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 (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!

January 12, 2012

Life at the dock for a bit longer

Thursday, January 12 and our thoughts are with a dear aunt who is quietly celebrating her birthday in the cold weather of Edmonton.  Wish you could enjoy some warm weather with us!

The mystery deepens regarding how certain of our lines have disappeared between last April when we cleaned and bagged sails and packed up the sheets and lines.  The topping lift with the Dutchman system is nowhere to be found at home or onboard.  The Captain has placed an order for replacement items and we will "enjoy" another week at the dock.  There are no shortage of things to keep us busy. The enjoyment aspect will hinge on how often the drum and bugle corps fires up in the evening and how loud and late the various musical entertainments in the area chose to be.

There are comings and goings on the dock.  A few folks have headed out now that the winds have eased up; another boat crew is waiting for an injured foot to heal; a third is showing a much loved boat to a prospective new owner.  In the works yard, folks are working away at some more involved projects, always hopeful they will come to an end so they too can set sail. We are all busy and focused, but there is usually time to walk about and supervise each others' tasks.  Brain-storming how to best approach an installation of a part, borrow that one tool you don't seem to have, as well as just chatting.  There aren't any regular 'happy hours' at the moment, but there is a friendly, cooperative cruising community in place.

Kelly successfully re-installed the SSB radio and was able to check in to the Sonrisa ham net.  The reception is not the best while at a dock with too much interference; at least we can listen to other cruisers who do check in and usually catch Geary's weather updates at 07:50 am.  Having this functioning radio connection is an important safety feature as well as a welcome communication link. In the past, we have tried to check in on a regular basis while moving from anchorage to anchorage, so that our recent positions have been recorded by the net controller.  Just in case anyone needed to track us down.  As well, the radio alerts us to anyone in our immediate area who is in need of assistance or wanting to pass on messages.

On our recent trip to San Carlos to search our 'bodega' (storage unit) we spotted a Book Sale to raise funds for the local animal shelter.  Of course we turned around and paid a visit.  Even with the availability of Ereaders and movies, most folks like having a batch of books to read at the ready.  At the moment, in our cruisers' library exchange at the marina, we've all read everything each of us is interested in, so it was a bonus to pick up a few new titles to add to the book bag.

Today we have been invited to join friends on a drive north of San Carlos to a newer restaurant on the beach .  The food is good, although the service is somewhat slow apparently.  It is a byob place, with a 'dress warm' proviso, as the sea breezes can be brisk.  We are looking forward to this new experience.

PS:  we have changed the setting on this blog to allow folks who don't have a Google account to make comments....sorry for any difficulties some of you had...comments first go for 'moderation' so we can check them, and then post.

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