The Captain and Admiral recently provided an update to the Bluewater Cruising Association "Fleet of 2014", focusing on what to expect when entering Mexico by boat, dealing with Port Captains while in the country, recommended cruising guides and the TIP (temporary import permit) issue. We appreciated the opportunity to present our experiences and thoughts. The proviso as alwaysis that always expect things to change, or be applied a bit differently when you arrive!
The Captain has good intentions about posting comments on several of his boat projects he completed earlier while in San Carlos with INTREPID II. Somehow the house and yard projects, or a good book, or a chance to go bike riding take more priority.
December 21st - Winter Solstice
The Captain is contemplating what to comment on boat-wise. Perhaps you'd like to hear about building woodsheds, installing garage doors, intriguing wiring challenges and fine tuning fire-making.
|A fireplace insert makes all the difference!|
Thursday, January 19, 2012 - One year later!
The Captain is usually 'doing' rather than 'blogging' and even more so as we are trying to prepare for our 3rd cruising season. The Admiral is therefore jotting down a few lines and adding pictures in the meantime.
|Not the roomiest lazarette - taking out the old hot water heater|
Dealing with these day to day "problemos" can entail online searches for parts, asking other cruisers if they have spare items or know where to find them and most frequently, heading off to one or two favorite ferreterias (hardware stores) where staff have been extremely helpful in the past. Yesterday, thanks to the staff at 'Distribudores 66' on Av. Lopez, the Captain has pieced together a variety of brass couplings, connectors and reducers which he hopes will allow him to successfully finish installing the new hot water heater to the engine. Bronze fittings are the ideal. We hope these fittings will be a reasonable 2nd choice.
|Brass fittings - after a long search|
|A great ferreteria for many boat projects|
We are both relieved that this project was indeed on the list, as there was a wiring issue which needed addressing. It appears when the old water heater was put in place, the installer was short of the requisite size of wire, instead using undersized wire with butt connectors. There were signs of over-heating. We are wondering if that was part of the problem when the heater stopped functioning. In any case, appropriate wire and connections are now in place.
|Jib now in place|
As the Admiral reported earlier, we have spent some time at the top of the mast, as well as going up and down to get there. Hanging on a line 56 feet above the water is one of my all time favorite things, so I don't do it very often, as I don't want it to get old.
The project list doesn't really shrink, it just gets new things replacing old ones. At least we are in the water, and have one sail up. If the wind calms down enough, we will try to raise the mainsail. We may wait until we leave the dock and go out to anchor, so we don't have to worry about the wind shifting in the middle of the job.
It has been windy here, and colder than we would like. Cold meaning the Captain has to put on long pants with shoes and socks. At least the outdoor ice skating rink here doesn't have to worry about the ice melting too quickly. They had some shade fabric up, but the high winds blew it away.
With any luck, we will be heading south soon. An abbreviated cruising season, but better than nothing. Fair winds to you all.
Thursday, Jan 13, 2011
Lots of projects crossed off the list in the last week. Although the "To-Do" list never really gets any shorter, we are now at the point that we can leave when the weather allows, and continue the projects as we go.
We're glad we have a diesel, but everyone should always take care and get everybody off the boat when fueling.