Surf spots and Mazatlian surf tour - Part 3 of 3

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

A lot of the places we went were un-marked turn offs from the highway, and by un-marked, I mean just a couple ruts on the side of the road easily passed...like this area.
The road to nowhere any more?
This, Jack said, was a road or a path to a surf area. Now they have made a regular road but blocked it off. A new hotel will be built on the other side of the tracks, ocean side. This they call progress? The hotel may never be built or possibly not in my lifetime.
Jack is getting the lowdown from a fellow
and his son at the construction site for the highway\road.
Moooo...
The square seems to always have a church. This was in Marmol.
And the town square.
Whinny?!
Part of the lagoon which is dry now.
They raise shrimp in the lagoon when they flood it.
Some of the lagoon has water in it from the changing tide. 
Beautiful snowy egrets on the shore of the lagoon!
Lomas Del Mar de Piaxtla - another town we drove through.
The dam that makes farming the lagoon shrimp possible.
Here they string nets along the top of the dam in case it overflows, 

There were many pangas on the side of the ocean inlet to the lagoon.

This was the overview of the area from our perch up in the hillside!

We were surprised to see this lone cactus growing right out of the rocks!


There were a lot of birds overhead, from water hawks to frigates to vultures.
Our perch above the inlet to the lagoon.  The town had built steps
up there hoping to attract tourists to the town.
Here is a fisherman we watched from a cliff above the lagoon inlet. 
He put on his wetsuit then went about laying his net. 
Thanks to Jack, we enjoyed seeing all the surf spots (and all the birds)!!


Debbie glued teak to cover hole

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

This hole was a creation of the the previous owner and we want to cover it.
We long ago made a pice of teak to cover it with.

Debbie readying the glue.
Debbie was gluing up a fender and glued this on at the same time.
Now it is finally covered!



Changed the spark plugs in the Honda 9.9 hp outboard

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

 It was time (or rather not the right time) but it needed to be done. Confused? We should do our yearly maintenance before we lay up on the boat for the summer. So at the end of the sailing season, at the beginning of hurricane season, we should have done this. However because of my hip replacement and other factors we did not. So it is getting done now and again when we tie up for hurricane season getting us back on schedule (not a good sail word).
Our 2012 Honda 9.9 hp outboard sitting on our stern. I had to sit on the stern rail to do the spark plug work.
As you can see the bottom spark plug is a bit of a challenge. Not real hard but takes some contouring of the hand and is a bit awkward to get at. This could be because I was sitting on the stern rail and the bottom cover was still on. The bottom cover really does not need to come off to do the job. It would be more work to take off the cover than to work with it on.
This spark plug had some oil on it?

Our tube of anti-seize is kind of beat up but still functions.

ours is an old tube...looks like it is not sold in tube any more? 


Both old plugs out.
We used Super Lube on the top of the spark plugs to keep the boot end from sizing up. It is the same grease as the type sold for the job.
 This job is all done and the 2012 Honda 9.9 hp outboard is back together. Next phase is to move the boat close to the dock where the motor is and do the other maintenance. Such as zincs, oil change, lower end gear grease change, fuel filer change etc.


Removing bracket on Beta diesel engine and hose fix

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

Removing the bracket on Beta diesel engine. We got the two bolts off without much of a problem. No cracked knuckles...just a little awkward. One holds the house battery bank ground. We cleaned up the ground but it was in good shape anyway. The bracket made it a bit difficult to get at the impeller. Not any more!
Cleaned up the House battey bank ground cable and lubed it.
We spotted a leaky split hose. It was just wet around the top
when running the engine. We decided it would be better to fix it.
Bracket gone. At Beta Marine they now sell touch up paint in a bottle with a brush. So no more using messy spray paint. We will order some next trip to the US.
The white is powder that got flung around to prevent bugs.

This fix still leaked so I wrote into the Beta forum
and was told to use a solid hose clamp and could replace the hose.
The hose is still in good shape (six years old) so we went looking for a solid hose clamp like what we took off. We wanted to replace it with a new one.
New with old hose clamps.
Got some new solid SS hose clamps for the 3/4 inch hose.
We then cut off about an inch of hose to get fresh hose. We heated the top area of the hose up some and slipped it on with a new solid hose clamp. And that, as they say, is the end of that story.



Honda 9.9 hp outboard got new fuel filter, oil, gear oil etc

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

 We first moved the boat next to the dock with the Honda outboard as close to the dock as we could get it.
New zincs next to old zincs. The zincs were not really that bad. The motor is out of the water most of the time. If we are tied up to a dock and we are going to be in town or at a resort we will tilt the motor out of the water. Of course on the beach landing using the dinghy wheels the motor is on land!
Next was draining the oil which went fine.

Then we looked for the new Honda outboard oil filter and we did not have one! Darn. So off to town to find one.
Our first stop was AutoZone as it is well stocked.
We decided to look for more Beta diesel fuel filter. We have one but I think at least two spares is best.  At AutoZone we found the Honda oil filters cross referenced to a Fram filter. We got two. We also picked up a second spare oil filter for the Beta diesel. I did lose my UK Sails baseball cap as it flew off while we were riding in a pulmonia.
Pulmonia statue on the Malecon of Mazatlan
Our next stop was NAPA where they had the Beta diesel fuel filters.
Well, they ordered four fuel filters for us. Should be a few days. Just as spares, in case.... And at NAPA they gave us each free T-shirt!
After NAPA we stopped at this shop and got some gear oil
and pump to make that process a lot easier and not as messy.
We had this tube of gear oil for the Honda 9.9 lower end but the process with this is a lot messier.

I decided not to waste the tube so I used it and it was messy. Also it was not enough so I had to drain the lube out again and start over rather than mixing gear oils. It did flush out the gears though.😟 So I guess if I had read the manual then I would have known how much the Honda would take? So from now on we will use the pump and quart containers. It was much easier. Also I think it took about half a quart.

We had a heck of a time getting the lower Philips screw out and with repeated tries with the impact screw driver it would not budge.
The head of the screw was starting to get wrecked so I did the no-no and used the screw driver and put it on the edge of the screw and used the impact driver to whack the screw driver. Impact driver right? Anyway it worked and broke the screw loose. We do have a spare screw which we used in the end.
Done!
A little harder over water and on the other side of the motor when standing on the dock.
Next we put on the new oil filter
and Debbie started adding oil - here she
is checking the oil level.
Debbie adding oil.
And getting it right.
Old fuel fiter in rubber casing.
New fuel filter installed.
We also touched up some places with some white Rust-Oleum paint where there was some peeling paint. It is inside where it is not seen.
Time to put the casing back on and cover.
Here I am connecting the two overflow hoses to the casing.
And wa la - all done!