We have not had that may injuries this trip. The usual scrapes that often take a long time to heal if they are on the feet, as they often are. Sue even had to take antibiotics for a toe issue that got quite infected. Josh on the other had did get stung by a ray not once but twice. These stings are very painful as the tail of the ray has a barbed hook that jabs you if you happen to step on them. The word at the beach is “shuffle your feet”! The remedy for a ray sting is get hot water – VERY hot water , on the wound right away and keep it there for as long as you can stand. The picture shows Josh getting the hot water treatment but by now the beers that you get in sympathy have numbed the pain.
We have had the odd bit of crazy weather in Mexico but the storm in La Manzanilla tops them all. Water has been warmer than usual and the ITC zone has been spinning disturbances off for the last month. The latest, moved through our area while we were visiting La Manzanilla and it was quite a light show. I was hoping that the steel boat anchored close to us would draw any lightening strike first! The local cell tower was close as well so I suppose that would get hit first. It took a couple of hours for the front to move through and though the rainfall was less than when we were in Melaque the electricity was astounding. I have never seen the like of this in my life.
We are in the middle of the sunny Mexican holiday season where it never rains, right? Well we had a couple days of cloudy wet weather but one day was a full on tropical downpour . Streets turned to mud, the Melaque lagoon burst and the beaches were deserted. I took a quick video from the boat.
Rob and my sister, Laurie have a house in Melaque, so this was our next stop for a week or two while we catch up with family. Brother Peter and his wife Heather travelled south from Calgary which was great fun. The Bay gives you great protection from the wind but swell has been known to challenge even the best at dinghy landing.
We were lucky this year with mostly easy landings though when the Tohatsu outboard was being repaired we got wet a number of times- mostly at night when the swells were hard to see.
Rob took us on a number of Jeep adventures, travelling into town was a regular occurrence with the horn always bringing smiles to kids faces. Of course a little back-roading took us into agriculture area behind the town with proved to be enlightening though we always seemed to be covered in mud! Rob found this Veep is the US, a 1951 Jeep body that was put on a VW beetle under carriage that turns heads where ever it goes.
Rob Josh and Peter were always game to fish, they had some success. Here is a pic of Josh with another Durado , we have bee eating well from the sea!
The week with family went quickly with trips to La Manzanilla, Barra de Navidad, Costacomante, the local Melanie tienge (street market), beers at Alexe’s on the beach and ……. It was so fun to have most of the Bannister together for a week but alas all good things come to pass. We have truly enjoyed getting to know this town and area.
We have been loving our Tohatsu 9.8 outboard. Reliable, light, quiet and lots of get up and go, BUT like all things mechanical they all require a little fixing from time to time. The latest repair saga begins with the Tohatsu making oil – gas was somehow getting into the crank case. A quick canvas of the anchorage resulted in us suspecting a carb problem. I changed the oil and cleaned the carb seeing nothing really wrong. One week later I was faced with the same problem again, sigh. Lucky for us we were anchored in Melaque where my sister (Laurie) and partner (Rob) have a winter home. We moved the outboard to Rob’s shop called the local outboard guru and learned a lot about these engines in quick order. If you have a carb problem that is leaking fuel it will show up in the water coming out the exhaust by the prop. I our case, making oil is the result of a failing fuel pump diaphragm. Finding the problem was easy but getting a part in Mexico turned out to be quite a process. This part can be bought in the USA for $15.00 but from Puerto Vallarta (the closest source of the part) it would cost $90.00. On top of that it took a week to get here, first being sent to the wrong part of Mexico….! With part here the Tohatsu is once again happy. The big take away is make sure you have a spare fuel pump diaphragm!
Every Friday in the Blue Bay anchorage in Tenacatita the mayor organizes a dingy potluck with the boats in the anchorage. These are always interesting, fun and bring the already small cruising community closer. We have been in the area for three weeks and are beginning to understand how easy it would be to just be in the area for months! Supplies are close, beaches are beautiful, snorkelling is fantastic , every day there are a number of activities, surfing, Bochi on the beach, Mexican train in the palapa or ….. the days just drift by. This area is also the dividing line between those heading further south. A small group go as far a Zihuatanejo for Sailfest and the Guitar Festival then return, the rest head on to destinations further south. Zihuatanejo is usually a motor both ways at this time of year ( 400 kt miles in total ) and the temperatures pops up another 5 + degrees so with out AC or bigger fans Sue would definitely over heat! As a result we will be soon saying adios to a number of boats heading further south on bigger adventures. I can’t express how wonderful and open the people we meet cruising are – becoming friends in such short time only to find ourselves saying heart felt good -byes. The saying “ships passing in the night” has a whole new meaning for us on Adesso.
Yes, all those projects I thought I would get to once we were cruising in the south, with time on our hands, have remained. Once in a while things do require attention. Recently we noticed our water makers production fall off and lucky for us Chris on SV Legacy went to Spectra Factory training and carried a few spare parts aboard. After a little testing we decided the problem was the feed pumps needed rebuilding and yes he happen to have two kits available. With the rebuild kits in hand I had to remove the pumps rebuild them and put them back. The removing and putting back being the hardest part of the job, hot ,sweaty ,upside down in a small space! Now we are making a full 15 gallons per hour of water so we don’t have to change our rich water use ways.
Then the dingy motor – just three years old was having starting and idling problems. Upon checking the oil was being diluted with gas – yikes. This turned out to be a small metal shard in the fuel jet preventing it from closing but took a morning on the beach learning all about Tohatsu repair on the run. Oh and of course an oil change.
Its that it – well not really – a few electronic communication issues, our Dripless Shaft Seal lost lock nuts and started to sink the boat, the head needs greasing and oiling and the bottom of the boat is in constant need of cleaning – barnacles and other tropical life seem to laugh at the bottom paint that is supposed to keep them off!
Throw in cleaning, eating , socializing, surfing, walking, snorkelling … there is not time for discretionary boat projects – yet!
Well Josh has made it past the learner stage and is now catching way more waves than this old guy! The wave a Tenacatia is not huge but on the larger sets there is a great right pealing into the beach. If you crouch low enough you can even get tubed!!!! We are all having a great time with Matt ( a San Diego local ) on sailing vessel Tipsea pulling nose rides and all sorts of tricks that only someone who has spent his youth on the beach could do. We have loosely called our surf group the Wolf Pack, when the surf is good you can hear the howling in the bay. Sue has joined us, catching her first ride, her smile was a mile wide.
As you might have surmised from earlier posts Josh is our fisherman and he can spend hours at it. Sue and I often wish he would take his High School as seriously as the fishing, he spends hours working on lures, even inventing his own designs and if he doesn’t catch fish, he is not a happy camper! He has even taken to feeding the fish in hopes that they might grow bigger, his latest pet is at least a couple of feet long, a Jack he names – Googies -that has come regularly for snacks. This Jack has been known to nibble on toes if left dangling in the water a well.
Here in Tenacatita Bay Josh has a couple of equally fanatical fisherman (surfers as well), Dave on Aussie Rules and Matt on Tipsea. Dave and Josh caught the Dorado below as the sun went down and it was pitch black by the time the fish was landed in the dinghy. From the smiles you can tell how happy they were!