Back in San Carlos

29th August 2011

As usual our plans to depart have been delayed, nothing serious just the customary hiccups.  Huon seems to be prone to ear infections, understandable with the amount of time we spend swimming along with the hot, humid conditions.  I have had similar infections recently so it’s a bit surprising we don’t all have one.

As has been the case with most of our visits to local doctors, the standard of medical care was excellent and very reasonably priced.  Last Thursday we made the half hour trip into Guaymas so that Mel could also see a doctor which was a very thorough examination including ultrasound.  For both Huon and Mel (plus the doctor sneaked a quick look at my ear) and all the necessary medications the cost came to less than $100 Australian.  Unfortunately the trip to Guaymas was also to have Mel’s new laptop returned to the USA, as somehow it had ended up on the floor only to be stood on by me! – it was a moot  decision whether to just buy a new one or replace the broken screen, effectively and seriously negating the cheap doctors visit!!

The temperature seems to have just dropped a little from the constant day and night 35 to 40 deg C, or maybe we are just becoming slightly accustomed.  Over the past few evenings there have been some exciting thunderstorms, with vivid lightning displays, we have even managed to catch some rainwater.  Typically it blows for 15 minutes upto 30 knots, nothing too severe, but for a couple of cruising yachts almost disaster.  San Carlos anchorage has plenty of moorings (in fact too many), which can be very tempting – but just what lies at the bottom?  Unless I have actually dived on a mooring and made a complete check I would much rather be on our anchor – I know exactly its condition. During the last blow around midnight our Aussie friend went rapidly drifting past, his hastily deployed anchor just managing to dig in metres from the rocks.  A look at the chain the next day revealed just a few millimetres of sound metal at the bottom end – the two wrecks on the shore also indicating that one cannot be too careful with ground tackle in this normally tranquil and well protected harbor.

While I was onboard giving a hand during the storm – both of us completely naked , he asked me to stand behind him , rather close in the small cockpit, and hold the torch, which made me reply that it was a strange time to get so friendly !

We have heard some confusing reports about the suitability of the haulout facility in Guaymas which will lift  Sonrisa out in mid October, so that will take another day to investigate and ensure all is suitably organized.   The large travelcrane is predominantly used for hauling the commercial shrimping fleet, and as commercial yards tend to be rather blasé about cosmetic damage we need to make sure they are prepared to take our desired level of care.  This is probably one of the few negative aspects of Sonrisa – her 7.7 m beam making the average ‘yacht’ yard inappropriate.

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