S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (1st Mate - and Captain in training). In 2009 INTREPID II braved the West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, down the Baja Peninsua and up into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, she journeyed from Guaymas as far as Bahia Banderas and back. 2011/2012 she left from Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, then spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey before completing, resting up in San Carlos. Her 4th season was one of maintenance. March 2014 - Another Boat Project season - new equipment and in the water at Marina San Carlos. 2015 - more TLC and perhaps some sailing!

February 19, 2015

Progress Report (perhaps that should read 'lack of progress' report).

The Captain hopes to provide his hands-on, in person commentary on his 2 weeks plus efforts to resolve the through hull and hose challenges on INTREPID II....but in the meantime, here is a quick summary....

Saturday, February 14th - Valentine's Day started with INTREPID II loaded onto the transport trailer and trucked the short distance from Marina Seca to the marina.  First vessel of the day in, so no waiting.  Thanks to Ken of S/V Rosebud for assisting - always great to have someone helping with lines and docking.  Home now is on A Dock - A14 - halfway down on the inside.  Too bad the gate cards don't seem to be allowing access to B dock and vice-versa, as that doesn't allow for easy visits and seeing if 'anyone is home' when you need second pair of hands for a few minutes on a project.

Several trips up and down the dock and ramp to haul up jerry cans, extra canvas and other items stowed in the cabin and now in the truck were necessary to free up a spot to sleep...slowly the cabin will become more liveable and less crowded!

Saturday evening there was more rain and even a thunderstorm; power went out, which impacted the wifi system on the dock and at the marina office.  Having cell phone access to emails and Internet is so helpful in situations like this.  So - the deck is clean, the truck is clean from all the rain.  Days are sunny and that make a big difference when thinking about the weather back home and all those snowy parts of the country.

Since then, Kelly has been challenged by several issues with hoses in the head and the sink drain and related conundrums.  He has made trips into Guaymas, found that a favorite hardware store is now closed, with no indication of whether it has relocated, or just shut down.  With the required hoses needing to be of marine quality there are limited sources.  Star Marine in San Carlos continues to remain closed...for inventory?  Who knows ...they were to open earlier this week.

However - the sun shines, the days are warm...the days are hot!  Since it is problematic to prepare meals onboard at the moment, that is a good reason to check out the various restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or pick up a few staples from Santa Rosalia market and the bakeries.  A nearby gym offers a good deal on a drop-in pass and that is a good way to become focused on something other than boat project puzzles.

We have been able to stay in touch by phone quite inexpensively so far through an AT & T plan, which is appreciated.  Really glad Kelly's research discovered this option, as our Telus options became so much more expensive this year.

All is well here at home....we had some sunny days which encouraged the spring blooms to continue; now we have the expected drizzle and cloudy skies...but Spring is in the air.  Our hummingbird feeder is visited regularly by this active hummer - can't catch a photo at the feeder - only at rest on our budding red flowering current.

Gung Hay Fat Choy - Year of the Ram!

February 7, 2015

Found the sunshine!

Captain Kelly onboard once again - now the projects begin
The road trip went well - driving south through Portland, Salem, Sacramento, Palm Desert and on to Nogales - crossing into Mexico last Tuesday (Feb. 3rd) - green light - on through Hermosilla and in to San Carlos - so 4.5 days of driving and Rojo Grande did a fine job.  One note of interest - arriving Monday late afternoon in Nogales it was interesting to see so many vehicles lined up at the gas stations. Obviously gas prices were cheaper on the U.S. side of the border - good to find out and topped up Tuesday morning before heading for the border crossing.
Marina Seca crew had INTREPID II in the works yard as requested - she is way down the line near the big garage and painting area - it is a busy place.  The security guards 'released' a ladder and it was great to see that the rains had washed much of the grit and dust off the deck. As the cabin is far too stuffed at the moment to live aboard, home is in the Totanaka RV park down the road. Basic - but a place to sleep, shower and make coffee in the mornings.

Ladders - in short supply and very necessary in the works yard
With input from our surveyor, Allen and discussions with Eduardo of Star Marine, the boat projects were underway.  Unfortunately the seacock which 'froze' last season is still not cooperating - and plans to 'splash' into Marina San Carlos today (Saturday) are delayed a week (low tide -of course it would be this coming Wednesday).  Thank goodness for online searches and communication - Defender will be sending replacement parts to Nogales asap. Thanks Mike and Judy for offering to pick up the package on your trip for your parcels.

In the meantime - a chance to check the docks at the marina to see who is still here.  Good to see Ken of S/V Rosebud; just missed Mac and Wendy of S/V Kookaburra by a half hour.  Once INTREPID II is in the water it will be easier to be on the morning net to find out who is in the area and do more connecting with other cruisers.  Time to check out what's new in San Carlos, what has changed. 

The marina feral cats are in residence.  It almost seems like they recognize Rojo Grande from last season.  The monthly swap meet is on this morning in the San Carlos storage yard.  Perhaps a drive down south to Empalme for the weekly Sunday market - never know what you might find - even if you weren't looking for it!

Hoping to see many of our cruising friends in the coming weeks.