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!
It has been three long days of hard work since moving back on board INTREPID II on Sunday night. We've made good progress. Provisions are inventoried and stored. The head is scrubbed from top to bottom and medical supplies, vitamins, toiletries all stowed away. That problematic bronze sea cock went into its spot very well and seems to be functioning as it should.
Hope this one lasts forever
Hours were invested looking for one small stainless steel hose clamp on Monday and Tuesday. Success finally and Kelly installed the new pressure water pump today and filled and treated the water in our tanks. Now we can pump water or turn on the taps. No success with our 110 volt hot water heating element for the hot water heater. We will be fine heating water on the stove. When we've been motoring we will have hot water for a few hours for showers at least.
Blackie - keeps security guards and cruisers company
The weather has been cooler. Winds have come up as forecast and we notice much more cloudiness during the day. Not much in the way of sunsets to enjoy. The harbour has been choppier and we're still getting used to the 'slap-slap' of the water and the sudden movements when a wave rolls in. Monday night we had a very active sea lion surfacing next to the boat for some time as he/she hunted for a late evening meal. There is a resident heron who patiently waits on the finger across from us most evenings for something to catch his eye. We finally remembered to buy some doggie treats for "Negro" (Blackie) the boat yard dog who accompanies the security guards on their evening rounds and keeps an eye on things the rest of the time. He has a difficult time of it as some folks are good to him, others ignore or seem harsh when he stops by to say hello.
An ice rink in the midst of Guaymas!
Monday evening we walked over to the municipal square where they've set up an ice rink, complete with a zamboni keeping the ice smooth. It appears to be very popular and I almost convinced myself to check whether they had skates that fit! A small midway is going strong nearby and families were out enjoying an assortment of rides and treats.
We sampled some 'churros' - basically deep fried air coated with sugar and served warm...very tasty.
What a selection
To round out our evening we walked to the Christmas tree near the Fisherman's Statue to view the manger scene (minus baby Jesus - don't know if he was removed for safekeeping or had wandered off). We are hopeful the next few days will proceed productively and find us planning our route south very soon.