Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tropical Storm Rick Has Left Mazatlan

Rick blew in here early this morning with gusts of 70 knots and sustained winds of 60 knots. The barometer went from 988 at 7:30 this am to 993 at 8:15 as the center passed over us. No problem with the boat or crew, but a lot of damage in the area. Trees down, flooding , windows blown out of a few buildings at the marina and adjacent properties, Debbie will post some pictures in a few days. We are alive and well.


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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hurricane Rick now Tropical Storm Rick Tuesday Oct 20th

Tropical Storm Rick is now scheduled to pass North of Mazatlan by 60 miles with winds of about 60 miles per hour around mid day Wednesday providing nothing changes over the next 24 hours. We have everything off the decks and stored below and will take the last shade tarp down tonight and wait and see what happens. We may get some surge from the swells generated and have checked all the lines a chafe protection.


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sweating it out in Mazatlan

Sweating it out in Mazatlan.

It is still very hot and humid but should start to settle down in a few more weeks. But when it is 33 degrees in the boat it is hard to say we are suffering when we are sitting at the pool and having happy hour. We have 4 fairly large fans running 24 - 7 so it sounds like one is living inside a jet engine getting ready to taxi and take off. The fans give us a temperature of around 29 degrees we think that's almost as workable temp. It is taking a long time to get the boat back together as we are only working on boat jobs in the early morning or in the evening. Even then we are sweating like roasted pigs.

Debbie says we have finally become true Mexicans. We needed some pieces of wood to make some shelves and they would not fit in the borrowed car we have, so, it is down the road with the wood resting on the outside mirror and Debbie hanging onto it. At least she was not running along side holding on. Trying to explain in Spanish that we wanted some 1 x 2 lumber was a trick, when the homes here are brick and cement.

We have had a few thunderstorms with lots of wind and rain, but they do not last long so you just need to time your travels to stay dry. The lightning is a bit of a novelty for us folks from Victoria. Right now we are keeping an eye on Hurricane Rick that is offshore and heading towards Cabo and possibly back towards the mainland North of Mazatlan. It is forecast to be about 370km on its closest approach to Mazatlan with winds of 90 kms. Sometimes these hurricanes decide to take a left turn before they make it farther north so we are praying to the wind stays on track.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Back In Mazatlan

Back In Maz.. Hot hot hot and humid.. (not that we are complaining) All is well on board so far, the boat survived the summer with no issues showing up yet. We will be here until mid November or so and then move on further south. Right now we are getting some heavy rain showers off a tropical depression heading for Cabo.

The flight here was very smooth, and in no time at all we were hustled thru customs in a cab and back at the marina, and believe it or not all our luggage arrived when we did...another miracle.


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