Restaurant Mr.Lionso, at Playa Bruja formally known as Bruja's on the beach

Middle of January 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Restaurant Mr. Lionso, at Playa Bruja formally known as Bruja's on the beach

Good food, reasonable pricing and of course a beautiful view. 
When we left we walked back to Marina Mazatlán.
The island in the distance is by the entrance to the channel entrance to the Marinas.That is a four mile walk along the beach [most of the way] we did.
Debbie with Mike and Elizabeth from s.v. Kitty Toes a 37 foot Tayana.


Main sail back on the boom and new reefing lines

End of January 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

We have no sail cover, no sail, no Lazy Jacks.
We got the Lazy Jacks up when we had the mast cleaned and polished.

Debbie getting the boat ready for the main sail.

The main is up and the stack type pack is on.
We lubed the sail slugs with Mc Lube as we went.
The sail cover needs some re-sewing
 as the zipper is coming apart in a few locations.
New five eighths reef lines next to the seven sixteenths reef lines we had.
The old ones were way too big and thus hard to handle going through the sail and sheaves on the blocks. Plus they were heavy making the main harder to raise with the other issues.
New and old reef lines.
 You can see the new reef lines on the boom.
We have tested them [at the dock] and they work great.
Still a bit long but we are waiting for a shakedown cruise
coming up soon before doing final cut off.
 
 
Here you see a sail tie and the main halyard.
We will sew a couple straps on the sail cover
to hold the halyard. It has been a good spot
for keeping the halyard while at anchor.


Ventura 150 200T Deluxe Water maker gets some leaks fixed

Middle of January 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Our Spectra Ventura 150  200T Deluxe Water Maker developed a few leaks. One was particularly troubling as it was really hard to get at.
Behind this panel, in behind the yellow knob there is a leak. There are also a couple small leaks elsewhere but rather easy to fix. But that is never a sure thing.
Debbie, the water girl starting the removal of the bracket
that holds the pump [behind which is the leak] and the charcoal filter and valves.

Re-positioning the hoses from the bracket.
This hose that goes to the charcoal filter is attached to the fresh
water system of the boat. We need to plug it so we can use the fresh
so we have decided to install a valve to make it one step easier.

Hose plug we use.
Ok Debbie got the bracket off and there is the leak!  Not an easy place to get to.
We took out the old white fitting which we had a spare straight one and replaced it. Then we cut a piece off the hose and re-attached the hose. All not that easy but we got it done.
Removing the hose clamp.
Removing the hose. We had to be careful
not to melt the wiring and other objects in the way.
Tricky spot.
Cutting hose with scissors.
Here is the leak in the back of the bracket.

The old plastic white hose barb is shaped like an egg.
No tightening of the hose clamp will stop this leak. These hose barbs really are crap. We just have not been able to find any replacement with the same thread and size, mostly five eighths.
The bracket with filter and pump is now back installed with leak fixed!

Ok Debbie is now working on the second leak.
This one goes to a L shaped hose barb that we do not have a spare for.
So Debbie wrapped plumbers tape around the barbs and then re-attached the hose. That fixed that till we can get some replacement hose barbs in the US at the Spectra Ventura 150  200T Deluxe Water Maker dealer.
Ooopps a bad hose clamp. Broke apart when we went to tighten it.

Ok another dumb thing to our thinking.
This white special valve that attaches to the Spectra Ventura 150  200T Deluxe Water Maker is made of paper thin plastic in the middle portion of it. The idea here is the white valve has a check valve in it to prevent the waste water from coming back into the water maker. Also it is a quick release [the gray button] for inserting a hose for pickling the water maker. The place where it is paper thin of ours cracked. Do you think there is a place handy in Mexico to get one, or even the US. Not a chance.
Got to be a dealer special order deal. So we taped it up best we could and it is working. Hopefully we can get the season out of it. We also braced the hose attached to it better.
 Now we are back in business and will be making another bigger spares list.
 s v Kitty Toes with Mike and Elizabeth let us rummage through their hose fittings and we found this one by Watts. This means we may be able to order these online and not need a Spectra Ventura 150  200T Deluxe Water Maker dealer such as  [Daily in San  Diego].

Mast deck joint gets some more sealing

Middle of January 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
Debbie is removing the blue tape after putting on the black cyclone around the baser.
 We just wanted to make sure there were no leaks around the mast at the deck. That is the flange that holds the mast.

I had previously cleaned the area and washed it with acetone.
All done and now to put the white Sumbrella boot cover over it.

Stone Island in Mazatlán by bus\ferry

Middle of January 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

We went to Stone Island the other day. We is Karen of s\v Solitary Bird and Debbie and I. It was a fun time and it was a land trip. We will soon go there by s\v Elegant sea. It will be a shakedown cruise before crossing the Sea of Cortez.

 We first took a bus to the ferry landing and then a panga ferry to Stone Island.

Karen.

Debbie with her blue life jacket, that matched her outfit!


Nearby there is also a cove where the panga fisherman hang out.

Karen.

The big ferries that cross to La Paz and go up and down the coast also dock nearby. They load cars in from the stern. You can also get a cabin onboard if you like.


Getting off the panga ferry you see these signs.
 We walked across a spit of land and were on the beach on the other side of the island.
Go right and you walk towards the anchorage and that small beach. Go straight and you go to the big beach.
Debbie and Karen.
There are lots of restaurants and miles of sandy beach! We strolled along for a nice beach walk and then stopped at Lety's for lunch.



Just one more beautiful beach in Mexico!


 There is an anchorage there for several boats and is never crowded.
You could land a kayak or dinghy here on this beach or there is a beach to the right which is a good spot.
Beach to right of the anchorage, North.
At times, there has been a theft problem but none in the last couple years. M\V T.G. Wazoo was anchored there. M\V T.G. Wazoo is always tied up here in Marina Mazatlán. There seems to be a easy dingy landing on a north beach by the anchorage. You can actually anchor anywhere around there but for the best wind protection is the North end. There is no protection for a South swell.

At Lety's we watched the beach goings on and relaxed.

Karen at Lety's.

Always good music and horse back riding and four wheel fun.


Not to forget getting you hair braided\beaded.


After some lunch, we walked into what is called town.
A few small stores, a beer store, a couple small tiendas, a water store and that’s about it.

We saw a lot of tractors and could not figure out why?


 Lots of tourists take tours to Stone Island and they go on a catamaran and then once on the island they are moved around on wagons pulled by tractors...aahh!

That’s why all the tractors.😄