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Splash down in San Carlos

Boat launch San Carlos Mexico2005 We ended up having the boat put in the water on November 9th.

Having your boat launched is one of the most stressful times on the boat. In Marina Seca the boat needs to be put on a “cama baja” system that is used to transported the boat to the water, along local roads… It is quite a sight to see your boat moving on land!

Boat launch San Carlos  Mexico2005 The Mexicans do this so often it is like clock work, within 10 minutes you are off the transport and secured at dock!! Richard was very relieved to find that the engine turned over first try!!

Boat launch San Carlos  Mexico2005We were lucky to get a slip at the marina and spent a week cleaning and preparing the boat, putting up the sails and putting on provisions (beer, rum…) prior to crossing the Sea of Cortez, back to the Baja Peninsula.

Sunrise San Carlos Mexico2005This is one of the many spectacular sunrises that we saw…

Back in San Carlos, Nov 2005

Phoenix departure Mexico2005We arrived in San Carlos on November 3rd after spending a lovely day in Phoenix relaxing by the swimming pool. The trip on the bus was an overnight and we stopped at 1 am at the border. We had to take all our baggage – all 9 bags plus the computer – off for inspection. Luckily we found a dolly and some nice Mexicans to help us! The Mexican bus line that we used “Tufesa” had first class buses which included movies and Mexican music.

Marina Seca Mexico2005 marinoseca1 Mexico2005We found our boat already moved into the work area at Marina Seca but they had not even started sanding the bottom of the boat. We were put very close to two other boats, one was so close we didn’t know how they got us in without touching! Once we arrived they very quickly sanded the bottom, applied one coat of primer and two coats of bottom paint.

Boat jobs in San Carlos Mexico2005Boat jobs in San Carlos Mexico2005While the bottom was being painted, we did some servicing of the engine such as changing the oil, cleaning the water filter, changing the water impellor… (Richard used his Christmas present “the head lamp” from his son Nick).
Jerry Joni San Carlos Mexico2005
And we spent a lot of time socializing with Joni and Jerry of sv Lotus…

We appear to be ready to go back into the water…

Mike & Leah Visit

San Carlos Leah &Mike Mexico2005 Mike and Leah came to San Carlos for spring break. The weather was cooler than they expected but we managed to have some fun.
We walked along Catch 22 beach, where the movie was filmed.
San Carlos Mike Leah Catch22 beach Mexico2005
And we went for a day sail in the bay.
San Carlos Mexico2005

Fishing Mike San Carlos Mexico2005 San Carlos Mike fishing Mexico2005We went fishing for a day with a guide and caught almost 30 fish. It was too early in the season for the dorados to be in the sea but we had lots of fun catching smaller varieties.

San Carlos Leah Mexico2005We did a lot of shopping, Leah enjoyed the bargaining with the vendors. Leah’s favorite purchase were the bobble headed animals. And of course she had to buy a cowboy hat!

San Carlos dinghy Mexico2005We had a great time with the kids, the week just flew by. It was hard to send them home.