Welcome to our mid-life crisis! These are the chronicles of Laura and Patrick, their young son Jack, and their goofball Labrador Retriever named Evinrude (Rudy), as they travelled the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific coast of mainland Mexico in their catamaran. We went cruising in search of a change of pace, a closer knit family, and peace of mind. We found all three and more. The fun all started in October, 2008 and nearly four years later the Mexican adventure came to an end August 3rd, 2012. With our mid-life crisis cured in Mexico, we are excited to start a new adventure - life back in America.

Patrick has since joined the Sales Team of Marine Servicenter as a boat broker. Whether you are looking to make your dream of sailing away come true, or ready to sell your boat he can help. He can be reached at http://marinesc.com/about/crew/patrick-harrigan

Candeleros Chico

Candeleros Chico
Just another beautiful day at anchor on the Baja. 2010

Dolphins at play in the bow wake 2011

Dolphins at play in the bow wake  2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Baby, It's Cold Outside

You know there is something to this La Nina thing when the morning temperature in Mazatlan (41 degrees) is colder than the morning temperature in Seattle (45 degrees). Hard to believe but those are the actual temps in both cities this morning. We are freezing! Thank God s/v Evergreen graciously donated a space heater appropriate for use on a boat to us before they left Mazatlan. And, thankfully the subtropical sun helps warm the afternoon temps a bit higher than Seattle, but still we only reach 64 degrees to Seattle's 51 degrees. Not enough of a difference in my opinion. It's 4 pm and the heater is still running to keep us warm.

Just a Minute has no source of heat beyond the donated heater, so it is not a comfortable boat for cold weather. This cold snap in Mazatlan is just reinforcing the fact that staying another year in Mexico is a good idea. Can you imagine how cold we would be in Alaska with no heat? Even in the summer? We thought we could survive in the northern waters long enough to get a heating system installed in the States, but now I realize that is not a reasonable option. I am glad we found this out in Mexico.

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