I was scheduled to haul out at 11:00 this morning. I was ready before that and was just waiting to see when the 10:00 haulout cleared the dock so I could head over. Well, he never showed. So I called the marina office and suggested that maybe I should take his place. They agreed so I got hauled at around 10:30 instead of 11:00. In spite of some wind, I got underway without mishap thanks to some of my fellow sailors. Tony from s/v Seaclusion was my deckhand and Pitt (at least I think it was Pitt) from s/v Calmer Seas (might be Karma Seas, I’ve never seen his boat and I can never quite make out the name on the radio) held a line to ensure that I turned the correct way when backing out of my slip. Siempre Sabado’s prop walk generally makes her back to port (unless I want her to back to port), but today I needed to back to starboard. All the linehandlers did a great job in helping me get out of my slip without embarrassing myself. Thanks, all.
Don’t know if you remember but the first time we hauled here, seemed to me like the boat was awfully far back on the trailer.
Well, that’s pretty much what it looked like again today. Except this time they decided they didn’t like that (which was FINE with me), so they refloated her and repositioned her a bit further forward. Not sure why I didn’t take a picture.
And now I’m all braced up in the yard at Marina Seca. I put together a pretty comprehensive to-do list and then checked off my first two items: remove the ratlines and remove the pinrails. I wept a bit as I cut through my pretty lashings. I had just put these back on 2 months ago. But, Lulu had also just finished refinishing them 2 months ago. If I didn’t remove them now, I’d be removing them when we refloat her since the sun will have had its way with the finish well before we get back. So, it’s the same amount of work for me but this way, at least Lulu doesn’t need to refinish them again. If I’d been smart (I said if…) I wouldn’t have put them back on in La Paz. I would have put the pinrails on since I don’t know how anyone lives without them, but the ratlines could have waited. Oh well.
The greenish-grey bottom is a layer of dried sea slime (algae) and not a new bottom paint color. Don’t know about other Mexican boatyards but I miss the practice of the yard crews in the States of automatically pressure-washing your bottom as soon as you’re hauled. But that’s OK. There’ll no doubt be many offers to scrub the bottom by entrepreneurial Mexicans looking to make a few pesos, which I’ll gladly pay.
My first job tomorrow is to remove at least one of the three sails. To remove the headsails you first have to unfurl them. And that’s not something you want to do if it’s windy. And it’s been getting windy here everyday. Been starting around 11:00 so I need to get on it before that.
Dinner tonight is going to be chips and salsa because it’s just too hot to cook or eat anything. At 6:15 PM, it’s still 93 degrees in the camper. But, today I made a most pleasant discovery. The office here at the RV park sells bagged ice. ICE! How did I not notice the big ice cooler before? They certainly aren’t giving the stuff away (like at the Tucson KOA), but it’s ICE and it’s HERE. Do you know what this means? Iced drinks! Sweet, sweet, lovely, cold iced drinks! I finished off a liter of limonada over ice when I got home today. Then I had Clamato juice with worcestershire, soy sauce, granulated garlic, black pepper, and Tabasco and lots of ICE. BTW, in case you didn’t know, although I’m sure you did, if you take the aforementioned mixture, add a healthy dose of lime juice, pour it in a large glass filled with ice (fill it only about 2/3 of the way with the mix) and then top it off with beer, you have yourself a michelada, or, depending on where you happen to be, a chelada. Just keep topping it up with the remaining beer as you gain room in the glass. Think I might mix myself one up right now.