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 (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!
If all continues as planned, we will take INTREPID II from San Carlos Marina out and "around the corner" and into Marina Singlar Guaymas on April 15th for a week, followed by her haul out, tentatively scheduled for the 23rd. There is quite the checklist to go through to ensure a boat is ready for "dry storage" for the hot, dry summer months during hurricane season.
As many of you know, cruisers try to find good 'hurricane holes' to leave their boats in Mexico and the San Carlos/Guaymas area is on the very northern edge of the hurricane belt. Unfortunately, as occurred last year, hurricanes still do occur and can cause considerable damage; often times it is the rains which cause more damage than the winds.
Looking towards dry storage area
Marina Singlar Guaymas is newer than many marinas, with a concrete yard, which should ensure the ground does not wash out and the stands on which the boats are supported, topple. We visited it last Wednesday, the day after our arrival in San Carlos, to confirm that there really is space for us as there had been much confusion over our email confirmations. At the marina we met Tony and Pat of SV Forbes and Cameron, who had been part of the BCA Fleet a few years back. Their boat is in the picture above of the travel lift, as they were just being hauled out.
There are some convenient amenities close by - showers, laundry, a restaurant, and a great view of Guaymas harbour.
Decorative light tower
The shrimp boat fleet is docked nearby, and the picture below shows one of the boats heading out.