Desiderata is back in the water, I’ve paid my boat yard bill, did all my last minute provisions and am in the process of getting everything stowed away securely and getting Desi ready to sail away in the morning. It was with a little sadness I said goodbye to all of my new friends in the yard. I truly would have liked to have gotten to know all of them better. Hard working, family oriented and love to laugh, joke and play. What’s not to love about that?!?
Last minute adjustments to the davit block.
Desiderata going back into the water with my dinghy hanging proudly from the stern.
Antonio the Justin Beiber of Baja Naval
Guillermo a welding combination of Michael Angelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Love this guy because he made me the best davits in all of Mexico! Mucho Gracias mi bien amigo!
Desiderata content to be afloat rocking gently with the waves. Myself happy to get the boat back into sailing order with everything properly stowed for the trip. We had been on the hard for 30 days and it was really starting to lose it’s luster. You’ll probably find it hard to believe it but many nights I sit huddled around my little 1500 watt heater just wishing it would hurry up and warm up the whole boat. Not a lot of insulation in these sailboats so 45 degree nights is cold I’m telling you!!! :p But that’s soon to change sometime in the next 3 or 4 days as I get south. But more on that later………..
One more post probably before I lose coverage.
Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy New Year!!
Here’s my projected course.
And here are the predicted wind and swell conditions I can expect to encounter. Looks like optimal sailing conditions.
I can’t even begin to put into words what an emotional and psychogical journey this has all been so far. One of the biggest surprises is that I hoped and expected to only be in Ensenada for a couple of weeks and in the end I will have been here exactly one mes (espanol for month ;)) I wasn’t looking forward to it when I first came to the realization but each and every day has turned out to be a new adventure that I wouldn’t have experienced had I not been doing anything other than what I am. The best part has been developing relationships with some of the workers in the yard. They help me with my Spanglish and they are constantly laughing and joking and having a great time in spite of the work. I will miss several of them very much and hope to run into them again somewhere down the line.
What I will not miss is the cold! I know nobody up there has any sympathy for me feeling cold on a 60 degree day but heat is one of the primary goals of this mission and thus far I’ve fallen well short of that. I checked out of Ensenada today and as would be par for the course for me I forgot a copy of my entry paper so I had to go back to the boat to get my copy and get that all taken care of so now I can depart when ready.
The only work left on the boat is a little polishing on the stainless tubing for the davits by mi amigo Guiellermo tomorrow and we will hang all of the blocks and tackle and hopefully have my dinghy hanging solidly from the stern of the boat with the outboard on so deploying and retrieving it is as fast and effective as possible. After that I need to get some diesel and gas, milk, eggs, bread and cereal and most importantly Coke Zero. The only wildcard is my watermaker. The membrane is very delicate and it doesn’t like dirty water at all so I can’t really check it until I get clear of the harbor and into the bay. If it is working I’ll proceed to the next part of the journey which is Puerto Vallarta. My chart plotting software says almost 8 days to get there but my weather routing software says it could take up to 11. I’ll have to have my watermaker working to make it non stop. If it’s not working I’ll probably return to Baja Naval and wait until Monday to see if we can resolve the issue. I’m not anticipating any problems but as you all know, you never know.
Many people choose to sail a couple of days then anchor for a day or two to break up the trip. The main reason I want to do it nonstop is my primary goal now is to attempt to circumnavigate the globe solo. At least solo on any major passages. My longest passage to achieve that goal would be from the Americas to the South Pacific which can take 20 to 30 days. This will be a great chance for me to experience about 10 days alone offshore to see if I think I would be capable of handling the mental and physical strain required of the longer passages. And as a bonus 85 degree weather several days earlier!
Happy New Year!
This is Guillermo the Michael Angelo of welding. I can tell he is doing everything possible to give me the best possible job. I tell him that he will always be a part of Desiderata and that I will think of him often when I raise and lower my dinghy. He’s such a great guy and I know we would be good friends if we had a longer opportunity. I’m very grateful that our paths have crossed on this journey I’ve embarked upon though and it’s people like him that make it one of the best parts. Final product shots tomorrow. Guillermo is hard at work on the cross support that will be welded into place tomorrow and I’m hoping to get a good selfie with him and the final product. Lou loves this stuff and I’ve been wanting to share some of the workmanship with him!
Best of all I’m going back in the water Thursday afternoon. Tentatively planning on heading for Puerto Vallarta on Saturday or Sunday.
Found a great new cheap carnita taco stand!!
That’s great news but the really great news is it looks like I’m going to be back in the water by this Thursday. I was worried because if I didn’t go back in on Thursday I would have had to wait for the following Monday. Weather is looking good last time I checked so I may be out of here on the 2nd or 3rd.
Took a ride out in the wine country with Carlos and his friend Alfredo who is one year from completing his architecture degree. He drove like we were in the Baja 1000 but we made it to our destination safely none the less. It’s just been developed as you can see from the newly planted flowers. The pond is man made and you can’t see us very good but blame the sun it’s on the wrong side.
Later we rode out to this bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just in time for this sunset.
Another awesome day in Ensenada. I’m really going to miss a lot of the workers I’ve developed relationships with a great deal. Many of them are good people you know you’d become fast friends with if time wasn’t an issue
Notice what it says on his hat. Now I know how it feels!! Please send money!!