Decommissioning for Hurricane Season Checklist and Time Estimate


Whew, shutting down the boat was a significant block of work.  Guaymas is a working port, no doubt about that, and between the seafood processing and industry there are a lot of smells and particulates in the air.  I won’t say it was miserable but it was uncomfortable.  But let me back up… Pulling into Guaymas harbor We pulled into…

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Crossing the sea to Guaymas


Mother nature is the boss. Always. The Seawind rally was in full swing and we went to bed planning on a couple more days of rallying with our friends. The morning weather check caused a change of plans… we had a good weather window with south winds that would push us directly to Guaymas rather than the more typical crossing…

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Anchor Alarms for Android


So I had a shitty experience one night in San Evaristo. Whether it was the Coromuel or the Elephante winds it does not really matter, the result was the same – a long night. Starting just after 9:00 the wind kicked up, just as it had a few nights earlier when my Mantus anchor held like a rock, I diligently…

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Abandoned Pearl Fields in Bahia San Gabriel


Just a short hop from La Paz on the Southern end of Isla Espirito Santos is Bahia San Gabriel. A large bay that in years past produced black pearls. Stumbling around the channels and piles of discard shells it was an interesting place to explore and picture the enormous number of hours it took to construct the infrastructure. Looks like…

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Bushwacking in San Evaristo


Our guide book mentioned hiking in the hills surrounding San Evaristo along with a lack of established trails. I took this as a fun challenge to bushwack up to the various peaks 750 feet above the bay. Starting from the beach up the dirt road to the school where I veered off towards a promising looking gully that had hike-able…

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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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