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Guaymas, Mexico, is a nice little city on the mainland, 7 hours by highway south of Tucson in some sort of a duty-free “enterprise” zone.

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Marina Seca Guaymas is a dry marina off a nice little bay in the southeast corner of Guaymas.  The mud-bottomed bay is not a great anchorage, though, as we found by dragging anchor all night in thirty knots of wind.  By morning, the wind was down to 10-15.  We removed the headsail from the forestay and headed in.

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There’s a narrow dredged channel into a narrow dredged loading area,

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but after a short consultation with Gabriel (the owner) and a review of our historical haul pictures, we figured out I should have backed in.  I should have known that – the mast is well forward of the center of gravity, and we can’t reach the back of the keel from the bow.  Duh.

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With some long ropes and some shoving, we got Bright Water turned around

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and up in the air.  Her bottom looked good.  Very few animals.  Very little salad.  The Prop-Speed anti-fouling coating on the prop was clean and intact.

Marina Seca Guaymas is our kind of marina: cheap, safe, professional, full of interesting people, and cheap.

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We caught the bus into town across the bay, and later, a different bus into Tucson.  You can see Bright Water propped up on the beach, there in the background.

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