Month: December 2014

Shakedown Cruise


YOLO has officially passed her shakedown cruise without sinking!  All crew members aboard are alive and still speaking to one another, and YOLO is safely docked at Marina Real.  The day began with a barely ready boat and no graphics on the transom.  The marina workers, who were running the machine that place the boats in the water, had partied all night at the annual Fiesta de Navidad… so needless to say, they weren’t on their “A” game.  Francisco quickly put our graphics on the transom so YOLO was officially legal, and they placed her in the water (with more effort than normal).  We had hired Francisco to captain the boat, in case we had any major issues, which ended up being the case.  Within one hour of leaving the dock, the engine temperature alarm sounded.  I was in a panic thinking we may have to return to Marina Guaymas (my own personal hell), the dry storage marina we had just come from. I decided I’d rather sink.  We proceeded to do a cautionary shut down of the engine to trouble shoot the problem.  Matt and Francisco got to work down in the engine room, and quickly discovered we were out of anti-freeze…kinda important.  After topping off the coolant, all was back to normal and we were off again!  Thanks be to JC!

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We decided it was time we unfurled her sails and let her fly!  So we let out the Genny and the main and… nothing.  In typical cruiser fashion, the winds were right on our nose so we furled them back up and proceeded on engine power.  Matt decided it might be a good idea to call Marina San Carlos and make sure there was an available slip for us.  Not only did they NOT have a slip for us, but there was a one month waiting list.  Marina Real it was!  Matt was ecstatic because Marina Real is $250 a month cheaper than Marina San Carlos.  A total of 3 ½ hours later, we sailed, no motored, into Marina Real.  Ironically, they docked us right next to a boat, yep you guessed it, from Cave Creek, AZ.

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Marina Real is beautiful.  The docks were just updated last year, we have warm, clean showers and our own private beach that we take the family SUV to every day.  After Marina Guaymas, we feel like we’re living pretty high on the hog.

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The first 72 hours.

First off, THANK YOU to all that attended our Bon Voyage party! It was great to see everyone and it meant a lot to us!

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We had planned to depart at 6 AM on Sunday morning, but my Tetris skills were not as up to par as they used to be and the final boxes didn’t really want to fit into the fully loaded vehicles. We managed to get going in a southerly direction at 10:00 AM. The drive was long but not too terribly bad. I had to stop 4 times between Phoenix and Tucson to re-secure my roof mounted kayak. We both got the RED light while clearing Mexico customs. Courtney and I had previously agreed to not acknowledge that we were travelling together if we were both stopped.  It seemed to work, as both of our inspections were really quick and they didn’t even make us open any boxes! That was fortunate, as we may have had some duties to pay on certain items we were bringing in. Courtney is possibly be the worst tail vehicle I have ever traveled with. One minute she would be right behind me and the next she would be 5 cars back. Not a good scenario when she didn’t know where she was going. We pulled into Guaymas around 7 PM and decided to go straight to the hotel, as the kids were at the end of their respective ropes.

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We rousted up early the next morning and made our way to YOLO. She is looking pretty awesome but we are going to hold off on a full profile picture until the work is completely done and her decks are cleared of all our junk. We spent most of the morning dusting/cleaning the interior and slowly started bringing things on board. The process is pretty brutal, as everything has to be put away in just the right place and you have to make use of all available storage space. Presley and Colter spent their time chasing the sheep around the yard (as did Zoe), making messes inside the boat, and whining about the lack of fun they were having. We also got to meet some new boat friends, however there are ZERO kid boats in the yard. Hopefully that will change when we get over to the marina! By the end of the day (Monday) we had made some descent progress but knew we had a LONG ways to go.

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Much more progress was made today! The beds are now made. 70% of all our earthly goods have found a space on board YOLO. The 12V refrigerator is keeping all of our groceries/beer cold. We encountered an old wasp nest inside a vent line for our battery box. Based on what we removed, it is safe to say there wasn’t much venting going on with that obstruction in there. Colter was deservedly rammed by a sheep after chasing and yelling at it all day. Zoe was ordered (by the yard manager) to be tied to the boat for also aiding in the sheep harassment.

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The adventure continues tomorrow!


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