Browsing Category : Boat Work

Settling into life in Barra and Fiesta de Veleros kick off


Always a bummer but inevitably friends have to head for home and today was Bill’s departure day. We enjoyed breakfast at Casa Abuela, where Bill embraced Mexico by having crepes, followed up by a chocolate croissant from the French Bakery for the plane ride home. After a bit of leisure time it was off to the taxi stand. Next challenge…

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Let the good life in Barra begin!


Sailing into the Barra area I see what looks like a Seawind so out comes the binoculars. Sure enough it is! Hmm who could it be, as they get closer I can see the SkyPond logo. Carl and I have been exchanging emails for a couple years and we just keep missing each other by a day or two. Looks…

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Hurry up it’s time to leave Mazatlan!


After drama the day before when the travellift operator accidentally scratched Strikhedonia I was ready to hit the seas and hopefully a chance to unwind. But not before a bit more work. To start the day, filling the jerry cans and waiting for Rick to come finish the non-skid installation on the swim step. The night before I had noticed…

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2018, it’s a wrap!


It was a good year (queue the broken record), getting further south into Mexico brought some wonderful new experiences, including having fireworks shot at us (St. Patrick’s day festival) and doing some inland travel (Durango). The beauty and kindness of the Mexican people continues to amaze. This year set a few records; most miles in a year and most crew…

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Boisterous Playa Bonanza on Isla Espiritu


We knew the waves and wind would make for a fun passage from Isla San Francisco to Playa Bonanza, so there wasn’t much of surprise as we got out of the wind shadow and into the full force of the boisterous conditions. I’d call it 6-8 foot tightly packed seas but hey at least they were somewhat following. We were…

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Fall 2018 Season Kick Off!


Start of the fall sailing season! Excitement had been building for a few weeks, as had the pile of boat parts. This year rather than the 11 hour bus ride I opted to meet my crew member Mike in San Diego, where we would use the CBX border crossing to the Tijuana airport for a flight to Hermosillo. I had…

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Yanmar 3YM30 Exhaust Elbow Replacement


During my normal engine checks I noticed rust below the starboard Yanmar exhaust elbow. This can be a huge deal because if the inner tube has a rust hole, the raw cooling water can be pushed into the cylinders and hydrolock the engine. So for a week we limited the starboard engine to anchoring until a new exhaust elbow could…

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Trials and Tribulations with our Tohatsu Outboard


We have tried our best to keep Tohatsu 9.8hp 4 stroke outboard running smoothly, when we would be gone more than a week or two we always flushed with fresh water and ran the gas out of the carburetor bowl. At the end of each season came an oil change. This gave us three years of trouble free operation but…

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