|After landing in Mazatlan’s El Cid Resort & Marina we began to enjoy cooling off in their cascading pool with bar service and wandering iguanas, lots of them. Unfortunately, they have become scavengers in the pool area as people are now feeding them bits of their lunches. It is now common to glance down and find an iguana looking at you in hopes of having a bite of lunch. Reptiles really aren’t my thing and I found myself being a bit watchful for them so much for relaxing.
Couple of days later we did what every boater hates…..pulled out of the water. There are good things about it like checking thru hulls, inspecting the propeller, shaft, zincs and various other items. This time we needed a bottom job. The black paint, heavily laden with copper, which traveled with us from California, was provided to the yard for application. Luckily, Mike had the foresight to bring all 4 gallons aboard. We got a great deal at $200 per gallon, the yard wanted $350 per gallon….yes, that would be USD! This experience is nerve wracking. First our boat (aka house) is lifted out of the water via a travel lift and moved into position and supported with jack stands. Once that feat is accomplished the accompanying two story ladder is placed for our arrivals and departures. If one decides to continue living aboard, as we did, the ladder becomes a friend that is feared. It delivers you to and from land destinations such as the bathroom, the showers, washing basin for dishes, the laundry and every other land destination. You see, we cannot use water aboard while on the hard. The sinks and showers are direct discharge and would find their way to the workers below or at least the ground they work from and the new paint they are applying, so up and down we go. Granted the yard did the work as speedily as we could have hoped for it was inconvenient nonetheless. After 6 days our bottom was painted and the hull was polished and waxed. Our girl was looking good (but filthy). We have always wondered about the overall weight of our boat and found that she weighs 18 tons/36,000 lbs, a nice weight for a cruising boat. The fine folks at C&C Marine in Mazatlan did a great job for us. The gal that runs the office, Sol, got to take her first harbor cruise on our boat when we launched and had a smile from ear to ear the whole time.
When we returned to the El Cid marina, our new chaps were waiting for us. For you landlubbers, our chaps are custom made from Sunbrella fabric and leather and fit over the top of our dinghy. This will lengthen the life of our dinghy in the harsh sun and salt environment we live in. “Mr. Mike” and Ramon, the chap maker were both happy with the end result. Thus as it goes in Mexico, we have another friend in Mazatlan. Just another example of the friendly , entrepreneurial spirited people with beautiful smiles we find in every stop.
I particularly enjoyed one evening out. A new restaurant was recommended, Issa’s, far from the marina. The food was the best we’ve ever had in Mazatlan. Afterward we took a taxi ride (5 seated golf cart) to DQ in the “golden zone”, we ran in picked up 3 blizzards and we and our taxi driver were enjoying our blizzards all the way to the marina. Don’t think we could have given the driver a better tip as he appeared to be enjoying the treat even more than we were. Another journey we took was to the downtown central market to buy from the shrimp ladies (3 kilos for $20 US), buy 5 kilos of pecans in the shell and to enjoy some tacos. Mike quickly decided that should I jump ship, I could find him at this particular stall in Mazatlan in the future….unless she would take him home. He ate somewhere in theneighborhood of 6 tacos! While downtown, the pineapple express in the area let loose and warm rain started pouring down. Normally we would take the bus but we realized all the hatches were left open, as it was over 80 degrees when we left the marina. Being 20 minutes away we took a taxi back. Of course, the enclosed taxis were full so we took the golf cart variety and got quite wet. By the way, we saw an electrical fire starting as we passed by. Something about it just didn’t seem surprising based on the crazy electrical connections visible almost everywhere. Upon our return, we had an absolute mess. Our charts were wet, our bed was spritzed, all our bath towels were soaked and I was not feeling very happy about this situation. Using a blow dryer to dry our paper charts of Mexico was the activity of the afternoon, page by page. Ughh! We should have known better but oh well.
After a couple of days back in the water to wash the boat and decompress at the pool we shoved off. We headed out mid morning and enjoyed a full moon all night, overnight with fairly calm seas and following winds. After about 30 hours we arrived at the mouth of Banderas Bay and anchored just off Punta de Mita, an exclusive looking community with a golf course, a nice surf break and a 200 ft. yacht with a helicopter anchored nearby. We were treated to an awesome humpback display of two adults and a happy little breaching calf. Though the conditions were ideal overnight, we always need a day to work through sleep deprivation.
As I write, we sit at anchor in La Cruz in the pouring rain. We are busily working on boat projects as the list seems to be endless as we plan and ponder our next adventure. Later today we will be moving into the beautifully finished marina here. When we were here 2 years ago it was under construction and the only service the marina provided was a concrete dock and cleats. Now there are beautiful structures, walls, walkways, fuel dock and more to come. This marina has changed La Cruz forever.
Next post we will share the details of our upcoming endeavor!