Acapulco - VIP Movies Cinépolis - 2015

Acapulco  - at anchor, end of January 2015

This is the coolest thing! Going to the movies and getting waited on for food, really comfortable love-seat recliners and a big screen! 

  We have already gone to the movies twice :)  (We saw "Elsa and Fred" the first time - not great - then "Night at  the Museum 3" - this was very entertaining!!)
  Inside the VIP movie area where you buy the tickets there is a full service bar and snack bar and a bunch of leather sofas.  They even serve alcohol, if you like. 
Outer lobby.
 We took the yellow bus the second time. It is the nicest of the buses. 
It has nice A/C, upholstered seats and is real clean. The driver wears a white shirt and tie! It is about a peso apiece more (about 9 cents) than the crazy buses. But the crazy buses are fun whereas the yellow buses are nice but a bit boring.
Debbie getting tickets for the 3:00 pm something show.
Outer lobby with entrances for the non VIP movies and a full-service
 restaurant area and snackbar.
Non VIP movies with game room in back.
The price is right at about $5.50 USD each but we go on Wednesday when they have the special rates. That is really not bad as we go to the movies in Puerto Vallarta and it cost us $4.00 USD on Wednesday apiece.
VIP movie lounge area.
The big screen with Debbie walking in.
Debbie at our seats.
M & M's please?
Holy cow! and good popcorn and/or popcorn and kettle corn combo! 
Burger's and about anything else.
And you can make out!
I do not want to leave!

Garmin Wind Vane - gone again! - Acapulco 2015

 The first time it was removed by a Frigate bird, Jorge replaced it for us.

Mid January here at anchor in Acapulco 2015
He also added the bird spikes.
The other day Debbie wrote to Garmin about losing our Garmin wind vane again!

Garmin Wind Vane:
We heard back from Garmin in response to our inquiry to them since we have "lost" our third wind vane due to the Frigate bird  - "Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I would be happy to help you with this today. I am sorry to hear that you have had such trouble with birds and the wind vane. Garmin has redesigned the wind sensor and our gWind transducers are available. "

New, redesigned product:  gWind Transducer
So what does that mean?
 Are they going to kick us down one for free?
Well not likely :)

We did hear back from our electronics dealer in San Diego - Shelter Island Marine Electronics -  where we inquired about the new product - "It is not quite plug-and-play.   You’ll have to run a new cable down the mast.   This cable plugs into the included GND interface unit.   The GND10 will then tie into your existing NMEA2000 network.   Getting the new cable down the mast is the only difficult/time-consuming part."

The last times Debbie had gone up the mast, retrieved it and we replaced it on the boat. Then Debbie went up the mast again and replaced the whole thing by screwing it back on the top of the mast.

Down on deck for repair.
We attached the vane to it and Debbie re-mounted it to the top of the mast.
But wait, it is gone yet again!

 The darn Frigate bird  has claws and not webbed feet. It is agile and can perch it's self on top of the Garmin wind vane. But sometimes when they fly off they fly off with the Garmin wind vane! We have "bird spikes" up on top of the mast but they can only reach so far without stopping the Garmin wind vane from moving around. So if Garmin does not send us a free re-designed "Wind Transducer" then we will install the new vane along with a rake up on the mast. It is supposedly a proven method to repel birds here.  

Not sure about the Garmin wind vane as it sticks out a ways in front of the mast. We will be trying it most likely this summer when Debbie goes up the mast again to replace the old-style wind vane and install the "leaf rake".

Acapulco - Bottom cleaning - 2015

Acapulco - anchored 2015 middle of January

We cleaned the bottom before we left Zihuatanejo with Debbie doing the water line and I dove the bottom.  Here in Acapulco I cleaned the water line and below as far as I could reach. This gave me something to do as I swam around for exercise and the bottom can use it. The bottom is not real bad but there is getting to be some growth on it. This is the clearest the water has been in a while here in Acapulcoso I can see spots I missed before also. Before leaving I will dive the bottom and clean it up good and the prop etc with Debbie. Yesterday Debbie and I had a nice swim and did a salt water shower and then a fresh water rinse off in our boat shower. We also made water all day and took a couple trips to the paddle board repair guy by dinghy but that is another post.

We are thinking of getting a dive flag or inner tube to let people know we are in the water.
In Zihuatanejo a panga came and delivered propane and I was diving the bottom. I usually hear the props going by but think just that, that they are going by not along side our boat. Coming up etc can be a hazard or just cleaning up by the water line! 

Zihuatanejo Malecon - 2015

Beginning of January in Zihuatanejo  2015
Taken from the stern of our boat s\v Elegant'sea You can see a walk over bridge and the walk goes over rocks and all the way around the bay.
There is a walk around the bay here in Zihuatanejo Malecon . It is quite a nice walk. We also scored some perty good WiFi from a place on shore. It worked only during the day but was good.

Acapulco Capitania de Puerto - 2015

Acapulco - middle of January 2015
Port Capitania office building from our boat. How easy can it get!
We went to the Port Capitania office and checked in the other day. Quite a big office but this is a big city compared to other places we have been checking in. We check in in each place we anchor. We do this because we want to respect the rules here in Mexico. Also if we have been and when. So we have a problem at sea this would help us. 
Debbie doing the paper work.

Autopilot button hitting problem solved

Acapulco  middle of January 2015

Below you see the cover we made for our Garmin GHC 10 class A under deck autopilot.
We installed this GHC 10 display here because it is visible throughout the cockpit and also there are limited choices for the install. We do not want a crowded binical as you see in our other posts - we just have a simple Garmin 740 chart plotter on our binical. However this placement has it's own set of problems as we have found out. It is susceptible to the buttons being hit by your knee. Also, as you see lines and other objects that can bump the buttons sending the autopilot in "You have the wheel" mode or worse. We have another display for the Garmin electronics (GM 10) at the nav station and we do not use a cover on it. So we modified the cover as it is extra.

Here you see the modified cover for the Garmin GHC 10 class A under deck autopilot.

The autopilot can be completely configured with our Garmin 740 chart plotter but you need this GHC 10 to set up the auopilot when installing it or re-configuring it. Sometimes we use it also for quick tweeks like changing the heading by a degree or two with an arrow button. 

Here the autopilot is following a route.
Here the autopilot is following a route.

Garmin GM 10 at nav station. The GHC 10 is similar without the cover on it.

What we did was pretty simple really. We just cut out the middle.

As you can see the cover has a ridge for the display so we used a box cutter knife to cut around it and Wa La - we got a solution to our problem of accidentally hitting buttons.

Here we are sailing with "Wind Hold".

With 450 nm under our belt this season so far this is proven to be a good solution!

Papanoa to Acapulco passage - 2015

Acapulco  middle of January 2015

We went from Zihua to Papanoa (aka PuertoVicente Guerrero) and had a lovely two day rest.  It was a quiet fishing village with a breakwater protected anchorage.  Not a lot of room for too many boats but plenty for us (and another boat came and went while we were there).  Then we left at 2am - luckily still had the moon so the early morning hours were vivid with stars and a calm sea.  Once day broke, we were able to sail for about 2 hours before the wind gave out - quite a lovely sail at that!!  Without the wind we were really sweating that we would get in before sunset....that fear was luckily unfounded as we dropped anchor right at sunset - with a beautiful red sky to look at! We were right to be concerned about coming in at night because it was our first time here and we wanted to anchor. 

We anchored in 17’ of water at mean low tide as we scouted for rocks. We then took a nice shower and watched a show before going to bed for needed rest.

 Because we had our Garmin GHC 10 Class A under-deck autopilot break down on us and since re-installed it in a new position and made a couple other modifications to it after getting it replaced under warranty, we have been slow at testing out all the functions.

We did have some wind for a while and got some sailing in. For the first time we used the "Wind Hold" function on our Garmin GHC 10 Class A under-deck autopilot.This worked like a charm and we actually stayed close to our route because the wind was East SE and we were pinching. We had a double reef in out genoa and a single reef in our main. The sail plan and boat felt balanced. We did 5-6 knots and had a great sail.
Sailing on autopilot.
We were quite anxious for the sun to rise!!
Debbie in the cool morning hour.
It was my turn to get a concert! Debbie playing the flute 
and reading music from her Kindle Fire.
Hamming it up :)
The sweet sound of music from a sweet girl!
We could have followed the route Debbie made for the 
Boca Chica Channel but there was a fair amount of boat traffic so 
we hand-steered and you can see the bread crumbs.
There were several fishing pangas on the approach, this shot
 taken from the boat to starboard.
 When we were entering the bay through the Boca Chica channel (not as scary as it looked), there were a lot of party boats going out for the sunset. We did not see any buoys but there may be lights for markers on land
Yet another party boat, going out for a sunset cruise!!
. We had no pangas approach us for a mooring however we also weren't over in the marina area to the left. We had researched the internet about anchoring places in Acapulco and found a blog that mentioned this area, as recommended by Henry and Pam on s/v Rapscallion.We are anchored right in front of the Port Captain's building, near all the fishing pangas. (16 51.045N 099 53.933W) We had a smaller tour boat operator warn us from going too far left as there were bocas (rocks!!) so we steered clear!! There is not any clearly marked anchoring areas here. There are rocks scattered around and that makes it more difficult. From what we here most people get a slip at one of the four marinas and mooring balls are offered. Our friends Heinze, Margarit and daughter Dominique on v\v Meridan a 48’ Tayana were put on a mooring ball to wait for a slip at one of the marinas. They dragged the ball! We have not checked out the marinas yet but think they are med-moored to a non-floating pier.