Sailor on sabbatical…


F**k me. It is so hard. So very hard to let go of SV Strikhedonia. She has been a huge part of my life during the past six years. Taken me on adventures I could never have imagined, kept me up late at night on anchor watch, and grown in me a deep appreciation for Mexico and her people. Along…

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Premium Mogas in an RV-10? Looks promising


I have begun researching the possibility of running 93 octane, non-ethanol mogas in my RV-10. Reading posts and forums it seems like it should be no problem. 1. My intentions is to run one tank 100LL and the other tank 93 mogas, like others are doing. I’d use the 100LL for take off and landing and the mogas for cruising…

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Aerosport Aluminum Insert Panels – for Garmin G3X on an RV-10


Another big project, putting together CAD files for the aluminum interior panels with all of the avionics and lighting components. Prior to this project I had not worked with CAD software in a very long time and had to learn LibreCAD. No doubt the dimensioning is very amateur but the placement and component dimensions were checked and double checked. I…

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Garmin G3X Avionics Schematic Drawing


Wowza, putting together these documents was a heavy lift. Rough guess is 150 hours of research, drawing, and validation. Initially my plan had been to hire Stein Air to draw my schematics but Covid-19 gave me the time to do the research and work myself, and in the process save $1,000. You need to be very technically proficient to take…

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What’s next? Hmfp, I don’t know, build an airplane?


I am someone who always needs to have a project in my life. With my time with SV Strikhedonia coming to an end ideas had been bouncing around in my head. For years the idea of building an airplane popped up but the commitment and idea of pounding tens of thousands of rivets after drilling, deburring, and dimpling seemed daunting.…

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Private beach hike in Tenacatita


Last year some friends (Mike (SV Shanti) and Damon (SV Gia)) worked for days in hot, humid conditions with biting and stinging insects to clear a trail from “dog” beach in the Tenacatita anchorage over to a private beach on the opposite side of the peninsula. My schedule didn’t allow me check out their work last season so it was…

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Post storm visit to Yelepa


September 29th two waves of storms from TS Narda brought flash flooding to the cute town of Yelapa.  The devastation was incredible but even more incredible is the resilience of this town.  We visited just two months later and the town had been cleaned up to the point that you wouldn’t realize anything happened here.  The waterfall in town push…

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Busting out of La Paz before the next northerly


Pretty good winds (15-25 knots) were forecast for Sunday and Monday with a possible crossing window Tuesday. Wanting to get a good spot to hop off to the Mainland the plan was to head for Punta Bonanza where Jean and I crossed from last year. We wanted as early a start as possible since the winds would be on our…

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22 hours in La Paz


In the black of night up came the anchor and we were headed for La Paz for a bunch of work and most important to pick up Jean. It was the mellowest day I can remember with the exception of some tide working against us part of the trip. Reaching La Paz we followed the long entrance to Marina Cortez.…

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Time for a quick visit to Isla San Francisco


Wow Nelly, up and moving by 6:30am we made our way down into the mouth of Bahia de La Paz. Winds started calm by within an hour were building as was the wind wave chop. We put up with it for awhile before the loud bangs got on my nerves and we fell off 10 degrees to attempt a better…

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