Mazatlan Passage Summary: Dolphins and Longlines

Our passage to Mazatlan was characterized by picture perfect sailing days, sealife sightings, and windless nights.

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Yes… we broke free from the La Paz vortex

Along the way we said Hi to a sea turtle that floated within feet of Pura Vida, witnessed a breaching + tail slapping + fin slapping + blowhole show put on by a gray whale, and were visited by a pod of dolphins.

Both full days at sea were fantastic and we really enjoyed getting back out on the water.

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Sailing wing-on-wing in flat seas.

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Lots of lines to get tangled in… notice preventer is rigged to the END of the boom

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Liz getting geared up for night watch

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Ahhh… sunset at sea

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Sunrise at sea

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Catching some Z’s with Pretty Girl

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Close encounter with a ferry.  Along the way we had nearly a dozen close encounters with various ferry, cargo, and tanker ships.  We hailed the ships on VHF and found all of the captains professional and courteous.  Strangely, they would always respond to the second hail and never the first. 

Our two nights at sea were not as fun.  Early on the first night, Liz roused me with an urgent request to come up top.  Peering over our port aft quarter was the unmistakable outline of a fishing longline that had snagged on our keel.  Even though it was dark out it was really easy to see because the bioluminescence was clinging to it making it look something like a really long glow stick.  Luckily our keel has a big torpedo like bulb on its end which makes a perfect longline trap (and thereby protecting our prop from getting tangled up in the line).  We were able to haul the line up to the side deck with the boat hook and then cut it away.  However, because we could not ascertain if any pieces were left under the boat where they might shake loose and foul the propellor, it meant a long night of drifting along at 1-2 knots while the engine sat silent.  Big kudos to Liz for soldiering up in the morning, donning her wetsuit and snorkel gear, and diving on the bottom to verify no traces of the long line were remaining.

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Payoff… enjoying a beautiful sunset in Mazatlan

Trip Stats

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Our track

  • Duration = 52 hour
  • Hours Sailed = 32 hours
  • Hours Motored = 20 hours
  • Fuel Consumed = 17 gallons

Breakages:

  • Hose clamp failed on fuel injector return line resulting in fuel leak.  Fixed by replacing failed clamp with double wrapped siezing wire.
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