Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Working our way north

After a couple of nights anchored at Isla San Francisco we made our way to a new anchorage to us, Los Gatos, with its pink rocks and wonderful hiking. After a great time there we made our way to Agua Verde which we had visited a couple of years ago with Tradewinds Sailing and we thoroughly enjoyed again this go around. The sailing thus far has been mostly motoring, albeit in glassy and calm conditions, unfortunately the fishing has been pathetic. We intend on heading north towards Puerto Escondido and Chris is hoping to stop at Bahia Candoleros to visit the new golf resort and hopefully get in 18 holes.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

First night out in Bonanza

Day one of our Sea of Cortez travels had us looking for protection from expected southwest winds. Southwest winds rule out a lot of the anchorages in the southern Sea of Cortez, particularly those in the islands. Bonanza, on the east side of Isla Espiritu Santo, is an exception. With a beautiful mile long white sand beach and great, gradual sloping sand bottom, this is a great place to anchor when winds dictate. We had a great time beachcombing all the shells and a fun night on the beach with a big bonfire. Winds came up overnight as expected, 20 knots with gusts to 25 out of the southwest but the water inside the anchorage remained relatively calm and we slept well. Today we're headed north to Isla San Francisco as winds are expected to switch and come out of the north for the next couple of days.  That's all for now. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Systems test for charging capabilities

As we prepare to leave the docks (finally!) we're testing all systems.  We intentionally turned off all battery charging capabilities until we were down sufficiently to test the generator and solar. Generator ran fine for the 30 minutes we used it then we turned that off and went to solar. We recently added panels and now sit at an even kilowatt, or 1,000 watts. As we approach sunset tonight we are about break even on solar input / usage (+3a) and down 70 amps still which means we generated 255 amps today plus whatever we used since 1030, call it 8 amps an hour so 64 amps so we made 320 amps total today and I didn't even turn the solar on until 1030!!!