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Overnight from Punta de Mita to Chamela Bay. Jan 6-7, 2017

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After leaving Marina Vallarta on Monday January 2nd, we sailed the short distance over to the La Cruz anchorage for a few nights’ stay, followed by one night at the La Cruz Marina. It was nice to be at the … Continue reading

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The Malecon

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Perhaps the most well-known attraction in La Paz is the Malecon.  This is the five kilometer public walkway along the city waterfront.  It is so alive with happy activity all day and late  into the evening. It is the place where parents … Continue reading

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Ricks thoughts so far. Isla Espiritu Santo on Thanksgiving Weekend

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Ricks thoughts so far: Isla Espiritu Santo Dawn at Coleta Partida This was our first trip out to the nearest island 21 miles from La Paz. Our friend Lynne from San Francisco, and our first official visitor, was with us … Continue reading

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Cabo San Lucas and onto La Paz

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Ricks thoughts so far:  Cabo and on to La Paz (with Cindy’s additions in Italics) Cabo has retained its status as the least desirable and least Mexican place in all of Mexico, in my opinion. We only went there because … Continue reading

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Ricks thoughts so far.. Malibu

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Ricks thoughts so far – Malibu. This was the first time I was genuinely frightened on this trip. We had left Santa Cruz island headed for the mainland and we were looking forward to anchoring off Malibu right in the … Continue reading

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Cool Change gets her Windlass

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There are few things I can think of that can cause me as much anxiety as the mere thought of drilling large holes in our deck.    I agonized over this for many weeks once we had come to the … Continue reading

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Electrical System Upgrades

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After calculating the current demands for our anticipated list of electrical equipment when we take off for our extended cruising in 2014, we decided that we needed to upgrade our house electrical bank from the current 100 Ah capacity to around … Continue reading

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Anchor Windlass

After consulting with the folks on the Pacific Seacraft Blog on, I decided to run pull wires for our windlass using the space between the bullwark and deck that others have used, and where there already exists a wire … Continue reading

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Shower Sump Pump Replacement

The PSC31 has a shower that comes off of the sink in the head.  There is a nice teak grill on the floor over a shower drain.  The drain is kept emptied by a sump pump that is installed in … Continue reading

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Cool Change is powered by a 27 horsepower, 3 cylinder Yanmar diesel engine. It is the original, 1989 engine but had been used less than 400 hours when we bought Cool Change.  Just after purchase in February, 2011,  List Marine in Sausalito … Continue reading

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