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.
s\v Elegant'sea sailing Marina Mazatlan to Stone Island
It was 7 knots of true wind with 9 knots of apparent wind and that gave us about 5.5 knots of speed. The wind was out of the SW and later clocked around to mostly West. The seas were flat but there was a decent size swell which was breaking on the beach.
The channel exit is to the port as the break water curves to port. Looking back on El Cid Marina.
Debbie taking us out of the Mazatlán channel by El Cid Marina.
Looking back past El Cid Marina to the channel that goes to Marina Mazatlán and back into the estuary. There are lots of canals and bridges back there and it is fun to kayak or dinghy back there exploring.
We have friends that rent the top floor year round in the smaller condo building to the left. We called Boni to tell them to look out the window but I think it got lost in the conversation. Anyway, it was fun to call them.
Coming back to the channel.
This entrance is on the port side. Not an easy place to go in and out of for the first few times and definately not at night.
Last fall when we came to Mazatlán we were about to enter the channel but wanted to get fuel at El Cid Marina to top off for the summer. Debbie called El Cid Marina to make sure the fuel dock was open. They said yes but....there is a dredge blocking the channel entrance a bit in. Wow! Lucky we had called because how would you know that! We did donuts for about three hours before they moved the dredge and went to lunch. Call first if you are not sure..El Cid Marina is on channel 16 and the Mazatlán morning net is on 72 at 8 30 am. We happen to be net controllers (s\v Elegant'sea) on Tuesdays for next two months.