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one week in cabo

Upon arrival in Cabo, we learned that Hurricane Odile damaged about 30% of the slips at the marina, and even though we were one of the first twenty boats to sign up in hopes of getting a slip, the damage was such that we ended up sharing. Thankfully, we’re a smaller boat, so it turned out to be no big deal. We were rafted up next to Rick and Cindy of Cool Change, and we were in front of the Ha-Ha mothership Profligate in a 100 foot slip. I did have a mini panic attack in the process of backing and tying up to pristine little Cool Change. We had never done the side-tie maneuver, but Rick and Cindy are a very skilled duo, and they talked us through the whole thing. Captain Jeff’s boat handling skills were on point as well.  We did regret skimping on the fenders though. We have extras, but they’re in the trunk of our car in San Diego. Oops.


We stayed at the IGY Marina. I think we were charged around $50 per night despite sharing a slip and not having access to power or water. Some people balked at this. We really didn’t care. We were just happy to be out of the afternoon roll in the Cabo anchorage. The laundry facilities and shower facilities were good. It was just plain bad luck that the dryers broke the day that I washed four loads of laundry. There was also a thunderstorm that day, which meant four wet loads of laundry strung up all over the inside of our 32 foot boat. It was a sight to behold. The marina staff had the dryers fixed and refunded our quarters in no time.


I had personally been looking forward to the famous “Can’t Believe We Cheated Death Again” Ha-Ha dance party at El Squid Roe since San Diego. We didn’t really cut loose at any of the other parties along the way mostly because we wanted to conserve energy (and because we’re senior citizens). However, our arrival in Cabo was a pretty good excuse to celebrate, so we boogied down with the rest of the bright orange shirts.


There are plenty of good restaurants and bars within walking distance, but by far, our favorite spot was Cafe Canela just around the corner from the marina. We had at least three awesome meals there.  Our server brought us tequila shots with cinnamon (canela) sprinkled orange slices. Tequila will never be the same. It was so delicious. Icing on the cake: they have the fastest wi-fi in town, but please don’t go just for that. Order drinks, and be nice to the servers. (sorry. rants of a former waitress.)

The week pretty much looked like this.

There was also some “voyage planning”, which according to the photo below, was my cue to saw logs. After changing our minds about twenty times, Richard aka The Grand Poobah gave us some great advice, so we went with that. We figured he knew what he was talking about.

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