La Costa Marinera - Mazatlan for dinner

We (Chip and Debbie on s\v Elegant'sea) went for dinner here at La Costa Marinera with Rick and Cindy on s\v Cool Change. Great sunsets!

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Note this is a catch-up post from back in May 2016 when we first arrived in Mazatlán.

Nice Mariachi band.
Nice sunset.
Rick and Cindy on s\v Cool Change and us, Chip and Debbie on s\v Elegant'sea.
Fish tanks inside restaurant.


We have sailed between this island and the restaurant.
Picture-perfect evening with good friends!



We sold our four hp/two stroke Mercury outboard motor

Yes we sold our Mercury outboard. It was a 4 hp two stroke and ran like a top.
We have had it stored under our bed in the stateroom for 5 years...never needed it. So as they say, we will need it soon because we sold it. I am betting we do not. We have a solid Honda 9.9 outboard we bought new just before we left for Mexico. It has run flawlessly and is quite quiet and fast. In the Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon we clocked ourselves at 15 knots. That is with Debbie and I both in the dingy.

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Debbie digging down in storage
so we can get at the Mercury outboard.
This makes s\v Elegant'sea a bit lighter!

s\v Elegant'sea sailing Marina Mazatlan to Stone Island

It was 7 knots of true wind with 9 knots of apparent wind and that gave us about 5.5 knots of speed. The wind was out of the SW and later clocked around to mostly West. The seas were flat but there was a decent size swell which was breaking on the beach.

End of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
The end of El Cid Marina.
The channel exit is to the port as the break water
curves to port.  Looking back on El Cid Marina.
Debbie taking us out of the Mazatlán channel by El Cid Marina.
Looking back past El Cid Marina to the channel that goes to Marina Mazatlán and back into the estuary. There are lots of cannels and bridges back there and it is fun to kayak or dingy back there exploring.


The little stone beach which is part of El Cid Marina.
The exit to port.
We turned to port after the pile of jetty rocks
and the next point of land to go out through the islands.
Starboard side of the channel out.
Leaving the channel looking to the port side.
The channel entrance is side ways to the ocean. So you come in and turn to port. If you stay more port you avoid some of the rollers and breaking waves to the starboard.
Turned to the West now and heading out we immediately came upon a fish net.
To the starboard is Cerritos beach Mazatlán. Nice beach but rather steep for walking on although we did walk it all the way back to
This is just wrong (the fish net part)! Anyway, we decided to head along the coast and then up between the Islands, The Isle of Deer and The Isle of Wolves (Isla de Venados e Isla de Lobos).
We could have navigated around the net but it seemed easier to detour.
One reef in the head sail now. We are getting our sea legs back.
Debbie taking us out. We have the full main up
but the head sail has a reef in it to start out.

We have shaken out the head sail reef now and are enjoying a lovely sail.
Full sails out now.
Beautiful day!
Hamming it up.
The beach is Playa Olas Altas and is located in Old Mazatlán.
This is called The Malecon, that we sailed along
on the way back to the Marina staying inside the islands.
El Faro Island has the highest light house in the world.
We have friends that rent the top floor year round in the smaller condo building to the left. We called Boni to tell them to look out the window but I think it got lost in the conversation. Anyway, it was fun to call them.
Coming back to the channel.
This entrance is on the port side. Not an easy place to go in
and out of for the first few times and definately not at night.
Last fall when we came to Mazatlán we were about to enter the channel but wanted to get fuel at El Cid Marina to top off for the summer. Debbie called El Cid Marina to make sure the fuel dock was open. They said yes but....there is a dredge blocking the channel entrance a bit in. Wow! Lucky we had called because how would you know that! We did donuts for about three hours before they moved the dredge and went to lunch. Call first if you are not sure..El Cid Marina is on channel 16 and the Mazatlán morning net is on 72 at 8 30 am. We happen to be net controllers (s\v Elegant'sea) on Tuesdays for next two months.






















Temporary Mirage 12000 BTU AC unit for summer comfort

This Mirage unit is a one ton AC unit made here in Mexico.
It is a 12000 BTU unit and the same size as the Mermaid Marine Air 12000 BTU unit we have for cooling the salon. It is not working. Mermaid Marine Air said they will fix it for free and take care of all the shipping if we can get it to the USA. With our new to us VW Jetta we can now motor it up to the states and ship it off for repair. In the mean time this unit will keep the salon cool. At present it keeps the whole boat cool. Come the summer months we will also need to run the Mermaid Marine Air 5200 BTU unit that we have for cooling the stateroom and head area. It runs great and has since we left the USA.

OK now we need to put it on a hatch. For us we need it to cool the salon.
We luckily have to big 20x20 hatches and because we hang on the port side of the salon the Mirage unit will be put in the starboard hatch. The bad news is the hatch is close to where the deck drops off to the stateroom coach deck which makes it a bit difficult to configure.
We did get it mounted and up and running.
We took the plastic vent grate from the Mermaid Marine Air unit and some hose and taped it to the Mirage unit. This way we can direct the air any way we wish. But more importantly the hot air that rises does not get mixed up with the cold air that is coming out of the unit.
This is just a temporarily set up because we remove it to go sailing and stow it on deck, which is a real pain!
This does work good for keeping us comfy. Also on a noisy night we can close the boat up and turn on the air and it is cool and quiet inside the boat, s\v Elegantsea.  

This looks a little Gorky but it works. The plywood is sitting on two fenders. There is also two 1x1 pieces of wood to tilt the Mirage to port for water drainage.

Our dock mates told us to use some windshield sun protectors to make the shroud to vent the ac air inside the boat. The hatch makes the top rigid part of the shroud. That's what we did, it took two windshield covers to make the shroud. It is insulation and |Debbie made the shroud by taping the cut pieces to form the shroud\scoop.
This ac unit is on a Catalina. He says it does not keep the boat cool in the summer. It does help in the spring.

This is on another boat and the same thing applies. It helps in the winter and spring but does not keep the boat cool in the hot summer months, the owner said.


50th Anniversary dock party at Marina Mazatlán

Joe and Fran on s\v Yancy went to the sausage man
and picked up a bunch of really good sausage for the barbecue.
This sausage shop in located in Old Mazatlán..

Middle of April 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Pebbles, one of two.
Rita and Darryl on s/v Overheated.
Joe and Fran on s\v Yancy...John at the grill. It is their 50th
wedding anniversary - cause for celebration!
Roy (standing) on s/v Saucy Lady, Wally (in gold shirt) on s/v Andanza        
and Jim (seated in white shirt) on s/v Galapagos
Chip at our dock box\table.
Yummy, great pot luck. Debbie made her famous deviled eggs!
Debbie's deviled eggs in the foreground.
Go Joe!
and Scooter. These dogs are well behaved and quiet.
Eating up and not by bugs!
Joe and Fran.
Roy getting the champagne ready for the anniversary toast! 
Debbie playing "The Aniversity Waltze" on the flute.