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11-21-2012 11:57 PM
2belize&back
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

hey taps i just hailed u on the jetty hop threa...
11-21-2012 09:49 PM
tapske
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

Just finished the 140 NM hop from Freeport to Port Aransas.

didn't eant to run up the spinnaker single handed (my 13 yr old son was there... but he has less than 2 days experience so far... so i call that single handed).

So with the wind almsot exactly on my stern (for the heading I needed) I fought a too broad reach for a about 7 hours, till it started to feel to like work. Then brought in the cloth, started the diesel, engaged the auto pilot.. and headed on. vid links here show the broad reach (which was putting me 45 degrees off my heading, and would have made me 14 hours late for my ride back) 2nd video ends with a nice little shot of auto-pilot doing her thing.... love it.


---tapske...
NIF
11-07-2012 02:12 PM
2belize&back
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

allways good idea 2 have right papers.i docked in mex thrice,only once coast guard asked.answer,no."stay in the boat,& u'll b ok" 2 nd time,docked next 2 mex navy boat.they were curious but did not make contact. i left tampa for belize on a whim, "i think i can make it" not having a passport did not stop me, untill belize...
11-07-2012 09:46 AM
TQA
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

Make sure you have a ZARPE [ US clearance doc. ] when you enter Mexico.

Sure lots of people get away without one BUT Mexican law says you should have one and the Customs can seize your boat if you arrive without one. SV Judy Ann is currently one such boat.

See CLICKY FOR MORE INFO ON THIS.
11-07-2012 08:42 AM
tapske
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

On a side note..... I remember when the kemah pier had about a dozen shrimp boats that would sell direct to the public right off the back of the boat... and less than 20 slips for pleasure craft.
I remember my dad getting irate because the transient slips were over $7 a nite.
Now, with the boardwalk/midway attractions, transient slips are past $60 a night....If u can find one !
what a change!

some call it progress.......I call it trappings.....

Longing for simpler times.......seems like 99% are moving in the other direction.
Sometimes I am amazed just how complicated and difficult it can be to try to simplify things.

Oh the irony....

---tapske...
NIF
11-07-2012 08:31 AM
tapske
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2belize&back View Post
taps~ i just posted ya on the ahoy thread.i will be crewing a 37' 2 the carib soon. a montana guy bought it from doug at sea lake/clearlake the same day as i.he's never sailed,i'll be honored 2 show him the ropes.should be awesome.hope the moon lights your way
*** Sounds like a great trip. Some day I intendn having the skill/experience to offer similar services.
I couldnt help but laugh out loud at one of your comments. I recall on the very first ASA course I ever took, I told the Capt. I needed someone to "show me the ropes".
He said that was NOT possible, but he could show me the "lines".
His quasi-wit was lost on me at the time....but a short while later it was clear.

---fair winds.........live now, nothing is forever.

---tapske...
NIF
11-07-2012 01:23 AM
2belize&back
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

taps~ i just posted ya on the ahoy thread.i will be crewing a 37' 2 the carib soon. a montana guy bought it from doug at sea lake/clearlake the same day as i.he's never sailed,i'll be honored 2 show him the ropes.should be awesome.hope the moon lights your way
11-06-2012 10:53 PM
tapske
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

LAtest.....
Still working on ordering and prep for Holding tank refit...

In the mean time, getting ready to head out on a 2 day trip. Knocked barnicles off of prop... and did a little swimming to scrub hull a little.
Moving MarinaS.
The total trip is about 130 nm one way (South down Texas coast) from freeport to Port Aransas. Headin out 3 am-ish... to try to be at Port Aransas jettys close to sun-up the following day. I figure this way... even if wind dies (a rarity) or other "situations present themselves..... I could arrive 10 hours late.... and still have daylight to navigate a fairly unfamiliar channel. (been there twice).
I have the state of the art GPS, but only intend on turning it on if really needed. I love technology....but never want to be in a position where I am lost without it.

Taking celestial nav. as we speak !

---Fair winds....
tapske...

NIF
11-02-2012 06:18 PM
dohcdelsol93
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

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Originally Posted by 2belize&back View Post
just sailed from tampa 2belize&back2texas, august & september,in a 22 footer.have many highlights of trip & info,i.e. incredible currents in the yucatan channel, wind behavior along mexican coast 2 belize city,a great place to dock or moor 15 miles south of cancun ect...feel free to ask.
Im very interested in hearing about this trip. Im planning a very similar trip in a boat about the same size. Would love to know what routes you took. What wind/current. Conditions affect the wave height. Im wanting to avoid marinsas and stick to rural and secluded anchorages. Avoid the crowds ..spend most of my time on the hook waiting out the next perfect weather window. No planned destinations beyond Belize ...just go wherever the wind points me.
11-01-2012 11:27 PM
tapske
Re: Texas to Mex. Riviera, to Cayamans

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2belize&back View Post
ahoy luna-c,,sent ya a second posting 2 day ago ,not sure u got it or i'm still having tech problems w/laptop. nice video.
2Bel,
No, I did not got them... plz resend anything U got.
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