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en·tro·py
ˈentrəpē/
noun
noun: entropy; plural noun: entropies; symbol: S

1.
Physics
a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system’s thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
2.
lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.
“a marketplace where entropy reigns supreme”
synonyms: deterioration, degeneration, crumbling, decline, degradation, decomposition, breaking down, collapse…

 

 

A few days were spent down in Rocky Point last week, along with a couple of day-sails that ended up with us getting becalmed a few miles out from port. I didn’t take many photos…

Day 1-
We hauled down another 50 pound bag of dog food for Barb’s dog rescue, along with another 25 or so pounds for the locals’ dogs.
Arriving at Safe Marina, I got put in and began the process of clearing away the sand and gravel from my little boat. As it had been over a month since seeing her, there was plenty of media in every nook and cranny.

It appears that something had whacked my VHF antenna, probably a good-sized bird, and it was (is) cocked forward from its usual position. So, besides having a deck lamp needing attention, it looks as if I’ll be dragging down the gin pole on my next excursion, and dropping the mast. I’m thinking of upgrading the (hopefully undamaged) antenna with new coaxial and installing new PL-259 connectors anyway, which means pulling the wiring bundle from the mast completely. So it goes.

Drove the boat over to Marina Fonatur and claimed my slip, with the dock completely littered with other folks’ building materials and tools, not to mention the pelican poop.

Dinner was at Marco’s Tacos. Cheap and delicious.

Day 2-
A disturbing event that morning; Ziggy ended up in the water while evicting the local seabirds from the docks. I don’t know if it was by accident or design, but I heard a splash, then saw Ziggy attempting to climb back onto the docks. Not good.
Thankfully, she was right next to Carl’s big ‘ol SeaRay’s swim platform, and I was able to roll her out of the water onto the low structure.

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And a big thanks to Arturo and his mate from Siana for their quick response to the dousing, because there’s no way Ziggy could haul herself out onto dry land without swimming over to the shoreline. She’d likely tear up her paws on the dock’s barnacle-encrusted superstructure before figuring that part out.

So let’s put out for a day-sail!
The winds seemed about 5-10 MPH out of the NW, and so we set sail, hooking up the tiller pilot for some hands-free boating.
Then, I noticed that the VHF had turned itself off and then back on, flashing a “LO BATT” indicator! Sigh.

Okay, disengage the tiller pilot and hand control over to Pam, while I went below to check on the battery’s connections and voltage. Maybe the solar panel I use to maintain the battery was too occluded with sand for too long? Maybe the 12 volt connector on the transom was too corroded? More likely, maybe the battery is going on four years of age?

Still, we sailed on, suffering the indignity of having to steer Sovereign by hand. 😉

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But soon, the light winds simply died away, leaving us becalmed. That day’s sail is represented by the black lines.

Dinner was at La Curva, again sharing a huge combination plate.
Later, we plugged the laptop into the dock’s electrical outlet, powering a DVD of Doc Martin until bedtime.

Day 3-
Looked as if it would be a repeat of yesterday’s winds, but you never know, so we got out a little earlier. With WNW winds reaching somewhere above 10 MPH, we made a broad reach, then ran downwind until it became clear that the winds were again going to die off, so we turned around and started making the longish slog back upwind (and up-current) towards port. That sail is indicated by the red lines. You can tell where we had to fire up the aluminum genny, can’t you?

We took a little time in the harbor to drop by Safe Marina, as I had to pay some rent that was overdue.
While on their docks, Ziggy again ended up in the water! This is NOT GOOD, as it appears she willingly did it this time. She’s quite used to taking quick dips in the pool back at the Ranch, having no problem using the steps or swim-out, but this is very different.
At least the docks there are lower, allowing me to haul her out by the scruff of her neck.

A quick swing by the Challenger ketch, still for sale, then back over to Marina Fonatur.

The Blue Marlin that night, and we finally got to see the owner Homero again, who’s been off doing other things besides the restaurant business.

Day 4-
I wake up to find an outboard motor cover draped over the Nissan 4 horse, and wonder who this secret Santa is. Turns out, Oscar from the sightseeing catamaran Tempo has upgraded his two auxiliary outboard engines, and decided to gift me with a canvas cover he had left over. What a guy!
Coffee, breakfast, then pull off the mainsail and fold her up. High tide is around noon, so we took our time that morning, getting out of Dodge around 1330.

Let’s see; on my next trip down, I’ll need about 40 feet of new coaxial cable, at least 4 connectors, and a new female/female adapter at the mast base. Soldering tools, possibly a new halogen lamp for the deck light, possibly a new antenna, and definitely a new battery.

There’s an AutoZone close by for the battery, so that’s the easy one. It’s the uncertainties of the antenna and deck lamp that I’ll want to be prepared for.

Spend the money, do the work.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey Tom, This is Harald (Willem Dufoe). Just saw Sabine’s post, they are docked in Mazatlan. She says its really hot down there. Life in Colorado is good, rode my Goldwing today in 72 F temperature. Very windy but safe. Getting ready to paint the hull on my Catalina 22 to get her ready for the salt water in Puerto Penasco. Won’t happen until after the hurricane season, so probably August, September. Do you think it is feasible to sail the little Catalina 22 along the edge of the Sea of Cortez and pull into protected bays in case it blows ? I am setting up a solar charge system for two batteries. It’s small but cozy for me and maybe a friend. You can write me at salutbisch@yahoo.com. Be safe, Harald.

    • Hi, Harald!
      I couldn’t say whether your C22 is capable without looking her over, but they usually will be okay, as it’s more a matter of crew comfort, not necessarily the boat.
      How long do you intend to work the coast? I ask because you’re talking bottom paint…


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