Skipper Scott Erwin and First mate Kathy Erwin, have been saving, planning and dreaming the 2020 Vision since 2011! Its almost here! With many boat and home projects behind us, we are excited to say we depart early August 2021.
Kathy flew back to CA for needed family time, as her brother Jeff had suddenly passed away. It was good to reconnect with everyone, even Joel, Joan and Lou made it out for a deck visit)
Scotts Dad Ashley ended his fun cruising visit. They had a blast, doing all the special things of this cruising life.
Our good friend Rhett flew down from San Diego to assist in the cleaning up, repairing, and updating a little Islander 32. A friend wasn’t able to keep her any longer, so Scott, Rhett and I fixed her up and sold her all within 3 weeks.
Congratulations Bill Hetzel! A brand new sailor that bought a very special boat. Scott is flipping boats again?!?! (Some habits die hard) We were happy to find this vessel (in La Paz Mexico) had very good bones and the previous owner had done some amazing upgrades to the motor and electrical systems. It’s been three weeks of hard work and yard time but this 1964 Islander now has maybe a few more decades left. SV Island Girl is an amazingly surefooted Bluewater boat which has been back and forth to Hawaii. I could not believe how comfortable she was under sail.
Before we knew it Nov 20 came along. Mexican Revolution Day, an annual holiday on November 20, marking the start of what became the Mexican Revolution.
The Liberal Army General; Díaz was overthrown and enprisoned, after 35 years as President of Mexico. In 1910 President Modera was elected and he called all Mexicans to rise up and “Recover your rights as free men and women of Mexico.” Big day around La Paz.
A lot of planning and preparing for the next leg our adventure: The Pacific islands. Youtube search “10 reason to visit French Polynesia” it will clearly explain why we want to cross the largest ocean on our planet. Our rough plan is now finishing up our visits on mainland Mexico then launching from Barra or PV this March. We will sail, along with about 50 others, taking 25+ days to reach the Marquesas Islands. We hope to receive long stay visas (1 year), to cruise through French Polynesia as long as possible. Afterwards, we aim to visit other island groups such as: Tuomotus, Societies, Marshall’s, Somoa’s, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomons. We hope to continue cruising slowly westward towards Indonesia and up to Thailand. Of course, we need to schedule around the cyclone season which starts every November in this region. It’s all very exciting to continue our thrilling adventure.
Scott says, “what could be better than fishing with your Dad in Alaska? Cruising around the Sea Of Cortez!!!!!! What is perfect last week? Healthy hubby, temperatures, water clarity, fun friends with Arkouda, Pit Pony and Flying Free, La Picazon for dinner, yummy cinnamon roll gifts from dear friend Gaby, and a trip to Cali.
On to the next adventure….. …..screeeccchhhh….. (imagine the sound of a needle running across a record) Well yes, everything is an adventure. Even waking up at 6am and talking a panga ride 10 miles across the bay to an awaiting Bus that will drive you 6 hours to a doctor. Medical care when you are traveling in remote locations isn’t the easiest to deal with but we try hard to prepare ourselves for whatever comes our way(you should see our med kit)! In this case I am in need of a CT scan on a stubborn Kidney Stone. I will spare you the details of this PTSD causing ailment but the medical facilities in this case are hundreds of miles away and possibly thousands of miles for treatment if needed. Will fly back to Loreto, taxi back to the panga dock and speed back to Sea Bella.
The other problem today comes from our trusty diesel engine. The fuel pump diafram￼ has failed and has allowed diesel fuel to enter the crank case. This is why my dipstick shows twice as much oil as necessary. I had a new fuel pump in my spare parts but the fuel line was bad and needs to be replaced as well. So on my return from La Paz I will bring pack parts and fresh oil.
The point of this post is that it may look like we have fun everyday, drink margaritas and watch beautiful sunsets but in fact……it is only a part of what we do. This life is work. We have seen many cruisers struggle with this “boating” life decision and some have regretted it. Many have sold homes, poured life saving into a boat and then found that the difficulties of living without extended family, the local store, medical care, Costco etc.etc. are not desirable. Some find that the everyday maintenance of a boat is beyond their skill sets. Electrical, diesel, rigging, watermakers and Nav electronics are all huge systems (even on a new boat) that need daily maintenance or care. Very few people are here to help you with these things and you need to be as self sufficient as possible. Don’t believe all YouTube VideosCruising life isn’t always filled with sexy bikinis and sunshine. Most of us don’t look (as) good in Bikinis anymore and sunshine should be avoided due to skin problems. Lol
Anyway…. Kathy and my first year on the boat has been filled with all the above. We have massive friends about us that we love to see around every awaiting anchorage and we all love to tell stories about our alternators, whale sharks or yes, even kidney stones……over a Margarita or beer…..with a beautiful sunset and maybe a midnight swim. We greet everyday as a challenge and yes…even a 6am panga ride and trek to awaiting medical care is an adventure. At least it is to us. This life suits us very well!