Zihuatanejo - hanging out in the plaza\square by the beach

Anchored in Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico End of March 2015

While in Zihuatanejo we went to the plaza\square regularly on Sunday evenings - sometimes on other evenings however Sunday was the day you could count on.

The square by the beach has a basketball court and many nights in March (March madness) they were playing. Some teams were pretty good. They also had a women’s league. We could hear the whistles in the anchorage. Every Sunday night there would be a concert of some type with dancers etc. All free of course. The locals would be selling tamales and corn either on the cob or in the cup. The corn was my favorite. I would get the cob with manoyanesa and hot sauce with some salt like rock salt. Yummy!  This square is on the malecon. 

This was a musical group playing for the peace recertification ceremony.

One of the "elote" (corn) stations.

One of the dance troupes that came through.


Setting the stage and rehearsing before the evening show.

Looks like they were going to do the hula!

Fresh popped popcorn along with aqua fresca.

Helado (ice cream) carts galore!

The tamale lady.

A dance team that performed.

More tamales!


The elote (corn) lady. Part of the anchorage is in the background.

Debbie with her cup of corn and my corn on the cob!

No basketball tonight :(

Another concert is about to start. You can see s\v Elegant'sea (our boat) 
out in the anchorage.

Ice cream bike!

My ice cream - coco (coconut).

Drinks and popcorn (no butter, hot sauce).

Places for kids. This one is for painting.










Water maker cylinder cracked again - replaced

Anchored in Isla Grande at Ixtapa, Mexico End of March 2015


Again Debbie replaced the right cylinder on our Spectra Water maker 200T Deluxe. This cylinder has cracked twice now. After trouble shooting the leak and finding it is a cylinder again we called Spectra Water makers. We then had to arrange for a cylinder to be shipped some place in the US for some cruiser friend to pick up on some trip up there and return it to us. Spectra Water maker does not ship to Mexico. Of course all this time (months the water maker is leaking a lot of water and not producing the 8 gph (gallons per hour) it is supposed to.


This tool we made up for replacing the cylinder. We cut off an Allen wrench and had it welded to a rod with the rod welded into a 5\16 - 8 mm socket. The total overall length of the "new" tool is 12" long.  Makes life easier!!

This is a pain to replace and so we asked Spectra Water makers how we can prevent this from happening again? For instance could we convert the higher pressure 200T to a non-tropical version which makes 6 gph instead of 8 gph but uses less pressure. Spectra said we could do this but it would not stop the cylinders from cracking. What they did say was good and bad. Spectra said they had gotten a bad supply of cylinders and others have had this problem also. So this was the first we have heard of that in the last three years. It makes sense as the new cylinder they sent us last time cracked also. It is not fair and has been a major lot of work each season tearing apart the water maker and needing to use it at the same time. Debbie puts plastic sheeting under the Spectra water maker and then vacuums up the leaked out water with the shop vac each time making water. A lot of work! Any way this may be a good thing (bad batch of cylinders) because now that the cylinder is replaced and is not cracked or leaking it should never happen again!



We used our handy dandy air compressor (we usually use for breathing 
while cleaning the bottom) for blowing out the piston in the old cylinder.

White piston in cracked cylinder.

New cylinder.

Cracked cylinder with piston in it.

Put the nozzle of the hose from the DeWalt air compressor hose into one of the slanted "check-valve" openings in the cylinder. The air pushed the piston out.

White piston on plastic.

Unit where cylinder goes.

Leaking ferule.

We have been making water now for about a month without any issues but one. Because we had to remove the cylinder a bunch of times the SS tube to the membrane is leaking. We have had to pull off the cylinder then find the crack then replace it and still use it then replace it by pulling it off again etc a couple times. So the ferule is worn out on the SS hose and we had asked Spectra to send us a new one and some “O” rings but none came with the cylinder. Oh well so a minor leak we can handle for now.


Free Evinrude 4 hp outboard

Zihuatanejo end of March 2015 at anchor

Kathy and Dan on s\v Lungta gave\traded us an Evinrude 2 stroke 4 hp outboard motor with gas tank and hose for a USB stick.
s\v Lungta's blog



We had gone over to Lungta for dinner and had a great lasagna dinner!  We also talked guitars as they had recently purchased two from the local guitar maker here in Zihuatanejo or well Paracho in Michoacán. (The town is famous for making Guitars and Mandolins.)  I played his guitar and told him about the songs I was learning in Spanish. Cielito Lindo-G and La Bamba-G which we have videos and chords for. That is what we put on the USB stick (thumb drive) for Dan.

Zalapa Guitars

More info


OK enough about the guitars, on with the Evinrude post.


We hope to sell this for a few pesos when we get back up to Banderas Bay.
There usually is someone looking for a spare outboard there around La Cruz, Paradise Village Marina, or Nuevo Vallarta etc. These pesos will go towards our new kayak fund. Plus we are recycling!

It is really old but Dan said it ran last time he tried to start it. It starts in gear (no transmission) and swivels around for a reverse. But it is lite and easy to store.

These are frozen up but some penetrating oil should fix that.



It has a broken tiller arm. A new one can be made up for a few pesos.



Just the right size to fit in a lazarette!!














IMSS - Nutritionist menus

End of March 2015 Zihuatanejo, Mexico at anchor  Elegant'sea on Facebook

The images I reduced by 50% so they would be more web friendly instead of the scanned in size. So you could download them and enlarge them by 50% and they should still look ok.

Click on image and right click to download (Windows). 

They are in Spanish. Debbie translated them for me and does the meal planing so that made it easy, for me :) any way.

 Since going to the Nutritionist  I have lost 40 lb's. I was about 220 lbs and now am about 180 lbs. Been doing this in some form for over a year - year and a half.

All local foods so it makes food shopping easy.





Zihuatanejo lagoon

Zihuatanejo, at anchor middle of March 2015  

We were on the hunt for a person to repair the Solstice Trekker kayak  so we went to who else, the locals. There is a lagoon in the far north of the bay and a foot bridge over it.


We took some of the pictures from this foot bridge.

You can see a dive shop and some restaurants across the entrance to the lagoon.

This is a little park where we sat for a while in the shade, not a bus stop :)


Taken from the foot bridge looking into the lagoon.

Taken from the foot bridge looking to the bay.

Taken from the foot bridge and you can see waves coming into the lagoon. This is rare. We were having 8' rollers coming into the anchorage and so some of that was even getting into the calmest part of the bay and lagoon.



Some rental canoes used by the locals for fishing.



Wondered what these boxes with holes in'em were for/?

The lagoon water rushing out with the tidal surge from the storm system.

As it turned out we would need to go to La Ropa beach where they tow the banana boats to see about a repair person. We were not too keen on it by land because the road is being worked on and long delays were part on the bus ride.