We just ordered our Garhauer Rigid Boom Vang RV-20-1SL Part 1

It is about time for s\v Elegant'sea to get a rigid boom vang. 
Garhauer had the best price and Mark at Garhauer did great customer support. 

March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)

We ordered ours at 49" long. It weighs about 20 lbs. So we started shopping for ways to get the vang here. We also ordered the vang with a cam cleat. Just a $14.00 extra. We will later run the line to the cockpit with a foot block.
The price of the Garhauer Rigid Boom Vang RV-20-1SL at Garhauer is $495.00 + shipping and tax if applicable. 

In the past, we have found Todo Vela to be one of the most expensive chandleries in Puerto Vallarta. They are in La Cruz which is probably why, as La Cruz is not close to anything or not close to the city of Puerto Vallarta. We are currently at Marina Vallarta and the Zaragoza Chandlery is across the street. The chandlery SYS is at Paradise Village marina and is a lot less expensive. Both SYS and the Zaragoza are not far apart, a 20 min bus ride. They are far less expensive we have found but are closer to the city.
So anyway, at 19,342 pesos, Todo Vela’s price is over $1,000 USD at today’s exchange rate - so it is more than twice as much as the boom vang costs.
Todo Vela will only buy the boom vang and then re-sell it to you with all their added fees and mark ups.
At the SYS chandlery you can have it shipped to an address they give you in the US and they will bring it down. Cost a lot less but still pricey.
About each month in the high season both chandleries Todo Vela and SYS send a driver with a truck up to the border and pick up supplies and special orders.

We have decided to fly Debbie back to the US and she can visit family and bring back the boom vang for less than Todo Vela wants for it. So, we pay for the airline tickets, the boom vang and shipping and California tax and import duties (if needed) and still come out ahead.
 As usual, shipping to Mexico is a crap shoot. As it happens the manufacture will say “it is under warranty, just bring it in or ship it to us for replacement.” Well, not from Mexico. We can sometimes have people coming back to Mexico for the season bring us things. Anyway, just another example of the shipping to or from Mexico is a hassle.

New wet shoes and flip flops

 This post is mostly for our records but it may yet be of some use to others.
These I purchased because I saw them, and flip flops in my size "11" are real hard to find here in Mexico....not uncommon in the US. These are "Crocs' which I find really comfortable. These will be great for taking showers on shore.

March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
Size for me is 11.
These wet shoes will be handy for kayaking, going ashore
and possibly on the SUP at times.
Mexico size 30/US Size 12 for me!.

Zep - Mold Mildew remover at Home Depot

This product has done a great job of cleaning up things.
For instance our "Horse Shoe Buoy" was pretty bad looking and this product cleaned it up. 
Sprayed it on and later washed it off. That is about as easy as it can get. It also cleans up "Starboard". Granted our  "Horse Shoe Buoy"  is old and still does not look new...it is way better than it was.

The cruisers that told us about this were in San Blas, Nayarit and had extensive water damage to the interior of their boat from it being on the hard all summer and evidently the person who was watching the boat, well, was not watching. They had lots of mold and mildew and this cleaned it up or mostly did.
This does not hurt colored items and seems safe to use. I just spray it on and then wait a bit and wash it off. Maybe a couple times. I can not read Spanish so I looked at the icons and I think that is what it is saying?😬
We made two of these "Starboard" fan holders for the bimini. They clean up real easy with the "Zep".
This "Starboard" holds our Garmin 740 chart plotter. We made this some years ago. It can get dirty on the ends and on top. We tried straight bleach, the kind here in Mexico which is not safe for colors. It did little...the "Zep" cleaned it up nice.

Crocodile in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay

The croc is waiting for paddle boarders?!?! 
There is a crocodile reserve by the marina, at the gold course. It is possible they are linked..We have seen other crocodiles here also but this is the biggest.

March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
There appears to be a fresh water inlet here (by the flat piece of cement) 
and we notice the crocodile seems to like to hang out here in the morning.
The divers, who clean the bottoms of the boats, really earn their pay!!  

Dodger visor: update

After we made the PVC pole for the visor we decided that it would be easier to store it if the line was separate. So I drilled a couple of holes and Debbie put a line through for a loop.

March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
Debbie making a line loop.
Stores easily with the line and not a SS eye. Also the clip makes it easy to set up or take down. If we decide to close the visor we can just unclip it, leaving everything in place.

Anchoring LED bow, stern and amidships lights - Velcro added for solar panel LED strips

The Velcro keeps the sun off the light lenses. We were worried that the constant sun would turn the LED strip light lenses into the faded, blurred lenses like car head lights get. 

March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
The Velcro makes the lights almost invisible. 
 The Velcro was inexpensive and installed easily. It also comes right off when we need to use the lights.

Broken handle, Shade screen

Now the Oceanair Skyscreen handle broke on the blind side! Yes, we just replaced the handle on the screen side! This is one of four Oceanair Skyscreens we have. The others are doing fine.
March 2018 - Currently in Marina Vallarta, Banderas Bay Mexico (Puerto Vallarta Jalisco)
The stateroom Oceanair Skyscreen gets the most use so it is logical it would be the one to have handle problems. This time we did not want to take the time to remove the Oceanair Skyscreen and fix the handle. We do have one spare handle left, instead we just drilled a couple of holes in the bracket under where the handle goes and attached a piece of line for a pull. Works fine for now and this summer we will remove the Oceanair Skyscreens again and replace the handle. The holes drilled will not show as the handle will cover the.