A quick update from the last week :)

The sun setting as we sail across the Sea of Cortez, towards Baja. Our crossing was relatively uneventful; lumpy seas made for an unhappy partner (but he managed to cook me dinner before it got too rough!!), and some random lightning storms kept us alert through the night, but nothing was sweeter than sunrise the next morning, coming up over a new part of Mexico

 

This beautiful bay was what was awaiting us on the other side... after over a month in San Carlos, we were *so* excited to find the sandy beaches and clear waters we'd been dreaming of!!!

 

A view from the top of the hill of one of our anchorages -- Brio is the boat on the left, anchored peacefully in "San Juanico"

 

We've been making the most of the weather and scenery; swimming, snorkelling, hiking, exploring, hanging out in the hammock on deck... life is good!!

 

AND, to top off a perfect week -- we've caught 3 gorgeous tunas. I am a fiendish fish killer (note the winch handle in one hand and gaff in the other), but I leave the catching & cooking up to Jon 🙂 Only downside is the blood spatter all over everything!!!

Stitches in Time

We’ve been waiting for a nicer weather window here in San Carlos… and since we’ve been waiting, we thought it might be fun to go out for an ‘afternoon sail’, and at least get the sails up and our sea legs stretched.

Turned out to *not* be such a great idea:

Ripped Mainsail

See that 10' rip? That's not supposed to be there.

 

There was no sail flogging… there was no yelling… there was really no drama at all, just a clean rip, starting at a batten pocket, and running ten feet (ten feet!) of mainsail.

This required many, many, many hours of hand-stitching. More hours than you might think it could possibly take to stitch up a little sail like ours. But that sailcloth… it doesn’t really like being pierced. So piercing it repeatedly, from one end to the other, you can almost feel the sail shaking in resistance.

Or not, I’ve just spent too many hours stitching the damn thing so I’ve given it a personality of its own 😀

Repairing the main sail in San Carlos

Repairing the main sail in San Carlos

 

And now ~ sail repairs are complete, tanks are full, cupboards are laden (is that a word???), oil is changed, fuel filters are swapped, and we are ready to cross to the Baja side. Hopefully tomorrow!

Other little projects

It hasn’t *only* been about the bottom of the boat though… Here’s what else we’ve been doing:

Sewing funny little cushions (out of Mexican doormats and left over foam), and making Tostadas (again and again and again!)

 

Working on the hoses that lead from the toilet to the thru-hull (hole in the hull of the boat that lets water in and out)

 

Trying to decipher which one of these spices is pepper... mostly they sell pepper with lemon, pepper with chili, or pepper with something else. SO hard to find just pepper!!

 

Hanging out with each other, enjoying work-yard life and the non-long-distance-life!

 

Jonathan's beloved windvane panel... because running a painting business all summer and then painting the bottom of the boat 4 times wasn't *quite* enough painting for him... The cobbler's kids may not have shoes, but the painter's boat definitely has paint!!! 🙂

 

Jon & Davide, one of the many friends he made -- all the workyard guys loved him because he would stop and practice his Spanish with them. Whenever I couldn't find Jon, I'd go to the guard shack and find him hanging out 🙂

 

Sailboat decal name

The newly installed decals. There was a fight about a comma after 'Vancouver'. I said you needed it to let the reader know there was another line coming. Apparently this makes me a nerd, but even worse, an incorrect nerd. So I lost this argument (But I saved the comma, just in case...)

 

Extremely happy to have the SSB radio working, and to be listening to the "Sonrisa Net", which tells us the weather and forecasts for the area -- My call-sign is VA7LMK, just in case you wanted to know!

 

And this morning, feeling pretty darn happy to have the land portion of this adventure behind us, and a beautiful looking boat to show for it!

 

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