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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Broken Down in La Paz Ain't Sooo Bad....

Honestly, if you have to be broken down, it's not too bad a place to choose. It's certainly a lot better place to find ourselves than our friends on Ceilydh who are 200 miles from the Marquesas with only one rudder (just like us with one engine, a catamaran really isn't meant to only have one rudder!) Jokes aside, we are worried for them and are sending them the best as they make their way to safety.

Anyway, La Paz is a lovely town and the weather is warm and sunny with pretty benign winds. The harbor at La Paz offers a safe place to anchor without incurring marina fees. There are several other teens around for Jack to hang with. There is a great beach for Rudy to play on. And there is a nearby bar with good internet for me. (You know it's bad when the bartender comes around to shake your hand and kiss you on the cheek every time you come into the bar!)

And so, we sit here in La Paz figuring out our plan. The sail drive needs to be completely replaced which would mean a $5,000+ USD bill for us. So that would be about 3 or more months budget - Ouch! Unfortunately, that sail drive would be the 4th completely new Yanmar sail drive placed on the boat in 2 and half years by certified Yanmar mechanics. Not counting the one that was simply rebuilt when it failed after one month of use. Believe me, it is a long story and it will be coming to a computer near you soon!

But in the meantime, we are enjoying our predicament as best we can and counting the many blessings we have.


  1. Forget the Lemons into Lemonaid sayings....

    In Mexico when life gives you lemons, you squeeze them over a fish Taco!

    What's with these transmissions anyway. We hope to have ours rebuilt soon and see you in La Paz!

  2. Following your blog and dreaming of one day doing exactly what you're doing. We own a 32 ft mono hull and I refit the entire boat. I suggest you install the leg yourself. Get a few good books with diagrams and just do it. Yes you can! And you will do a much, much better job than anybody else. If I can install engine beds/engine/shaft/prop/electrical/etc. you can too. No one will take care of your boat as much as you do... Here's what I did and after much head scratching I realized that all I needed was common sense. http://hiensch.shawwebspace.ca/pages/view/the_new_diesel_engine/

  3. Rich we are more than looking forward to squeezing some of those lemons over the schrimp tacos at Tacos Estadio. They are truly the best we have found.

    Henk, I totally agree that Patrick would be up to the challegnge of changing the sail drives himself. He amazes me with his mechanical abilities. I don't know how he keeps everything going like he does. We'll just have to see what he thinks when he gets back home with the drives.