Small town livin’ in San Blas

Small town livin’ in San Blas

Sigh. We hit a sandbar. Again. Luckily, we knew we were in shallow territory and Philippe quickly backed us off of it. The estuary leading up to Marina Fonatur in San Blas is fairly long and wide, but even at high tide Untangled (with her 7.5 foot draft) is too deep for the edges of the channel. A friendly fishing panga approached us to ask (in nearly perfect English) if we wanted help. We gratefully accepted their assistance, and they…

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Neon water and blue boobies

Neon water and blue boobies

We stopped for one last beer with Manny at La Trokería before leaving Mazatlán around 10pm. We had a 95nm trip ahead of us (map), and we wanted to leave the estuary at high tide. Philippe, Keith, and I all stayed alert for our initial departure. With a nearly-full moon and a misty drizzle, we made our way past a few big ships on our path out to sea. As Untangled pushed through the water, the bow waves kicked up…

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Visiting Mazatlán on a Bus Full of Daredevils

Visiting Mazatlán on a Bus Full of Daredevils

About 3 days before we left for Mazatlán, the State Department issued a new security alert for the Sinaloa Region. Cartel activity throughout Mexico has been on the rise, and the State Department deemed it necessary to issue a level 4 classification for Mazatlán. Level 4 is serious. I am not a risk taker. But the historic downtown area and Zona Dorado were excluded from the Level 4 classification. I registered our trip with the State Department STEP program and…

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Passages are less fun when you have a stomach bug

Passages are less fun when you have a stomach bug

When I told the founder of my company, Peter, that we would be making the crossing from La Paz to Mazatlán the following weekend, the silence on the other end of the phone was palpable. Peter cruised Mexico (and then French Polynesia) in the past, and mostly has great things to say about it. But the crossing from La Paz to Mazatlán, he said, was the roughest patch of weather they encountered (later, after we’d made the passage, he admitted…

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La Paz: The reality of the rubber band effect

La Paz: The reality of the rubber band effect

Local cruisers often talk about the “La Paz rubber band effect”, which means that after you leave La Paz, you will always come back. It’s true that there are a lot of things to love. It has a more relaxed and understated vibe than Los Cabos. There aren’t many giant resorts, which means that there aren’t vendors trying to sell you blankets, hats, sunglasses, and snacks everywhere you go. The food is great. The cruising community is well-established and a…

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Holidays in the Sea of Cortez

Holidays in the Sea of Cortez

Last night, Philippe and I rang in the new year with a group of good cruiser friends from sailing vessels Taliesin Rose, Cinderella, and Tioga (check out their blogs, too!). We toasted to the end of another wonderful year and the beginning of what we are sure will be an adventurous 2018. Philippe and I had the most incredible week in the Sea of Cortez, and while it’s great to have Wi-Fi, friends, and warm showers close by, we’re sad we won’t…

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‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Untangled The spoons and mugs shifted, the pots and pans jangled. The stockings were hung by the barometer with care, But the anchorage was rolly, we fought mal de mer. Yuki was nestled all snug in his bed, While visions of peeing on shore danced in his head; And mamma in her undies, and I in the nude, Had just set our anchor at 24°N latitude. When out on the sea there…

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Los Cabos: Wrapping up the Ha-Ha

Los Cabos: Wrapping up the Ha-Ha

Philippe aptly described Cabo San Lucas as the “Vegas of Mexico”. With its big resorts, bright lights, loud clubs, and expensive, touristy restaurants, Cabo San Lucas was not our scene. It was, however, really nice to celebrate our successful trip with fellow Ha-Ha boats. We only spent a couple of days anchored in Cabo San Lucas, but we filled them with dinghy rides to shore, long walks with Yuki, tacos, margaritas, and Ha-Ha parties. Yuki was a huge hit in…

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Someday, you will miss this.

Someday, you will miss this.

I wake up to the vibration of my phone and the sound of “marble dust”, the only audible ring tone that I can hear over the roar of the engine and the ocean that doesn’t drive me mad. I take a deep breath and slowly ease my eyelids open. Despite the fact that it’s only 9:45pm, I’ve already been sleeping for a few hours, knowing that I’d have to be alert for the 10pm – 2am watch shift. I find…

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Ensenada: tacos, art, and michelada

Ensenada: tacos, art, and michelada

Although it was an unintentional stop, we made the best of our four days in Ensenada (October 31 – November 3). Sure, we had to spend a lot of time talking to the boatyard about our missing propeller, calling our insurance agent, and getting our paperwork in order, but we also spent some time exploring the town, eating tacos, and practicing our Spanish at the local hardware store. Crew morale was high, all things considered. We especially enjoyed the parts…

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