We are currently cruising our Islander Freeport 36 sailboat in Mexico. We have been extensively documentating our Islander Freeport outfitting for this adventure. We will now be reporting what of our outfitng is of value, what works and what is not of value.
A yummy pizza lunch at "Los Delfines", one of the restaurants
on the Las Hadas Resort property.
We enjoyed a nice afternoon at the pool. The pool water is nice and warm now that it is later in the season . We stopped here on the way south and the pool was cold back in January! Here is Keith, from s/v Nunatak.
I cleaned our bottom here. I wore the wet suit but was bouncing off the bottom as I do not have enough weight on the belt for the suit. Water is a bit cold, the pool is warm!
Some handicraft work one of the beach vendors was selling -
reminded Debbie of our son-in-law David!
"Mexican Train'" time.
We really liked this set at it had the numbers, instead of the dots - made
counting points a lot easier when someone else won!
View from inside the Ramada - still a good-sized
holiday (Semana Santos-week 2) crowd!
We dinghy-ed over to s\v Airborne and talked to Hal "Barney" (his nickname because he looks a lot like the charachter from "The Flintstones") and Kathy. They gave us the lowdown on Santiago and we went into Santiago together the next day.
On the other side of the beach restaurants is a lagoon. That means there
are mosquitos so we keep our screens on at night.
s\v Airborne "Barney" and Kathy and us stopped for lunch here with big tortas!
Putting on the goodies.
s\v Waterdog with Jack and Sara on board - ironically we
met Jack in Chamela in 2013!
I paddled over to meet s\v Waterdog with Jack and Sara on board.
They are the white dot in the far side by the hillside.
s\v Waterdog leaving as I paddled back.
I decides to try the cover on the paddle board again. I was shy to try it because the cover was on it when it blew a hole. It seems to be doing fine now. I kept checking it for pressure :)
Here I am playing "Sunshine of Your Love" with the "Pipe Bomb" amp!
Hal "Barney" and Kathy on s\v Airborne gave us the tip to put a cover over our dinghy while on the beach so the kids will not play in it, getting it all sandy. It seemed to work!
Debbie's belated birthday treat from Starbucks
- yes, there is one in Manzanillo/Santiago!!
Chip enjoying some "street" tacos - literally - off the back of a truck grill!
There was a biker conference in town so a group of them were at the truck as well!
Carroneros M.C. from Compostela
Western corner of Santiago bay where the lagoon entrance is in the corner
and the wreck is just to the left in this picture.
is something we had been concerned about back in San Diego when we had the new
Lazy Jacks installed. We were in dire straits to get a rigger to do some work
on our boat as it was nearing time to leave on the Baja Ha Ha. We got “Rocco
the Rigger” to put up the lazy jacks and some other stuff. We told him we
wanted them attached to the mast. He complained as he wanted to put them on the
spreaders. He said he would attach them to the mast. A day or so later we came
back to the boat from work and sure enough, he attached them to the spreaders.
It was not a fight worth fighting at the time as we were close to leaving and had a
ton of stuff to do.
When we arrived in Santiago we tied up the sail with sail ties and then held up the port side of the Stack Pack with the main halyard and a line run through the loops on the canvas. This keeps the main sail out of the sun!
Debbie used the ties for reefing that go through the sail to tie part of the sail up by hand to keep it from dropping off the boom. . We were in-fact going to
take them off the sail as with the Stack Pack they are not necessary. Now we
are glad we did not remove them.
We have emailed Tony:
Morrelli Performance Sails
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.morsail.com
MX Cell 322 182 5993
From USA Phone 602 449 0579
His response: "Yea, never been a big fan of Lazy Jacks on the spreaders, lucky the jacks pulled off not the spreader!"
We will meet up with Tony before we take the sails off for summer storage this year to re-design our Lazy Jacks system.