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Posted on Monday Nov 21, 2005
For those who are interested in building their own trim tab self steering system, we just completed part 2 of our design guide. It’s a 60+ page document and is practically a book and I’m glad it’s done. Also, we’ve revamped the page and added a couple of pictures.
Posted on Sunday Nov 6, 2005
Yeah! We did a 49 hour passage from San Carlos to Topolobampo and another 46 hour leg from Topolobampo to Mazatlan. We were able to sail quite a bit on the first leg, but the second leg we had crappy winds and only sailed for about 10 or 12 hours.
Our “loop of the Sea” from Mazatlan up the inside of the Baja, then back down the mainland side, which we took a leisurely 7 months to complete, covered a total mileage of 1603 miles. Wow! And here we thought we were “just going up into the sea for the summer.” It’s a little funny that it took us only 5 days to cover about 420 miles back down the main land coast and about 6+ months to cover the 680 or so miles (as the pelican flies) from Mazatlan to Puerto Refugio (with a billion stops in between).
So we’re going to visit Sherrell’s dad for Thanksgiving, make plans for future family rendezvous and try REALLY hard to get some more boat work done.
Posted on Friday Nov 4, 2005
Even if this bay wasnÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢t a great spot to rest on our way to
This little town gets lots and lots of ships and cruise ships so the channel and entrance are marked with navigation aids up the wazoo, including 3 separate sets of range markers. ItÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢s a thing of beauty after so many comically charted entrances with no aids. Not that the charts here are any good, it still shows us anchored in the middle of town, but with nav. aids life becomes a lot less stressful.
The aids allowed us to enter the bay at in the pitch black dark of dark and pitch black dark nights. Our radar punched through the night and lit up the marks like stars in the sky. We could also see the navigation lights really well too, until the fog rolled in.
We were swallowed by it! It swooped down and ate everything in sight. We couldnÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢t see more than 10 feet, even the well lit channel markers 30 feet away were a feint glow. It was really bizarre! Fortunately it cleared as we approached the town, and shortly there after we were saved by the rising sun revealing the glory of TOPOLOBAMPO.
Posted on Monday Oct 31, 2005
Sherrell spent her birthday working on the boat in the yard. As you can see from the photo I kept her slaving away. We did celebrate her birthday with a group of friends. One group we met almost a year ago coming down the US Pacific Coast and the other group we recently met in
As I write this we are back in the anchorage. The wind is blowing like crazy, but itÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢s good to be back in the water. We had to wash off about an inch of dust on the decks, and there seems to be grit everywhere. WeÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢re all stocked up and ready for the long two legs down to
Posted on Saturday Oct 22, 2005
We got our boat loaded up on the yardÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢s trailer and weÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢ve already got the bottom cleaned and prepped for paint! Hopefully weÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢ll be back in the water before SherrellÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢s birthday and weÃ?Â¢Ã¢â??Â¬Ã¢â??Â¢ll be good to go for another 2 years.
Posted on Monday Oct 17, 2005
Lots of people who left
We’re both really glad we stayed in
Our expected haul-out date is Oct. 21. We’re doing some routine maintenance and then back into the water. Hopefully we can get all our work done quickly so we can take off for
Posted on Thursday Oct 13, 2005
We left B of LA bound for
Anyway we’re here specifically to work. We have to get the boat out of the water and get busy. Our friends on Ocean Lady and
It’s been 5 months since we’ve had direct access to fresh water (meaning we don’t have to fill containers and haul them out to the anchored boat). There’s a fuel dock here where we can take the boat right up, park it and fill the tanks. It’s also been about 6 months since we’ve been able to wash the boat with fresh water, not to mention how long it’s been since we could take a real carefree showers where we can use more than a quarter of a gallon of water! Oh luxury!
Posted on Tuesday Oct 4, 2005
PHEW! Otis burned itself out and didn’t make it across Baja. We spent several days nervously listening to the SSB weather predictions, stripping the boat down and checking and rechecking our anchor gear. But we’d rather be ready for nothing than sitting on anchor getting pasted by a storm!
Another goodie is out there brewing. Hopefully it won’t come our way. We’ll be in town preparing for the crossing to San Carlos in the next week or so!
Posted on Friday Sep 30, 2005
Otis is going to give us trouble one way or another. It’s going to be here around Monday. Hopefully it follows its predicted path and travels up the outside of the Baja before crossing over to us. If it does this, it will loose power down to a Tropical Storm and we’ll expect to see torrential rains and 40-50 knot winds. If we get lucky and it turns out to sea (doubtful) then it will be just another day in paradise. Either way, we’ll be out of touch until later next week. You can watch the action from the safety of your home:
Look for OTIS in the Eastern Pacific.
Posted on Thursday Sep 29, 2005
Well, Otis could be coming our way in the next few days. It’s not expected to get much bigger than a category 1, and the current models show it going on the outside of Baja, then curving inland towards Bay of LA. However if it follows this track, it will be killed by the land before reaching us. The problem is the center of the storm is difficult to find due to the convection around it and it is moving slowly, both of those things make the models unpredictable. Keep your fingers crossed that Otis turns out west and burns out.
The other strange thing is that a week ago almost half of the boats up here decided to head back south. Hurricane season is just getting dangerous this time of year because they start to “recurve” and head towards