Beta 38 impeller checked

Beginning of February 2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

 Before we left Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay in November 2015 for this cruising season among other things we checked the Beta 38 impeller for wear.

THe impeller looked fine and so back it went. We lubed it up and done with that.

Debbie Up the Mast of s/v Falcon

Beginning of February 2016 - Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon
Debbie up the mast of our friends' boat, s/v Falcon (Dave and Pat) to retrieve a pennant halyard from the spreader..easy peasy with a bosun's chair and two strong men (Dave and Chip) to winch her up!! (Pat tended the line!)

This was in the morning when anchored in Barra Lagoon, Mexico so no wind or fetch (yet)!!

Scupper project starboard side

Beginning of February 2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

Debbie going for a look to see where we are going to put the 
scupper on deck...what's under the deck?

Here is the spot where the previous owner put an outboard motor lift on the deck and the holes we filled. Looks like the spot. This will remove the holes and add a scupper!

The drain hose will come down here by the Icom antenna tuner 
and run along side the diesel fill hose.

Old holes that were filled.

This is the spot.

Finding the middle of the circle.

Drilling the pilot hole.

Now for the real hole, 1 7\8".


Taking off the rough edge with a rasp.

This tool is a custom tool our son-in-law David fabricated for us when Debbie was in the US in 2014.  She purchased the drain, explained to him how we needed to bevel the edges of the deck so the drain would sit flush in the deck and this is what he created, from scratch!!

David during the creative process....

Had to use the Dremel on the fiberglass.

A fit...which we did several times.

Debbie vacuuming up the mess...she did this several times also.

Getting close!

Finishing touches!  

We are there.

Debbie inside lazerett sanding the hole and cleaning the area.

We are installing the scupper with 3M UV4000 and I am passing Debbie 
some on my knife blade. Guess not the best way of passing 3M UV4000 
but the tube wouldn't work in the caulking gun so we had to cut the tube :)

Temporary hose to keep water out of lazerett.

In the foreground is the diesel fill cap - covered with silicone 
to prevent water from getting into the diesel tank.

Looks good. we'll clean up some of the 3M UV4000 another time!


Santiago to Barra-Bahia de Navidad passage - ship aground!

Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad Middle of January 2016

 In Santiago I dove the bottom and cleaned it real nice. We were missing our prop cone zinc! There were marks on the skeg where it looked like a net could have been dragged by it. The shaft zinc was missing a piece. I do not see how a net or long line could take the cone zinc and the screw holding it in. It was me I think who replaced it last. I may have not gotten the screw in tight enough/ No harm done to the prop as there was no etching so all is well.

We were doing 5 + knots to Barra-Bahia de Navidad at about 1800 rpm's, saving fuel and enjoying the beautiful day on our clean bottom :)

 We motor sailed along the coast about 1.5 nm off shore. We did not come across any long lines or fish nets. Could be there were not any or not any in that close is a better bet. At any rate it was a beautiful day and the seas were nice. We left at about 7:30 am with light. 

 As we came up to Punta Graham we decided to cut through the outer rock and the point. It is plenty deep with a little turbulence from, I guess, the point affect and outer rock affect.

The outer rock is off to port.

As we were coming by Punta Graham and taking a short cut through the rocks and saw the bones of a ship aground at Punta Graham off to starboard. A bit eerie as going up on the rocks became a lot more real.

The Los Llanitos is not going any where, as you can see it is broken in half.

The Mexican cargo ship Los Llanitos is trapped between rock formations after it was dragged and ran aground during Hurricane Patricia near the town of Barra de Navidad, Mexico, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015.”

Going around Punta Graham looking at the ship.

There is this Ocean tug and scowl anchored
 in the bay to assist in any salvage work. 

The scowl.

Also this helicopter (blue tail) by the hotel
 boat launch ramp for Los Llanitos salvage operations.

Going around to the point to the Los Llanitos.

Anyway, Debbie took us through the outer rock and the point and we survived just fine in Capitan Debbie's hands!