2/13/2013 – Things that go bump in the night (and in the daytime, too)

It’s been blowing pretty hard from the north here in Bahia Concepcion. It’ll die down a little now and again but it pipes back up in pretty short order. Here at Playa Santispa, we’re fairly well protected from the north wind and still it’s making its presence felt. We’re seeing steady winds of 8-10 knota with gusts to 15 knots or more. Can’t imagine how bad it is out on the Sea of Cortez. The grib files tell me it’s probably blowing 25-30 out there. Yikes! And it’s forecast to continue at least through Saturday.

Everything onboard is well secured so we don’t really have any issues as the wind blows us around at anchor and occasionally heels us over 5 degrees or so. There’s not much fetch so we really don’t have any seas to speak of. But, every so often, we hear something that sounds like something is smacking into the side of the hull. Like, if the dinghy was alongside and the wind or wavelets occasionally shoved it against the boat. We feel the smack a little although nowhere nearly as much as we should, judging by the sound. The thing is, we have no idea what’s causing the noise. Seems like it should be easy to track down as it’s sounds pretty significant. But I sat out in the cockpit for a long time today waiting for it to happen so I could maybe see the cause, but naturally, while I was out there the sound never occurred. I’ve looked all over to see if something is adrift but everything is battened down tight. Thought maybe it was the tiller smacking in to the stern pulpit but the tiller is tightly tied to the stern pulpit. No movement there. Thinking it was maybe something hitting the hull from the inside, I checked the engine compartment. But everything down there is firmly lashed in place. All the stuff in the storage lockers is wedged in so tight that nothing is moving there either. It’s driving us crazy! The only thing I can think is that we get an occasional wave that’s a little bigger than the others that breaks just as it reaches the hull. And, it’s possible that that’s what it is but it just doesn’t really sound like that. But, as of now, I can’t imagine anything else that it could possibly be. Pretty sure it has nothing to do with the bobstay hitting the anchor chain as it seems to be coming from somewhere aft of the mast. However, sounds do travel in weird ways on this boat.

Anyway, with the wind blowing and us pretty much staying aboard, there’s not much else to write about right now. besides, THIS is what’s on my mind at the moment.

Last night we watched “Django Unchained” courtesy of a fellow cruiser anchored here. Wow! What a ride. Can’t go wrong with a gritty western and, a gritty western directed by Quentin Tarantino? Well, what more could a guy ask for? Other than maybe finding the source of those mysterious thumps.


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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5 Responses to 2/13/2013 – Things that go bump in the night (and in the daytime, too)

  1. Scott Wedge says:

    > Things the go bump…

    Gulls trying to fly into the port holes?

    Flying fish?

    Dolphin messing with you?

    All the noises the prop shaft is no-longer making?

    Sea Grimlins?

    Giant Shark? Da-da. Da-da.

    Bumbling but patient pirates?

    Stowaway from Guaymas?

    Nick Lange?

    When we went out boat camping, our waterski boat makes a noise all night while pulled up on a beach. Slap, slap, slap, as little waves got trapped in the “cathedral” hull”. Sounded like energetic woopie from a nearby camp site, except for the endurance….

    Wouldn’t the wind pull the anchor tight, keeping the line from bumping? Ah, you might try to note the direction the boat is pointing when it bumps. If always the same, that might be a clue.

    Baja Mystery # 42 (Name that “literary” reference?)

    Scott-the-Landlubber Wedge

  2. Its probably just the zombies trying to get aboard. Good thing you are on a boat, everyone knows zombies can not swim.

  3. Chuck says:

    Its Fish. Little fish being chased by bigger fish. Remember you are in the Sea of Cortez where some fish are still left to swim around. We have had this happen to us numerous times as the shoals of small fish use the boat for protection and the larger fish come swooping in to grab one.

    It was especially noticable out at the Socorro islands.

    Hope your not loosing any sleepover it?

    • sryoder says:

      Fish? Really? I guess that’s about all that’s left after ruling everything else out but it still seems so farfetched somehow. But, no worries, we’re definitely not losing any sleep.

  4. Sandy Holeman says:

    I loved Django Unchained. Glad you guys got to see it!

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