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Deja Vu

Richard towards La Paz, Feb2016We left Mazatlán on February 27th with Ann and Dick on Full & By as our buddy boat for the 250 mile sail to La Paz. We were looking forward to getting back to the Baja peninsula. Sunrise under sail, Feb2016It has been 10 years since we were there on Sol Mate, our first sailboat and we planned on spending at least 2 months exploring the bays. KO sailing to Mazatlán, Feb2016The winds were light and the seas were calm at about 6 pm when our engine stopped and we could not get it going. We made the decision to sail the 60 miles back to Mazatlán to make sure the problem was fixed.Sailing back to Mazatlán, Feb2016 It was a slow go, we sailed as slow as 0.8 kt during the night. At daylight we bled the air out of the fuel lines and got the engine working. We made it back to Mazatlán by 5 pm.

Mazatlán beach, Mar2016We are now enjoying Mazatlán again. We are going on walks along the beaches. Stilts, Mar2016And watching the birds visiting the marina and along the estuaries.

Rafa has come to remove all our diesel, clean out the fuel lines and see what the problem is. Hopefully it will be a simple fix and we can get to La Paz in the next few weeks.

Rafe at Snowaway, Mar2016

Final days in Mazatlán

We have spent a lovely week in Mazatlán doing boat jobs, going for walks and kayak rides and visiting our favourite restaurants.

We have had the diesel engine serviced by Rafa’s Boat Services.  He has looked after our engine since we first came back to Mazatlán in 2013 and have been very happy with his work. We had Hector from Tony’s Boat Management clean the deck and hull. And Ruben changed out our zincs and cleaned our propeller. So Snowaway is ready to sail to La Paz.

ko playa brujas Feb2016We walked along Brujas Beach enjoying the birds running in the waves. oystercatchers Feb2016We kayaked along the estuaries seeing many birds: ospreys, yellow-crowned night-herons, little blue and great blue herons, oystercatchers, king fishers, whimbrels, willets…. We also saw lots of iguanas of all sizes and colours. Iguanas Feb2016

We visited Zab Thai in the Gold Zone for Thai food (they actually have tofu!), Restaurant Las Palmas on the malecón for pescado zarandeado, La Tramoya on Plaza Machado for spinach crepes, Mr. Lionos on Playa Brujas for lunch, Topolo’s in Centro Historico for mango margaritas, Fat Fish in the Gold Zone for the bar-be-que ribs, Gus-Gus at the marina for the shrimp.

Today we will be checking out of Mazatlán and preparing for departing on Saturday morning. We will be out of internet range for the next few days.

Start of the Sailing Season

Sunset Mazatlan Dec2014 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.
rigging Mazatlan Dec2014We 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.
Iguanas Mazatlan Dec2014
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.
RvA birthday Mazatlan Dec2014
Snowaway Mazatlan Dec2014
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.