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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi


"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mazatlan

Tsunami damage to a few of the La Cruz marina docks.
  
La Cruz fishing fleet sorting gear














Well, the weather window opened as anticipated, and we left La Cruz last Tuesday, 3/29, headed around Punta de Mita for an anchorage in Chacala Bay, approx 45 miles away. 

Catch of the day, great variety at the La Cruz Saturday mar
Had a great day, w/ a good sail, close hauled most of the way to Chacala.  Anchoring in Chacala proved unbelievably rolly, as it's very open to the ocean swells.  One boat was using a stern anchor to keep pointed into the swell, and during the night, we certainly wished we had as well.  Not a lot of sleep that night, as we got tossed around the bunk.

The next day we woke to flat calm, and we motored out, heading north approx 150 miles to Mazatlan.  What little wind we had, up to 7 or 8 knots, was all right on the nose, and we motored and motor sailed all the way to Maz, arriving at the Stone Island anchorage at around 9am.  Saw several whales, with some grays breaching fairly close to the boat.  Also a few turtles bobbed by during the day.  One fish brought aboard, a little skipjack tuna.  Not great eating, we sliced him up into bait strips for the yellow fin and dorado which must be soon to follow!!!  All in all, a very calm passage, but we certainly motored a lot more than desired.

Mazatlan long line fleet.  Note the bundled marker buoys, complete with black flags!
One scary sight was the flag at the end of a long line fishing rig, which panga fisherman set miles out in the middle of the ocean.  Happily we sailed by the right side of the flag in the evening, only missing it by around 100 feet.  Another boat reported getting caught up twice during the night, and having to stop and cut themselves free.  Amazing that the fisherman use BLACK flags to mark the nets, with no lights.

Goats overlooking the harbor on Isla de los Chivos (Island of baby goats)

We anchored at Stone Island, a beautiful spot right outside of Mazatlan's big commercial harbor entrance and the city's "Old Mazatlan" section.  We took the water taxi over to explore the city, which really is beautiful.  Great historical sites, as well as a fantastic market, beautiful malecon beach walk, and excellent restaurants.  Benji's, right on the beach at our anchorage, had a special pizza, the "Shrimper", with shrimp, garlic, and ham....damn good!!!  And the hike up the hill behind the beach, complete with the local goat herd, had spectacular views of the city beyond the port.

A few shots of Old Mazatlan:
Pulmonia taxi's...golf carts w/ VW engines, a Mazatlan original!!

Absolutely shocking.....!!!!!  And they worry about people stealing cable TV in the US!!!

Pork stall at the local market...it was right next to the goat vendor.....Awwww...kinda cute!

Girls enjoying a school performance from the cheap seats

Lovely little Mazatlan city house.

Cindi hikes up some scary stairs for an even better view!

After two nights at anchor, we headed this morning to the marina district, about 5 miles north in an area known as "Nuevo Mazatlan".  Three marinas here, so many boats we've heard on the radio or met over the past few months are moored.  We just had a quick walk about, and the area is a pretty harsh contrast to the pretty and "seasoned" ambiance we experienced in Old Maz (not to mention La Cruz before that).  It's, well, as the name says, "Nuevo", or "New".  Pretty sterile, with resorts and condos surrounding the marinas.  There is an active cruiser's community here, though, so should be some good activities, such as tomorrow's bike ride, to keep us occupied until we fly to Seattle for a weeklong visit next week. 

A boat checked into the local radio net yesterday, saying he was entering the marina on an "S&M 49".  Said he was here because he had heard Mazatlan is famous for it's great leather work, especially with studs.....Ahhhh, ya gotta love April 1, celebrated all over the world!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Strange they want to keep the deck up and getting rid of the pool, but since it's free, might be something wrong with it.. But, I guess I would crawl inside of it and dismantle it starting on the inside, removing the top ledges and go around it and dismantle as I go along, and carefully take it out piece by piece. Good luck.
    Boat decking

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