Tales of Blue Aweigh travel blog

Mazatlan Lighthouse from La Pasilla

Winning Marlin

The Winner with the Pacifico Girl

Soaring Frigate

Simply Beautiful

The Oily Abyss (i.e. the bilge)

Latest Rug Creation - Made this from Cabo to Mazatlan

Construction Just off our Bow - Look at the Guy on the...

Father Blessing Blue Aweigh in Marina Mazatlan on Thanksgiving

View of Mazatlan to the North from the Lighthouse

So, as the old adage goes, 'When life gives you lemons.....'

This week wasn't great for us but things are definitely getting better. Last Sunday, Mike decided to change the oil in the main engine and the generator. After success on the main, he checked the oil on the generator only to find oil ejecting out of the dip stick hole and running over connections into the bilge (not good). After scratching his head as to why would this would happen, he drained the oil only to find salty water followed by oil draining out (oh joy). While he was down in the bilge looking at the generator, he discovered where the long lost head/toilet smell was coming from. This was now a beautiful smelling bilge combination. Now we have two big problems. Through his frustration, Mike proceeded to cut his finger with his newly sharpened pocket knife. Right to the bone! Well of course, all these things must now wait as we will venture into the healthcare system in Mexico.

Off we go via taxi to the hospital. The taxi driver has a better idea....a walk in medical clinic as hospitals are large and slow he tells us. What do we know? We arrived at the clinic to find a doctora, ambulance driver and an assistant waiting to help us. How much? Two stitches. How much? We were informed that we needed to talk to the insurance lady - she'll be here in 5 minutes. She shows up. How much? Don't know, have to find out what the doctor needs to do. By now the doctora starts stitching, wants to administer an IV to which Mike declines. They insist on a tetanus shot even though his last one was just 6 years ago. So, we cannot get a price till he is all done. Would you believe $470.00 USD? After much discussion the insurance lady agreed to bill our insurance and would take whatever they pay. Can you say RIP OFF? Of course after we return to the marina, several other cruisers advise us that these people are known crooks. Always ask the other cruisers for anything they say. We won't make that mistake again. Something tells me I haven't heard the last of this clinic. I did however call my insurance to advise it was two stitches Mike received, not a heart transplant....just in case.

On to the generator. We found an authorized Fisher Panda dealer right here in Mazatlan. After asking the cruisers (we did learn), our neighbor spotted him and hailed him over. After about an hour's time, we had diesel fuel in our cylinders to prevent further corrosion. After some inspection, pictures, dialogue, etc. we are waiting to hear how our warranty repairs will play out. We have been advised we may be here about 2-3 more weeks to handle this. We feel lucky that this issue happened in a marina where there was a knowledgeable guy such as Rick. Just for reference, he looks & sounds exactly like my brother in law, Gary. It may be his long lost brother who is also left handed. Really crazy connection.

Now the head/problem...After removing the couch and recliners, the wall and two layers of flooring, (about 2 hours work) we could actually find the problem. The corner of the recliner was secured into the floor in the back corner as it should be. Unfortunately, just below that area is where the toilet clean out line goes to the holding tank. After several feet of Rescue Tape to fix the hole, the smelly problem is gone. Yahoo! This brings me much happinesss as my husband and a few others couldn't make out the smell and just thought I was crazy. They may be right, but I knew the problem would eventually surface. Just a matter of time. Aren't plumbing problems always like that?

To fill our time here, we have taken up running laps over a local bridge most mornings (about 12 laps make a work out for us). We also shop, eat at taco stands, watch some amazing construction methods (these people are really inventive) and ride the bus all over this town. We climbed the second tallest working lighthouse in the world here in Mazatlan yesterday (second only to Gibraltar). Mike had a great idea to do this during a nice lunch at the downtown marina. Great meal, couple of beers....lets hike to the top of that lighthouse. Being a glutten for punishment myself, I went along. Luckily, we are hikers at heart. Beautiful views in every direction and nice vantage point to see huge frigates, vultures and pelicans. They really soar near the lighthouse mountain top. We have found the 'Shrimp Ladies' also knows as the widows of the shrimpers. Unbelievable shrimp! Seafood, expecially shrimp is our primary meat source. Earlier this week there was a fishing tournament at our marina and we caught a glimpse of the winning 240 lb marlin. Beautiful but sad....

Hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving holiday. We missed seeing everyone but were able to get calls out to chat with the family. We attended a big cruisers party here at Marina Mazatlan for about 150 people. Turkey, pumpkin pie, music, dancing were all part of the festivities. Earlier in the day a priest from a local parish came and said mass for a small number of cruisers. As the mass was said in Spanish, one cruiser interpreted the homily for us. Quite nice. After that, the priest performed a blessing of the fleet. He went out in a panga and blessed each boat. Before we left. Father Steve Davoren blessed our boat in Ventura (not the generator specifically) but who am I to say we don't need any more blessings? Cruisers are people just like us on their boats, mostly traveling and away from home. Some go home to the states or Canada and return every winter to live here or travel south and return by summer. Other cruisers are on long extended journeys or even attempting circumnavigations. It is really a tight knit small community. We have met lots of really nice people, and we aren't particularly social. Many others meet and chat all day outside the marina office while sipping coffee and tapping away on their laptops. This is really our first experience in being true cruisers. So far, we like it! Enough for now, will write when we've lived a little more to tell.

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