Monday, December 12, 2016
Fall in the Sea of Cortez
After two days of working on some things, changing the oil, throwing away things I didn't need, I was ready to go! I hopped onboard as the boat went in the water and then went down below to check everything was ok, and discovered it was leaking! Then I turned on the engine and discovered the thru-hull was corroded closed, so I didn't have cooling water! Despite all these things, and the wind climbing to the 20s, I plumbed the cooling water to a bucket and filled it with water and drove out to the anchorage to work on the things. The thru-hull was fairly easy, I replaced the valve, and the leak went away on its own later on, so I was all right. But for a moment there, I felt pretty low about how my wonderful boat wasn't any good anymore. After a few days of getting the sails ready, I set off across the Sea of Cortez into the teeth of a modest 18 knot wind from the north. I am constantly surprised at how the slightest winds here make such awful waves! It took me overnight and a day to get across to Loreto, and I went for a swim in crystal clear 84 degree water when I got there. Very nice. But the water was cooling down rapidly, and becoming less clear, so I hurried south.
I stopped at a few islands I had previously never been to, including Isla Carmen, and I found very neat places to anchor and swim and spearfish.
Posted by cdlloyd