in temperate zones march is in like a lion out like a lamb,,, ok this is edge of tropics with tropic of cancer our claim to tropical existence.
our summer of canes, a true lion, is wimpering out like a sick and tired frontal system spawned of monsoonal trough which has no mercy nor sleeping season.
i was going to start this with some schmaltz describing the starkness of winter and how fortunately we donot experience the phenomenon.
oops a lie. yup we have winter–itis usually 2 weeks in length, nights are cold days not bad–is t shirt weather instead of tank top weather. and mebbe 2 or 3 days require summer weight uggs for toesies instead of flip flops. hahahahaha what you ask are summer weight uggs??? answer! the nice soft old pair with holes in em. yup those have a use.
now, where the hell did i put mine..
this being a la nina winter makes the adventure more interesting. the powers that think they be, aka news media have predicted a WEAK la nina.
i need to insert a lot of canned laughter here.
each and every time they call for weak they get hell on frozen wheels. be wary. my prediction–you will burn or freeze. keep your weather eyes open and lay in the rum for the worst part of the winter.
so we going into a la nina winter. cali is already in fire season, invited early by uninvited guests from hell, and defying containment. is hard during fire season.
fla has coldness. they actually have nights below the freeezing temp of water. ouch. uninhabitable.
my toesies are cold with ambient air temp of 68f..hahahahaha musta got acclimated already. whatsit been, 6 years, and a half , now? at least they donot freeze off down here. i am in same marina i first visited here in mazatlan.
so we priced stepping masts and having em laid on my deck.
6000 pesos for both main and mizzen. now i also need to know does that include the crane and the labor and all , or am i paying for bits and pieces separately…..always a concern. what amoun tup front in cash and yada yada details.
so my worker is confirming this price and finding out what the hidden costs will be and we may do this in january.
iff the electrical panel is moved by then. and iff engine starts with no fol de rol. i want first time every time service from my newly rebuilt engine. we almost there.
and i am again scrounging foot pumps for the interior fresh water system. seems the 5 i used to have had been “repaired” to be of absolutely no use or value to anyone. the outer plastic was screwed overexuberantly breaking the plastic housing, and screws were placed by same person into a highly corrosive substance of gkw origin, ok i seek new ones to start over again. thankfully i only need 3 of em.
i bought waxed paper for maintaining my waxy plastic dinghy and kayaks.. need only a flatiron for this bit and ta daa.. learned this from an old salty soul…
and slowly we progress..ever so slowly so as not to scare the bird. life is too good for problems
new stove top is in making ..stainless and repairable by me when necessary. parts available everywhere in mexico easily. once installed it will be above the lil fridge i have, 120 v, so i can get that out of the cockpit, where it is currently stashed and used.
and then we can begin to attack the innards of this taiwanese miracle boat. we have already boosted up the sagging framing for the sole… it is easier now to determine the boat had sat on a breakwall for a bit of time. our boats each have stories to tell. tough fat bottomed boats with much character, each different from the rest.
life is good. y’all have a good christmas season!