Well I finally got out of Acapulco. The Mexicano’s quickly came and fixed my electrical problem and I took off outta there on Tuesday afternoon around 5pm.
There was a bit of wind when I first left Acapulco but since last night it has all but disappeared. I sailed while I had the wind but pulled in the genoa when it began flapping and have left the mainsail up (partly because getting it up by yourself is a workout that I only want to do once per trip if possible!).
I slept on and off throughout the nightâ€¦ I only saw a few ships, all tankers. One was about a mile behind me when I woke up around 3am but he seemed to take a wide birth around me so he must have saw me on radar (and/or my lights).
I figured out how to set my radar alarms today so tonight I should sleep even sounder as testing of it today saw it go off whenever a tanker came within 3 miles of me (its pretty cool, it can pick up large ships as far as 20 miles away!). The radar doesnâ€™t seem to pick up some of these small little canoe like boats that some of the Mexicanoâ€™s go out and fish in, but if I hit them, it probably wouldnâ€™t do much damage to meâ€¦ they, on the other hand, would be going for a swim. Those boats donâ€™t seem to stay out much past sundown anyway though, so not a concern.
So far it has been a very relaxing tripâ€¦ I have used the time to clean up around the boat, and other things such as catching up on email and reading. I have enjoyed being by myselfâ€¦ clothing is obviously optionalâ€¦ so getting an even tan for once 😛
My brain must have been very comfortable with the radar alarm, because I practically slept from 10pm until about 8am, only getting up once or twice, confused as to where I was (I always am like that) and checked everything and then went back to sleep. There were a few ships around throughout the night, but none ever came closer than 3 miles to me (which would have set off my alarm).
I pulled into Marina Chahue in Huatulco at about 10am after having a shower and some breakfast on the boat on the way in.
When I got in there were about 10 people all waving at me and pointing to a slip for me, which was very odd since I had not called ahead and let anyone know I was coming. I found out later that they all had been trying to call me on the radio to tell me that the dredger in the channel into the marina had a cable pulled across and I wasn’t supposed to go across until it was done. My VHF radio is down below and I can never hear it, so I didn’t get their call (Note: I have decided to get a handheld VHF for future issues like this). But my cat only draws about 3ft so luckily I never hit the cable or it would have really chewed up my props.
The 2nd reason there was quite a few people there was that a catamaran HAD called in and said it was coming in, so a few of them were out to help it tie up…
I ended up taking his spot before anyone realized I was the wrong cat… but it was nice to have this whole welcoming committee to help tie me up.
So I am here now at a web cafe… Huatulco seems like a small, really nice town… everything here is new (nice paved roads etc) and it looks like they are trying to make it into a larger resort.
I will definitely stay a couple days but then may leave either Sunday or Wednesday (depending on weather and a few other factors) to head south for Puerto Madero (the southernmost port in Mexico, 14 miles from the Guatemalan border) where I will likely just stop to refuel (and maybe anchor and nap) and then will continue on to El Salvador where there looks like a totally awesome place called Barrillas Marina (http://barillasmarina.com) where they have internet hookups at the pool and stuff like that.
That’s it for now… oh the only other thing I might add is I had my lunch lines out (fishing lines, but instead of fishing line it uses rope basically.. so when it catches the fish it just yanks them right out of the water with no risk of the line breaking) and didn’t catch anything but when i pulled one of them out this morning, one of the hooks was TOTALLY bent back and had what looked like tissue from a mouth around it… WHATEVER bit this thing was HUGE… like maybe a shark?? I used pliers and couldn’t pull the hook back into place, that is how big and hard the hook is!!! I am kinda glad it didn’t stick cuz I am not sure what I would do if I caught a shark… me and Ceebz had a hard enough time beating up 5 pound skipjacks!
Here is a pic of me on the trip for those of who you can’t get enough of looking at me 😛