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!

Captain Kelly's page

Summer 2014 

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
As we've mentioned on the main blog page, we have been challenged by both our planned for projects, such as re-installing the SSB radio which we took home for repairs, and installing the new hot water heater -- and for the unanticipated projects, like the water pressure pump acting up, finding our topping lift and attached Dutchman system missing, among other challenges.

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

Old water heater - installed in 1993
Removing the old water heater from its place in the lazarette required surgery.  It was soon apparent that this system had been installed before the wooden frame around the lazarette and its cover were added.  It was not possible to remove the wooden frame in one piece, so one incision was made in the wood.  With some wrangling, the old heater came out; however, the new one required a second incision as well as removing a piece of the fibreglass before it could be squeezed in.  So much for careful measuring; the reality is often a tiny bit different.  Another trip required to the ferreterria to find braces to attach the wood back in place, along with some dollops of silicon.

Results of surgery on wood frame and fibreglass
The staff at Expo Ferre are good enough to let the Captain have access to the inventory behind the counter when he can't find the exact words or phrasing to describe what he needs, or find a reasonable alternative.

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

Thursday, January 6, 2011

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.


This afternoon we had some excitement on the dock.  Carol and I were in the cockpit, measuring and cutting some cushioning for standing at the wheel, when we heard what sounded like a couple of cannon shots in the distance.  We decided it was just a truck going over a tope, the killer Mexican speed bump.  A minute later, we looked up to see clouds of smoke, then a fiery boat drifting out of the fuel dock area.  The winds were keeping it well away from us, but we were glad they had cut it away from the fuel dock, as there are two 40,000 litre tanks there.

The Mexican Navy, whose docks and patrol boats were in harm's way, and the local bomberos (firemen)responded quickly.  We watched as the boat drifted, then was caught by a Navy boat and towed away from their other boats, and then back closer to the dock so the fire trucks could spray it.  A total loss, as you would expect, but the actions of the fuel dock personnel here at the marina, and the bomberos and Navy kept the situation from being much worse.  The explosion happened while the boat was being fueled, and the fire was not able to be stopped, despite quick action by the marina staff.  The skipper is in the hospital, but the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) ambulance crew said he will be OK.

We're glad we have a diesel, but everyone should always take care and get everybody off the boat when fueling.                           


1 comment:

Cold in Calgary said...

Hola Intrepid II Crew!

Thanks for keeping your landlubber family members updated with your blog. It's great fun and an eye-opener to see and learn what life on board is like and the not-so-roomy quarters that you operate within. And you can't just pop out to a wide variety of stores when you need something like we are used to doing. Very glad you discovered the bad wiring problem and replaced it - scary to think of what could have happened. Angels are watching over you. But you do have an advantage over the rest of us - warm, sunny weather. Stay well.