No WiFi. No 4G in the bay. There was 4G in San Blas
Verizon via Telcel: Caroline called me several times on 3g. The calls were very clear.
Depending on what tower your phone talks to you will be in Mountain Time or Central Time. India’s phone was on MST, everyone else’s was on CST. Confusing to say the least.
Airport and Airport Transport
2 choices: Guadalajara (GDL) or Puerto Vallarta (PVR). I think GDL is closer and it appears to be a hub of some sort for Volaris as many routes have a layover there.
Caroline arraigned a taxi at one of the restaurants in Mantanchèn to have me whisked to PVR. The cost was $1500MXN.
The morning of my departure out of PVR a man in a private car picked me up and started driving me to Guadalajara. He spoke no English. Using Google translate and my Sesame Street level Spanish I explained I was going to PVR.
The driver called his wife to tell her we were going to PVR. While listening to their discussion I could tell she was a bit upset about this and he was talking her down. We joked about this universal spousal conversation.
It is at LEAST a 3.5 hour drive to PVR. Remember that PVR is a different time zone from San Blas.
The PVR airport is very much like Cabo. Lots of tourism related hawking of wares.
$2/device/day. Use a rocket or other receiver to rebroadcast to the boat to save monies.
Reasonable speeds during the day, slow at night. Fairly consistent.
Skype for business worked well.
Verizon via Telcel: pretty bad. 4G until a call was made and then 3G took over for the call. The voice quality was like being underwater. *sigh*. No idea how well a telcel SIM would work.
Tiny. Make sure to give yourself at least 1 hour for the $320MXN cab ride to the airport.
But she can drive a house sized boat in a foreign country!
Keely and India both took 4 hour watches for over 5 days on Waponi Woo. A fine crew I tell you, a fine crew.
The Waponi Woo crew is back in Puerto Peñasco.
We have not seen her yet. Tomorrow we start putting things away, putting in the new alternators, drilling new through-hulls and getting ready for bottom paint.
We had a great time in the US. We saw some old friends in Phoenix and are glad to be back south.
He sun in Mexico is pretty intense. Caroline’s phone lives in a lifeproof case. The case has a clear section in the back to show off the Apple logo.
We just changed the sun-damaged case out for a new one.
Note the square tan line around the Apple symbol.
Yes, that is a Telcel SIM taped to the phone.
The entire boat is set up so India and Caroline can run everything when my job takes me someplace crazy.
We got a super lightweight dinghy so they can move it. (Of course they have never had to because there have always been SeaGlass boys nearby).
The winches are oversized and the anchor is double stout.
We even bought a generator after making darn sure Caroline and India could lift it. We store this generator in one of the engine compartments.
This morning Caroline wanted to make water and do laundry. The latter requires the generator. Caroline went to lift the genset out of the engine compartment and could not get it up and out. I asked India to help without looking as I want the girls to be self sufficient.
After lots of grunting I got up to take a look at India doing an awesome squat workout with no success.
Me: Take the bungle cord off the generator and it’ll lift out.
The girls: glares back at me.
We were making water a short while later.
Caroline, India, Ben and I just got SCUBA certified.
I’ll have video here shortly.
Caroline is a My Little Pony nut. India is too but she’ll never admit to it.
I’m glad ponies and dinghys don’t mix or Rover would have a friend: