Originally Posted by minaret
Note that the hired caretaker was also hired to build and install the mooring. The boats owner said it was the heaviest mooring in the bay, and that there were boats larger than his on smaller moorings which did not drag.
The OP did not say the guy who built the mooring also babysat his boat... Besides, if the boat did in fact break the mooring chain, what responsibility did the Babysitter have in the early morning? I don't know and the OP didn't say. But his writing didn't say anything about someone staying on the boat, just that he hired someone to watch it. In most circumstances that means check it once a week or during storms.
One problem with the later is the area the boat was moored. It is not safe during storms since it is wide open towards the ocean.
Based on my experiences anchoring
in that same spot twice, off Playa Ropa, we had to use a stern anchor
to keep the boat into the the waves. The beach behind the anchorage always had 2-4 breakers and really was safe to land a dinghy
. I was there during the cruising season (Feb 2011 & Feb 2012), or the calm season.
In my opinion, no one could have gotten to the boat if there were winds of 30 knots or more. The area is pretty shallow, about 35 feet at 1/2 mile off shore and the rollers coming from the ocean would have been huge. This would have contributed to the mooring chain breaking.
As far as the size of the mooring and for those of you who have not been to Z-Town, there is a large mooring field off the north end of the bay, near the commercial
pier. There is no more room for moorings and I understand why the Port Captain
would not allow the OP to set another mooring there. Don't believe me just take a peak at google earth
Also the boats moored in the field range from small pangas, water
taxis and small sport fishers of about 25-30 feet. So the OP stating he had the heavest mooring in the bay, really doesn't mean anything in relation to boat size, since he had the BIGGEST boat on a mooring in the Bay and outweighted the other boats by at least 4 to 1.
I spent 17 months on the Pacific side of Mexico
and the Sea of Cortez
(Gulfo de California) racking up just over 4000 nautical miles during our stay. We left six months (Mar 2012) ago for Central America
Yes, there is property crimes against boats, especially unlocked or unsercured equiptment like outboards and dighies... But there was no violent crimes against cruisers in the 17 months I was in Mexico
I know this because the entire time I was in Mexico I was a Net Controller on the Sonrisa Net and was active on the other SSB
The only violent crimes I have first person knowledge of was two drunk teenagers fighting on a beach near Manzanillo and when we left Mazatlan last Dercember the Police were involved in a shotting with two criminals near the marina. No boats or boaters were involved in either incident.
Someone else mentioned seeing bodies and heads... I would guess he was embellishing, since no boater I met in Mexico or spoke with on the SSB
during our 17 months ever reported seeing or being invovled in violent crime.
Would I travel to the border cities or some of the other hot spots... Absolutely not! Just like I would not drive through the crappy areas of Detroit, Oakland, LA or Washing
DC. But to call the whole of Mexico a dangerous area and recommend not to travel there is silly.
In my humble opinion those people who believe this, should move to Idaho, build you compund and wait for the end of the world...
Several years ago I traveled extensively in Japan
... One theme among the Japanese was how violent the US was... Their discussions with me were always focused on the violence in the USA... Many like the ones the people here, had never visited the US, but reported it was unsafe and told their friends not to visit the USA.
Someone recommended using the press as a source of information, but over the last 15 years the news has become a business and tend to sensationalize its presentation to sell advertisements. Un-biased reporting is a thing of the past, rest in peace Walter!
As an example, over the last week, the news had been reporting on the Hurricane
in the Caribbean
... Every headline was sensationalised, "Will the leeves hold", "Thousands might be evactuated" or "Massive flooding predicted". All over a Tropical Storm that made Cat 1 Status and a far cry from Katrina and it's Cat 5 strength!
For those of you who haven't been to Mexico, but believe it is a violent and unsafe place... I suggest you stay away and leave this little slice of heaven to the rest of us!