Bahia Chamela – put down 2 anchors. Had our first Mexican visitors (Maria and friend). Snorkeling good.
Ipala sucked. Rolly and expensive.
Motored from La Cruz to Yelapa. It’s special here, no streets. 200 peso for overnight on a mooring ball. Saw whales, turtle, dolphins. Caught nothing. Seabear worked perfectly. No cell / Internet in Yelapa. Happy Birthday Denny.
1510 – Anchor down at La Cruz. Lat 20 44.91N, Long 105 22.22W
Nice sail down
Departed for Isla Isabella at about 14:00 towing Porta-bote
Several things went wrong. Main sail shackle got hung on topping lift, preventing main from being lowered. Porta-bote broke free, jib got twisted around stay.
Used jib halyard to hold boom up while disconnecting topping lift. This freed main sail, we lowered it, then removed halyard from boom. Next we spun boat until jib was untangled, and we furled it. Finally we caught the porta-bote and using gaff, we tied lines to it and lifted it onto the foredeck. Casualties include front black plastic cover for MOB pole flag.
Stood 3 on 3 off watches.
December 16, 0900 – Arrived Isla Isabella 9 AM Put Porta-bote into water and fixed breakfast. Should be an interesting day.
1343 – Birds, birds and more birds. Iguanas and lizards underfoot. Mosquitoes by the gazillions. And don’t step off the path. Barbed burrs that put the Oregon type to shame. Stick to your clothes, and when you pull them off, they stick to your fingers. then the spines dig in w/barbs that don’t want to let go.
Engine hrs 2427.8, 3/4 tank fuel
Moving to Marina Mazatlan, slip 6-3
Windlass motor repaired and reinstalled
Arrived (didn’t stop for fuel) at 10:40AM – Lat 23 16.26N, Long 106 27.25W
Windlass motor pulled, turned over to Javier Rosas – (office phone and email redacted) terminal broke inside case.
12VDC 124 Amp FWD/REV
Arrived at Mazatlan. 46 hours to cross Sea of Cortez – Good wind, bit rolly (following seas) Jay and Sarah as crew. Caught 2 Sierra, good eating. 3 of 4 (crew) motion sick.
Bilge pump wire broke.
Engine start wire connector needs to be reset – same for tach.
Old Harbor close to town, but smelly.
Bird landed on spreader, stayed the night, Covered deck, hatches, dodger, ice chest , dingy, seats, winch, etc. in bird shit. Find wrist rocket!
Preparing to cross Sea of Cortez. Still at Palmera, Lat 24 110, Long 110 18.18
Thanksgiving – Potluck Dinner with 250 other cruisers here at Marina Palmera