Yes, we are still sitting in Marina Chiapas, the southern most sailing stop in Mexico. It’s a brand new marina with brand new clean bathrooms, brand new dry storage area and a brand new palapa restaurant. Summer rates are brilliantly priced at $200 per month – a very good deal. Electricity is free. But, we just paid $575US to sit here because summer rates don’t start until July (you can push for June successfully – but not May).
Already 2 named storms have morphed ahead of us these past few weeks and blown north. While we waited for a weather window to cross the gnarly Tehuantepec, Jim scouted out potential boat yard repairmen who might be able to make our boat repairs right here in Chiapas. Although we found a Huatulco man, we just couldn't make it work. We certainly will not stay here for the summer on board.
I think this part of cruising is the hardest part. Being in a country where customer service is lax means learning to wait respectfully and patiently. Throwing a tantrum and stomping your feet won’t get you what you want here… well, maybe you’ll get what you want but no one will want to be a part of your life and cruiser rumor spreads faster than a computer virus. It is this cruiser’s humble opinion that being a very polite nuisance is more effective in Central America.
And as for the weather – I haven’t figured out how to make it work in our favor. But this upcoming week looks very promising!
|BEFORE: Although they don't look terrible in the photo, these cushions were flat, |
stained,had cigarette burns on them and were made out of a scratchy fabric I hated!
Staying positive means thinking of positive things. And instead of dwelling on the not-so-positive- aspect of our visit to El Salvador, we had a very positive outcome there concerning something very trivial and materialistic – but something that has bothered me for a long time.
Our very old, flat, scratchy interior cushions.
And our falling apart, stained, dull cockpit cushions.
And let's face it - right now, it’s the little things in life are the icing on the cake!
|BEFORE: Same hateful scratchy fabric on settee|
If you are planning to cruise to Bahia del Sol or Barillas…
If your boat has the ugliest cushions known to man…
If you have a little extra cash to blow on beauty and comfort…
We strongly suggest that you consider having your cushions recovered in San Salvador!
It takes a little planning. It takes some organization. And, it probably also takes a van to make it happen…
But we had 18 cushions recovered (new foam and fabric and labor – 8 cockpit and 10 interior) for a mere $525US.
In the next post, I’ll tell you 5 easy steps to make it happen quickly and efficiently. And share the AFTER photos!