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Old 12-22-2011, 05:18 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Gypseastwo arrived safe and sound in Ensenada, Mexico on 10th Dec 2011. Just in time for a Tequila Christmas. We had a very long slow trip down from Tahsis on the west coast of Vancouver Island taking 43 days. We either got storms or becalmed. Our motor also gave up the ghost, sadly it's terminal. We like it here so much we have decided to stay for a year (at least) to emerse ourselves in the wonderfully laid back mexican lifestyle. It is vastly different from home, Australia. Both Alan and I are well, also our two siamese, Mia and Poppy are very glad to be in port again.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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Glad to hear you're somewhere with internet access again! Following your trip up to Canada with the cats was interesting. What all happened on the repairs up there in Canada? Was that the engine problem? 43 days and no landfall or 43 days with port calls in the USA? Will you stay in Ensenada or travel around Mexico? There is a lot to see there.

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Old 12-23-2011, 07:31 PM   #3
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Hi HandyBilly,
We intend staying here in Ensenada for quite awhile. Not sure of our plans after that. Repair wise in Tahsis before we left consisted of repairing the hull oursleves. My husband put an achor from the main mast out to lean the boat over on her side in the water so he could seal the crack up with apoxcy, then cement over top. Rebuilt our broken gunnels also with cement. Thank goodness we are a ferro boat (nice and solid and easy to repair). He also made up new engine mounts and re-aligned the engine up. Replaced our front stay. These were the major repairs we did to enable us to head south to Mexico. Doing these without haulout facilities was trying to say the least. Unfortunately our engine siezed on the way down possibly due to all the sea water when we flooded being towed in, and then it sitting for those few months we had to return to Australia. It worked fine (a bit smokey) as we left, motoring down the inlet but died shortly after.
This made us change our plans and not stop anywhere en route as we were litterally sail only. So we made a bee line to Ensenada approx 160nm off shore all the way down. 43 days was a little longer than we had planned. It amazed me how many times we were becalmed.
Nice to know someone was interested.
Alan and Lesley.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:53 PM   #4
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Good to hear you're safe and sound in Mexico. There are some good resources there in Ensenada for boat work.

David and I hope you're able to pull things together and get what you need taken care of there! We know several folks who rebuilt boats there. American or Canadian they often ended up coming up to San Diego to get good parts/prices on parts and then doing the work in Ensenada. It's only a day's sailing or a couple hours on the bus to get back and forth. I've heard some good things of machine shops and welders in Ensenada. I am hopeful that you'll be able to undertake all you need yourselves there.

Let us all know how it's going--there are some other CL members in San Diego and Ensenada, hopefully they'll pop in to say "hi!"

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