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Work-San Blas MX and Mantanchèn

Internet

No WiFi. No 4G in the bay. There was 4G in San Blas

Voice

Verizon via Telcel: Caroline called me several times on 3g. The calls were very clear.

Other

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.

Work-Mazatlan ElCid

Internet

$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.

Voice

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.

Airport

Tiny. Make sure to give yourself at least 1 hour for the $320MXN cab ride to the airport.

Back in Mexico

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.

Life is good!

6.3knots dead down wind with the parasailor. 88F with 65%RH. 


Whales 15 feet off the beam have stinky breath. 
We are in route to Santa Rosalita after an expensive evening on a dock washing off salt, salt and more salt. We also turned on the AC because 95+. 

Carolines phone has a tan line. 

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. 

Caroline and India run everything

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. 

The Baja HaHa

After a month in San Diego we are now on the Baja Ha Ha with over 180 other boats of all types. 
We now have an extra crew member Paul from he Three-Quarter Time. He is another Fairbanks-ian. 




We now have a 40 Gallon Per Hour watermaker as well. As soon as we get solar panels we should be completely self sufficient outside of food.