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A quick announcement…

Tap tap tap. Is this thing on…. *feedback squeal*

We have an announcement to make, before your heart sinks, read to the end.

The mighty Waponi Woo is for sale. Yup, she is on the market. Spread the word! She is ready to go ‘round the world with you and your family.

Did I ask earlier to spread the word? Yeah, please do that. Tell all your friends, even the land-locked ones!

Details on the boat are in the listing.

Q&A:
What happens next with you guys?
We will be spending the hurricane season in the PNW between the Seattle area and Sandpoint, ID.

Are you going to stop cruising?
NO! We really like this stuff.

Are you getting a different boat?
Yes! We are looking at Catana catamarans.

Why get a different boat?
Many reasons.

1. Caroline likes to go fast, a Catana has dagger boards that let the cat point better up wind. (Ryan is just typing this, he has no idea what she is talking about)

2. All of our stuff just fits in Waponi Woo. The Catanas we are looking at are a bit larger. We figure with our current set of ‘stuff’ we will fit better. We don’t think we need any more stuff.

3. We like to have friends on board when we travel. A little more space will allow that to happen. That darn Keely got bigger and no longer fit in the anchor locker so we had to send her back. We miss Keely sometimes! 😉

4. More time at anchor. We often found ourselves bellying up to a dock just to get off and spread out a little. A little more space will go a long way for us to just float.

Questions? Pepper us with them and we’ll answer them as best we can. We are a little emotional about this whole thing. We do love the ‘Woo!

Worldwide Community

Our generator died. Ryan started it up and it would cough and sputter in a sickly idle. The generator did not rev up. Two months in Panama sitting unused did our reliable Honda in. Since we are dependent on the generator to run our watermaker, getting it running or replacing it was going to be necessary and is not necessarily an easily accomplished task in Central America.

Some fellow cruisers we have been crossing paths with since La Paz had arrived in the marina shortly before we splashed back in the water and had mentioned their Honda had recently experienced a catastrophic pull-string failure so they purchased a new one. I decided to ask where they purchased the new one in the hope of not having to make Ryan try to board an airplane with a suitcase generator as a carry-on. They kindly gave me the information and offered to give us their old generator to either repair or use for parts.

Ryan was able to replace the carburetor in our generator with the gifted one and it works like new. This saved our bacon.

It was not the first time we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of other cruisers. In Zihuantanejo, the girls and I needed to replace a frayed alternator belt and simply lacked the necessary strength and arm length the loosen the bolt. A quick call for assistance on the VHF and three other boats in the anchorage were there within ten minutes to help us out. In El Salvador, our outboard died after getting some water in the fuel. A walk down the dock and people were offering parts and assistance. Whenever someone is in need, there is always someone willing to help.

We, cruisers, are traveling to remote parts of the world, usually in a foreign country, by boat. Oftentimes, we aren’t native speakers of the local language and procesess for legal formalities aren’t well-documented or are in state of continuous fluxutaion. It is important to help when we can and to openly share our knowledge and experience so others can learn from our success and failures. This openness and willingness to help each other regardless of age, flag, color or gender is one of the things I really love about the cruising community.

The past few weeks, getting Waponi Woo back in the water in a place I am increasingly disenchanted with have been difficult. This unanticipated act of kindness, the gift of a generator, served as a wonderful reminder there is a lot of good in the world.

Remember, I’m pulling for you. Were all in this together.” – Red (The Red Green Show)

A token snapshot of a wild banana tree growing next to what is left of Ft. Sherman base housing.

Upgrade Post: Anchor and Anchor Mount

We replaced the old 15kg OEM spade anchor on Waponi Woo with a 65lbs Mantus anchor. The Mantus has a large hoop that, when stored under our trampoline/bowsprit would thump against the bowsprit threatening to break it.

We hired Sergio Galindo of La Paz Welding & Fabrication to extend the factory mount out a few inches, add some chain guards around it and a pin so we could secure the anchor in rough passages. Sergio does crazy good work. He is the artist that created our arch and our paddle-board holders.

I get asked on a few Facebook groups for pictures so I am writing this post up to show them.

It has been awhile…

Ryan brought to my attention he was the only one posting anything new on the blog. I admit I taken to brief updates on Facebook and Instagram and have been largely ignoring this blog. There are several posts which I have started but get overwhelmed quickly when looking at all the events that have transpired and places we have been between now and my last post.

We left La Paz on December 1st and have since traveled to Bahia de Los Muertos, Mazatlan, Isla Isabela, Matanchen, San Blas, La Cruz, Nuevo Vallarta, Yelapa, Puerto Vallarta, Chamela, Tenacatita, Barra de Navidad, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Huatulco and Puerto Madero. This equals approximately 1400 nautical miles of travel with a few stops of several weeks in between.

Between La Paz and Puerto Vallarta we were surrounded by friends. For Christmas, we had a potluck on the dock in Puerto Vallarta. One New Year’s Eve there was a spectacular firework’s display on the beach at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta. Friends came to visit us from Seattle and Keely’s parents spent some time in Zihuatanejo. Ryan traveled for work when we were in Nuevo Vallarta, Barra de Navidad and Zihuatanejo. In Nuevo Vallarta we started having to say goodbye to friends as everyone started to head their separate ways.

Wednesday morning we made it to Puerto Madero and tied to the dock in Marina Chiapas. This is the last port in Mexico. We arrived at 1:30AM after an uneventful Tehuantepec crossing. In Mexico this is the most formal port we have entered. We had to hail the Port Captain to enter the port and were met at the marina for help to our slip. The marina called the Navy who showed up at 7:30AM to inspect the boat. For the first time, we were boarded. The check in went quickly. They asked for all of the usual paperwork and sent a drug dog around for a quick sniff.

Next week Ryan has to go north again. When he gets back we are planning on doing a brief land trip to Guatemala. There are many boats ahead of us in the Panama Posse and a few behind us. We are hoping some friends will catch up to us soon.

India and Keely standing in the ruins of the church made famous by Longfellow’s poem, The Bells of San Blas.

Mai Tai, Three Quarter Time and Waponi Woo on the dock in La Cruz for our Christmas potluck.

Ryan on the beach in Tenacatita.

The main street in Barra de Navidad. This is a pretty typical street in the smaller towns.

Work-Tenacatita

Internet

WiFi = There is a small bar or something with open wifi. This would be great but every other cruiser in the anchorage appears to know this secret. We witnessed 7mbps/768kbps. Standard DSL in the states.

3G = Telcel: It is pretty bad. We are able do do basic browsing. I’ll be using the KVH tomorrow for work.

Voice

Ugh. Pretty bad.

Airport and Airport Transport

I did not need to go out to the airport so I have no information. We will be going to Barra de Navidad next as I have to fly north from there. Funny thing, the airport is north of there so we have to pass by it going south. I was tempted, for just a minute, to have India land me on shore in the dinghy so I could run across the runway parallel to the ocean. That thought stopped as I considered Mexican prison.

Other

The town across the bay, La Manzanilla, is 15 minutes away by dinghy across the bay. 3G service, very few cafes or other places with wifi.

Work-Chamela

Internet

WiFi = There was NONE. Tiny town.

4G = Telcel: We saw 50mbps down and 50mbps up. Seriously. It was freaking awesome. It was smoother than my office.

Voice

I used Skype for Business as that is what my company uses. People thought I was state-side!

Airport and Airport Transport

I did not need to go out to the airport so I have no information.

Other

 

Avoid the beach-side restaurants here. They will impact your ability to work. Scuba-Jazz however.. whoa! Go every night!