a friend

has been stuck in a very pricey place for a while and has asked me to help her find crew or a captain. i keep finding and vetting, and they keep cold feeting(QUITTING) out.
this is getting most ludicrous.
the situation is explained well and with great detail.
the guys accept the situation.
the guys actually get there decide they cannot do that which they said they can and will do..
what a crock.
are all of todays male sailing folks like this??
i do believe otherwise as i knew some righteous souls who were and are sailors.
these males today aint sailors. they are…. i dont know… picky gato feos seeking a fancy feast trip on a kibbles and bits knowledg base with no ability to flex with situations requiring flexibiltity

first crew was awesome. he was good and did a very commendable job in a tight situation. but then he hasnt yet bought a cpt license from uscg…..the ones owning that paper have so far, been fail.
i have to wonder how an alleged cpt who says he understands a situation can become part of that situation because he is not able to tolerate some alternatives unfamiliar to him. buy a cpt license to drive tourists around a bay in a stinkpot, or use it to actually make a difference.
if you contract to do something, turning around because of fear is tolerable, however, turning around because suddenly you FEEL someone hasnt the ability, despite having proven otherwise, and in a boat that, according to the individual holdiing the credential paper suddenly is not seaworthy, after having traversed a canal and thousands of miles of caribbean and atlantic etc on way to pacific..
i am totally amazed at the behaviours i have been unfortunate enough to have heard of via the friend who is continuing to seek capable crew..  this has been shameful.

now this  friend is sola-ing   to puntarenas to  find more   allegedly capable souls to help her achieve her goal……

our silence

20131222_183711has been due to lack of news other than the usual this place is gorgeous omy i am so broke and we are repairing engine..

ok …
is an el niño year weather wise….could well be an informative weather experience …. wonder if we have more or fewer furycames on west coast this summer … .
only time will tell..
the winds of pre summer seem to be here now. we are sittting here with 25 kt gusts..ooooh,,,that was higher even yet..lol is not as fun as sailing in this stuff..is what these winds are made for..SAILING!!!
we have a friend sailing north from panama… she should be here by end april, mebbe, or mid may, my favorite time to arrive here..in middle of pre summer blow jobs from momma nature to 37 and 40 kts winds…. whoot….i think we might see a premature cyclonic event this mid to end may..we see….hope not–
speaking of wind, margo gets both papagayo and tehuantepec while on her way.. we see how it fares for her…. hope her timing is perfect so she can be here and tucked in for a bit by furycame  formation time.
hopefully no one gets too much wind …. at least not more than is handle-able.
as for the rescue at sea of hans christian 36 sv rebel heart erik and charlotte kaufmann and their sick baby… best of wishes for her recovery, whatever it was got her ill. so many rumors.. first was heart condition. then urticaria with other symptoms…itchiness isnt emergent but heart is, rescue at sea from a crippled sailboat. so much to learn.

as for the bird…. awesomeness of awesomenesses… we have arranged for delivery of engine in may , mechanic stated it will be easier from a dock as opposed to at anchor to install this baby….soooooo…
after that, we will make a fuel tank for birdee, built into boat..
as it is windier than stink here now and getting more so…chickensh** me will place into marina asap and spend 3 months renta at a time for better rates….crossing fingers and eyes…..
bubba hates wind,,,hurts his ears, poor baby

so far i have not been able to obtain a deal from the jefe at marina here, as everyone else has been able to do, so my fisherman friend  who hooked me up  with mechanic  is working on this for me….they are spozedly friends together, so we see.. if not by tues, i will go in to make a deal for myself… we see what transpires. i want to  bring boat in earlier than may  1. is too late this year..last year i waited until june 1  but this place was packed until then.  there are only    three boats here in anchorage  now who are cruisers, and 3 locals anchored. the marina   wil probably empty out more as  summer   approaches as  many have comprehensive insurance  that  does not cover damages here in summer between   the    dates   assigned for formation of major named storms.

i will advise.

update……yet again..lol

ok i have communicated with tradewinds, with alex.
seems i can afford these parts on payday and i am 150 usd towards my machinist pay….
life rocks… all things come in time….





spoke with     mechanic  yesterday and the     price has been reduced   some so i can afford it all…whooooot!!!

and i saw pix of inside my    looked   decent engine..lol…just goes to show ye   when something dont start there may be a  damfine reason…everything,    yes EVERYTHING inside block was twisted and   screwed up hard…. the only goo d remaining parts were literally the cam and crank,   and block.   wow… we did gooooood job of trashing innards of   ka lunk.. so…   heeere·s mechanic..  señor maestro diaz is  miracle worker, and we be   going again, engine-wise in may… whoot.. then  we make a tank.

update….engine talk


new engine color scheme

new engine color scheme

ok so we seeking parts for 4-108 block  that no one saw fit to imprint numerals into. all we have is forge drop numbers. could be interesting….
i have `pix of engine from original install in 2009 and i have pix as we uninstalled it for rebuild after the runaway and seizing.
so all 4 sleeves..dry ones for 108, and rings and alladat tekkie piston centered stuff have to be done so engine is uniform and perfect…..this is interestinger and interestinger…still do able…just need parts..might have to special make  em using  dimensions only or find   em using dimensions only….   nothing  worth doing  is ever  easy,   ye know  that…….




hee hee hee    mechanic is awesome … he found the very  very lightly imprinted  numbers no one else could find…..lol

so , i almost lost ships cat…

somewhere around 0530 this am there was a splash i didnt think anything of, and then followed by some bow noises…i called bubbas name..first nothing, as usual, but not even sound of elephant feets on coach house..uhoh.. then i called again.. YOWOOOOOO!!!! and YOW!! YOW!! from below deck level….uhoh… i look down to see a dark blob of a mess on my snubber bridle and anchor chain juncture. ok. the mess is YOW ing…ok… i call bubba and he follows my voice to where dinghy is side tied to boat. he is swimming circles and even under dink..uhoh….YOW!!!
and he lays his head down to rest IN THE WATER!!..sputters as i call his name..comes closer..i couldnt get with towel..grabbed his slick maine coon mix furrz and skin and haul his exhausted catbutt into dinghy and wrap in towel. he did not shred me..uhoh…too tired to shred momms?? oops…he looked soo scared..he knew he was dying… thank gods i heard and got him out of water….

we are most lucky to still have bubba….this was way too close for comfort.

had this cat not been so tightly bonded with me he would have definitely been a goner ded drowned cat.
benefits..he does come to name and responds to name…he comes to momma, and he goes to bed. he is hungree and wants foods… other things he knows are lets brush bubba–he doesnt mind that..and some other phrases, and he doesnt mind being hugged, as i did that to him all his life–never know when you may need to have to hug cat coming out of water.
best train em to not shred ye…..
so i did add a heavy line to bow so mebbe he can save self when he does this again….

he has fallen overboard while leashed   4 times, none in past 4 years….saved self    3 of those 4 times…

what a morning!!!  is good  to   still have ships cat. he is  my buddy here.

skeereded me.

ok so repair guy…..

decided to dismantle boat then leave up an d quit. so much for using losers to fix equipment.

there is a guy here i have been instructed to meet as he can fix my diesel, or what..and so i am meeting him in 30 or so minuets here in colimilla.
the former alleged repair guy is named pat young and he has a green steelie that is falling apart. that boat is named dorial. i would not recommend him to anyone as he is not prone to finishing that which he begins.
yes QUITTER comes to mined.
we seeking engine repair and engines..feelers have been placed as far away as mazatlan for this 4-108 replacement if necessary–and i still need to re install fuel system, as tank was uninstalled for work..was found to be very small and with failing pick up situation.
and so i find workers and proceed onward…as one door closes another opens..this is a year of new life….new repairing and newness entirely.
is a good change.

what is up now…dec 3 2013….lol

ok  so we   got the engine almost all the way apart with plans on how to   evict it from inside    cabin.

tomorrow we   finish the  dismantling and  removal of oil panImaged    the final  dismantlement, then we inspect everything and take heavier than hell items to   machine shop for    true inspection and   fixing vs continuing the saga. Image


yep. we are really doing this.   is either  rebuild it in full or  patch and suffer and end up doing the  entire   worst case scenario more than one time.

i say  do it once and lets do it correctly.   get it  over with and move along.    ggrr…

then i can sail again.


anyone  wishing to  come here, please wait until i get to guaymas and we can have a repair party. right now i am only trying to patch together this  brokenness so i can make it   to   haul and fix yard  for cheapo….

for christmas i want a running engine….lol–repair guy is in place  for this–only  problem seems to be the engine its  and its cooperativity.


happy holidays to everyone, i will  wish later the specific holidays…as they arrive


coming along

my engine is resistent to repair for now… we broke the woodruff key for the crankshaft bolt, so we find a new one and then further work ….cannot turn crank without this lil piece of metal.
we will go to melaque to find one and be back on this project in no time.
i will be in the anchorage in december….looking forward to the   daily  breezes…





we  found the   key thingies in melaque.   we will look for the head gasket when we take head to  machinists.


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