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.
We walked along Brujas Beach enjoying the birds running in the waves. We 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.
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.
We flew into Mazatlán on November 28th and were very fortune to be able to stay at the El Cid Marina Resort courtesy of Karen’s brother and his wife. Maurice and Pam gave us a week at the El Cid as we got Snowaway ready for sailing. It was a great week; we spent mornings preparing Snowaway and afternoons relaxing at the resort!
When we arrived Snowaway was in great shape. We could have moved on board immediately thanks to the great work of Tony’s Boat Management. We did not see any dirt nor mold anywhere!
We were happy to see some cruisers that we have become friends with over the last few years in Mexico. We had a lovely dinner at the Fish Market getting caught up on all the news with Graciela and Hugh from Gypsy Dream.
We had Snowaway washed and waxed by Beto’s crew from B.B. Marine as we hanked on the sails and replaced all the canvas.
The boat was ready for us to move onto for Karen’s birthday…
Snowaway is back in the water with her bottom paint repaired by Rick Cummings of Marine Services Mazatlan. We have spent the last week cleaning her in preparation for leaving her in Mazatlan for the hurricane season. Tony & Grant of Tony’s Boat Management will look after her while we return to Calgary for the summer. We have enjoyed our week visiting with Deb & Joe of Pacific Jade and joining the cruisers for breakfast at Bruja Beach.
We have decided to cut our sailing season short as we do not have enough time to cruise in the Sea of Cortez the way we want to. So we are heading home and are planning a trip to south east Asia…
We flew to Mazatlan on December 7th. We were happy to leave the -26 C weather in Calgary and arrive to +26 C weather in Mazatlan! We flew WestJet and had a direct flight; only took 4 hours to get here. Snowaway was in great shape when we arrived and we had no trouble getting her ready for our first night on board. Tony’s Boat Management had looked after Snowaway during the summer and before we came back, he had her decks washed. Inside the boat Tony had his crew straighten up the cushions so we had a place to sit when we arrived.
Sunday was Richard’s birthday and after working on the boat all morning we headed out for his birthday meal. We stopped for tacos al pastor, not quite the meal we had planned but a nice welcome back to Mexico meal. On Monday we took the bus down the malacon to find Richard’s favorite Mexican dish. dorado zarandeado. The version at Las Palmas was very tasty!
We are getting Snowaway ready to be hauled to have her bottom painted. We had the bottomed cleaned today as well as putting her mainsail and staysail up. She gets hauled on Wednesday morning so hopefully all goes well. We expect to be out of the water for a week. We will be staying in a motel during that time.