Northern Ranger Heads South - New Latitudes, New Adventures! 

We have had a change of heart - a while ago we had the opportunity to trade up to a Nordhavn 50. It was too much of a deal to pass up, and although we absolutely love the 46, we saw an opening for dealing with the un-acknowledged two foot ( four foot) itis and we bought Worknot, an N50 we had the pleasure of meeting on the 2015 Cubar cruise. The story has unfolded through this blog somewhat - and now we have done the Cubar 2017, in our new Northern Ranger II - another stellar Nordhavn that we have totally fallen in love with. 

In a perfect world, we would be able to keep the 46 up in Canada and cruise her around the Pacific Northwest, but that is not possible. We are hoping that someone will fall in love with her the way we did, and we will once again be a one boat family ( I lie .... we have about 14 little boats up at the lake and down on the coast and on the 50 - but it would be nice to divest ourself of the 46 and make someone else's life perfect the way ours was when we found her.

And so the story continues - we are back in Mexico, the future is unclear but I see more cruising ahead! And again, we have found the boat of our dreams, our forever boat, and we know she will take us on lots more adventures! 

Some photos from our two legs down to La Paz - Anacortes to San Diego, and then the Cubar Rally , from San Diego to La Paz!  

Screaming Blue Northers, Calle Partida, and Back to La Paz

Sunday morning - good Lord, December 10th. Time to leave! Christmas is around the corner, we have been accidentally  listening to Christmas music on the Sirius radio ( they keep sneaking it in between Margaritaville and Pencil Thin Mustache)…

The wind still hasn’t stopped.  Granted, it is not blowing in the mid 40’s any more, but it is still annoying. Most of the boats left yesterday, which makes the anchorage blissfully uncluttered. But the wind and yes, the clouds, make it less than perfect!  Bwahahahahaha! says the woman who is going home to rain and perhaps snow and ice. I am still sitting in my shorts and teeshirt on the back deck as I type. So really, no complaints.

We have been here for a number of days, which are appropriately called lay ( for lazy) days. it was fine when the wind wasn’t blowing a constant 35, so I could get out and kayak, but even I cave in the teeth of a 40 knot wind. Yesterday I was finally able to get out for a paddle, even though the waves threatened to spray over me and into the hole in my bow… 

(long story short, happened the night of the really high winds, the handle on the kayak ripped out, leaving a fair hole  in the bow and a chunk of plastic and some nuts and bolts and a handle on the end of the line. Luckily the other handle held, or I would have been down a kayak.)

Went to get kayak and found this... had a bit of a panic attack....

luckily the kayak was way out the back of the boat  - whew... now we have to figure out how to fix it. My suggestion of duct tape and rescue tape was greeted with scorn.

 

The wind also caused a lot of fairly sleepless nights, as there were 15 boats in the anchorage and everyone dragged at some point or another. Good old Rocna  anchor even let us down once or twice, but in this sandy bottom it dug back in and held on.

 

 

But there were a few anxious moments…

What do you do when you can’t do anything?  Well, I guess the obvious answer is relax, read books, paint, etc etc.  I tend to need a little more action, so the days I couldn’t get out and swim, snorkel or kayak kind of made me crazy. Lawrence was cool with it - read every book on the boat. Guess that means I am going to have to trade them in for different ones! One thing I finally accomplished was to clean the top deck of the mysterious rust spots that appeared as soon as we left San Diego. I have my suspicions but we can’t confirm the originof  the tiny bits of metal that melted into dark ugly spots over the half of the deck that wasn’t covered with dinghy .. 

anyway, thank you Barkeepers Friend, a toothbrush, a scrub brush, a terry cloth, knee pads, and LOTS and LOTS of elbow grease. Mission accomplished… now I just have to scrub the spots off of my paddle board. 

We visited other boats when the wind died down enough to let us leave ours - met new people who were all very fascinating.  A British couple on a very old wooden boat made in California in 1930 for Mr Fitch of Abercrombie and Fitch…

They shared with with us and another couple who own a catamaran that they charter throughout the year and around the world. They talked about going back to French Polynesia the way we talk about going to La Paz…their travels have taken them all over the place, including the Galapagos, Easter Island, and dare I say, Patagonia. Had lots of glowing stories about cruising in Patagonia. hmmmm….

 

 

So it was a good place to get stuck - more turtles this year than we have ever seen…hard to get pictures of them, as they poke their heads up, look around, do this three times and then disappear. There is  a beautiful beach and a short walk to the other side of the island which was being battered by the wind…lots of interesting things blown up onto the rocks. 

Our side of the bay... lovely sandy beach.....

other side of the island - lots of rocks

this year I saw two turtle remains... sad, but I guess when you see lots of turtles, there is a chance you will see dead ones.

I had one last kayak around the anchorage, said goodbye to all the brown pelicans ( they were still hunkered down, hiding behind rocks and making themselves as small as possible against the wind…) and then it was time to bring up the dinghy and the kayak, batten everything down, and head Northern Ranger south  to La Paz. As we travelled past Varnebank they came out and showed us their latest project - we had spent the night before puzzling out the pattern and pieces for a boat quilt... they obviously figured it out today!  Clever people~~~

Good trip back, water had calmed down and the wind wasn’t terrible when it came time to dock.

And that is the end of that adventure!  A few extra days to clean up, put away, take stock, do some shopping in town, and then we fly home to Christmas! 

However I think future plans  include another driving trip down in January. Lawrence definitely is torn between the road trips and the boat trips. This way he gets the best of both worlds ( although we won’t be driving the Great White Beast down, there is some question about bringing big diesel trucks down into Mexico, they may stop you at the boarder as they consider it a working vehicle, which requires you pay a fee. So it’s little red truck again… and the kindness of friends as we trundle through the USA).

 

So with that, it’s time to get to work… sun has finally broken through the clouds, and a very salty boat is in need of a rinse.  Unfortunately for some reason the water at the dock has been turned off.  However I prefer that issue to what we arrived to last night - someone had spilled some diesel somewhere somehow... and boy, what a smell! An attempt was made with a rather inadequate boom to cordon off the spill, but didn't do much good. This morning it seems to have dissipated. thank heavens! 

 

Now that we are back in wifi and cel coverage, I am going to just attach a bunch of photos that I couldn't send out when we were relying on the satellite phone - that's an expensive little alternative, so I was restricted to one picture a session. And of course, we all know, one word is worth a thousand pictures.

 

 


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Loved reading your blog Penny.   How will I know when you post something or do I have to go in and "look"?

 

 sandra nerreter  11/22/2017

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How exciting for you!  A new boat is always a dream come true.  I came across NRI for sale on yachtworld.com which brought me here, and I have enjoyed reading your blog entries.  It has been my life's dream to own a N46 for my wife and I to retire to, one day.  We can always dream!  Fair winds and following seas to you, and maybe we will see you along the way, some day.

 Jim & Tara  8/28/2017

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---Reply posted by Penny Talbot on 8/28/2017
Hi Jim and Tara! thanks for the kind words... we have loved NRI and she is a wonderful vessel to retire on - hold onto the dream, and I hope that you find your forever boat waiting for you in the future! ( just not ours... although that would be lovely... but we would really like to sell her earlier than later.. she has many many miles end years of adventures in her yet and she needs to be out there making someone very, very happy!)
Cheers!
Penny

Looks kinda hot. Still be rainy and cool here for a few months. WAnt to trade? No really that sun can be very bad for your skin. And any more than 5 drinks a day can be bad for you, but need 7 for hydration, or at least good dance moves. What's a girl to do?

 BillC  4/27/2017

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GREAT photos Penny !!!  Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure !!!!

Travel safe and we will see you soon, in La Paz at Costa Baja !!!

Kim

 Kim   10/31/2016

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...getting up at 3 in the morning to look at the stars... I love it, such a picture in my mind. I'm so enjoying your travels Penny. I feel like I'm in your back pocket...learning so much about living on the water.

 Mary Lou  5/16/2016

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