Over to Ixtapa Marina
We used Thursday to do some boat chores and on Friday we moved RHAPSODY over
to Marina Ixtapa. Apart from the fact that they only allow folks to enter
or leave the marina before 8:30 am, between 12:30 and 1:30 pm, and after 5:30 pm,
due to the constant dredging required to keep the channel open, we were pleasantly
surprised by Marina Ixtapa.
It was reasonably priced and very clean. In fact, we were thrilled
to take our first land-based showers since La Cruz, and the best ones we had had
since we moved out of our house in San Diego. Although the showers on RHAPSODY
are adequate, they're nothing like the powerful streams of seemingly limitless
hot water that we revelled in at the marina.
The weathervane on the top of the mast had broken when a bird had sat on it
So on Saturday morning, while still a little sniffly, and with a bit of a hangover
to boot, I got to climb to the top of our 50' mast and replace the weathervane.
At first I tried to pull myself up, arm over arm, using the 4:1 tackle on our
bosun's chair, but when I got about halfway up and was already winded and sweating,
I decided it would be better to get some help. Fortunately a couple of guys were
working on the boat next to us and I offered them $20 to help me out, which they accepted.
So they actually hoisted me to the top of the mast, where it only took a few minutes to
change the weather vane. I should have, but didn't, bring my camera, because it
would have made a great photograph, and I don't know when I'll get up the mast again.
In any event, once the weathervane was fixed, I started feeling a lot better.
We washed the filthy boat, then went out to a sunset dinner at one of
the fine restaurants next to the marina on Saturday night, and spent Sunday
just lounging around on the boat. I needed the day off and it was nice to
do nothing for a whole day!
On Monday morning, we took RHAPSODY over to the fuel dock and filled her up
and then returned her to the slip. Our plan was to depart Ixtapa for Acapulco the next
morning before the 8:30 am dredging deadline.