|Raymarine Fluxgate Compass|
I've had several comments regarding Pachuca's very low bow. In fact she is now sitting slightly up at the bow, according to her painted waterline. The accompanying photo shows the stark contrast of Pachuca's bow (the low one with the metal plate) with that of two sail boats on the near side and two motor boats on the far side. You can see why the lower chain locker drain takes water in when the boat dips into the waves.
|How Low Can You Go|
At the Club Cruceros net session I heard the captain's account of his loss of power and steerage. The vessel is a 40,000 lb sail boat that lost engine power at 6.30 AM due to a blocked fuel line while its batteries were low. They were 25 nm out of La Paz and tried sailing in light winds up the Cerralvo but were forced to turn back. I know that channel. It can act as a wind tunnel and can have serious tidal currents. Another sailboat came to their aid but its engine was not strong enough to successfully tow the stricken vessel. Unfortunately the tow line somehow fouled the rudder, if I heard correctly, robbing them of steerage. At this point they would have put out their general distress call. I think that it was the next morning, when they figured that they were 3 hours from hitting the rocks and getting nervous, that they saw a Mexican navy vessel approaching through the mist. The sailboat was put under tow with Mexican navy personnel on the sailboat and the sailboat crew on the navy ship. A navy man explained that it is their policy to ensure the safety of the crew and boat, which means that the rescued crew must ride on the navy boat. Outside of the entrance the La Paz Marina pangas took over and brought the boat in for a happy ending. The sailboat captain seemed very relieved, happy, and grateful, and who can blame him: the entire operation was a credit to everyone involved. I am particularly impressed with the Mexican navy. I keep hearing over and over how prompt and helpful they are to boats in distress.