Summer in the Sea - 2008 The Final Leg - Santa Rosalia to San Carlos
All good things must come to an end. We delayed our last days
for as long as possible. Really, we were just getting into the
rhythm. We had learned so much and finally felt confident and
competent. We understood mother nature better; what she
offered, how she worked and what to do to stay in harmony with
earth. A sad day it was when we finally planned and executed the
haul out of Sailsoon.  She had been our home and protector for 2
years. We had a bond with her that we knew we'd have to break,
at least for a few years while we went back to the states to work.
On the last day of Sept. 2008 we departed Santa Rosalia at 4:00 PM and headed east
with a destination of San Carlos, Mx., 75 n.m. away. We travelled through the late
afternoon and evening arriving just after 8:00 AM the next morning. We're dedicating
this section to the dolphins who entertained us on our trip even when it was pitch
dark. We knew they were there and leading the way.. on each and every transit.
At anchor in San Carlos. Preparations for the haul out.
Sailsoon looks right at home here. The
anchorage is just beautiful!
Tequila Rose arrives a few days ahead of
us. They enjoy the sunsets on the deck
daily.
Smoke billowing over the mountain roused
our curiosity so we took the dinghy to the
outer cove. We found a boat engulfed in
flames. It eventually sank but there were no
injuries.  The crew had been rescued.
Here's another angle that shows how lovely
this area is..an unexpected surprise!
Breakfast in the cockpit is and will
always be a great experience
Paul and Kathy had a different
agenda so we needed to say
farewell.  We had shared many a
meal, drink and laughter with them
over the past 2 months. Indeed,
they will be considered our best
friends long after we've chosen to
do other things.
We said our goodbyes, wished
them fair winds and watched them
sail out of the anchorage.
The Haul Out
While this adventure sadly comes to an end you can bet  we're already planning the next one!
On approach to the launch ramp in San Carlos
John reviews the boat design with staff to be sure they
know where to safely put the lifting straps
Sailsoon is tied up along the dock while the
staff makes preparations to take her out.
Using line handling techniques
Sailsoon is guided into position
Gradually she rolls out of the water on the trailer
A close up of the workhorse
Gently now......the tractor has to go in deep enough
so that Sailsoon doesn't scrape her bottom.
She's out of the water
Let's try this again.........
The tractor gets into position. John does an inspection
of the equipment. You can't be too safe!
Photo from a different angle as Sailsoon nears the
tractor
The road is made of pavers and
relatively smooth (by Mexican
standards)
Then we're moved to the storage yard which is guarded,
locked and sports barbed wire fencing.
Pull forward, back up, forward again........
Hey, slow down! She's bouncing all
over the place!
All parties make sure Sailsoon is secured to the trailer for the 2 mile
trek
Sailsoon is lucky to have gotten one
of the spaces that has upright posts on
each side for added security  and
stability.
John reflects back on the good time we had, worries
about a thorough preparation for storage and wishes it
didn't have to end so soon.
First stop is the work yard where we spend 2 days
securing or stripping and stowing everything we leave
behind
So here she'll stay until we're able to put in again. We've done all we can think of to make sure
she's safe and free of problems while were gone. If anything goes wrong we'll just have to fix it
when we get back!
Sailsoon is backed into her new land "slip"