Recommissioning in Mazatlan

Just a quick note to say that we arrived back n Mazatl├ín on December first, Cindy with a brand spanking new left hip and ready to roll! We promptly moved our boat from the inexpensive, secure location of Marina Mazatlan to the glamourous resort marina of El Cid, and began recommissioning Cool Change for another season. She had been stripped down of everything that could fly away in a hurricane or get UV damage during the summer, and now we had to put all of that back together – halyards, lines (ropes), sails, safety equipment, canvas, all of it. Amply extended by visits to the pools here at El Cid, and by visits made with fellow cruiser friends, the whole process has taken us a little over two weeks.

This Mazatlan visit included stopping by our usual haunts – a sunset drink atop the Freeman Hotel on Olas Altas downtown, dinner at our favorite restaurant in the Historic District named Water’s Edge, drinks at the charming 18th century Hacienda El Presidio, salsa made at your table in a molcajete at Los Zarapes, multiple visits to Mega grocery store, a dinghy cruise through the estuary, pizza with Debbie and Chip from Elegant Sea at Marina Mazatlan, and giving away a few extra boat items at the cruisers’ swap meet. We also had to take care of some business, like going to the special office of the Mexican telephone company to get Rick’s local telephone chip to fit into his new phone. We also met a lovely couple named Julie and John, whose boat Myla, a 44 foot Moody, pulled in next to ours, and we enjoyed the Posado (Christmas party) put on by the marina on behalf of the cruisers.

Today we set off down the coast for an overnight sail to San Blas. We also plan on stopping in Chacala before arriving in Puerto Vallarta on December 23. We have been invited for Christmas dinner at the home of Mexican friend of ours, so we don’t want to miss that. More later! And happy holidays.

Cool Change nearly recommissioned and ready to sail!  Relaxing in her slip at Marina El Cid.

Cool Change nearly recommissioned and ready to sail! Relaxing in her slip at Marina El Cid.

One of the two pools we enjoyed. This was taken during the daily water exercise class.

One of the two pools we enjoyed. This was taken during the daily water exercise class.


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5 Responses to Recommissioning in Mazatlan

  1. Rosa Valenzuela says:

    Hi Rick (and Cindy)…
    We sat next to each other on the flight from Phoenix to Mazatlan and we had a lovely chat during the few hours of flight (I was heading down to attend my younger brother’s wedding). It was very nice speaking with you while my hun napped. Good to know all went well with your preparations to ready your boat. Merry Christmas to you both and don’t forget…you have to try the lengua tacos (eventually). Fun travels to you both. Rosa

  2. Debbie Quattrocchi says:

    Hello Rick & Cindy, I first want to apologize for the late cancel on our dinner together. It was something we all were looking forward to. Just to let you know I’m doing better. It was not my heart. Had alot inflammation in lungs, chest, back and combined with exhaustion. Took predisone for 7 days and rested a few days before going back to work at John John. It’s not eas getting older lol. Again my sencere apologize. I know we will all miss you, but wish you safe travels and wonderful memories together. I look forward to enjoying the many memoris you post and look forward to hearing all about. Take care if each other, be safe, and may God watch over you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you alwsys… I/we love you… hugs

  3. Cindy says:

    Hello Rosa! So nice to hear from you and happy you are following our blog. We are in PV now until New Years then heading South. I am sure we will post about it when I get to try the lengua tacos! I have not forgotten! I hope your that the wedding was wonderful and that you enjoyed your time in Mazatlán. It is a magical place. Hasta Luego!

  4. Cindy says:

    Debbie – I was so worried about you when I heard the news of your going to the hospital. Thank goodness you are ok. Thanks for writing. Relax and don’t let yourself get so exhausted again, please! We love you and your family and feel so honored to be included. Take care and have a happy, healthy new year. Cindy

  5. This was our first trip to Baja and we found it quite different from the mainland part of our trip from Mazatlan to Barra de Navidad.

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