More Bang for the Buck

Today I allot myself one “rest day” on account of all that snorkeling and spear fishing; but, as of 5:00 p.m. happy hour, still hard at it.  This mornings agenda, after coffee, pancakes and listening to the cruisers net, is a sailboat winch for my trawler “boom project”.


Above is Version 1.0 of what I rigged up to go spear fishing with Eduardo.

The boom project will make hoisting the “Flyer”, that’s what we call the dinghy – “mucho” easier.  By securing a sailboat winch onto our three inch thick aluminum boom, First Mate Patti should be able to, do the heavy lifting task of dinghy dropping and retrieval, on her own.


I need more weight for my weight belt.  Can’t stay down very long before I start to float back up.

Quickly, I bicycle over to our nearest boat yard with 2400 pesos in hand; only to find out that the winch he promised me was gone – as in sold.  It was a Maxwell #16 with winch handle for $150 U.S.


Five dive sites and a wreck.  What a day.  And, as we neared the LaPaz marina entrance a hump back whale breached a short distance away.


Quickly, I was promised another winch so, come back later in about an hour.  I cycle back to the Western Flyer; got a call from Jim from Seattle asking me to check on his boat.  I paddle over, to the S/V Millie J to find she is still afloat, then I poked my head in the interior, all smelled good, then departed.

Four boats later (that’s how many I visited) I return to the Western Flyer; cycle back; and proudly purchased a Barent #24, with winch handle, for 2400 pesos.  Sooooo – that now explains that “new”pain in my left back side.  I used the Baja HaHa token gift backpack to hold the “heavy” winch, while cycling back to the Western Flyer.

Ivan now shows up and we start talking sacrifical zincs, detailing my engines, painting engine room etc.  We drive to town in search of a simple roller and handle.  Three or four stores later, we have Chilean wine, distilled water, bottled water, two add’l dive weight belts, and acetone, but, still no roller and handle.  One hardware store had the handle but not the roller. At the Mercado Bravo I enjoy the best chili rellenos that did not at all resemble the pictures below.  This place is a small lunch counter with three Mexican women running a full service kitchen.  Their specialties include stuffed tacos that are called ?  The name now escapes me.  Crispy flat tacos.  Don’t recall this name either but, the best chili rellenos this side of Mexico.  Below are the details from Wiki.

 Chiles rellenos

 The chile relleno is a dish of Mexican cuisine that originated in the city of Puebla. It consists of a stuffed, roasted, fresh poblano pepper (a mild chili pepper named after the city of Puebla), sometimes substituted with a non-traditional Hatch chile, Anaheim, pasilla or even jalapeño chili pepper.
In the United States, chiles rellenos are usually filled with asadero, asiago, or Monterey Jack cheese, but can also be found with cheddar or other cheeses. The chile is then dipped in an egg batter and either pan-fried or deep-fried. Variations include pecan-encrusted and crab-filled. Chiles rellenos are a popular cuisine in the state of New Mexico, where the Hatch chile is revered for its slender (rather than round) shape and medium-to-hot flavor. In the US, rellenos are typically served with red or green chile sauce or mole.

I got about as close to these guys as I wanted to.  None got in the water to pay me a visit.

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