Saturday, February 25, 2012

Back to work!!

After a week of playing it is time to get serious about the boat again, Cheri ( Jerry's sister) is coming down the end of this month, we are going to move the boat into the marina for the week.  That means we need to get the motor running and the windless working so we can move.  Through a local cruiser we found Christain Gonzalez who owns Gonzales motor shop, we took the bus to downtown Puerto Vallarta and started walking blocks trying to find his shop.  The was a south and north address, one on each side of the main road.  We ended up having to ask few different places, but we found it.  We walked in, and Christain was at the front counter, and he spoke perfect english.  We described what we needed done to the shaft on the windless and he said he would have it fixed, and would deliver it back to the marina entrance in La Cruz, wow too good to be true.  But it was perfect, two days later he emailed Jerry saying it was ready and the price of 450 pesos, and that he would meet us at the entrance of the marina at 10 am.  That morning we walked up to pay for the part, and asked if he would be able to take a look at the motor of the windless also, and change the brushes.  He said he yes and would have it back in two days, and it was!!
The only thing Jerry had to do to the windless motor was modify a drive pin

The windless shaft that needed a bushing replaced
One morning Jerry went into the engine room to check the fresh water coolant, and the cap broke, due to salt water getting into the system.  Salt water is getting in through the heat exchanger, we knew this was something that was going to need to be replaced up in San Carlos, but we decieded to do it now instead of waiting.  So he ordered and new cap, new thermostat, gasket and had that shipped to Casa Maru in La Cruz.  The parts cost $64 and duty cost $20 and shipping was $15, and it got here in 7 days.  Then he orded the new heat exchanger and that was a different story, it cost $750 and shipping was $150 and dutie was around $200, after all said and done it was about a $1200 part, but it needed to be done.  We heard from Ben on SV Jase of a man who lives in San Diago who actually walks it across the boarder which saved about $300 dollars, so we had it shipped to him, then he puts it on a plane in Ensenada and had it flown into PV.  Well we got it in about 14 days and it all worked out...just not going to be able to go out as much this month, but that is all part of this awesome lifestyle.
Brand new heat exchanger

Header tank and pipe

heat exchanger painted

Header tank painted with new cap

Jerry and I one afternoon put on our wetsuits ( the water is cold) and jumped in to clean the through holes and try to clean the prop and rudder as best we could.  The bottom is loosing all its bottom paint and had thousands and thousands of barnicals growing after three months since the last cleainng.  We were not able to do it all, because we do not have our hookah system working and the barnicals are so tough to get off it would have taken us three weeks to try to free dive on it. 
Jerry coming up after diving down to attack the growth!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Punta Mita!!!

One afternoon Jerry and I took the bus about 25 minutes up to Punta Mita (10 peso trip) to see SV Velella Vellela and Jean Marie who were anchored up there.  We could not take SOMF because we do not have an engine but more on that in another blog.  It was a beautiful day, Punta Mita is a major resort town, with beautiful condos and a great surf spot.  We enjoyed walking around the town and just enjoying our time on the beach.
Everyone loves a truck full of toperaries

The fishing fleet up in Punta Mita!!

Wow, I don't think I will ever be able to do that
 While we were sitting at the restaurant near the beach, we met some people who were from Alaska on vacation.  It is always fun to hang out with people that are only down for a few weeks, they sure know how to party!!!
The lady demonstrating the shell sound before making the final sale!!
Then we all had to try, it is harder then it looks!!

After a few margaritas Pete had to try to do the handstand better keep practicing!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fun Times!!

Well it is Feburary and we are still here in La Cruz, not that I am complaining.  We are having fun, and enjoying the great weather.  We went to Sayulita with Rob and Kai from SV Velella Velella and James, Milli and baby Colin from SV Jean Marie.

James, Milli and Baby Collin, along with Kai and Rob...Love these guys such great friends!!

Collin love the sand, they also took him in the ocean for the first time...yeah he loved that also!!
Jerry and I have also been enjoying time off the boat eating and drinking with good friends..I know what a big suprise. 
Ya Ya's restaurant...great breakfast and love watching the kitty trying to get the birds!!!

Red Chair Tacos!!!  pobably one of the best taco places EVER!!!

Rob of DJ Emerson up in the Sky Bar Restaurant for a sunset reggae party!!!

Huanacaxtle Bar and Cafe...probably our most frequent night spot....especially with our great friends!!

Ana Banana's every Monday for Pacific Rock Band!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blessing of the Fishermen!!!

On January 24th, Jerry, myself and Joan from SV Kona went to Bucerias for the blessing of the fishermen, this is a festival that goes on every year to celebrate a good fishing year.  The beach was crowded, and the town was all festive for the week of celebrating.  The last day of the festival is when they have a parade of fishing boats, and they come up on the beach dropping off people.  It was quite a show, we found a table and enjoyed the day on the beach.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Our friends Bill and Jean on SV Mita Kulu took a trip up to the town of Tequilla with is about 6 or so hours towards Guadalajara ( which is a trip that we would love to do, but don't know if we will be able to.)  Bill has been aging tequilla in his bildge for the past couple of years, and the other night we went over there for a taster test of his 3 year old tequilla.  WOW, that is all I can say, it has a great taste, smooth yet with a hint of smokiness to it.  Well after talking to Jerry about the process and how to start with the three (2 litter) barrels, and fill them up, then as they age they eveporate and you add the tequilla from the frist barrel to the second and then fill the first barrel with new tequilla.  You have to do this about every month or so.  Jerry had Bill bring back 2, 2 litter, barrels and 10 litters of tequilla so Jerry can start making his own aged tequilla.