The surprise adventure that brought us to Cabo…its all because of the SV Sea Fern.
Her captain had sailed from Vancouver Island down to Cabo all by himself, but unfortunately one day he was found dead. With new inheritors that don’t sail, SV Sea Fern was locked up in Security at the Cabo San Lucas Marina where authorities were wanting her moved asap because she was in the way of the water-taxis for the cruise ships.
Thanks to me (hooray!) for posting pictures of Everette and Mitchell sailing their SV Quetzal from Powell River to Sooke, BC in December, Norm saw that his old school buddy was a sailor. And so when he got the bad news about his brother, and there was a need to get that boat moved… who would he call?
Norm contacted Everette and they made plans to meet up in Cabo and see what needed to be done to get the boat moved and eventually sold.
And that’s why we’re in Cabo.
Everette and Norm had to take care of all the paperwork. Erin and I were there as cleaning ladies & partners to our hubby’s! Mitchell was there to help Everette sail this unfamiliar sailboat away into the sunset. And Anders came just for the adventure.
The boat had been in Security for about a month already. Imagine: Unexpected death. A batchelor sailor. Open food. Mexican heat.
To get started the guys had to break open the lock. Then we were confronted with stale smokey air, mouldy bread (& little critters), and god-only-knows whatever else. Thankfully Erin brought along Purification essential oil…perfect for eating up odours.
We had a lot to clean up. It looked like somebody had already rummaged through before us, and left an added mess of stuff. Hardly an inch of floor or counter space was visible when we started. But within that mess the guys were delighted to find a ton of tools!
As the boat had sat in harbour the bilge filled up. So emptying that was a major job. And figuring out the electrical system was a bit of a nightmare for the guys. We weren’t going to leave harbour without Everette knowing how the systems worked.
When we were finished…we could live in it! And that’s what we were about to do. Cleaned out we needed to start filling it up. With water, fuel, rations, bedding, all that sort of thing.
We slept on the boat a couple of nights before we actually left the marina. It was exciting, and nerve-wracking. None of us knew much about this 52 ft sailboat. And Anders and I weren’t even sailors!
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