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!

April 12, 2014

Homeward bound - Adios amigos! Adios San Carlos!

A quick update - woke up at 05:00 this morning and left the slip around 07:00 to head over to the haul out dock, with just about enough time to flush the engine before the crew arrived.  Thanks to the helpful friends who assisted - much appreciated! The lovely S.V. INTREPID II is once again on the hard in Marina Seca San Carlos - resting up for future adventures of the passage making sort, hopefully.

There was time for one last feeding of the cats who congregate at the top of the Dock B ramp - really will miss these furry, shy friends - and thanks Ken for carrying on looking after them while you are there.

This month went by quickly - so great to see cruising friends from previous years and to make new ones - looking forward to seeing all of you again.  Don't forget to stay in touch.

Somehow all the 'coming home' items were squeezed into Rojo Grande and then on the road by 10:00 am headed north - this time going through Nogales, with fingers crossed that the border delays would be reasonable.  In fact they weren't bad at all.  Reached Tucson and stopped for gas about 4:00 pm and on towards Casa Grande - about half way to Phoenix - a good time to stop and plan the rest of the route home.

Time to check weather and road conditions and get some rest.

April 5, 2014

Swap Meets, Northers, Marina Cats

The efforts to clear out the store room are showing some results! This morning's swap meet had many more browsers than buyers, but in the end our air conditioning unit went for a disappointingly low amount of coconuts.  Better to pass it along now than have to store it one more year. Also great to see cruising friends who came up from Guaymas to check out what was for sale.

It was very helpful when the store room next to ours became available to rent for a month - much better to be able to sort out the treasures we'd been keeping and really see what was still useful and what can be donated or given away.  Having "Rojo Grande" to store things in transition has been a bonus as well - as expected.

Now the only question is .....where will we put all these boat items once they are back home?

The latest Norther - which becomes a 'Wester' in the San Carlos keyhole harbour made for some tricky times walking along the dock on Thursday - quite the gusts.  As well, having turned INTREPID II around with the stern into the wind to defeat the efforts of Evil Birds made for much more pushing around at the dock.  Today was not quite as gusty but quite noticeable.

Marina Cats - they are shy but so eager for any food and fortunately some cruisers and it appears a very generous Mexican man try to ensure they have at least something to eat.  There is a particular sweet little one which a few of us would love to bring home - the friendliest and least shy of the clowder (Carol looked that up) - but for so many reasons - allergies - other cats at home, it hasn't been possible.  Sadly, although this group all seem to support each other and stay together, one fellow has been in a fight and has a very bad eye wound - but won't let you get close to pick him up so far.  Hopefully someone might be able to do that soon as it really needs to be cleaned and dealt with.  There is an active group of people in San Carlos who raise funds to spay and neuter feral cats and we appreciate their efforts.

The haul-out date has been arranged for next Saturday - April 12th - bright and early!  The logistics of finalizing everything on board, managing to leave enough space to sleep, getting up real early to look after all those last minute things and motor INTREPID II out of B14 and over to the haul out dock are a bit daunting....it will be a very busy week.