After one month in transition, we’re ready to start cruising. First, cross the Sea of Cortez to the Baja. Then work our way slowly south toward La Paz by the end of November. Then cross to the mainland coast (3 day passage) and work our way south to Barra Navidad (between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo) by mid December. On to “Z-town” by February for Sailfest.
So far no big surprises with the boat. We’ve been reacquainting with cruising friends as we all prepare our boats for sea. Donna posts photos occasionally on Instagram, check it out.
First chore, build a ladder so we can get on the boat.
Unlike me, Lucy looks amazingly clean after I finished wet sanding the bottom at the boat yard in Guaymas. We had to set the alarm for 3:30 AM to get the paint rolled on before the sun came up and it got too hot. The LED head lamps came in handy. Luckily there was now dew.
After 4 days of boat yard work, Carmanah is ready to splash. Yayy.
10 days in the San Carlos Marina was packed with maintenance projects such as removing the four solar panels from the bimini and repainting it along with the hard dodger. Had to apply paint at 8:00 am before it got too hot to flow. Of course the local OSHA office approved the scaffolding.
Sparky is at it again. Keep the fire extinguisher and defibulator handy. Attempting to installo an AIS transceiver.
We can now see AND be seen on AIS. Other boats with the system show up on our chart plotter and we are on theirs. Especially nice at night when making passages.
Jimmy and his son Jimmy spent two days polishing stainless as well as cleaning and waxing the hull. Two less things for us to do. Jimmy is a refugee from Rwanda who was placed in Mexico when he was in his twenties. He works hard and is well respected on the docks.
Donna joining a “final” provisioning mission to Walmart and Sam’s Club in Guaymas with crew from Flyer and Halukai. They look focused(?)
We can never believe it will all fit. But it does…..eventually.
Finally done with the boat yard and done with the marina projects and out at anchor–ready to let the cruising begin!!!