so we survived that one……

as usual.

and now we have our    paperworks  in progress, finally, after   x number fone calls to virginny and    emails.. wow so many..and ..whew,  finally . i have the receipt for  the uscg  use of my card for   documentation.


did i say finally..

and so the search  continues for the filter housings i need  for the  engine  to remain  awesome  despite being used   in a hostile to it environment.  cartridges re easily found, but the housings….

and now i see i need to replace the trident exhaust hose. ok.. there are hose   stores in mexico– not certain  of where closest  one is..  will find easily enough..if all else fails,  use a taxi. the drivers know a   lot  and  are  locals, so nothong is without  access…

found some  zipties for temporary  clamping of   booms.. we might try to fly the mizzen and jib, or parts of each, if……

this  boat will be soooo happy to see next port, as i promised her a  transformation, of sorts–kinda a partial makeover, and a bottom  job/haulout.

ok so i forgot the froot loops….

storm_102download (18)two_pac_2d0and blanca is a windy beast not giving us any much needed rain.
life is good–even with the storm a week season on us earlier than usual. and so intense– two majors in two formed
still looking to get to mazatlan by winter–hoping for junes end or mid jooly. gggrrrr.. mebbef or my birthday– dont know yet. depends onmomma natcher and her wimsy and stormations.plotsystemforecast_nt_pz_pa_2015_active_invests_fulltropics_merc_640x280_640_48020150606.1445.goes15.x.vis1km_high.02EBLANCA.115kts-943mb-173N-1092W.98pc_zpsxhzrdea5

long time no see..oops… bad me

ok and so. with the whoops of having disrespectful crew yet again, and with prep for depoarture for points north for repairing important things and sketchy wifi and other connections.. and …..
it seems i will be tryying to pit a formosa against a furycame…. so, before i do this rash deed, i am repairing things i am finding broken by the last alleged helper..
one of these days i will find an apropriate soul who loves the boat and will help in exchange for sail time and a share the sail situation wherein all get along and have fun. seemsimpossible.
i am in middle opf toilet repairs–yet aqgain.. second pump assembly in 8 months.. why, you ask, do my toilet poumps self destruct so fast— prolly because alleged helpers/workers pump toiulet paper , aka papier mache , down th e hole. not a good thing to do . papier mache dont flush down and out, but remains within the confines of the hoses until such time as no one is around to help drag hoses off fittings and ye get a stopped head. oops.
as this is a somewhat shitty topic i think it is time to change it. topic that is
i will be removing my windmille before departure, as i have noticed some changed in mizzen mast. i wanna ge tther eintact, as much as possible…
and i have found the answers to the questions i received the wrong answers to whiole chukkee was here–i asked if he saw cracks in the glue lines of my booms, mizzen and main.. he sed no he saw none.
ok. i am glad i didnt count on htat as an honest answer,as the twain are cracked for at least 6 inches each.
oops. thankyou for honest answers–i thought he was here to help, but i learned otherwise. i fired him the same day we go there into marina, as he enmdangered boat by refusing to answer when i asked a simple question– is my sprit clear of the piling– i had to ask twice, and a neighbor, jim, of liebling, a beautiful amel, told me i was NOT clear…oops… but half length of sprit not clear.
upon returrn io=to interior of my bosat, after tying he roff to dock, i was confronted with the question”well, what ye gonna do , FIRE me??” to which i replied.YES.
and he was gone, spewing many wierd sentences as he left, such as..he had been shanghaid with 5other guys in florida and he was held captive and he yada yada.,.is schizophrenic. ok.
glad i didnt go to sea with this nutcase.. had a feeling, so i waited 6 months to see how we would get along– we would not. ever never.
and so…..
i had rqusted a leak be repaired in head hose– required 2 inches to be cut from length.. i found that therre wa sanew leak into boat and the part cut from hose was 8 inches.. ok. i aint gonna go down before i reach the yard, i hope– so i maintained my stuff.. new hose, new pump. ok. sreacock lubed and worked. whew
packing unit needs replaced or modified for reuction of ingress of water as i motor to mazatlan, as sails aint gonna cut it….
need racor fitltration system, in particular the water separator–mine seems to have been made permanentlhy nonfunctional, a spitcock fitting was destroyed then lost. ok. i had a 200 i am refitting for use, and seeking another of whatever number i can find to make 2 filters before engine, as i do not wish to make this engine nonfunctional. is awesome perfect .
my brother located for me a garmin, 498, same as i already have, so installation is spozed to be easy peasy.
chainplate bolts– i was told they are fixed. NOT. rodl
i was advised my … and so it goes.. folks were advised my boat was frepaired by this clown who tried to make it worse for me..
i found the problems and fixed em.
the original problems continue withou t change.. not fixed.
and that is why i am retiurning to a place in which found a good crew with whom to work on this boat and friends in area and a good veterinarian bubba already knows– dr rafael of la jungla-awesome cool with critters…
no, we havent given up–we strengthening for renewed adventuring..

we in lagoon now…

came out here under own power, finally.

still  in dire need of  electricity–havent been able to charge batts..learned the cranker  was  no good..ditched it for another–now checking and improving house banks.

tonight finally running engine..we see how the   6v  golf cart batteries are holding  up when we have   sent  enough electricity into em to make em actually show a charge…  oops…..

found  new  6 v  golf cart batts in melaque–buying 2 fri, will add another 2 next month.  is only money…lol…

winter again arriving…

10649777_10152687337378744_2322678839913420465_n (1)10606406_10204319203250459_8070972288750327474_ncropped-1533862_713943878617806_234851646_n.jpg 20140503_071539 (2)20131222_183711DSC06852bubba likes thisalthough one would never know that here— all our weather is awesome, and winter is dry season.
summer is cane season… nice n wet n wild with walls of rain and occasional winds, always a daily breeze to 20 or so kts…hot water under keel… yes, hot. gets to near 100f in water in lagoon.
in pacific was nice n toasty for creation of storm systems. this season was exciting. there were some 8 majors with incredible energy.
some were not fun to watch.
odile was a bitch.
there will be some repairing happening in baja for a while , yet.
some places will not be same again.
change is good.
our (life’s) only constant is change.
so somewhere in december, this boat will again be out at anchor.. hopefully with a new fuel rail ( lacework tubings do not transport fuel to injectors adequately, it seems…) and some other projects in mor ecompleted state. we see…
after we have accomplished something here, we will head to banderas bay for sail re-repair…. seems the jib i s mis-shaped thanks to mike alleged north sails, of la cruz de huanacaxtle. there is thankthe gods a second sail maker in la cruz, so i can have the gusset placed by mikee removed so i can again sail my heavy cruiser. at present i have a foot and half permanent luff stitched intop sail by an inadequately skilled alleged sailmaker. (when in la cruz, do NOT use north sails mike. only association with north sails is the logo. he is not associated nor affiliated in any way with the real north sails )
we will also be increasing and improving the battery storage situation on this boat– and the charging system, as well as emergent projects this boat has a tendency to dream up for my entertainment….
have a friend with me now– many projects can be addressed so perhaps panama could be a true goal in shorter time….
we see….
we still need to re align engine and install guages and meters and at some point a new packing gland and cutlass bearing.. mazatlan seems best for that job and a half, and not the gringo side of town with slings to remove yachts from water, but in the old harbor where the yards still have rail systems of hauling out a sturdy boat….
sorry marina-only in summer for you….
for me it will be good to be able to change my location and it will be good to be able to actually be able to use interwebz to purchase boat goods i am unable to purchase here, due to fail wifi (the only problem with this location, i may add…lol.)
it is awesome gorgeous here, but it is time to relocate…

furycame odile

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cabo san lucas and la paz areas were destroyed as were much of baja as odile ran up the peninsula.
we read yesterday evening of the second la paz casualty, and they still seek the remaining missing individual .
is a very sad time for cruisers here in mexico, in particular , in baja and golfo de california.
there is a donation site for assisting in th e rebuilding of la paz…

there is also another funding organization invoilved in the rebuilding of cabo san lucas…
if you can help, please do.


wake up to gorgeous morning.
start puter for weather.. ok so far, so good..
turn on radio and speak with neighbor.. still good..
then put pot on for coffee– good thing i had made coffee in a pot sized quantity yesterday because my flame quit..
problems. try to relight– not. ok
cold coffee today. it just isnt as satisfying as that first warm cup in am as ye fail to type so someone can read it..
and the FAIL of bad paws as the *&@#* thing wont come unglued as fast as i did…
ok we still have a few neighbors to abuse.. yes guys, this one is for you!!! thankyou for the assist so i can re fill my tank. !!!!! and i will go buy a nother one so i have not one but 2 again.
my second one is so rusted after 2 1/2 years in our environment– the aluminum ones last loong time, but the steel ones are rusted to nothing rapidly, despite paing coating them.

yes i am still seeking someone with paws that actully function as a crew and sailpartner and adventure sharer…. have had no takers as yet– we see and seek….
one came close– but…. we see what unfolds as we go….

ok so .

we met a crew potential….even agree with many ideas and team decent.
bubba only tried occasionally to shred him, but stopped after introductions were formalized. good kitty.
usually we get an amazing sensation  of fail after meeting new potential crew– this didnt leave that taste, but a different one i cannot identify.
would be fun to sail with this one, and we do get along and….
no, i aint rattin meself out, as folks might actually READ this stuff… rodlmffao.
and dont want to jinx anything.
is all in the whites iof the eyes, and when seen, and such….
in meantime, i wont hold breath, but continue towards my main goal–sailing a decent boat lol.. ye know this wasnt that when i started out.. is my work and hire out work that has made it this far, and the work to be done is still much.
but we gettin there.

btw–if the crew thing doesnt work out. we dont stop, but keep on keepin on.
it will just take a lil longer, but we still going.


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donny with his   ear to ear silly grin, with sally.

donny with his ear to ear silly grin, with sally.

10606406_10204319203250459_8070972288750327474_nheading to phoenix sat aug 30 to be with parents and siblings during this acute time of family loss.
donnys spirit was still is huge and always will be huge. he was a gentle caring giving soul with much hurt and damages. he was my brother. he was always special soul. i wish i could have protected him better.
so many things stream thru the brain in these times. silly and serious stuff all made of the stuff of memories.
donny was a good soul. he will live on, doesnt matter what he did or has done. yes , he is my brother and i love him dearly.

i miss him very much, as do we all.  he was my brother for 65 years.   what is not to miss.


all he wanted was to be free……



donny, you are  sooo loved.




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