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, May 20, 2011

The Beatings Continue Until Morale Improves...

Still on the hard and it's getting harder to take. I don't know how people survive when they have a serious refit to do that keeps them on the hard for months. God bless the poor beggars. Meanwhile our work is progressing really well. The starboard sail drive is installed, the port sail drive has new seals, and the bottom is painted with two coats on all, three coats on the waterline. We were on line to be dropped back in the water tomorrow (Saturday) but decided to be kind to ourselves and slow the work level down and stay the weekend. Since the yard is closed Sunday, we get an extra day of work in a deserted yard - that should be a pleasure! Our last jobs include installing the automatic bilge pumps and cleaning and waxing the hulls. Oh Joy of Joys. Thankfully we have an electric buffer.

We ended up using twice as much paint as the last (crappy) paint job and so we found ourselves a can short since we weren't thinning it with thinner like the last boatyard did. We had brought down black bottom paint and had one can left which was not going to be enough to cover the two hulls for the second coat. So we scoured La Paz and found the exact same brand and type of paint - only in blue. But being desperate, we bought the blue paint and a big bucket and combined the two. It turned into a lovely deep charcoal-navy blue. It looks really good and I like it so much better than the black. It looks great with the navy blue boot stripe. Serendipity!

Marina Singlar yard in La Paz has been a great experience so far. The workers under Enrique Abaroa are very kind and professional. We are very happy so far with how this is turning out.

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