1st Leg of the Journey: Puerto Vallarta – Cabo San Lucas

1st LegWe left the beautiful Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) and have started our journey home. The first leg of the journey had us crossing the sea directly through on to Cabo San Lucas. This is the 4th time we do this journey, but the first time that we make a direct line, or travel as the crows fly… It shaved a good 5 days off the trip!

Here’s a little list of what went wrong:

  1. Leonard’s computer would not fire off when we left, not major other than the navigation software with charts is on his laptop. Halfway through the journey it decided to join us in the land of the living.
  2. The fuel pump died just as we were making or way past the Islas Marias (the Alcatraz Islands of Mexico, aka Don’t go near-em Islands)
  3. The starter switch died as we kept testing out the fuel pump: yay.
  4. The bilge pump died: thank god Leonard took a peak in the bilge to notice the boat was filing up with  before we actually started sinking
  5. The dinghy davit holding the dinghy and our solar panels nearly collapsed

What went really well?

  1. It was close, but neither of us got seasick although the 10′ head on swells worked really hard at making it happen
  2. Dolphins gave us a show beyond what the Sea World could ever accomplish – have video footage, can’t wait to share once I finalize the whole movie of our journey
  3. As mentioned above – cutting through the sea saved us an easy 5 days.

For now I will leave you with a video of my last day in Punta de Mita where I happened to paddle board near a humpback whale. You heard me, I was so close to a whale I could have shared a cup of coffee with it.

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17 thoughts on “1st Leg of the Journey: Puerto Vallarta – Cabo San Lucas”

  1. Holy crap-in-a-pita – what DIDN’T break?? Glad you’re in one piece and everything. Can’t wait to see the dolphins’ show!

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  2. Does he also keep a bunch of spare parts on board???
    Boy, it would have scared me. I probably would have thought the fates were trying to tell us not to go
    But then—no dolphins

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  3. Nikk says where was the water in the bilge coming from? Were the waves that big?!! I say yay for mechanic husbands and boyfriends. We are sitting here in Melaque doing Internet stuff with Stephi, they sailed in to Melaque at 3am Th, and we woke up to see Red Witch!
    Miss you!

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  4. Holly Molly, what an exciting first leg! I’m excited for you and biting my nails until your next post. We already miss you at this Saturdays LCWG.

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    1. It was exciting indeed!

      I miss the group as well, we were really starting to move along nicely! Say hi to everybody for me please!

      We plan on leaving Cabo at 5 pm today – winds look favorable. Santa Maria is our next stop. Gotta love the journey!

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  5. Glad you made it safely to Cabo, Marie! My husband used to own a 30 ft Catalina and he says that boats simply have a way of breaking! Loved the video – that whale was amazing. So where did you attach your GoPro? Head mount, chest mount, Paddle Mount?

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    1. Ha! Would you believe the GoPro is simply tucked into my sport top? Really, it is. I still don’t have anything to mount it with so I simply shoved it in there and hoped it would stay.

      Boats do have a way of simply breaking, I agree with your husband. Some of the swells were rather sharp and we had to maintain just the right speed to no jump right out of them… What an experience! When we got ours we debated over either searching for Catalina’s or Hunter’s and finally settled on a Hunter. It’s an older boat, back when they made them stronger…

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