La Cruz Marina

December 12 – We headed out for La Cruz, or Marina Riviera Nayarit in Banderas Bay.  We arrived, got our slip and docked in the big, new marina.  It felt good!  Excited to check out the kid’s club; however, we discovered it doesn’t get started until January so there really was no activities planned for kids.  Oh well!  We still enjoyed ourselves here.  With a small pool, Kyra went swimming with some other boat kids, Sarah and Jake from Habi Hoba (anchored out).

Dave found a guy named Chewy to remove the old varnish on the port side of the cap rail, sand it and prep for finishing the varnish job on the wood that the dude (Carlos) didn’t finish before we left La Paz.  He also cleaned the rub rail wood and put on a teak rub to maintain its color.  The best part was Chewy referred us to a lady named Yannis who came to our boat, measured, quoted us a fair price and then sewed up our mesh window covers and the cockpit mesh enclosure, also the covers for the new dinghy wheels, stern tie wheel cover and flag pole sleeve.  We had the vinyl mesh (which we bought in Mazatlan) and sunbrella from home.  We paid her 4000 pesos for the window covers, 2400 for the enclosure on two sides (only enough mesh leftover for 2 sides) plus 2500 pesos for the zippers and 1350 pesos for the sunbrella covers.  We think this was a fantastic deal because back home it would be way more!  Plus, she was so nice, paid attention to detail, fixed little things like it was off by one inch so she resewed it, and even drove to Nuevo Vallarta for the final installation because we had moved from La Cruz to Paradise Village by then.  We highly recommend her to anyone in need of boat upholstery sewing.  She lives in La Cruz and here’s her info.  She only speaks Spanish, but her husband speaks a tiny bit of English.

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