Rust-Oleum Flat Black and Gloss White

These come in handy and we never see just cans
of Rust-Oleum - only Spray cans.- in Mexico.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Hailing port change - San Diego to LA

We are going to change our hailing port on the transom of the boat
so we worked with Tom of The Graphix Group in San Diego; they did our last
hailing port change when we bought our boat from Ventura nine years ago!

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

Tom, working his magic!

Tom is peeling off the unnecessary material. 

Almost finished
Tom has the eye for straightness!
Tom taught us how to install this the easiest way by lining up
the pencil lines he drew on the paper to insure it is straight.
Safely put away in a box for transport.
Wa La...it looks good! 
We'll do the ceremony and de-install/re-install of
the new name sometime in the near future.

And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

New galley towels purchased

We have a three-towel system in the galley - one color for hands,
one color for counter top and one color for drying dishes. 
We try to keep them separate, hence the three different colors.  We do this in order to keep the galley as germ-free as possible. These are microfiber which allows them to dry quickly.These were purchased from Amazon.com also!

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

Our current galley towels sorely needed replacing! 
We still need to decide which color will be for what purpose :)
We tried this different company as they were more affordable and
offered the size of microfiber towels we wanted for the galley.

And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

More watermaker suplies and spares

We purchased these from Daily Watermakers in San Diego. This is for our Spectra Watermaker 200T Deluxe watermaker. We had just purchased some spares last month but decided we needed more.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA


And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!


Getting ready for Mexican customs


Some of the things missing are the bicycle conversion kit - a 36 pound box with a kit to make a bicycle into a motorized bike; this is for a friend in Mazatlán. Also our 85 pound 12000 BTU HVAC unit we had repaired at the factory. Our new paddleboard cover
and a few other things.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

 This also does not include all our clothes\suitcases etc.
We followed the Mexican customs form.
We had four categories - Tools, Boat, Household and Sporting Goods. 
Nor does it include this SUP cover.😅

And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Propane bottle adaptors - bad tank valve

These are for the little bottles. One of two propane bottles we have had a bad valve.
So that leaves us with one bottle. About 2.6 gal of propane. They are 10lb bottles and they are composite. We made our own propane locker and so it does not fit other bottles. So for now we will use an adaptor to put a small bottle on then use the one 2.6 gallons and when that needs filling we will use the propane adapter so we can put on a small disposable bottle to make coffee etc. Where the other 2.6 gal bottle went we will use a small disposable bottle. This new system will get us by for a season until we get another propane bottle that will fit. 

 We had thought that we would need two smaller composite bottles in case we needed to take one on a bus or something. That has never been the case, at least on the Mexican Riviera..there has always been propane fill up available.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

Here is our propane box with the two composite bottles in it. One went bad.


And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Boom Hanger purchased.

This Boom Hanger was purchased from Downwind Marine in San Diego.
Just in case we want to connect the preventer to the end of the mast. It is also handy to have just for grabbing the boom.Three inches wide for our Islander Freeport 36 boat s\v Elegant'sea.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA


And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

More VACUFlush spares purchased

As you can see we purchased more back ups for our waste system. We should be all set now but as you know it will be the part we do not have that.....well there is not much left we have not purchased as a spare. Next year we will get those. 
We purchased these from  Seacoast Services.com.

October 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Pacific Beach, San Diego CA
And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Electrical switches: two 12v DC - purchased

Purchased from  Marine Exchange,  2-12v on\off switches
These are for backup. One is higher amps than the other.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

AcuRite Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer with Humidity Sensor - purchased

Wireless Thermometer and Hygrometer
Our plan for this is to have another source for the inside temperature
and humidity besides the HVAC thermostat or the Garmin GPS/Chartplotter.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA
 
The light automatically shuts off after a few seconds.
We can also move this to different areas of the boat to see what the temperature is there. Knowing what temperature it is outside is cool also. Now we have to turn on our electronics to see the temperature on top of the mast. This will eliminate the need to do that.

"Tracks indoor and outdoor temperature (degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius) with trend arrow
Displays indoor and outdoor humidity (percent RH)
Provides daily high and low temperature and humidity records
Intelli-Time digital clock automatically adjusts for daylight saving time (DST)
Bright blue momentary backlight for easy viewing"


And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Filter Dryer for FrigoBoat System - Refer/Freezer

 We purchased this Filter Dryer from "Costal Climte Control" The newer FrigoBoat systems come with these Filter Dryers installed in the keel cooler.  Ours is older so we needed to purchase one. 
 We have been having problems with the tubes by the Evaporator plate freezing up after defrosting. A little bit of water has separated from the coolant and is causing this. When this happens now we put hot rags over the tubes and it melts the ice and starts working. The fitter dryer will take care of this problem. Our FrigoBoat system is 6 or more years old and still working great. Now it is time for the filter dryer and it is just plug and play. Of course nothing on a boat is "just"!


November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

SUP Supplies

Surfstow Deluxe Transport Board Covers - 10'6"
In anticipation of getting a new\used paddleboard, I ordered the rest of the SUP board-specific equipment 😏  We know what SUP we are going to buy so getting a cover now is not a problem. Thy are hard to get in Mexico. We got this from West Marine as the other places were sold out. We did get some cash off because West Marine was having a sale.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA
(file photo)
Bigger than I thought it was going to be.
Have to make more room in the car for the trip back to Mexico!
 Pretty cool paddle holder.
 When mounting the board on the surf racks at the stanchions this will help protect it from the sun and dings.
Also when we do an over-nighter or two we put the SUP and Kayak on the foredeck and lash them down. This will help keep the SUP from damage.

"A lightweight, heavily padded transport case, perfect for a ride to the beach, or even on a plane. Large interior pockets with drainage and an exterior pocket for your paddle give you all the protection you need. Available in 4 sizes. Velcro fin slot Interior hold down straps\Luggage tag Large, molded non-corrosive zipper. "
DockLocks SUP and Surf Board Lock One Size
"The DocksLocks Surf and SUP System is an excellent way to protect your surfboards and SUPs from theft.
The DocksLocks Surf and SUP System comes with everything you need to get started.
Includes: (1) Stainless Steel, coated DXLX Cable with re-settable combination; (1) DXLX Jaw; and (1) Cleat for use in fin track.
Packaged in a stylish mesh bag.
Lock the cable to a roof rack, park bench, bike rack, lamp post, etc. The possibilities are endless."
Yuebo SUP Paddle - 3 Piece Adjustable Stand Up Paddle Board Paddle (Carbon Shaft)
Carbon Fiber SUP Paddle, 3 Piece Standup Paddle, Adjustable Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle by Ancheer purchased from Amazon.
Back side.
Front side.
The inside has pockets.

"A Top Quality, High Performance SUP Paddle: ideal for intermediate, high skill level paddlers who want to cruise, tour, race or surf in all kinds of water conditions
An Adjustable Stand Up Paddleboard Paddle: adjustable length from 65.5’’-84.2’’, a paddle applicable to paddlers of different height
A Lightweight & Floating Standup paddle: carbon shaft + nylon blade with carbon print, weighs only 1.7 lbs, the sad story of "paddle sunk" will never happen to you
A 3 Piece Travel SUP Paddle: seconds to break into 3 smaller pieces and seconds to assemble with a push-button connection, come with a carry bag for you to travel with
12 Degree Blade To Shaft Offset: a perfect compromise angle make this standup paddle provide paddlers great forward propulsion and saving strength"


Soooo, look forward to getting that paddleboard!!


And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

Spares for our Honda 9.9 hp outboard motor

We went to The Dinghy Doctor in San Diego to purchase spares
for our Honda 9.0 hp outboard motor.
We picked up:
Two spare spark plus
A thermostat 
An impeller and gasket
A couple of new O rings and spare screw for the bottom end oil change.
Oli filter
Fuel filter
And I think that is about it.

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in University Heights, San Diego CA

And yet more parts checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season on s\v Elegant'sea!

In case you forgot what we look like

At the VA in L.A., CA. 

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Pacific Beach, San Diego CA


Our boat is still safe and we miss it!

 We definitely are homesick. We miss  s\v Elegant'sea!
Thanks to Rick and Cindy on s\v Cool Change for sending us these photos! 11/5/2017

November 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Pacific Beach, San Diego CA

 
11/5/2017
 
 
Still covered...thank you Dockside Services/Merchco Marine Solutions!! 
Tyler and Hector really take care of everything while we are away.