|Some of the hundreds of dolphins we saw on our way into Ixtapa|
Back to the weather...Although we passed the Tropic of Taurus (formerly the Tropic of Cancer) on our way down the Baja, the nights have still been pleasantly cool and we often need our fleece jackets when we are night sailing. Around San Blas we broke out the "harbor awning" a large tarp that we spread over the boom and tie out to the sides of the boat to keep the UV rays off the deck. It is amazing how much this little bit of shade cools down the cabin. We do not have air conditioning but have been more than comfortable most the time. However, here in Zihuatanejo, it is hot. Hatches open, awning out, and I am still practically dripping sweat into our food when I try to cook anything inside the galley. So, yesterday I got crafty.
A large sewing machine was not in the budget for this trip and frankly I don't know where we would have put one. Luckily, until now we have been fortunate enough to find other sailors with Sailrite machines when we needed to do sail repairs. We do however have a hobby machine, a gift from my Dad and Jane, that has been very useful for some small projects. Yesterday I was determined to increase the ventilation on Moments. Failure was not an option.
|Our new wind scoop in action. For the front corners I made some homemade grommets by sewing a washer between two layers of fabric and stitching around it like a button hole|