Work, Work, Work


We have been utilizing our time over the last year in Ensenada Mexico to prepare SV Sea Bella to come home to Avila Beach/Morro Bay (April 2019). Frequent trips to monitor and inspect the work have kept us hopping. We haven’t quite figured out the best border crossing but we sure have learned the best restaurants in Ensenada! Not your typical street tacos for sure.

A partial list of work includes:

-Restiched the entire canvas dogger and bimmini with Tenara UV Tread (SLO Sail and Canvas).

-New transmission (San Diego). We new it was needed when we bought the boat.

-New bottom paint

-New topside paint (Awlgrip)

-Misc carpentry in cabin

-New waste holding tank for forward head.

-New cutlass bearing, through hulls serviced, new straining guards and zincs

-New (and more current) bonding system to protect from Electrolytic corrosion.

-Teak refinished in cockpit

-New windlass

-New Mantus Marine Anchor

-New B&G NMEA 2000 backbone system with depth/Speed/water temp, GPS and digital display. (System will be upgraded over time to include chartplotter, Radar, etc.etc.)

-New Stainless steel dingy arch and solid side rails to mid-ships (installing March)

-New cockpit binnacle mic for our Standard Horizon VHF

…and I leaned how to change to oil the oil in both diesels last weekend. (I am very sure it will be faster next time..ha) Note: not all oils we use in the U.S. are available in Mexico.

So as you can see, we’ve been busy. We have been sailing too but eating and refit has taken most of our time (Ha). On a later post we will share the “To be done” list.

Sure glad we decided to refit this boat while we still have an income. :-O

Denny Osburn (Great friend and our Zeus)
La Haguera (The best Salsa in the world)

Holy cow! Thick deck.

Pulling her out in Ensenada. Ready for paint.

3 Comments on “Work, Work, Work

  1. Looks like great progress. Your boat looks great. BTW, Marney and I found that changing the oil with a “down the dip stick tube/pump” was pretty easy and clean. Maybe the supply has changed but we were able to buy Delo diesel oil in Mexico (Mazatlan, for one place) for reasonable prices. Also, our Mexico cruising boat (our trip was six months because we had to get back to work) was also a center cockpit and we loved the aft cabin, and the varied uses of the poop deck.

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    • Thanks! We have a Reveco Pump plumbed into the oil pan of both engines. It has a Y valve so I can do one or the other. It was really slow and I figure the impeller is about gone. Ordered a new one. The prior owner was using Delos 10/W40 STE. The STE blend is not allowed in Mexico because of some of the additives. I had to go with the Delos Gold instead. Eventually just as good and better adapted to the inconsistencies of the Mexican fuel. Hmmmm, I think I will wait tit San Diego to refuel. I carry 135 gals I haven’t needed to add fuel down there yet.


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