1040 would fit fine)

Air Filter 211-08132 19.80 SKU: 211-08132.Categories: .Tag: DESCRIPTION  Air Filter for All Beta 14-38 with Plastic Body ONLY from Mar 2011; (NOT Beta35-38  during year 2011 only- use 211-08133)  – hifi filter SA 19704  4″ tall 4″ OD 2.75″ ID, closed one end. is OK


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Back to Banderas bay, new dinghy, stuff

In general, things are going well:

We are back in Banderas Bay near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.  If you have not seen “Gringo Mariachi”  yet?  Find it and watch it, it is so Mexico!  (

New dinghy:


Woohoo the new alternator regulator experiment did what we needed for the LiFePO4 batteries!

Batteries are working well, we did not have to mess with shunting the charge manually to the starter batteries using the battery selector switch this last long motor up from Tenacatita to Banderas Bay. Yeah!  The alternator stops cranking out amps at about 13.6 volts, right where we want it!  It took 4 or 5 trial and error adjustments of the potentiometer on the regulator to get it correct.


Side trip:

We had Jess’ brother Alex and Sister in law Joann on boat 8 days then we side tripped up to Ciudad Colima, was great time had by all, catching up with some photos – finally got em developed…


We got the Katadyn 40E watermaker working again, we were so jealous of the 40 gallon per hour that s/v Nellie Jo were making in Bahia Tenacatita, had to fire up out 40 gallon per day unit!

We are working on getting to Guaymas, Sonorain order to put the boat up so we can get back to it easier from Denver through Phoenix flights from Denver.  Thinking of bottom paint and un-stepping the mast and maybe replacing standing rigging this year.

Fin again for now…


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Adjustable regulator on an internally regulated alternator…

Adjustable regulator on an internally regulated alternator…


Why? You ask:

After we put the LiFePO4 batteries on the boat we had to address the three charging systems:

First we changed the solar charger over to a programmable controller.

Second we changed the shore power battery charger over to a programmable charger.

These changes allowed us to set the max charge voltage at around 13.6 to 13.8 volts on these devices following the guidelines for LiFePO4 batteries to charge them to an 80 percent voltage at around 13.6 volts.

So with two of the three charge systems on the boat automated such that we can not mess up the LiFePO4 batteries by overcharging them, we started the search for an alternator and regulator system to allow us to limit the charge voltage to around 13.6 to 13.8 volts as well.

An alternator must be connected to a battery.  A simple alternator regulator senses the voltage in the battery and can stop producing power when a target voltage is met, most regulators are built for automotive applications and lead acid batteries and set the regulation voltage at around 14.2 to 14.5 volts.  There are also fairly expensive “SMART” regulators which are helpful for lead acid batteries but the expense seems a waste for LiFePO4 batteries since you don’t need the four charging stages you get in a “smart” regulator/alternator system for these types of batteries.

With all that in mind we went looking for a simple adjustable regulator for our alternator and found one.  They make internal and external alternator regulators with a potentiometer or variable resistor on board which allows you to set the cut out voltage in the regulator to between 13.6 and 14.5 volts.  Our goal was 13.6 to 13.8 volts for the maximum charge voltage from the alternator into the LiFePO4 batteries.  This is in the range of 80 to 90 percent charge in the batteries and popular belief is that if you do not charge above these levels the life of the batteries can be extended considerably beyond 3000 cycles.

I found a Beta spec.  alternator on ebay, the pulley is a bit smaller and it is a 70 AMP alternator.  The one on S/V Hajime is a 120 AMP OE from Beta Marine.

PC161065 (Copy)

Found an adjustable regulator for Bosch style alternators online:

Dave Barton has external and internal regulator kits, answers emails, ships promptly, what more can you ask?:


After unpacking and opening the new alternator and looking at the old fixed voltage regulator and the new adjustable voltage regulator I decided to solder the (+) lead from the rectifier trio to the new regulator and install it into the 70 AMP alternator.


Today we installed the new 70 amp alternator on s/v Hajime.

Why? You ask would we go from a vroom vroom 120 AMP alternator all the way down to a 70 AMP alternator.  Honestly, over the last 4 years with the Beta 30 in s/v Hajime and with the 120 AMP alternator, regardless of load, we never saw over 45 AMP output from the 120 AMP alternator.  So I guess it’s putt putt for us.

The old alternator had a D+ stud and the new one has a D+ spade connector, but other than that install was straight forward.  We may have to adjust the tachometer to get the RPM reading a little better, it looks to be reading higher than out hand held tachometer tester.


I set the potentiometer as low as possible and in the initial test run it reduced output to around 2 AMPS at a voltage at around 13.35 volts.  I turned the potientiometer about 1/4 turn and it was still reducing 14 AMP draw when I shut down the engine at around 13.45 volts.  We will leave it there and see where we are and if it works as planned?

Alternator was 140 Pound Sterling and the regulator was $25.6 USD.  ANd we needed a spare alternator anyway!


Some alternator diagrams and info:

Click to access Alternator_Secrets.pdf


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s/v Hajime CAN carry 4 people and not be found floundering years later with all aboard mysteriously missing at sea…

Quite the title, but it works…

We went up to Denver on the 4th of March 2019 to work at the USA Judo Youth Nationals and then at the Denver Spring Judo Tournaments.  It’s good to volunteer for good causes.

Returned to Puerto Vallarta with Jess’ brother Alex and sister in law Joanne in tow.  We spent a couple nights at dock in Marina Vallarta provisioning and preparing the boat after a couple weeks away and then struck off (on a Friday with bananas on-board) for parts south.

One overnight and we found Chamela Bay and the village of Perula.

We stayed a couple nights then a day sail down to Tennacatita Bay and caught up with friends James and Denna on s/v Nellie Jo.

Stayed a couple nights and on to Barre de Navidad with a lunch stop in Cuesta Camate.

The water taxi still runs, the French Baker is still active and there are few cruisers in town.  The marina looks near deserted of cruisers and the lagoon has fewer than 10 boats.

We will put the boat into the marina here at Barre de Navidad it is called Marina Puerto de la Navidad on the charts:

Marina Puerto de la Navidad

We are off to Ciudad de Colima via ETN bus for a couple days sight seeing and bird watching leaving tomorrow,Barre to Colima

and then Alex and Joanne will head for Puerto Vallarta from Colima City and we will return to Barre to continue the season.

Colima to PV.JPG

Techie time:

Below is a listing of stuff brought back to the boat this trip to Denver and some notes on parts fixed already…

The air breeze

Wind generator blades do seem a lot quieter, yeah!  I did feed the special 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut to Neptune on disassembly and cursed quite a bit.

Then after being ask, by our new landsmen sailor apprentices, weather or not I had a spare 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut I promptly ripped out the spares kit where one would have been if I had one, knowing full and well there was no way I had something like that in order to show them NOT to question the boat skipper like that right after he made such a grand sacrifice to the god of the sea….

And low and behold…  It did get reassembled with the spare 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut that I knew I did not have in that spares kit!

So between the new circuit board we installed in December and these blades it is running pretty well.  I saw 6 amps on the amp meter attached to it the other day in around 18 to 20 knot winds

Adjustable internal regulator alternator

Have not tried new spare adjustable alternator yet.  That is a blog by it’s self.

Airhead composting toilet seat replacement:

My bad I did not look at the Airhead web sight

for the different seat configurations.  I emailed the same fellow we bought from in 2010.  In my defense, he sent a new seat without asking if it was marine or household…

The household is a bigger bigger seat, however,  from a study of the dimension-ed photos  I removed the old plastic brackets from the 2010 Airhead mucked up the screw holes with some 5200 and drilled holes into the plastic toilet and through bolted with 1/4-20 and lock nuts from the original assy. and added stainless washers both sides.  Seems sound!



Mexico March 20 2019
70 amp alternator 179.86 1 ea
collinite wax $31.33 1 lot of 2
cut resist gloves $8.18 1 pair
hose clamps $9.69 1 lot of 10
sew light $10.99 1 ea
howard sun shield $12.48 1 lot of 2
150 gpd water filter $88.50 1 5 piece set+conn
air breeze blades $119.99 1 lot of 3
Strainers missed delivery 0 1 lot of 2
1/4-3/8 fittings $8.18 1 lot of 5
sew machine case $29.99 1 ea
1/4-3/8 fittings $9.19 1 lot of 5
toilet seat $60.00 1 seat+ hinges
18″ battery cables $23.58 1 lot of 2
pfds $299.98 1 lot of 2
radio $46.99 1 ea
hammer drill $0.00 1 ea
air fittings(2), gloves,solder $29.22 1 lot 4+2+1+1
air regulator $23.00 1 ea

FIN for Now

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Weather or knots…

Been pretty slow going

We just been tooling around Banderas Bay, stayed a bit at Punta de Mita.  It was our first time ashore there.  It is a different little town and not at all what we expected.  When seen from the boat, you see the resorts on the water on the west side of the point.  But the town is a classic Mexican village, with a lot of gringos mulling around.  When leaving after a couple days of 20+ knot blows we sailed south across the bay, motored east a little then sailed west back to La Cruz.

Saw, from the water, places we hiked a couple years back…

Bad photo but we been floating past the end of dock 11 at the marina for last few weeks and it finally hit us what’s wrong with this picture???  The dredge SANK!  The dock crew are trying to float it with bladders and air pump maybe?


Not a lot, we did try a new paste wax and are still happiest with the Collinite #884.  Close second was Big White but the Collinite goes on and comes off so easy it’s a pleasure to use…

Image result for paste wax whale        Image result for paste wax collinite 884

Re-built the old raw water pump with the rebuild kit we got from, thanks again Lisa from Beta and our mules from Denver!

Techie stuff

Sailing, or moving your house around like we do, is very dependent on the winds and weather.  Most mornings here in Banderas Bay there is a Banderas bay cruisers net on marine VHF channel 22A  and Mike Danielson from PV Sailing and North Sails,,  performs the boating community a great service by offering a sailing oriented weather forecast on the VHF.  Mike also helps this community out with their longer range sailing weather windows as well.

Besides the local help, here are a couple of wind and weather forecast internet web sites, both are excellent at combining ocean swell, wind swell, currents, etc., to make a little better picture of what to expect when sailing:,-105.688,6




There are lots more, including US Navy and NOAA sites and commercial sites and downloadable GRIBS, GRIB (GRIdded Binary or General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form) and satellite weather services and… everyone has their favorites!  Pick one!



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We been pretty mellow so far…

Whats up:

Hi all, we been pretty mellow this season.  After leaving Marina Vallarta, which has really updated over the last few years, we have been over at Marina Nayarit both in the anchorage and at dock.  We went into dock to better facilitate for guests boarding and disembarking the boat.

Yeah visitors, they found a centrally located airbnb for $42 usd a night and they were pretty happy!

Our visitors came from Denver for a few days and we did the boat on the bay thing for a few days.  It took us a few days to recover and now we are back on the bay, at anchor and putting around.  We plan an trip back to Denver in March then back to boat after a couple weeks getting our judo fix out of the way!

Oh yes they got to see whales!

And dolphins:


Projects… Jim started cleaning the standing rigging in PV a few weeks ago and when we were on dock this last week finished the cleaning of the back stay.  He dose not want to repeat that one again soon bruises and skinned shin and all.   But not that he has the system down, it should not be a problem next time.

We also finally got some material and re-covered the folding deck cushions.  The foam was getting soft with age too and so we added some of the foam we cut off of the V-berth king size topping foam we got last month and life is better!

The old cover and new cover on frame, the new one is turquoise, ha!:

We recovered both of them…

Jess likes!

Techie time:

Visitors, ( mules ), brought some boat parts for our enjoyment! A new raw water pump was the most appreciated one!

We put it into the boat as fast as we could… It only took about 5 minutes!

Have not really looked at the rest of the stuff we got from the mules yet.  May be some more projects there!  Still need to paint the motor where the old pump was leaking salt water…

Notes on WAX.

We tried a local wax and hated it,  and then we tried a new, “Big White”,  one and still the best boat wax we like is the COLLINITE #885.

Tried and is OK but not the best, It went on cleanly and came off OK, and if I had never tried the Collinite #885, it might be OK! :

But still the BEST, goes on easy comes off easy.  Best we have tried!


We will head to Denver in March for the Youth Nationals  (judo) and stay for the Denver Judo Spring tournament and return to boat to continue the season.  We hope to get up to Guaymas and put the boat on the HARD to allow us to re-work the mast and paint the bottom and replace the standing rigging and get ready to move south of Mexico (maybe)!  Mexico is soooooo easy, it is a hard decision to make, but we are thinking of Panama in the future!





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Eight weeks in Mexico, so far – 2019


We arrived in Mazatlan December 05, 2018, Jim started his residente permanente work on the 14th of December and finished after the holidays on the 10th if January 2019.  Jessica started on the 10th of Jan and is still waiting for the final notice to pick-up her card.  We gave up on waiting in Mazatlan for the finger print notice a couple weeks ago and headed south.  Mazatlan to San Blas to Jaltembe to Puerto Vallarta.  Spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta,  visiting with the Bergers and now we are hanging out in the Marina Nayarit anchorage.

Jim got some boat waxing done in the marina, Jessica took a bus ride to Mazatlan, 8 hours, stayed the night and got fingerprinted and paid her final payment on the residente permanente process and then got on a bus to return to PV.  All told a thirty two  hour adventure.

Photo bits:

Old Harbor in Mazatlan:


Boat work while waiting around for IMM…


Trip south, Jess finds the best spots to stand watch (and off watch)…


Puerto Vallarta…



Waiting patiently for visitors…

INFO bits TECHIE TIME – Fees for residente permanente. ( and it took 4 years)

  1. Consulate in Denver with proof of income and savings ( needed passport photos too), receive a visa sticker in your passport.  approx $50 USD per person.
  2. Visit immigration at the Mexico border and get a special visa, no extra cost and start a 30 day countdown to visit your resident state immigration office in Mexico.
  3. Get your paperwork in order, we used a lady near the Mazatlan Immigration office and it ran about $25 per visit and you see her the first time, at the end on one year, and at the four year mark.  Total about $75 USD.   She takes required photos and originates and gets your paperwork in order so you can walk over to the IMM office and start/continue/finish the process.
  4. Each visit to the office there is a “change in status request fee”, you are required to pay this fee and then any fee required for the resident card itself.  The first visit it was under $1000 pesos, maybe $800 or so, it’s hard to remember 4 years ago but let’s call it $1000 peso for each of the 3 card visits. totaling about $150 USD.
  5. Each card visit periods takes about 3 to 4 weeks.  Day one is to pay the change request fees and start the paperwork moving.  Ten days later you are called in to get fingerprinted and pay the resident card fee, different fees for one year card vs three year card, etc.  Mazatlan required us to do a one year card followed by a three year card after 12 months and then 3 years later we were allowed to apply for the permanent cards.  One year card fees were around $3000 pesos, 3 year card was around $7000 pesos and the permamnete card was $5200 pesos.  Totaling around $15000 pesos or around $800 USD per person.  And taking 4 years.
  6. Grand total $50+$75+$150+$800=$1075 per person

So why do it?  First thing we did not know the true cost when we started the process.  And other consulates and immigration office combinations in Mexico seem to work under different rules which allow for quite a bit lower fees.  Some Mexico Consulates are rumored (on the internet blogs and pages) to process you directly for a permanent card.  This would reduce your fees to around $7000 pesos plus the paperwork/photo fees or around a total of maybe $500 USD per person.

So why do it?  What you receive if you make frequent and long term stays in Mexico are:

  • If you fly, you can get refunded to VISA fee that is default purchased on every plane ticket.
  • You can stay in mexico, legally, for over 6 months at a time without leaving the country at the end of your 180 day tourist visa.
  • You can open bank accounts, we did not try to open an account with a tourist visa only, but don’t think it works?
  • You can import your household goods into mexico, one time, without import duty.
  • Is easier for spouse of card holder to apply, I think?

Why you may not want to do it?

  • A temporary import permit for a motor vehicle (car/truck/etc.) may not be possible for a resident card holder.  ( I think this does not apply for marine vessels).

Not really techie was it?

Fin for now

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