More Canvas Projects

At some point I’ll have to get Dave to write a post about all the projects he’s been hard at work finishing, but for now, you just get my little canvas project updates. 

So, besides the lee cloth curtains I made for every open shelf in the galley/salon area, I’ve also been sewing up some interesting canvas covers.

I say “interesting” because I have no idea what I’m doing.  Dave can think of something that he wants to make and just go and make it, while I need some sort of instruction, preferably, someone showing me how to do it and then I can usually replicate the steps.  This is not the case with our canvas projects.  Dave says, “Hey, we need a cover for our hatch doors,” or, “Hey, can you make some pockets that we can keep fruit in?”  And then I sit in front of the sewing machine until I pull my hair out and hope some sort of inspiration comes to me.  Usually Dave steps in and gives me an idea of how HE’D do it and then I’m off and running until I hit a snag and tell Dave how stupid the project is and pull out more hair and then we figure it out together.

I know, I’m so attractive.

Anyway, my recent canvas project for the hatch doors came out pretty good. We call it the pizza box because it looks like a Dominoe’s Pizza delivery man’s pizza holder.

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Pre hatch holder area.  See how the hatch doors are just stacked one on top of the other, scratching both themselves and the boat?  No bueno.

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Post hatch holder.  Now everything has a protected place.

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Finished product before securing to the boat.  Trying to figure out how to get the middle sleeve in there was a pain in the butt.

My latest project was finished just this past weekend.  A fruit holder of sorts.  We already have a fruit hammock that hangs in the salon, but for Dave’s upcoming long crossing we’ll have to stock up the galley with fruits and veggies that last for a while.  For example, onions, citrus fruits and potatoes.  The problem is that onions and potatoes can’t mix. Something about the gases they emit make them age faster.  So we wanted to create a fruit holder that would separate certain items that shouldn’t be near each other.

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Of course, it took a while to get to “Voila!” but it’s not too shabby.  Well, except for some of the crooked seams, to which Dave asked, “Are they really noticeable?”  To which I replied, “Not as long as you keep your eyes closed.”



The Snuffelopogus Situation


As much as we love La Cruz, there is a slight problem with sitting in the anchorage for more than a couple of days.  You see, the anchorage has a fur problem.  It comes out of nowhere and gloms onto any surface beneath the water line.  The boat, the anchor chain, the propeller…

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What is this you ask?


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It’s the underside of our dinghy. 



La Cruz de WannaStayForever?

Some people get to the port of La Paz on the Baja side of Mexico and never leave, coining the term, “La Paused.”  Well, we’ve been in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (pronounced wanna-cox-lei) for over three weeks and we really have no plan as to when we’ve leaving.  Thus, I’ve decided that we’re now in “La Cruz de WannaStayForever.”  I’m up for other name suggestions along this same idea.

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Hanging out on s/v Charisma with Charisma rum drinks, the setting sun and Camanoe in the background. (Thanks Ann for the photo!)

Anyway, I haven’t been writing much because, although we’re loving this area, I can’t say that when we finish up a day that I have anything EXCITING to share.  We get up, Dave starts a project while I either go ashore for provisions or work on my own small projects, then by early evening we’re cleaning up the boat and ourselves and either making dinner or going ashore for cheapo tacos.  We go to bed and start all over again.

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Enjoying “Tacos on the Street” where they only serve three dishes, but they do them very well (L) and “Tacos de Luna” (R), or as we call it, “The Backyard Taco Place” or “The 10 pesos a taco place.”

The little town of La Cruz is very sleepy. Not much opens prior to 10am, except for the Mercado del Mar where we’ve bought freshly caught shrimp a couple of times.  Most of the taco joints don’t appear until 7pm or later.  And when I say, “appear,” that’s exactly what I mean.  All of a sudden, people appear with grills and they’re dragging out plastic tables and chairs and they serve THE BEST, cheapest tacos you can imagine.  A lot of the time during the day, I just roam around and meet up with other cruisers.  I’m in no hurry to be anywhere or to return anywhere and that’s a nice feeling.  The produce market is every Tuesday and Friday at 5pm; there’s usually a cruisers’ swap meet on Saturday mornings and there’s a large artisan/farmer’s market every Sunday from 10am-2pm.  Otherwise, you just sort of hang around La Cruz and wait for something to happen or someone to invite you to go do something.

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Tuesday produce market (L) and the Sunday morning market along the Malecon (R) in La Cruz.

I’ve travelled into nearby towns, Bucerias, Sayulita and Nuevo Vallarta.  While Nuevo is very much a smaller version of Puerto Vallarta, mainly a resort town, Bucerias and Sayulita are small beach towns that are frequented by locals and tourists alike just looking for a little sun and surf.

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Enjoying a beach and surf day at Sayulita with a warm empanada.

Dave’s been working on various boat projects he wants done before he jumps to Hawaii in a couple months.  He has a sea anchor and a sea drogue for dire emergencies and he’s glassed-in, bolted, and basically secured all items necessary to deploy either one should he get into a bad storm.  We’ve hooked up a trolling generator (which I made a canvas cover for), which required Dave to make a step on top of the wind vane platform in order to attach the generator.  He’s reinforced our stanchions and glassed them in to keep them from leaking.  He figured out why the propane locker was letting in water whenever it rained or we had the hose on and then proceeded to fix that.  I’m sure I’m forgetting something else that he’s worked on and I can’t even begin to explain EXACTLY what all those projects were and how they help, but just know that while I’ve been soaking up the La Cruz atmosphere, Dave’s been a slave to Camanoe. 

I’ve helped out where I can, mostly with the sewing machine.  We have a lot of open shelves in the salon and galley, so my job has been to sew lee cloths/curtains for all these open areas.  There was also the trolling generator cover to protect it from sun and moisture and I also created a sleeve for our two hatch covers so they can be stored nicely without banging into each other or scratching up the boat. 

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Pre and post lee cloth shelves in the salon (top photos) and galley (bottom photos).

Yes, I realize how little time my projects took compared to Dave’s.

So, what’s next after the projects are complete (or at least, complete enough for Dave to sail to Hawaii)?  Well, I’m hoping to head a little farther south to Barra de Navidad and possibly Manzanillo before heading home to the Bay Area.  There’s no exact date set yet for Dave to begin his crossing, so when we figure that out, I’ll have to get a plane ticket.

But, in the meantime, La Cruz is a nice place to play and relax and work on boat projects.  The anchorage is full of friends, the town is sweet, and we have everything here that we need. 

Sorry for the rambling…I think the La Cruz lifestyle is causing my brain to go soggy.  Maybe I should just do photo posts instead. 🙂

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Double rainbow anyone?

Laundry on Camanoe

I think this is the most often asked question among both cruisers and landlubbers.  How do you do laundry on the boat??

We were lucky to have a launderia in Marina Mazatlan to do our big stuff – sheets, towels, blankets, comforter.  It wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t too much more to have someone else take care of the laundry instead of using the old, decrepit do-it-yourself washing machine in the Marina Mazatlan’s cruising lounge. 

Because launderettes or launderias are too few and far between, we often just hand wash on the boat. It takes a good amount of our fresh water supply, but if we’re in an anchorage where we can make water, or a marina where we can get water from a hose, then we’ll just wash our little hearts out.  Here’s how it goes…

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Take a bucket and a plunger (aka…cruiser’s washing machine),

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Find an enthusiastic helper,

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and plunge away.  Ring the items dry, rinse them in a fresh water bath, ring again and then throw out of the hatch where another helper will hang the items on the lifelines to dry in the sunshine and breeze.

We can usually do about two or three bucketfuls before the lines are full and the clothespins are all used.  We’ll typically do two or three days of laundry duty before we’ve got everything cleaned again.

It’s a process…but so is everything out here.


We’ve been working away here on Camanoe for the last couple of weeks tending to last-minute projects and stocking the galley and spares locker for our trip to San Diego. The Capt’ just had his last sail delivered (a 130/Genoa, which will be good in light wind) and we’re securing everything below to head out to our first stop in Sausalito. We’ll be stopping by List Marine for a last checkup on our YanMar engine before heading out of the gate (probably) Thursday morning. Our neighbor in the Berkeley Marina has offered to escort us out of the gate and take video of us under the Golden Gate Bridge – super sweet of him – we’ll see how early the Capt’ actually wants to leave and if our neighbor wants to go that far out of his way. Would be awesome to be able to post a video like that though….so we’ll see.

Instead of doing three different posts about our various projects, see Flickr link below to get an idea of what we’ve been up to.

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