End of Season Yanmar 3YM30 Servicing


Coming up shockingly fast is hurricane season. Along with the possibility of storms, comes planning for where to go and what work to complete before leaving Strikhedonia for the summer. This will be the first time we have left our boat unattended for many months and with higher hours on the engines from the cruise down the Pacific we wanted…

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Anchoring with no starboard engine in a crowded anchorage…


Maybe I have bad luck. Maybe I’m not as careful as I believe I am with my equipment. Or maybe boats just continually break. Whatever it might be, the result is the same, blowing 20+ knots in an anchorage crowded with boats waiting for a coming El Norte wind I found myself without use of my starboard engine. This was…

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Choice restaurants in La Paz


I swear we don’t always eat out in La Paz but this list is making me question myself. This post is more to remind myself but if it gives you a new place then all the better! El mezquite grill, great burgers and steaks J&R Ribs Costilleria, amazing ribs and mac/cheese (Calle 5 de Mayo esq Belisario Dominguez, Centro, Zona…

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Beautiful Los Gatos


There is something special about pulling into an empty anchorage. One so beautiful as Los Gatos and it is truly a magical experience. Further from the beach than normal due to the shallow sloping shore but it was nice to be anchored in only ten feet of water, a far cry from our typical 20-25 feet. Jean was looking for…

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Oldest Mission on the Baja in San Javier


With a second day with a rental car we decided to explore the oldest mission on the Baja, Mission San Javier. This is quite a drive from Puerto Escondido with a twisty, and at times washed out road. I would rank the drive as a 6 out of 10 with some rock dodging and hole avoidance required at time. Around…

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Points North towards Loreto


With the calm winds and waves we departed La Paz. After twelve weeks in La Paz, it was a bit of a shakedown cruise to Ensenada Grande on Isla Partida. Motoring out of the La Paz channel We were the first boat to pull into the anchorage but before long we were joined by four other boats. A big of…

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La Paz’s tight grip


Such is the common saying that La Paz is like a rubber band trapping people for weeks or months longer than planned. It is a nice city, beautiful malecon, restaurants, large cruiser community, and lots to see and do. Making it easy how it gets its reputation. After the rudder bearing repair and new anchor roller installation we were ready…

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How to add a Mantus anchor to a Seawind 1160


Yet another substantial, multi-step process… After the mock up that Baja Naval completed in Ensenada it was up to me to fabricate a new anchor roller bracket once back in the US. Before leaving the boat in La Paz I took what I thought were a lot of pictures and measurements to ensure that on my return I would have…

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Rudder Bearing Installation on a Seawind 1160


Whew, this is a job I am extremely happy to have behind me. I can’t say it was fun. The removal, with the proper procedure, wouldn’t be that tough and would take a maximum of two hours. The installation, well that is another story. But I’m getting ahead of myself. In my communications with Seawind I found out that there…

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