So once again, after Oaxaca City, we got back to the Chahue Marina and
made ready to depart Mexico. Of course, since it is Mexico, everything
moves in Mexican Time (i.e. kind of slow, but in a friendly way!).
For instance, we started the process of getting
fuel on Monday, on Thursday, we finally got 5 14-gallon containers delivered to
the dock, where we had to siphon them into the tanks. We also went and
bought 4 5-gallon containers and took a taxi to the gas station to fill them
and bring them back to the boat to "top off" the tanks.
We went to the Capitania de Puerto, in nearby Santa Cruz, to check out of the
country and get our Zarpe, the equivalent of an international visa, for the boat.
After filling out a few forms, the officer told us to go next to La Migracion
(Immigration), then Aduana (Customs), then return all of the paperwork to
the Capitania to finalize it. That process took about 3 days when all was
said and done.
We did a final provision run, notably getting beer
and tequila, as well as a trip to a Carneceria to get a goodly supply
of fresh beef for me, ans I changed the oil in the engine and generator,
getting RHAPSODY ship shape for the journey to come.
On Thursday, we went up to the office and paid our marina bill (once again,
not without some difficulty as Visa required a phone call to their anti-fraud
unit before the credit card would work), and we were ready to go. So
on Friday, April 4th, at about 2:00 in the afternoon, with all of our
paperwork in hand, with RHAPSODY filled with provisions and fuel, we
departed Marina Chahue for a quick stop in nearby Tangolunda Bay
to make water and spend the night before finally leaving Mexico
for our 500 nm leg to the country of El Salvador and the new adventures
we will find there and beyond.