SLOWLY she turns … step by step….inch by inch….

ok so we painted, finally, the mizzen but we only half way done and ran out of paint oopsy.
must wait 2 weeks to afford the 2 part epoxy paint i am using to paint this mast.
we finished painting the mizzen spreaders aka jumper strut. white. still need to place the stainless protectors inside the notches for rigging.
we have wreckage from mizzenstep in bilges to clear out–about 2 hours work to clean bilges after allegedly professional worker hahahahaha. then finish that so we can step the mast after finishing step repair.
created box for placement of panel and breakers and bus bars so no longer on the mast.
and so our continuation of this project, eerr interminable project , moves along…. kinda
our neighbor doggie had a stroke then a fall and we watching. chico da vato talks with goggie and screams when goggie needs something or dogs dad aint home. screaming siamese sounds until humans go nutzzz. he has a way of getting total attention and as soon a s dog dad arrives in his boat, chico is silent. magical.
bubba cannot eat wheat anymore–he pukes horribly when he does. so he gets real meat. raw. wont eat it cooked. no fillers. no grains. critters are interesting to watch communicate.

found a resolution to the electrickery box issue…..

which is a compromise between    having a  wet   system   in rains  and a  huge dry box.

it has been suggested by a   friend who   sails a ct 41   that we can make  out of re-sourced woods  , preferably teakwood,  a   set up   like a box in which my   electrickery   bus  bars and   breakers  will sit and remain out of path of incoming   rainwaters, which seem to be the  main cause of   breaker failure in my electrics.

all i need is santa claus.  ok so this has an unknown investment level.    we gonna make the   box and trim out of my   “not gonna  die”  planks i placed over my cockpit well   so i donot fall in  by accident.  .    can find other planks for that.  these are perfect for the    electrickery.

this    step will    make it easier  to   organize my   electrickery when it is time to connect all the wires that   others have   disconnected and relocated  to    no function hell.    those include all instruments ,  wind and navigation,   radar,  otto von pile it, and navigation lights and radio.    whoopee..    we can “unchuck” my boat finally.  yes the clown from fla who    sabo’d my boat  did disconnect items     he was  told not to   touch.   unfortunately  bad work is   a long term affair  with   interminable  and semi predictable  consequences, each and all involving more work and more   outflow of   dollars.

and so we  work on…   at least the idea of this box has    lightened my headache developed by the stress of uncertainty.. uncertainty    of   birds future  at sea–cannot sail without specific   issues    repaired and   repaired correctly.  as i donot wish flames in  my   boat, i choose to do this right.

as we repair these  long standing issues   the   load of repair  is lighter,  but   pricing  aint cheap.    i am trying to utilize my resources as i  receive them and   during their tenure in this marina.  this resource is a  transient  travelling ct owner  who has successfully  refit his ct   to be a  quality   voyaging boat.   none of us is  financially independent, so we pray for santas blessings  to assist us in  and with this coming work.


impressive service…..NOT

ok so     as i sit here typoing  i am   thinking this is not the city in which anyone should    dream of   finding a boat repair    assistant with any semblance of honesty.  and her ei thought i  had found a   rarity–an independent allegedly,  worker  without sticky fingers.  what i found has been a   lazy   soul with sticky fingers and    a  split tongue regarding    events such as lifting my   fiberglass   cloth–fine roving–which is required for   project completion.    ok….

so we  are again    going to work  with an incoming from  elsewhere.    hoping i am able to  get this   boat into mobility   condition so i can  relocate to a less gringo affected location  to complete my repairs.   in the 4 yrs i  have  planned for repairing this boat,   2.5 have been totally wasted    by waiting on the presence of a fail worker. ok and he took my   cloth without a by your leave and ran like stink off a wet dog.    ok.   this same man was able to rapidly deconstruct my   mast step in such fashion as to not remember  how to repair, then lost interest in the huge project/   gotta love it.  and so much depends on this projects completion, such as stability of   prop shaft thru a   beam that is semi  existent.

the    obvious bias of the marina is also a factor in the    unusually slow progress of     construction, as there is no key for the gate near my boat–funny how  there   is one when mv mariah  appears, but not one for anyone else.

there are laws in mx    regarding disabilities and  disabled souls, but these are not being followed in this area. there is a marina mafia     with obvious bias    towards folks with credit cards and huge balances thereon.

these topes have so far been     only a moderate    delay, however have grown as i have   remained here too long.   only 2.5   years of   a 4 yr refit, of which  none has been  effected.  ok.

so am i flustrated??    hahahahaha

when  the   worker   chosen    for the job   becomes bored and   sticky fingered and refuses to  work and   declares that the     items  he took were used on  a part of boat requiring care and   specific  work  habits and materials, there is  a huge problem.  when the worker hahaha alleged worker laughs when    work is mentioned  there is a problem.

when the worker cannot manage to accomplish even one project correctly there is a huge problem.   no work ethic and no   conscience–taught by the marina mafia     alleged  repair gangs present in this     city.

NO, mazatlan is NOT    a recommended repair     location, unless you have unlimited deep pockets and a penchant for thieves.  with  the completion of the   highway from durango to maz, this area is exactly like border towns..poor workmanship and  nonexistent work ethic.

so yes flustration.

gggrrrrr…i hope  next posting is more   positive. sorry for the rant, but   this is as it is at present.  i came in  under my own  power and  donot have that ability any longer thanks to  inept workers and  bad work ethic practiced in general in this city.


spoken by a true voyager…..

“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are dimmed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to the seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

“I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I can’t afford it.” What these men can’t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.” And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man really need – really need? A few pounds of food every day, heat, shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”
-Sterling Hayden, Wanderer




getting old…..

yeah  i know we all doit.

i am and so is    slow   work  lack of progress… but we all know that just before 5  things are completed,  there    pervades a feeling of  aintgettinthere….

searching fo r a  halper is not   working.  so scratch that idea…

repairing mast may work for a few years… after then i may need a house with dock.   they donot  truly exist here unless  one is friendly with an  owner of a condo and has no boat….these donot exist at all in mazatlan, unless one owns not a sailboat but  a small speedboat for fishing. they are all way too pricey anyway….

and so we fix boat looking forward to   leaving mazatlan.. prolly in another short 2 or 3 years..damn long time.

the cats are happy. they get dorado every week…..  and cat food with that extra lovely protein….boys are spoiled.


soon.    hahahahahahaha…and so we repair and repair and   …..


meh. bogged down, dangit

take apart take apart   see    worker only once monthly on  a weds.. not cutting it.  request parts never seen.   am getting feeling  this is a  not gonna be done    effort. not happifying.

engine   pending controls  were  quested over  a  year ago.   gggrrrr.. still unseen still not ordered.

mast   stepped for repairs and r or replacement.   step  torn apart, is unrepaired    and continues  to remain unsafe for sea…    the fix also contains  the   repairs for the beam  securing packing gland.   oopsy.    need to effect repairs asap.  still waiting  , been  here 2 years already. yes i know…mexico.  BUTTTTT… even in mexico boats are   fixed   sooner than this one  ever will be,  \i truly donot wish to spend my last days in mazatlan.   dang.   i prefer the smaller towns and   fishing villages closer to manzanillo.

ok stop whining  shutup and do the work, yes?? hahahahaha

so i   am conversing with another local worker    who repairs boats.    we see  what  happens as a result.   yet another mexifriend spawned my  searching by  stating my worker  comes here once  every month on a weds. ok   we need to get a better record of repair    ….  hell we need to get  A record of repair…

the   waiting is such a  flustrating   experience as nothing   continues to  be  done……

hopefully soon that will be overcome.  crossing fingers and calling out workers….

someone needs our aid….

i donot usually   ask  anyone for aid, but this  man has   experienced  grave losses in the past year,  beginning with irmacane and   subsequent   sequellae have created an uninhabitable situation.he has been  living in ghetto in ft myers   wherin his best friend, a furry  feline, was  brutally killed in front of him.   he   has   need of   specific medications    to treat some   psych/neurological issues, and   is   attempting to  make it on  less than 1000 usd  monthly, his ssdi allotment.

please   find it in your heart to  help with just a small donation to his cause. he just needs a leg up to recover from the   damages incurred in the hurricanes that  took him over the edge of   ability to are for self.

if 50 more folks  give  10  usd each his goal will be met.  is not much, and is sooo  needed.

this man never  has  asked for assistance,  i  pushed this on him.  please   lend him a hand   for   redirecting his life.  itis difficult to see clearly when there are  issues   preventing clear thought.   thankyou   for your   generosity  and   consideration.


we getting into the real nitty gritty of this repair project…  removed the  mast step and supporting bag of feathers, will be replacing feathers with real wood which  hopefully should last at least another 10 years. this is 42 yr old stuff.

we have stripped the hardware off  the   original mizzenmast, and stored for next one.

yes you read me right., next one.   not sure at this point whether it will be a gorgeous one from another 41 formosa or a  repair on this or an aluminum tree cutting a friend has been growing in his roof for a bit of time.  once the marina   manager had us   relocate  the    mast we were working   to the field,  that was end  of that one.  cannot access   for  work, we will sell to   highest bidder.