My wife, 2 year old boy and I just finished our first cruise
from vancouver to mexico
on our C&C
43. Here is my entry from my trip over view. May be helpful maybe not.
- no matter how remote
the bay or beach there is always a Mexican with a palapa ready to sell you a cold beer
- good planning and staying one step ahead of the weather
. ie being in a safe anchorage before dark when the wind
is up is crucial.
- UV rays will destroy A LOT of things, like bungee cords, tape, caulking, vinyl windows.
- I now find myself sitting when taking a piss and I'm not proud of it. But its a lot less messy when under way.
- There is always a better looking boat in the anchorage.
- Something that looks like garbage floating in the ocean is not always that and can be a marker of a fishing
long line that you are about to run over. Going down the coast there are lots of fishermen out here and these lines can be so long that you can not see the black flags
which are meant to be at the ends or the panga tending them. Between Mazatland and PV we had to stop dead in the water
because we could not see the end of a line. We did a few circles and waited, finally we saw a panga on the horizon which was racing
towards us down the line. When in front of us they simply cut the line and waved us thru.
- The bottom of your boat needs constant attention to keep it clean. Stuff just grows fast and furious.
- I can handle big winds and large waves during the day but when night falls its a different world. We try as hard as possible to limit our overnight passages and having a radar
for these is extremely helpful not only to see traffic but also rain squalls that bring huge wind
shifts and tons of rain. Cabo Corrientes is one example, having a southerly 10-12 knots and then in a matter of seconds a northerly 25-30 knots.
- Power and water is always on my mind because we use a lot of it. There is a name for people like me and its the Power and Water Natzi.
- If you are looking at what outboard
to buy for a trip to Mexico
go with Yamaha. It seems to be all they use so getting it fixed is easy. It was cheaper for me to buy a used Nissan
8hp from another cruiser than to get the part I needed to fix my Johnson.
- Having a 2 year old boy and wife on the boat is directly related to how many beers are consumed at any given hour in the day. No one will look at you funny
or even give you a second glance if your crushing beers at 9 am. Trust me.
- After seeing sun and lots of it since august 09, I now can't sit directly in the sun for very long. Most days at sea or around the pool are in the shade. I thought that after spending so much time in it that it wouldn't bother me but one thing that is crucial for any cruising boat is a good sun shade.