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The Cost of Cruising: April

The Cost of Cruising: April

I can’t believe it’s already May. But here we are, and we’ve logged another month of expenses. I was hoping that because we did a little less boat maintenance and ate at restaurants a little less, we’d spend less money. That was partly true, but it wasn’t the significant decrease I had hoped for. There were a few “surprise” expenses, like medicine for Yuki and new charts for Central America. Plus, food in Mexico is particularly inexpensive when compared to…

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Adiós, Mexico!

Adiós, Mexico!

Philippe and I had an uneventful Tehuantepec crossing (map). The Tehuantepec can be a big deal, since the wind funnels from Texas and the Gulf of Mexico through the skinniest part of Mexico. This can create some high winds and big waves, leading most sailors heading south post up in Huatulco to wait for a weather window. We stuck to that plan as well, and caught a weekend weather window with absolutely no wind. We started out hugging the shoreline,…

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Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Four Things We Loved (And Two Things We Didn’t) About Huatulco

Things at work have been a little hectic lately, and with long days spent behind my laptop I’ve been unenthusiastic about spending even more hours working on the blog. We did really love Marina Chiapas in Huatulco, though, and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. What we loved… A great community. Huatulco is just north of the Tehuantepec in Mexico, which means that people have either just crossed it or they are waiting for a weather window. It makes…

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The Six-Month Review

The Six-Month Review

When Philippe and I married, we vowed to spend our lives together, for better or worse. When we cast off with Untangled’s bow pointed south, we vowed to give it a solid effort for six-months, and abort if one of us wasn’t enjoying it. We knew we would need an adjustment period, and we wanted to give the cruising lifestyle a fair shake before calling it quits. But we also didn’t want to set exceptionally high goals that left one…

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A Snuggle-Free, Flailing-Sail Adventure

A Snuggle-Free, Flailing-Sail Adventure

Since Puerto Vallarta, we’ve enjoyed our first two passages without crew. The first, from Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad, was about 130 nm (map). We had great wind and were able to sail the entire time. We’ve done so much motoring in Mexico, I’d almost forgotten how calming the sound of sailing is. We rotated our watches on a 3-hour schedule, and since the sail took us a little under 24-hours, we only had a single night at sea….

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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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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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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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