Snug Harbor arrived at San Jose Del Cabo at 1130 Monday. The marina is quite nice and has a good breeze blowing in from the ocean. We stopped first at the fuel dock and topped of our tanks with 65 gallons of diesel. We were met at the fuel dock by Alberto, who showed us to our slip, explained where everything was in the marina, and then called a golf cart to take the Captain to the office to register.
The office staff were a delight and even called Victor, the paper man, to make sure he had everything needed to process Snug Harbor’s entrance documents into Mexico and obtain visas for the crew.
Marina at Puerto Los Cabos – Snug Harbor is in the center:
We cleaned up Snug Harbor and the crew and went to dinner at a restaurant overlooking the harbor. Our waitress, Rosario, took us under her wing and gave us impromptu spanish lessens, including correcting the Captain when he called her a senora rather than a senorita. The highlight of the meal came when Rosario’s co-worker brought Gary a bowl of fish soup that was all fish and vegetables and no soup. Gary was perplexed and told the waiter he had ordered soup. The waiter told Gary yes that was correct, but that the restaurant served “dry soup”. After an appropriate period of disbelief by the entire crew the waiter cracked a big smile and brought out the broth for the soup in a pitcher and poured it into Gary’s soup bowl. The food was great and about half the cost one would expect at home.
The major factor that made Snug Harbor’s trip down the Baja coast so enjoyable and free from drama was the quality of her crew; George Bean, Gary Girard and Mike Pernitzke. Each of the crew are veteran boat owners and Mexico cruising veterans. They all know what to do, do it right and do it with good cheer and humor. It is a priviledge to hang around with these guys. When underway at night the off watch all slept well knowing there was always a competant person driving the boat and keeping them safe.
At times the crew got a bit tuckered out from all the night watches and rolly weather:
The picture is comic when you first look at it, but it actually reveals good survival instincts by the crew. When the boat is rolling side to side you can roll off a fore and aft oriented bed. If you sleep thwartships, or sideways, then you don’t get rolled off and sleep better.
Here are Gary, Mike and George in their usual jovial mood as we passed Cabo San Lucas this morning:
I couldn’t add photos when I was posting via SSB so here are a few I like.
The palisade protecting the anchorage at Bahia Santa Maria
And a video of dolphins doing their thing