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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rude, rude, RUDE!

I know it was.
I know that it was totally rude of me to post the photos of Rocinante sitting sideways in the muck in the previous post.
But if you are a cruiser and you boast that you have NOT ever run aground, you are either:
a. a big, fat liar OR
b. doubly blessed by God and all that is Holy - pure and simple!

Gabriel of the Marina Seca Guaymas boatyard. That spot of land he's standing on
is under water when the tide is high.
Like the time one of our crew used a lead line to check the depth at an anchorage -
only the checker was measuring from the lifelines and not the waterline! Hard reverse (and I do mean HARD) saved us from that little oopsie. So, we don't brag to be smarter, better or less likely to go aground than anyone else.

Iron Butterfly testing the limits
We really like Guaymas and the Guaymas Seca boatyard (otherwise known as 'Gabriel's' - since he's the owner). But again, keep an eye on the tides here, especially if your keel is more than 5' - and even then...

Iron Butterfly went in the water - 26 tons of her! That was pushing it a bit with the travel lift and Jim and I were praying that the immense weight didn't break the equipment. Selfish of us that we want to be in the water, too, and very soon - I know. But Gabriel choregraphed the dance and Iron Butterfly migrated beautifully without any damage to the travel lift that will hopefully be splashing us soon.

Samantha and Trini - the best darn Girl Scout cookie sellers on the planet!
We're making progress. We placed orders of necessary products, like: bottom paint, a new barometer, fuel gauge, school books, Yogi India Spice Tea and Travel Scrabble. Fortunately, we have good friends 5-6 hours away. We picked up our orders and got to visit with our Montrose, Colorado cruising friends. It was a blast and we were just in time for Girl Scout cookies! I was shocked that my cherry-pie-only eating husband grabbed himself a box of Thin Mints. I snagged the Samoas. With these two cute girls selling the best cookies in America there was no way to say no.

Face painting.
Comex quoted around $185 a gallon for our bottom paint. Our last Comex application failed, but we believe it was due to the application moreso than the quality of the paint. More on that later. So, we are trying a new bottom paint - Blue Water Marine Copper Pro. We paid $165 a gallon with shipping. We purchased 4 gallons.

Hotspur is hoping to splash in a couple days!! Keep your fingers crossed!!


  1. Hey guys,

    We put 1 gallon (very thin coat) of Comex antifouling on Ceilydh's hulls while careened at Puerto Don Juan September before last. Lasted about 1 year and then just totally gave up. But we were really pushing it with the thin application. The Blue Water stuff usually gets good marks from Practical Sailor.


  2. Thanks, Evan. We have friends that have used Comex ABC and had good results. Bottom paint is so expensive - and then add the haul in/out to that... it really bites when something goes wrong with it! The reviews on The Blue Water looked good AND we prepped/applied it ourselves, so we have faith. The first coat we applied was BW red and then we applied 3 gallons of BW blue over that. We'll know how long it lasts us as the red coat begins to show itself. The paint went on really well (no thinning needed) and we still have 1/2 a gallon left over.

  3. So what is the weight limit for Gabriels lift? SOMF is 54,000lbs. We still aren't sure where we will haul. Hope to see you guys on the way.

  4. I am such a dork... I just changed my number from 26,000 tons to 26 tons. Thanks, Jerry! Let me speak with Gabriel and I'll get back to you - is SOMF really that heavy?? What the heck do you have on that boat??

  5. Not sure what added all the weight but I assure you it is not Gold bullion. LOL

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