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    B&G Instrument Project

    wingssail images-fredrick roswold  B&G Hercules 390: 40 years old We’ve had these B&G Hercules instruments since we got the boat in 1986. They actually date from 1979, most of them.We’ve maintained, fixed, upgraded and babied them for 35 years. They still work, but barely, and parts are getting thin.We’d love More

  • September 17, 2021-700 Gallons of Free Water

    wingssail images-fredrick roswold  Cooking in the rainRight now it’s raining like hell. That’s OK, we’re getting water in our tanks thanks to our great water catching system. Rainwater is sweet, much nicer to drink than the dock water we normally use to fill our tanks. That water is supposedly safe, More

  • August 1, 2021-Storm Clouds over Perula

      wingssail images-fredrick roswold  Storm Coming On July 25, in the late afternoon, a dark cloud moved in over Chamela Bay. It was black and threatening; rain and wind were coming. On Wings we battened down our hatches and prepared for the squall as we watched the stormy sky move More

  • July 9, 2021-Shopping Trip to La Manzanilla

    wingssail images-fredrick roswold Shopping “I’m getting out” announced Judy, as she leaped over the side of the Zodiac. There are a few dozen Manzanillas in Mexico, not counting a bunch more Manzanillos, and we were in the dingy heading into the surf beach at one of them, La Manzanilla, in More

  • June 29, 2021-Socked In

    wingssail images-fredrick roswold Hurricane Enrique At least the rain from hurricane Enrique has filled our water tanks. That and being able to spend some time with our friends Kirk and Heidi from Due West are about the best things we can say about being socked in by a hurricane. At More

  • June 3, 2021-Fast Sailing and other Cruise News

    Happy Sailing I first got an inkling that this was going to be a fast passage when we saw we could lay the white house  only 45 minutes out of La Cruz..The white house on the beach is a landmark when sailing to Punta Mita. It’s there that we want to More

  • April 28, 2021-Racing Ends with a Bang and a Fizzle

    It was a wild beer can race, lots of wind, but we rounded the weather mark well ahead and were in first place. Now we were having trouble with the gybe. I stood on the aft deck with the tiller in my hand and I watched impatiently as the foredeck More

  • March 27, 2021-Banderas Bay Regatta

    john pounder – jldigitalmedia Preparing to set the Spinnaker Twenty knots of wind, the biggest kite up, time to jibe. The bowman yells “Made!”. The afterguy is attached, good, but it needs to come in. “Grind, Larry!” But Hell! Why did the old sheet get tossed off the winch? I don’t know why but More

  • March 14, 2021-New Paint

    New paint Peter Vargus was not too surprised when I told him to mix up a custom color for Wings’ bottom paint, two gallons black and one gallon blue. After all, we’ve asked for that before. It’s been over two years since we did a bottom job but the Comex More

  • Feb. 08, 2021-Wreck of the Monkey

    edwina images-john matejczyk Wave Coming There was a radio call, one of those which you hate to hear: “Attention the fleet in La Cruz, a boat in the anchorage is dragging anchor. Can we get some help, someone in a dingy, to go get a line on it and pull More

  • Feb. 6, 2021-Fixing the Lowrance

    Screen BurnOur Lowrance GPS plotter was losing it’s screen. LCD Burn.The machine worked but numbers were barely visable. I found a used one on Ebay. It came with a 30 day guarantee. $139.00. Cheap. Today it arrived and in a few minutes I had it hooked up and running. It looked More

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