Splish Splash, We're Making The Dash!

Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Coyote Bay, Baja

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California Sur,
Tuesday, April 3, 2012

March 29, 2012   I guess I should apologize for being off the grid for so long, but I won't because I probably saved you from being bored to death. We worked our fingers to the bone these last few months but as you will see below, there was very little to get my muse going on. Feel free to skip through or completely ignore this edition as it is mostly a record of where the skin on our fingers went (and still needs to go) and I wouldn't blame anyone who just waits for the next blog. I promise it will be more timely and much more adventurous!

We arrived in Guaymas just a couple of days after Christmas and got started immediately trying to get Ashika back in shape for the 600 mile Journey to Puerto Vallarta where we plan on spending the summer. We stripped, sanded and began varnishing the entire sole (floor) and the saloon table, washed the boat with low water pressure, removed both masts and stripped most of the hardware off the main and sanded and painted it, scrubbed and polished wire shrouds to remove embedded dirt and rust, installed a new hailer, removed broken windex and replaced with new digital wind instrument (anenometer), removed and tried to fix and then re-stalled steaming light and both spreader lights, removed and reinstalled mast head tricolor light, removed staysail roller furling for replacement, ordered new roller furling, cleaned and polished mizzen mast and replaced the not working radar with new HD digital radar, removed and replaced old wires, re-installed all hardware and original pipe conduit to hold wires, washed the boat with low water pressure again, re-installed both masts; broke original old pipe conduit on re-install (note to self, don't re-install really old items) returned to the States to pick up new roller furling and 101 other essential items that are not available in Mexico, returned to the boat and caught Dois' flu, Dois got back to work, I took a week off then “finished” (varnishing is never finished) varnishing the sole and table, removed the main mast again, yes we did... removed broken conduit and the servered wires from disastrous re-install (I could write a book just on this experience, but suffice it to say Ashika's
masts will stay put for as long as I live if I can help it), installed pool noodles around wires to keep them from banging around (you should have seen the taxi drivers face when I come out of
Walmart with 20 pool noodles in various and fun colors but I think the mast is now unsinkable, at least in a pool), installed new roller furler, re-stalled main mast, discovered damaged foot switches on the winch and tried to fix, no joy there, installed new fresh water pump on engine, replaced non working aft head sump pump and all associated wires and switch, rebuilt cockpit lazarette manual bilge pump (sucker still doesn't work), installed Minnies water strainer for generator intake, removed rusting hulk (aka: Atlantic Marine Water Heater) and relocated shiny Force 10 water heater on the other side of the engine room (THANK YOU STEVE & CAROL PECKHAM), replaced 2 upper shroud turnbuckles and 2 lowers, replaced wire/rope halyards with all rope  (personally spliced by me), reinstalled all the sails and lines, emptied all storage holds and removed unneccessary items from the boat, cleaned and refilled all holds (still no extra space),
installed new settee cushions, removed disintegrating aft cabin mattress and replaced with new, installed new dodger, washed the boat with low water pressure again, hung Spring Bouquet picture in saloon, re-hung Oswald picture, installed new saloon light, installed new 7K air conditioning unit in the aft lazarette by folding up into the amazing pretzel woman of Guaymas and to ensure we survive the summer we also installed an aft cabin fan.

All that and more while the rats in the yard gutted our RV … no one said this was going to be easy.

We splashed Ashika on March 21 at 9am and beelined over to Marina Singular Guaymas to finish washing her (yeah water pressure). The boat yard is mostly made up of old boats, vermin and a very fine red dirt. Each evening the wind would pick up and lay another layer of the red stuff on everything. The sailing season here ends June 1 and I've had enough red dirt for a lifetime, so we decided to launch as soon as we possible even though we have a few more items that need to be taken care of, such as;

Build out Navigation station and flush mount all instuments
Connect hailer to VHF
Install GPS antenna for
Radar/Chartplotter (working fine, but need to thread the antenna wires and amazing pretzel woman of Guaymas is on holiday)
Add new suncover to Genoa
Fix settee cushion that I made slightly too large
Purchase and install windlass foot switches
Rebuild forward commode
Make new chaps for dinghy
Replace at least one saloon window (all four if reasonable cost)
Rebed all windows
Rebed all deck hardware and chainplates
Sand and paint housetop
Paint non skid surfaces with Kiwi deck paint
Paint and/or Varnish outside teak
Polish stainless (especially that boom vang)
Purchase new seals for manual bilge pump
Make final air conditioning connections to elec. panel
Make new shade cover
Hook up Anenometer
Install new galley and head faucets
Fix handles on kayaks
Replace aft head diverter valve
Replace aft head hose to holding tank
Replace fuel lift pump
Replace Genset remote
Splice new mizzen spinnaker halyard, boom vang line and outboard lift rope
Learn how to use ssb modem for updating blog in the middle of nowhere
and more but this list is too long as it is...

Are we having fun yet? You betcha, we dropped the lines from the marina dock last night, March 28th, 2012 at 6PM. We arrived in Coyote Bay in Bahia de Conception for breakfast and saw our first turtle by noon. And Daisy and Ginger are as happy as a couple of clams (and just as wet). Now, where did I put my margarita?

Wish you were here. Really, we could use the help!
Dois and Lauri

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