This is it! We are just less than three weeks out from out tentative departure date…. Wow. More than one year of preparing the boat and six years of planning and dreaming have passed by. It’s hard to believe that the time is almost here. We’ve completed PHASE I of provisioning: an $8000 peso Costco … Continue reading Countdown is on.
Precautionary note: Every cruiser has a nasty plumbing story, and this is ours. This is a gross, unfortunate, and embarrassing tale. Our main head broke at the end of last season. It completely stopped working to the point that you couldn’t even move the pump in or out, and we weren’t really sure why. Not … Continue reading Halloween Horrors – in the bilge
The sky was filled with menacing clouds, the wind was hurdling over the fence and racing around the boat stands, and the rain was coming down in sheets – conditions a result of nearby Hurricane Paul. Was it the perfect time to wet sand the bottom of the boat? Wet sanding last season’s paint off the bottom is … Continue reading Black and Blue (paint)
Our first season of cruising is sadly coming to an end. We are putting HYDROQUEST to bed for the summer (and hurricane season). We are scheduled to haul out at Marina Fonatur in La Paz on Tuesday. We have a long to-do list but have been working hard and are getting things done. More details later...
It's not all fun and games. We've just spent three long, hot, sweaty days with heads in the engine, battery compartment, or bilge. No more sunshine and margaritas - just tools, hoses, wires, parts, clamps, connections, coolant, and a fair amount of cussing. I am constantly amazed by my husband's (inate?) knowledge of how to install, maintain, and fix these things … Continue reading Nose to the grindstone
If we’re going to spend any time in the Sea of Cortez this summer, we need to make sure we’re set up to deal with living in 40+ degree heat. Air flow, water, and shade are all important considerations. HYDROQUEST came with some great items – two wind scoops (to be hung from halyards over … Continue reading Earning our shade