Chamela 2014 (Perula Bay)

End of November 2014 - Chamela, Mexico

 We had a fine sail out of Banderas Bay and the trip around Cape Cabo Corientes was somewhat lumpy and rolly but we made it just fine. We had some good wind the next day and some nice sailing. We made it into Perula Bay and we are anchored off the town of Perula (Punta Pérula).

Sailing out of Banderas Bay.


Cape Cabo Corientes Sunset.

Cape Cabo Corientes Sunset.

Yep, Cape Cabo Corientes Sunset.

We picked up a hitch hiker along the way.

We have our Magma flopper stopper out and life is good. 

We have the kayak inflated and tonight when it cools down we will add the kayak seat and inflate the Starboard Whopper paddle board.

Tomorrow we will go into the beach (with our "toys" - kayak and paddleboard) for a beach landing and then a beach walk with possibly lunch at one of the palapas on the beach.

There are mostly locals here and the kids of course love screaming in the water. 
It is a fun vibe and easy living for us here.

At anchor with Debbie on her Kindle.

 Hard not to hang out longer however we are sailing off in a couple days to Tenacatita as there is a good weather window. Our "Banda Ancha Card" is working fine even here. It is a 3G card from Telcel that fits into out USB port on our Windows 7 laptop and I am using it now to post this and get weather grib files.

So far we are the only boat anchored here!


Heading South, really!

End of November 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

 OK we did not leave yesterday, we were just too tired. So we stayed in Paradise one more day and rested up. We will be leaving in a few hours.
 I cleaned the bottom and it was worse than I had expected and Debbie wore herself out also on a bunch of other preparations. We never got the boat washed or other cosmetic things up to bristol. Lots of people have boat workers come and wash the boat and wax it and put varnish on the teak, clean the bottom etc before leaving. We need to do this all ourselves so our 36' Islander Freeport "B plan", Elegant'sea, is not "Yacht Club" ready but the important things are - us and the systems:)
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We have our dinghy, kayak and paddle board deflated and secured on the bow.
All our hatches will open and the inflatables are "out of the way" so to speak. 


From "house boat" to "sail boat"!!



Varnishing stateroom

Middle of November 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Got the trim around our Pullman (pulperson) birth in the stateroom.  It looks good and adds a lot clean of clean bright work to the area with doing just the trim so far around the opening. I even kind of made the bed for the photo ? The pictures show the Pullperson birth in different  settings hopping to show off the new varnish. One is with the light coming in through the hatch and port hole.  Another with the hatch shade drawn and blinds closed. And then with the covers Debbie made for the port holes which completely turn the area black dark even at high noon.

This we did earlier this summer.



All around the bed opening.


Then for good measure we did the door to the storage cabinet over the bed (1978 Islander Freeport).


Heading south - or Itinerary

Middle of November 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

This is what we have planned out but there will most likely be changes due to weather and other factors.
 We are leaving today about 2:00 PM and hope to sail around Cape Cabo Corientes about 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM.

Some of these legs will be multiple overnights and others will be day sails. 


Our first leg will be:

That’s an overnight-er. About 24 hours (91 nm). Getting around Cape Cabo Corientes safely is the man concern here. It can be quite nasty.


 Chamela, which everyone calls the area.

It is actually Perula Bay and the town of Perula (Punta Pérula). The town of Chamela does not have a good anchorage.

We will anchor in Chamela bay (Bahía de Chamela) - Perula,is a small fishing village there.  

Then off from Chamela to Bay of Tenacatita (29 nm) going inside the Island in Chamela bay 

Bay of Tenacatita is a beautiful anchorage and we will venture across the bay into La Manzanilla


Melaque


We have already anchored here in Melaque and it has a beautiful view but we probably will choose the Bara Lagoon this time as it is just easier and we are dong a lot of traveling\sailing. This was a stern anchor spot as the swell wraps around. The dinghy landing can be good and can be not so good.

Barra-Bahia de Navidad is only around the "corner" at 14 nm.

Barra-Bahia de Navidad - 19.203°N 104.683°W

 Barra-Bahia de Navidad in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Then we go off to Manzanillo /Manzanillo Las Hadas  (25 nm) .

Manzanillo /Manzanillo Las Hadas - 19°3′N 104°19′W

Manzanillo /Manzanillo Las Hadas in the Mexican state of Colima

Then Manzanillo to Caleta de Campos (114 nm).

Caleta de Campos

Caleta de Campos:  We have heard this is a beautiful anchorage with a friendly town although we have also heard there has been some security problems so we may or may not stop?

Caleta de Campos to Zihuatanejo (75 nm) .

If we do not stop at Caleta de Campos then were looking at 3-4 days at sea.

Zihuatanejo Anchorage  in the Mexican state of Guerrero

Zihuatanejo Anchorage Here there is "Sail Fest" and "Guitar Fest" in the Spring.

Papanoa

Acapulco in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Acapulco in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Puerto Angel in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Punta Galera in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Puerto Escondido, in the state of OaxacaMexico.

We will probably stop here for rest. It is a good surf spot so there is a swell for a rolly anchorage. Anchoring is in 70+ feet of water. We will use all of our 300 ft of anchor rode :) 

Puerto Angel in the state of OaxacaMexico 

Hualtulco in the state of Oaxaca

Hualtulco in the state of Oaxaca, there is a marina here along with an anchorage with a few small bays for a choice of anchoring. 

Debbie up the mast again for Lazy Jacks

Beginning of November  2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

We moved up the river for some in-coming weather and so decided this was a good time for Debbie to go up the mast again. The "Lazy Jacks" needed to be put through the blocks on the spreaders and.

Debbie with Lazy Jacks in hand.

Up on "E"dock there are no boat wakes from boats entering and leaving the harbor or surge from the river so the boat stays still, to a point, it is a boat :)



We get a wave here!

Lowering down the lazy jack on one side.
Now to get Debbie to polish the SS Garmin (GMR 18 HD\24 HD) radar  mount :)



Beta engine motor mount rust - OSPHO and paint

Middle of November 2014 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

 We have found and are working on our motor mount rust.



This one is by our zinc and at first I was not that careful when removing the zinc for a quick check on the condition. The salt water would splash out. Now I am real careful not to spill any salt water :)


We were directed to use OSPHO by Stanley on the Beta Marine Forum then paint.



"RUSTED METALS - OSPHO is a rust-inhibiting coating - NOT A PAINT You do not have to remove tight rust. Merely remove loose paint and rust scale, dirt, oil, grease and other accumulations with a wire brush - apply a coat of OSPHO as it comes in the container - let dry overnight, then apply whatever paint system you desire. When applied to rusted surfaces, OSPHO causes iron oxide (rust) to chemically change to iron phosphate - an inert, hard substance that turns the metal black. Where rust is exceedingly heavy, two coats of OSPHO may be necessary to thoroughly penetrate and blacken the surface to be painted. A dry, powdery, grayish-white surface usually develops; this is normal - brush off any loose powder before paint application."


The rest of the instructions can be found on the OSPHO web site.


 So we have done the wire brushing and some sanding and applied the OSPHO .


After 24 hours we will paint!

We purchased a pint of gray rust preventive paint from a local paint store here in Puerto Vallarta.


24 hours after applying OSPHO to the motor mount.

We wire brushed it and then painted it.

We did all four MM.


Just painting away!

Tried not to get too much paint on the rubber inside the motor mount.

I thought we should try some of this paint on the old bronze plumbing as it looked so good.

The coupling was getting rusty and so were the bolts on the tranny side so we earlier had touched up the red (but had no OSPHO ) and now used the OSPHO  and then painted the coupling.

Looks good so far!

No more rust on coupling or bolts!

From this..

To this : )  The edges are rubber as there is a rubber pad the MM is sitting on. Also there is a big rubber dampener inside the motor mount I tried to stay clear of with OSPHO, paint etc.

All four MM done and no rust!

From this...

To this...Next it will be painting the other dorad hose.