So, we needed to come up with an alternative plan. Our batteries are low, no marinas close by, the wind hasn't been cooperating, etc. But luck was with us. Jim and Lynda on Gael Force came to our rescue and loaned us their generator to charge our batteries - yahoo!
We decided to continue to head to Santa Rosalia (27 nautical miles north) in the morning with hope of finding repair equipment and/or a good mechanic. No engine, so we are hoping for good wind.
We had a lot of "firsts" on this trip. First time ...
- Sailing off of our anchor (twice)
- Using our staysail
- Flying our spinnaker (in the Sea of Cortez)
- Anchoring and motoring Moondance using our dinghy
Next day, we tried to sail to Santa Rosalia, but the wind was fighting us. We ended up pushing Moondance with our dinghy - only six miles to go.
We had crowd of cruisers monitoring our progress to Santa Rosalia - thank goodness! Lots of offers to come out with their dinghys, bring us fuel, pull us in, get us a slip, and much more. When we finally pushed our way into Marina Singlar, a line of folks were on the docks to manage our lines: Jim and Lynda (Gael Force), Frank and Linda (Discovery), Alan and Barbara (Native Son), plus the Marina crew. We made it safely Thanks to all that helped!
To celebrate our arrival, Discovery had us all over for Happy Hour on their boat - which has A/C. How about that? Then touring the town, yummy hot dogs for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Aren't cruisers wonderful?
All-in-all, quite the adventure. A little stressful, but that is cruising. I am sure happy that I married a sailor.
PS: After all of the worries over our engine problems, it turned out that our sensor went bad. A quick/inexpensive fix. Yahoo!
We decided we need to sail (versus motor) more often. We like it.