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. Season 7 - we are hoping to cruise again at long last.

May 3, 2010

INTREPID II Gets Prepared for Dry Storage

Hola!  This and the following posts had to wait until we arrived home as there was far too much to do for INTREPID II as well as ourselves to get ready to say adios to Mexico.

We worked diligently at the dock doing whatever was manageable, including taking down the sails (see below - not an easy task), washing and stowing the dinghy, washing all the spare lines, gear, running messenger lines in place of halyards (of course - first wandering around Guaymas finding suitable messenger lines.)
Sheets drying - washed to remove all the salty sea spray

The roller furling jib posed unanticipated challenges when the upper drum got stuck about 30 feet off the deck.  Kelly had to don his climbing gear and rig up safety lines to go up the jib halyard to determine the problem - twice.  Once to drop the jib and once to find that the set screws had barely backed out but enough to make for a more involved project.  Thanks Geoff and Ken for your help on the winch!
It was quite the exercise to haul our # 135 jib up the dock to a large enough space by the marina office to lay it out and properly fold and stow it.

Below deck, we were sorting through items to determine what we'd travel back with and what would stay for the next cruising season. Then it was departure time for the Admiral.  Carol caught a ride from Guaymas to Phoenix with the SV Serendipity crew (thanks Cheryl and Frank), who took her right to her hotel.  It was an eye opening experience to travel through the Sonoran desert to a small border crossing at Soynita/Lukeville and into the U.S.   Frank and Cheryl had found this to be a much quicker way to beat the possible delays at the Nogales border crossing.  The next day was a taxi ride to the Phoenix airport and a flight to see family in Alberta after all this time away.

Captain Kelly managed INTREPID II's haul out the next day with able assistance from Ken, Ron, Patrick and a nice surprise from Heidi and Stephen of SV Narama who had just arrived at the dock. Unfortunately all the cruisers who had been working on their boats in the dry storage yard had left by this time, so it's been a solitary experience staying there, although the marina works crew are around.  The week before it had been quite the busy place. Many of the boats who show up at Singlar (and can't get in as they are overbooked) take dock space to clean up and prepare to go over to Gabriel's Marina Seca across the bay, so that's where all the activity has been.