Crossing the Sea of Cortez

LODOS IS BACK IN THE WATER!

After being “on the hard” (out of the water) for nearly 6 months, we have decided that we are never ever leaving the boat again. <LOL> Well, probably not, but that’s how we feel right now.

We got stuck in San Carlos for so much longer than we’d hoped – there were only a few days in the month of January and February that we could even get our boat back in the water; the marinas are fairly shallow, and our boat has a deep draft, so with mere inches to spare, we needed to get the boat into the water right at the peak of high tide. We missed one date in January but managed to successfully launch her on 1/21/19.  Taking the boat in and out of the water is one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever watched.

We spent 2-3 weeks doing nothing but cleaning and organizing and rebuilding the boat so she was ready to set sail in March. But, then we discovered that when the workers covered our solar panels last winter with a tarp – seeking shade – it drained our batteries to the point that they were destroyed and wouldn’t hold a charge. They don’t carry our batteries in Mexico, so it meant driving back to the USA again for us…..a very expensive lesson (many thousands of dollars later), we realized we have to be more vigilant if we ever leave the boat alone again.

After our final repairs, we finally set sail at midnight on March 18th, which is a national holiday in Mexico. It took us 17+ hours to cross the Sea, and we were happy to see our dolphin friends around 3am to keep us alert and engaged. You generally hear them before you see them at night – it sounds like someone blowing water out of a snorkel.

Our abbreviated itinerary in between tight weather windows:

  • Midnight on the 18th left San Carlos/Marina Real
  • Arrived Caleta San Juanico at 4pm 18th
  • Left San Juanico for Puerto Escondido at 8am on 19th
  • Arrived PE at 3pm & waited out the bad weather Wed-Thurs
  • Arrived Island of San Francisco at 5:30pm on 3/23 – very rolly anchorage due to strong NW wind that kicked up from 7pm-3am
  • Left Isla SF 8:45am on 3/23 for La Paz – arrived La Paz at 4pm

We saw whales and dolphins everyday – sometimes multiple times/day – keeping our pristine daily record in tact!

Our daily dolphin visit!

6 thoughts on “Crossing the Sea of Cortez

  1. Rudi Bellen

    Hi Jody & Kirby, good to read from you. It sounds just magic your first winds and encounters! Wish you great time on Lodos and hope to see you soon (just a few months away) as neighbours for a delicious barbecue..
    Refika, Rudi & Maya

    1. jodikwatson

      Great to hear from you! I’m going to be in Turkey from April 17-May 2nd. Will you be there by chance?! 😊

      1. Rudi

        Unfortunately not, we have to wait a little bit longer….it start really to kittle, already! We wish you a good stay, nature will be nice, I suppose

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