We sailed in to Bahia Tenacatita and spent 4 awesome nights anchored off the sleepy beach town of La Manzanilla. It’s a gorgeous stretch of beach lined with laid back palapas and a great friendly town packed with Canadian ex-pats and retirees. We spent our days lounging on the boat and beach, eating street tacos (and even street pizza!) from the town square and jamming out to live rock and blues at Palapa Joes.
One day we trolled across the bay (apprx. 3 nm) to do the jungle dinghy ride and it was quite the adventure. We had to pull the dinghy across the sand bar during an ebbing tide and in the process I stepped on a freaking sting ray! It was a weird feeling because I was pulling the dinghy and then I stepped on something leather-like and definitely NOT sand and then it SWAM out from under my foot! I jumped in the dinghy much to the schegrin of the mermaid but then pulled myself together and soldiered on into the estuary.
We motored all the way up the crocodile-infested river until the mangrove forest was touching both sides of the dinghy. After some skilled manuvering and a few broken branches we made it to a huge beautiful lagoon and the end of the line. Past the abandoned palapa, there was a fence blocking access to the beach. Our friends (with apparently very poor judgement) decided to walk past the fence to go swimming in the ocean. We stayed back and had lunch. Good thing we did because they were escorted back by two armed security guards and almost got arrested! We all made it out of the jungle safely and both dinghies were still inflated – a victory for sure!
The last night in Tenacatita Bay was spent anchored amongst 15 other cruising boats in the NW corner of the bay. We spent the whole afternoon cleaning the bottom and boot stripe on the boat. Oh, and I finally have a serious regret or more accurately a serious mistake I have made: NOT PUTTING BOTTOM PAINT ON THE BOOT STRIPE!!
Allow me to explain. Unknown to me at haul out time, our boot stripe is apparently and old layer of hard bottom paint (ablative paint that repels bio fouling). I didn’t know this when we were hauled out last summer and could have very easily put another fresh coat of paint on the boot stripe while we were on the hard. So now I get to painfully pay for this oversight every month if not more frequently. The warm nutrient-rich Mexican waters have created the perfect environment for a plethora of sea organisms to go crazy. When we cleaned the boot stripe there was grass, snails, barnacles, crabs (not joking). Oh, and the fact that we are grossly overloaded and sinking below the boot stripe doesn’t help either 😉
So anyway, enough with my rant. But I am going to jump at the first affordable opportunity that presents itself to haul out and put paint on the stripe! And I’m going to raise the waterline by at least an inch!
But alas, as we like to joke, “first world problemas.”