We purchased the rebuild kit for our Whale Gusher Galley foot pump

We purchased this re-build kit from Downwind Marine in San Diego.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Ventura California which is by the beach North of LA.

 We were ablel to get the peddle back into the holes on the foot pump at the last house sit where they had a workshop, although no vice. Now we still need to fing some 1\2 inch hose to test it out. We went to Home Depot but they do not sell just plain hose there. If the Whale Gusher Galley foot pump does not leak when we test it then we are good to go and have a back up re-build kit. Other wise we will need to re-build it.

And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season!


From Mazatlan to the US, the road trip North

We left on July10 and got to San Diego on July 12, 2017
Departed Mazatlán on Monday morning at 0830. Traveled Hwy 15 Toll Road entire way to border. Debbie and I split the driving.

Middle of August 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Chatsworth, San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
Roads were good until San Miguel, just past toll booth; then switched back and forth from one lane to two lanes, old asphalt to new concrete for both days of travel. Still, the roads were not full of pot holes and sometimes we were on the new concrete highway but almost always one lane each way because of the construction. Looks like construction will be going on for some years to come.

We had our fruit confiscated at the state line between Sinaloa and Sonora. No more fruit snacks.
In San Miguel, a little town along the highway (lots of towns named San Miguel) we found a rotisserie chicken shop in the town...a little pricey, yet enough for leftovers for the evening meal.

Thunderstorm first night in Ciudad Obregon; rain before heading into Nogales, Sonora MX
Hotels: 1st night - Best Western Ciudad Obregon, Sinaloa MX Special Rate 732 pesos, no reservation. Rooms were a bit old but quiet and good parking. For dinner, I had the left over chicken and Debbie had some soup from room service. The free continental breakfast did not consist of much. 

Our 2008 VW Jetta at checkout.

Nice and warm pool in a lovely setting.
Hang out area.
On the road.
Road work.
More road work.
Road work.
Did we say road work!!
We were by Guaymas and it was like the Arizona desert.
2nd night - City Express Nogales, Sonora MX with reservation thru Expedia for better rate...at hotel, 1125 pesos, thru Expedia 921 pesos  In Nogales, we tried walking to somewhere close for dinner yet found nothing so we had pizza delivered to hotel - almost as good as room service!

The next day we crossed the border at 6 30 am and were pulled into secondary inspection. We have Mexican license plates and Mexican driver's licenses. Debbie also has a California drivers license. The border agent in the booth said she did not know if we could drive the car in the US but we told her we could for up to a year. She also said we had too much in the car to look through. Whatever the reason, we got sent to secondary inspection. There, the car and us were X-rayed and we were put in a holding area under lock and key. They emptied the car and X-rayed it again and went through everything. Then we were released and on our way.  Because it was so early we were out of there in about an hour so not too bad.

 The first of many windmills!
We were pulled over in Arizona by some guys at a check point in camouflage uniforms. Hard to tell what department they were in as there are so many now. They said after we put the driver window down, "Oh, you are Americans" and waved us on. I felt lucky to be white at that point. So far no more hassles.
California wind mills. It was about 110 deg but the car was cool and ran well.

Our lunch stop was in El Centro (temp 106 degrees) where we found an In and Out Burgers - this is becoming a traditional first meal when back in the States.  Of course it was crowded yet worth the wait.

Traffic wasn't bad until we got into San Diego County.  There was a fire in the East County which contributed to the slow-down. Once past that, we stopped in El Cajon in order to wait for our daughter to get off work so we could meet her and our grandson for dinner.  Then off to North County for our first pet/house sit...and our SoCal adventure begins!!




New Teva sandles purched

OK I wore out my "Teva Men's Tanza" sandals and like them enough to get another pair, size 11.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in San Marcos, California (just North of San Diego).
Like new tires? 😏

And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season!

Mermaid 12000 BTU HVAC epic journey to the US and back - Part 2 the receiving and re-installing


We received our 12000 BTU Mermaid Marine Air unit back from repair. FedEx did not treat it very nicely but the eyeball look did not see anything amiss. The truth will be when we install it and get it running. Will it leak?

Middle of August 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Chatsworth, San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles
The box is beat up and all but to look at the unit it seems OK but will it leak, lets say no.
We ended up dropping this 12000 BTU Mermaid Marine Air unit off at our friends house Mike and Hiolly in San Diego. They let us keep it in their garage until we head back to Mexico. That's so we do not need to keep it in the car or unload it at each house sit etc. So part 3 will be bringing it back into Mexico and installing it!

Some Spectra Watermaker spare parts purchased

We went to Daily Watermakers which is a Spectra
Water Maker dealer. They are on Shelter island in San Diego.
We purchased more chemicals for pickling our Spectra Watermaker 200T Deluxe. Also we purchased a couple spare filters, just a regular filter and a 6 month charcoal filter. 


Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Chatsworth, San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
A spare sea strainer screen purchased at Marine Exchange.
Here you see the pump head. This is from the Spectra Watermaker 200T Deluxe pump. We thought we might of had problems with the pump head so we swapped it out with the spare pump head we had. We were never sure about the pump head. So we brought to Craig at Daily Watermakers and he took apart the head and saw that the O ring was kind of flat so he replaced this part. We kept the part as a spare, You just never know. He included the repair in the other things we purchased. So now we have a working spare head for the Spectra Watermaker 200T Deluxe pump again.
Old part but it still looks good.
The pump head had no dust in it when Craig
pulled it apart which means it probably didn't go bad .
All done and looking good, well I guess you would have to like
pumps or watermakers.

This is the pickling compound used at season's end.

And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season!

New can of Teak Wonder purchased

Yes, Teak Wonder. It is for the cockpit grate and stern steps and the three steps into the salon from the cockpit.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in Chatsworth, San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.

And yet another part checked off the US purchasing list for the next cruising season.

Wedding reception at Oceanside YC (California)

Dave and Marisa on s\v Pacifico had a wedding reception at Oceanside YC and we went to wish them well as we happened to be house/pet sitting near by.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We  were house/pet sitting in San Marcos, California (just North of San Diego).
From the Oceanside YC.
Dave and Marisa with some horsing around!

We hads to get in on the action with a selfe!
And guess what we saw at the Oceanside Harbor Marina, an Islander Freeport  36'!
And the name is ...
And also an Islander Freeport 41', no relation to the Islander Freeport 36' except it was built by the same company - Islander Yachts in California.
Some birds making out in the tree, it's that time.
Snowy egrets

New Cockpit cup holders for replacement and two spares

We had ordered these in advance of coming to the US. We knew we would be here in a week or so and these were on sale. We purchased these at West Marine

We need a couple to replace the two on our binical and these look a little stronger. I break them every once-in-a-while by hitting it with my butt. Then need to glue it and re-screw it in. They look bad now as they get filled with things that are around the cock pit. They also have been hit with every chemical we use on the boat. I did paint one and it looked better but still not good. So we got two spares.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in San Marcos, California (just North of San Diego).
And yet another part checked off the US purchasing list for the next cruising season.

Some Head spare parts and replacements purchased

These Dometic VacuFlush 5000 series toilets have ball valves (purchased on Amazon).
We purchased two spare ball valve kits. Also some sanitation hose, 5\8" to replace the vent hose from the holding tank. It is about time as that hose has been there 8 years or so. The hose we purchased from Marine Exchange. We still have other head spares to purchase but another two parts checked off the US purchasing list for the next cruising season.

Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in San Marcos, California (just North of San Diego).


Cockpit hardware purchased

These are set screws for our bimini and solar panel mounting SS hardware. Some times while working on these I drop a set screw into the drink.
While they are not all the same (metric, SAE or a smaller size) these will help as they are the most common. Purchased these at Downwind Marine. A lot of our bimini hard ware we have had welded together to add strength but there are still some yet to weld and others we want to be able to remove if need be so they will not get welded.


Beginning of July 2017 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico
We are currently house sitting in San Marcos, California (just North of San Diego).
And yet another part checked off the US buy list for the next cruising season.