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!!!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Girl Scout cookies in Mexico?

oh crap, it's that time of year, what are we gonna do....?

Good ol' friend Chris to the rescue again.  Chris flew down to visit with 15 boxes of cookies!  As reward we took him out to the islands to play around for a few days.  Always great having Chris visit, even if there's no cookies involved.

Here's a few pics from his visit:

Dinghy fishing, no luck but beers were cold

Hang time

Before our sail Monica and Penny and Chris hiked the hill across from the marina

We also went out to the Mogote at low tide, thankfully this was not how we anchored

this is how we anchored, that's SeaGlub in the distance

this is a airplane shot of one of the anchorages nearby, we anchored just to the right of this photo

kayak time

dinghy time

play time

night time

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida

We took off with Volare and were later joined by Jersey Girl II for some fun in the sun and island life in the Sea of Cortez.  We visited 4 anchorages in 2 weeks, we hiked, played in the water, flew drones (video coming later), ate very well thanks to each boat bringing along a chef (Monica, Jess and Donna!), and drank fruity cocktails.

The first anchorage was Enseanda de la Raza, followed by Ensenada el Cardonal then we finished up in Ensenada Grande Norte but when the winds turned to come out of the southwest we tried to find protection in Ensenada Grande Sur but to no avail.  We had a beautiful day of sailing back to La Paz and now we're ready to share several photos here with you all...

Espiritu Santo and Isla Partida and our track over the two weeks

SeaGlub at Ensenada de la Raza

The wall at de la Raza which protects you from the north winds

SeaGlub framed

Volare sitting pretty

Next up was Candolero

SeaGlub in the distance

Jersey Girl II joined us

Tipsea with SeaGlub out yonder

Volare well protected

Whaddaya say Jess?  Beer and camera, it's a great look!

Cave way up there!

The view from the cave revealed this protected area in the bay

Then we headed for Ensenada Grande.  We started off anchoring in the north lobe and had a terrific day (the first picture of this post is from that afternoon).  That night, however, we got 18-20 knots of wind from the southwest which is exactly the direction the opening to the bay faces, which made for a rough night.  We moved to the south lobe hoping for better protection, but no such luck, night two was even more rough.  We look forward to going back and getting better weather.