I have said it a million times and will again the Sea of Cortez is magnificent and one of the most prolific bodies of water on our planet. Yes, the parade never ends. Whales, porpoise, rays, schools of bait and feeding gamefish are common sights from the shore everyday. Every morning walking the beach I also see a variety of pelagic and exotic birds. It is not uncommon to watch frigate birds and osprey hunting and feeding together. Pelicans, herons, seagulls, cormorants and the list goes on. This action is everyday not just once in a while.
Last week the buzz was of tailing marlin, dorado and sierra mackerel. This week the north wind has taken over and there have not been any departures for a couple of days. Forecast is for the wind to continue so I'm going to continue to work on boats and watch the parade.
So.. in 2016 our boats fished hard and in the course of it all they suffered quite a bit of cosmetic damage. We always immediately take care of any mechanical issues but the show must go on and sometimes the cosmetics have to wait for winter. Looking at some of the work to do was overwhelming. Pondering a course of action I called my good buddy Captain Ron in Florida.
Captain Ron Bastron and his wife Marilyn were some of our first new friends when we moved to Baja in 1991. Ron was a SCUBA instructor and certified Jen and myself to dive. He was also a master with a paint sprayer and fiberglass repair. One day his boat rolled over in a storm and was destroyed. Marilyn became pregnant and they decided it was time to move back to the US. Through the years we have remained close. Captain Ron knows when I call in the winter time it is most likely for advice and instruction to do a repair. He usually laughs at my frustration, teaches me new tricks and sends me in the right direction.
This year was different. We had serious work and really needed help. It didn't take much coaxing to get the Bastron's to come for a visit. I sent photos of the work that needed attention and Ron compiled a list of materials needed.
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