Always something to do on a boat or where does the day go?

For those of you reading this and not in the US of A let me just say that we are experiencing a little heat wave but, fortunately for an air conditioned cabin onboard the Western Flyer I am sleeping like a baby. Good forward planning is the key.  By anticipating the slight chance that it might be HOT in a desert environment like LaPaz, Mexico I brought along a window A/C unit easily adapted to my boats trunk cabin.  One small piece of ¾” plywood (not marine grade) and an inside latch and I was done; planning on painting or staining it in LaPaz.  Threw it all in the boats trunk cabin and wasn’t planning on using it until LaPaz; but, hey here I am in HOT San Diego, enjoying it now.

Fortunately or unfortunately as you may see it, I did not make it look ghetto enough for the First Mate.    Without much fuss or notice my Version 1.0 A/C fix passed her first inspection; otherwise, option B, would be in effect, a marine A/C unit starting at about $1600 plus the installation charges.  The Western Flyer had two such units when first purchased but in my haste with “out with the old” and in with the new I tossed them in Portland.  Another if I knew then what I know now moment.

A similar RV unit starts at around $400.  For those of you that don’t shop at Home Depot; a window A/C unit starts at around $90.00 and probably maxes out at $150.  If they sold it, the same unit at a West Marine would probably sell for $900 maxing out at $1500 with a 10% rebate or 15% port supply discount.

Right after making breakfast consisting of coffee and oat meal the first email I come across is in Spanish.  PERMISO EMBARCAION URGENTE.  A response email from Banjercito (Mexican bank) after applying for the infamous Mexican TIP (Temporary Import Permit).  They are requesting our passport and boat registration and we have five days to comply or else we forfeit payment and the First Mate has to reapply.

In the email I see that we are one of six boaters (complete with email addresses) that have applied for the TIP and have received the same email.  Soooo, in the time it takes to butter toast I snap a photo with my phone of my boats documentation and passport info and email it right back.  Done I say!  Not quite so fast hombre, how quickly I forget, we are dealing with a foreign entity here.  Within the blink of an eye the email bounces right back, returned, as in the Mexican banks server is not yet set to allow more than two attachments at a time.  Not a problem I say; still being optimistic, three separate emails later, it looks like I have complied.

Not so says Logistician Patti via email and cell phone call from LA.  You have to include on the email the folio number that is one of those six numbers on the email sent to us by the Mexican Banjercito. So I surmise that since we are the sixth email recipient (all before the first cup of coffee) on this Mexican Banjercito email; then the sixth folio number must be us.  So, I fire off another three emails, using the wrong folio number.  Uhhhh!

And then I fire off another three emails with the correct folio number but wait, my Spanish response email gets convoluted by my auto-correct setting and eighteen, count-em eighteen emails later to Banjercito I thought we were done.

No again says the Logistician.  You need to convert those documents into a PDF file and what the heck does burn dia, document tres de trees mean?  It was supposed to say Buenos dia (Good-day and this is document three of three) but, naturally my Spanish words got in the way of auto-correct.

“It is important to mention that you will be only allotted five days to be counted upon the day this email is sent, for you to send us all of your documents.  We await your reply” And almost fourteen hours later I think we finally did it!!


Next I move on to route planning and setting waypoints for the length of Baja for our upcoming trip.  I open up the charts turn on the chart plotter gather up the navigator tools such as the Weems & Plath dividers/compass, Weems-Zweng Course protractor, and parallel rulers with protractor scale.  I kept looking for another name that Weems partnered up with for the protractor scale but he or she finally made it on their own.  Similar to my Maxwell/Nillson windlass.   According to the story that I am told Maxwell was an American guy and Nillson a British guy when they first started; some time later they split up the partnership and each is now on their own in their respective countries – still selling windlasses.  My totally new reconditioned windlass bears both names.



My now completed dual Racor project.

While in the middle of all this my friend Fadi shows up on a Kawasaki 300 Ultra racing Jet Ski.  Just in time for the lemonade that I am now making.  Before long I commit to joining him day after tomorrow (Sunday) for the Dana Point to Avalon Jet Ski races, where he is competing.  Later that day I already committed to the VA Summer Sports Clinic (i.e. Wounded Warrior program) put on by the Navy Yacht club; of which we are now members. Next week I teach sailing to the wounded warriors. The Warrior Sailing program is for active military and veterans with disabilities; as such they will be learning to sail and basic sailboat racing.  It will be the goal of the instructors to assist them in managing a boat on the water as well as helping in societal skills that may translate to personal and job skill development.  This program is open to wounded, ill or injured service members of our armed forces; active duty or retired.


And I posted these on Craig’s list $500 takes all, hoses, fittings, vacuum gauges, all.


And we are also in the tuning up stages of our dinghy motor. So, you ask, where does my day go. Add to that a haircut and three showers and now I gotta go! Good night, Hasta Luego!