It is hard to believe that we have been in Mazatlan for 12 days already. We have been busy putting Snowaway back into sailing shape. Tony’s Boat Management did another great job looking after Snowaway during the hurricane season. When we got here she was spotless inside and out. But it does take some time to put the running rigging back in place, hank on the sails and re-install her canvas.
We only had a few boat jobs this season. Rick from Marine Services Mazatlan made some minor modifications to our rigging that should help with the performance of the sails. And Rafa of Rafa’s Boat Services gave our diesel engine a service. We also had Rafa order us a new West Marine inflatable dinghy. We had to add tie down points to it but we were very pleased at how light it is to put on deck. It rolls up nicely to stow under the boom when we do overnights.
Our big addition to the boat this season is inflatable kayaks. Richard has a 2 man from Sea-Eagle and Karen has a one man from Advanced Elements. We have enjoyed trying them out paddling up the estuary to see the birds and the iguanas.
Both of us celebrated our birthday since we have been here. On Karen’s birthday the city had an Art Walk in the old part of Mazatlan. We visited several studios and even a private residence. We stopped at one of our favorite restaurants on Plaza Machado for dinner.
On Richard’s birthday we had an early dinner on the beach. One of Richard’s favorite dishes is Dorado Zarandarado and Deb and Joe from Pacific Jade joined us for the feast.
We hope to set off tomorrow, we will do an overnight to Chacala, 145 miles from Mazatlan. If the waves are calm we plan on spending a few nights there.
We will be in Barra de Navidad by December 19th where we will spend Christmas and New Years.