Santiago kayak\paddle board friends

This is an older post we never published. This was in 01/2016 while anchored in Santiago Mexico.
Jeff and Carolyn on s\v Third Wish and Nick and Janet on s\v ?.

Middle of June 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Jeff and Carolyn on s\v Third Wish.
Nick and Janet on the blow up kayaks.
Jeff and Carolyn on s\v Third Wish.
Me on our leaky Starboard paddle board.
Me sinking on Starboard inflatable paddleboard.
One of several patches!

VW Jetta gets fluid flushed\changed for trip North

The 2008 VW Jetta we bought in April (about two months ago)
is in the lube shop and this time for new Valvoline 5-30 oil and filter change.
(This is an older picture but this is the place we went back to.)

Middle of June 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
The transmission fluid was also changed and we flushed and changed the coolant (antifreeze). This was done as general maintaince and for our trip North to the US and back. Note that we had the oil changed sooner then necessary because of the prior work done on sealing the pan gasket...wanted to make sure it had fresh, new oil for the trip.   We also purchased two quarts of oil for spares just in-case we would need them. That is doubtful as the car does not use oil up but just in-case 5-30 is hard to find in the US.

A new cover for our Honda 9.9 outboard

Here you can see some of the local sport fishing fleet
and how they keep their outboard engines covered until they're used.
Not on a panga that is used all the time but these are not used daily. Our Honda 9.9 outboard will be sitting here for months unused in the sun and we thought it would also be a good idea to cover the rest of it (the bottom half) for those months each year.

Middle of June 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
When I was taking the above photo I noticed a young guy cleaning fish
and the half dozen pelicans around his feet begging for scraps 😎

A fitting.
The top half was previously made from some sunbrella fabric
 scraps we had on the boat from previous projects.
We added the DOT twist fasteners so the two pieces could be joined.
It is coming along with the bottom going to get made.
The base will be made with shade screen (90 percent) for air flow and water drainage.
Another fitting.
Bottom made to fit as tight as it could be so that the wind
did not whip it around...had to get around the propeller and the skeg.
Another fitting.
Debbie at work on fitting the cover.
Debbie putting on some DOT twist fasteners at the dock.
Debbie decided the cover needed a couple more.
Watch that thumb!
So nice to have the tools of the trade!
 All done and looking fine!
Great job Debbie!

Sewing for boat neighbors on m\v Misty Michael

Debbie is re-sewing all of the outside 70% shade in gray for m/v Misty Michael. Two times! One a straight stitch and two inches in from that  a zig zig stitch! They were all worn out from the sun.

Middle of June 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Sewing away.
Some of the coverings.
Geri from m\v Misty Michael. Chris is onboard with dog Goofy.
m\v Misty Michael.
We have all gone to the VIP moves a couple times
and are going out to dinner soon. Chris designed this yacht!

VW Jetta went to the suspension shop and got booted etc

Here we are looking at the plastic pan that helps protect the motor from rocks etc.
It could be held up better as one end is missing a couple screws and the area is missing some plastic. We brought with us a couple SS screws and lock nuts along with a drill and drill bit etc.

End of May 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Here I am drilling a hole in one end of the plastic pan and the wheel wall.
No place I know of in San Diego, CA will let you under the car and let you muck around with your own drill!
The screw is shown here before it is tightened,

The guys were more than willing to do most of the work.

Tightening up the screw.
New rear sway bar hardware.
New front rubber boots.
Looks nice.
They had to take off the front axles to put on these new rubber boots.
  Costs about 1\4 of what it would north of the border!
All work was done for about $100.00 USD including putting in the new screws and parts!
We gave the guys a nice tip for putting in the screws.

New zipper put in the aft shade for the boat

Debbie is replacing a torn jacket-type zipper on our aft summer shade cover 
Debbie is also doing some re-stitching of some thread-worn areas by previous summers UV. This is the old aft Shadetree boat awning systems fabric.

Middle of June 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
This is a lot of fabric to handle.
Cutting the threads out of the old zipper.
And there goes a new zipper being sewn in. Soon the cover will be back up on s\v Elegant'sea helping protect the boat and keeping us cool.
Thank you Debbie!