Besides having our boat in the boatyard, La Cruz was a small enjoyable place to stay. We found a nice Airbnb and soon started to great people here and there, it felt homie. The Marina was nice, had a small pool and a good stocked little store.
The Marina also had a Kids Club, where Mats joined a project one Tuesday afternoon and was shy at first but than had a lot of fun.
Our Airbnb was right on the Plaza, with a little church and a Market on Sundays, where we were able to watch lots of people get together. Really a fun little place, we will be back!
But now after a trial in the Marina for a couple days to see if our boat stays dry, off again for a small trip to Punta Mita (visit Nr. 2), to meet up with friends, surf a little and to enjoy a bit of our cruising lifestyle again. It has been a busy week in La Cruz and also a bit stressful, never know what the next day brings, when your boat is in the yard.
THIS ALL HAPPENED IN A WEEK!!! Welding, top and bottom coats and heat exchanger on engine, with a special fitting needing to be done.
The work in progress. Looking different from day to day.
We are now Green and blue. And back in the water! Our journey can continue.
The Captain managed to get a haulout already scheduled the next day in La Cruz. Since he had found the leak, he was able to temporarily stop it with the help of the diver. Since all stayed dry overnight, we felt safe to motor to La Cruz from Paradise Village. The Shipyard was on time and gave a good first impression.
The workers went straight ahead and started to prepare the boat for welding, bottom and top sides. The top sides had so many air bubbles under the black paint from a shitty job at the previous haulout, that they all needed to be smoothed out.
Oil coming out of the keel? Another problem!
That was the leak after some serious hammering to clearify the weak spot.
Here you can see the temporary fix with the patty.
Marking how big the welding plate has to be. Being WAY more generous than the shipyard in the US last time.
So, what happened? We left Punta Mita as our water supply was getting low. Paradise Village is known to be a safe and good Marina with drinking water, so we decided to make our way over there, after the Surf swell had almost passed. We enjoyed seeing lots of whales along the way, didn’t have much wind at the start, but than it filled in nicely.
We arrived in Paradise Village just passed 3 and realized that the office was closed and also no slips available. We found a spot close to the Yacht Club and Paradise Village was able to accommodate us for a few days. We got lucky this time.
The Captain started right away to get to work, cleaning the deck and filling up the water tanks, as we weren’t sure at that time, if we would be able to stay yet. Mats and myself checked out the surroundings, the Zoo and the Pools and we finished off the day with a fantastic dinner at Il Pescatore, celebrating our arrival in Puerte Vallarta with a bottle of wine and great food. PV was our planned destination and we made it! Crazy to see, how fast we could have done that in a plane, LOL.
While I was keeping Mats busy and catching up on our website the next day, the Captain had asked a diver to come by to clean the bottom for our ongoing trip. We had decided to go a little further south to Barra de Navididad, as we had heard great things about it. When I came back to the boat with Mats, I found CHAOS:
We did not know much of Punta Mita, but we knew, that surf wise the time was good for the Captain to possibly catch some waves. Chacala sounded promising as well and we stayed longer, but the break wasn’t good whenever the captain checked.
We did not have any wind to sail, but still decided to make our way over there motoring, before the swell would pass. And we were pretty surprised to find a quite developed place, our friends from the Sailboat SUR call it little Palo Alto.
Pretty nice having the line up right behind your boat!
On most days we were able to get to shore without a problem, and the Captain was able to pick from 3 or 4 different breaks, he was happier from day to day. And we also got to hang out with like wise cruising folks, who love surfing. French Canadians and also Americans, which we ran into several times now along the way. It’s fun when the kids can play together!
On two days Mats and myself were stuck on the boat. The swell was just too big and we did not want to risk anything. Learned the lesson!
On the picture below you see the entrance where we usually took the dinghy to get to shore. Not so sure what the Kayak there was having in plan…
A Sailboat ended up on the reef at night on those days. You can read some of it
HERE, very sad, but luckily nobody got seriously hurt.
After our friend and crew Kruiser left, we were a little bit in idle to what we wanted to do and could do from here on. We were just standing still for a while. We had been lucky with weather and conditions, except that time in the Cabo anchorage, but sailing has not been intimidating. Maybe it is also a little calmer in Mexico during the winter months. Looking at other couples with kids, they manage to cruise too. I look up to them, especially having more than one kid. It is not easy on the relationship, being together 24h every day and when following “orders” from the Captain, who is also your husband, should not be questioned. Tough sometimes, not taking things personal. Staying on eye level and making sure, everyone stays happy.
There was always a chance, that we end up with just the Family aboard. I know, that I will have to step up my sailing game to help the Captain. Most times it was me at the steering wheel, when there were tasks to do which meant, leaving the safe cockpit. Given the fact I could “hide” as there WAS strong Kruiser to help, I did not learn as much as I could have. I was also the one to attend to Mats needs, so he will have to be more patient too.
But I think it can work, taking our time to make sure we will have a good weather window, not rushing anywhere and being more understanding and patient with another. Using the halyard uplift for heavier tasks, as Kruiser’s strong arm is not around anymore. It was insane, how he just lifted the dinghy motor on and of without a blink! 🙂
We will probably have to work more with the Autopilot. In swell, this can be tricky.
I am a person who lives in positive (or blue eyed, how we like to say it in Germany) outlook ,that nothing bad can happen to us. It might be because my Dad would always send a guardian angel our way and made me strongly believe in it. And I also see the Captain have similar little souvenirs laying around the boat. 🙂
The town which started out with a nightmare, turned out to be very charming. Not a single house overlapped the highest trees, in tune with nature, except the tower.
In the morning after our dinghy accident, you can read about it HERE, and before bringing Kruiser to shore with all his belongings, or whatever he was able to carry, the Captain went to check out the shore again and talked to a few people in the anchorage. This way he found out, that there was a cute little cove, right next to the beach, with basically NO SWELL! Oh my gosh, silly us.
A short dinghy ride away, we also found this amazing little beach, with way less stingrays than we had seen at the beach in Chacala, so better place for the little guy to play. For the first time we got out that drone for some fun, the Captain jumped like Tarzan from the boat and I got a dreamy Chill out Hammock Chair, maybe I get a chance to find some time to read in it. If not much on this trip, than for sure on our Power boat back home! 🙂
We enjoyed Chacala and having some Family time!
But, where do we go from here? Can we manage on our own?