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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Out of The Black Hole and Into The Snow Globe Again

The Black Hole being Mazatlan, as we could not hear the weather reports on the single side band nets.
The Snow Globe being the crossing from Mazatlan to Muertos.
Remember my analogy of putting your home inside one of those snow globe things and shaking?
Well this time we got to shake all night long and into the next day.
We left Mazatlan on Tuesday morning around 7 am.
Decent weather - at first...
Started having a Southerly wind, which was fine because we could always fall off the wind and go further up into the Sea of Cortez.
However, the Southerly made for lumpy seas.
Jim was partially through a headcold and it started with me on Tuesday.
We had a double reef in the main and the jib up - both engines running and passed another boat.
The wind started really picking up in the afternoon so reefed the jib in partially.
The first part of the evening we still had 20-25 kts of wind, then it started clocking around to the stern - thought oh boy, it's going to calm down.
But it ended up clocking around to the Northwest and then we got 20-25 on the other bow.
More confused seas.
And I feel like my head is going to explode from the congestion.
Lovely feeling.
Then at about 4 am we noticed the port lower shroud was really loose - uh oh.
So we dropped the mainsail, but Jim had to go up on the cabin top to help pull it down.
He harnessed on, but I still don't like him up on deck at 4 am in 25 kts of wind.
Got it down and the starboard engine fuel filter was getting clogged, so we kept the RPM's down on that engine.
We fell off the wind a little to make it more comfortable and finally the sun came up.
I was so happy to see the sun!!
Jim slept some and I couldn't keep wind in the jib, so furled it.
Then we pounded into the seas and finally in to Muertos 27 hours later.Aaaahhhhhhh calm!
We both slept for a few hours.
Jim made me tomato soup for dinner then back to bed for me.
Then about 10:30 pm I felt a lot of wind, got up to check and a boat that came in and anchored after us was really, really close so I woke up Jim who yelled over to the other boat that it was time for them to move.
We felt they had anchored too close to us, but didn't say anything earlier (should have).
Well it took them a long time to pull up their dinghy and anchor and there was 25 knots of wind and they were swinging around real close, so I ran up to the bow and grabbed a fender and Jim ran over to the other side and between Jim and the other boat owner fended them off or they would have hit us.
They re-anchored further away.
Wind died down, we go back to sleep and I finally feel a little better in the am. Yipee.
So now we are looking at turquoise water, can see the bottom, can see our anchor chain on the bottom and we both jumped in for a saltwater shower this am.
Weather is calling for a strong Norther here this afternoon and tomorrow so we will sit here until probably Sunday, then head to La Paz to provision then head up in to the Sea.


Doug and Carla Scott said...

Sorry you are sick, sorry that you had a rough crossing, but happy to hear that you made it safely. Enjoy Muertos!

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Nice write-up, glad you got the map with the scribbles on it :)

Ummmmmmm... why the engines? I'm guessing cus of the confused seas?

Interesting reading your description of certain events: He harnessed on, but I still don't like him up on deck at 4 am in 25 kts of wind. You could've got at least 500 words just about that!

It sounds like SV Meerkat is equipped with roller furling. Is that right?

judith said...

Exciting, I love it when you boaties post maps, scribbles are good, arrows or a big X are fine too.

1st Mate said...

Wow, you can even reef your jib! Excellent!

Glad you made it across OK and I hope the cold is better. And now you're going to one of my favorite places: La Paz! I'm sooooo envious!

Suzie said...

Well, you got my blood flowing with the "cabintop, 25 knots, nighttime" thing! I agree - harness or no, it is a stressful time. Ah, but to see the sun come up feels SO good! And then the calm and warm and all is right with the world again. Amazing isn't it!

Jim and Heather on Meerkat said...

The colds are getting better!

Engines Dave? When you have 190 miles to go you want to go as fast as you can and get it over with before the Norther comes in you do everything you can to keep your speed up. There is about 900 miles of fetch that builds up in this sea. Fun fun fun!! If I went into too much detail of Jim being on deck in crap, my Mom might get worried. Somethings are better left at 20 words vs. 500 words. ;)
Yep - roller furling on the jib and screacher too.
Thanks for the map Dave!

Jomamma - I stole the map thing from Alaskan Dave Down Under. He has some great maps of his vacation. Too funny!

Yep La Paz for food and cerveza, starting our cars then the Sea ASAP!

And yep, that sun after that crap is so wonderful! Then dropping the hook and going to sleep flat is even better!