Starboard spring line cleat installed

End of March 2016 - Anchored in Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon, Mexico

We have been anchored out now in various places on the Mexican Riviera for over four months straight now.

Scouting out the spot for the Shaffer 6" SS cleat.

Scouting out the spot for the Shaffer 6" SS cleat.

Not our Islander Freeport  - Here is the example we followed on another 36'  Islander Freeport sail boat.

Not our Islander Freeport  - Here is the example we followed on another 36'  Islander Freeport sail boat.

Not our Islander Freeport  - Here is the example we followed on another 36'  Islander Freeport sail boat.

We got our SS (Schaefer Marine - Part Number: 60-150) spring line cleat installed on the starboard side. We copied an Islander Freeport 36’ boat like ours that had one installed. We tried to get the line (test line) so it would not touch the cap rail as it passed by the chock and the rub strake (Part Number:  RSE  12") on its way over the cap rail. It went fine until we were installing the (Perko Straight Chock - 4" x 7/8" Chrome Plated Zinc Alloy”) chock. I got caught up into getting the chock aligned with the rub strake and forgot the position it was going to be in. That is, the chock was supposed to be closer to the cleat.  Our big test line still has a bit of clearance but not much. 

. I suppose if turns into a problem we can move the chock a 1\4 inch or so closer to the cleat with minimum fill and drill and no cosmetic problem. We will not be using real big lines on this for spring lines.We will use 1\2" lines. We do not want to trip over the cleat and also use it for a variety of purposes. 

Checking for clearance with a lager than 1/2 line for the cap rail.

Checking to see how far fro the cap rail or how close we can install the Shaffer cleat.

We drilled pilot holes first then the 1\4 inch hole for the screws.

Debbie holding a piece of wood in case the screw would hit anything.

The Schaefer Cleat is in and ready for the 3M 4000 UV to be applied here and then fender washers and lock nuts and nuts.

Barra-Bahia de Navidad lagoon
The fisher men are pulling up the net they laid by us.

The small fish get thrown back and the Pelicans try to get them first.

The fisher men have rowed on but the Pelicans lazing out still.

Giving the Schaefer cleat a little persuasive adjustment with the glass hammer.

Ok, ready to be installed with 3M 4000 UV.

Lining things up.

Sizing things up. We tethered the Perko chock in case ....

Measuring for center of cap rail.

Fitting a chock screw into cap rail.

So we should have the chock a bit closer to the cleat.

We would have liked a SS chock but were only able to find a Chrome Plated Zinc Alloy at the time in the 4” straight type - this was in Mexico.

Measuring for Perko chock placement.

Measuring for Perko chock placement.

We put the 1"  rub strake on the cap rail next. 
Then aligned the chock to it, the chock had one screw in it..

Looking good!

Looks great and should function great!

The fore and aft cleats on the Islander Freeport are 8” in size. Debbie likes what we have done with the Schaefer 6” spring line cleat. The recommended dock line size for a 35’ boat is ½ inch and that is the size max size the Shaffer 6” so we are all set there. I think we could have gone to the 8” size to match the bow and stern cleats but this 6” should be fine as it is. The 36’ Islander Freeport boat we copied the cleat install from used 6” cleats for spring line cleats so we did. However, a 36’ Islander Freeport boat we copied that had installed a set of Kato Marine Island Davits looked fine but after using our Kato Marine Island Davits in Mexico for the first time realized they really needed improvement. That took re-engineering the davits and a lot of re-work to get them right. Of course now we love them and they are a breeze to use.

I did look at other sail boats and they had the same size spring cleat as their fore and aft cleats. So I guess I did not learn did I?

This is a great addition to the boat and we think Islander should have installed these at the factory back in 1978 when our 36’ Islander Freeport was borne.

 This seems like it will be a great position for a preventer line and block to run to the stern.

We now have the boom tied off to the spring cleat so it will not shade the solar panels. Before we tied the boom off to the cleat on the sail track or the cleat on the stay. That meant we had to climb over the line when walking on deck. Not now but we do need to duck by the boom a bit! All is good!

Cafe Bean and pollo

Post written during middle of March 2016 - Anchored in Las Hadas, Mexico

Heppened in beginning of March 2016 - While anchored in Santiago, Mexico

 After we dropped off our laundry, we went to the Cafe Bean cafe in Santiago for WiFi and some good coffee. We found it...with some good air conditioning too.

Looking outside.

We also picked up some Pollo (chicken) roasted in a pit. It was really good and juicy. There was also a nice looking Harley Davidson that stopped for some.

That's what he had left. They do ribs also. I think pork.  Next time!

Cap rail inside re-sealed

Beginning of March 2016 - Anchored in La Hadas, Mexico

 It has been several years since we sealed our cap rail. There are a few leaks now into the boat. We decided to re-seal it before leaving for the summer rainy season (hip replacement). First off we went all around the and picked out all the loose old 3M 4000 UV and as we went we used a small round file and a piece of #220 sand paper to clean out the crevice. Then there was the taping of the top and bottom of the cap rail. A long job but worth it. Debbie taped up all the stanchions with brown paper. Again well worth it as cleaning up 3M 4000 UV from the deck and stanchions is a lot of work. Also it is easy to miss the stuff and a year later I am still cleaning it up.

Debbie resting from all the bending over - this work is hard on the back!

 That was a couple half days work and that is about what we do is half days. Then it was doing the do.

 Debbie did the pushing in of the 3M 4000 UV and smoothing it out She used a yellow finger smoother you get at Home Depot.. I followed and removed tape and cleaned up...about 5 minutes behind Debbie. It all went well. I used a bucket with plastic bags in it to hold the removed tape. I went through about 4 bags. Along with Acetone and paper towels (strong ones) the clean up went fine.

We had purchased a new caulking gun and left the old one at the trash bin in the Las Hadas marina for re-use but not by us.

Ah, boat maintenance in exotic places!!

Mercado Cinco de Mayo in Manzanillo, Mexico

Middle of March 2016 - Anchored in Las Hadas, Mexico

Mercado Cinco de Mayo in Manzanillo, Mexico is listed in the Pacific Mexico: A Cruiser's Guide and Debbie really wanted to check it out so we did!

After a bus and a taxi, we found the place - it is in the centro area of Manzanillo!  We had a great taxi driver who dropped us off on the top level, which is where the food shops are.  We asked him which was his favorite and he said they were all good!

 We wanted to eat here yet they seemed closed.

So we walked around and found this pozole stand.  
We had never had pozole so we tried it!

The prep stand where onions were chopped and bowls filled.

The amazingly large pot where the pozole was cooked in.

Here is the bowl that was served.  For Chip, he had extra meat - pork - and put the hot-hot sauce on it along with lettuce and radishes.  Pozole, by the way, is a hominy stew.

 This is the view from the second floor of the 
fruit and vegetable stands on the first floor.

And then the restaurant stands on the second floor.

 There were large family farm stands as well as the small 
mom-and-pop farm stands to choose from.  
We went to the small stands for some apples, carrots and cucumbers. 

 There were also gift stands upstairs.

Chip really wanted tacos so after walking around the mercado, 
we went outside to find this taco shop - Taqueria Don Pepe, here since 1972.

He had two bistek (steak) tacos...then went back to another one!  
They even had his favorite drink, horchata.

To get back by bus, we had to walk several blocks (after asking the local police) for the number 1 bus.  We are glad we went on this adventure!!