Category Archives: Sailing

Magic Log #13: Nuku Hiva

We were tired and exhilarated after the three week crossing from Mexico. Taiohae Bay was unlike any place we had taken Magic, a beautiful bay with jungle on all sides and a fairly busy town at its back. With a … Continue reading

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Magic Log #12: La Paz to Nuku Hiva

Nuku Hiva is an island in the Marquesas, the northeasternmost group in French Polynesia and one of a couple places where most boats make landfall after crossing from the west coast of North America. On March 16 we set out … Continue reading

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Magic Log #11: Preparing to Cross

For over a decade now I’ve wanted to sail to the South Pacific. Lisa came by this dream more recently but is also really excited by it. A few weeks ago we left Mexico for the 2600 mile crossing to … Continue reading

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Magic Log #10: La Paz to San Carlos

After leaving La Paz, we had more than a month left in Mexico before we needed to return to the US near the end of May. This would give us a lot of time to explore the Sea of Cortez; … Continue reading

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Magic Log #9: Cabo to La Paz

After three weeks at Isla San Benedicto, returning to Cabo left me feeling like, well, a fish out of water. So much bustling civilization. Our plan at this point was to stay in the cape area through March and April, … Continue reading

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Private boat diving at Isla San Benedicto

Isla San Benedicto, in the Revillagigedos group, is an amazing little island that offers some truly unforgettable diving. In February 2016 my wife and I, along with two guests, sailed our boat to the island and spent 2.5 weeks there; … Continue reading

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Magic Log #7: Guaymas to Cabo

In mid October Lisa and I drove our van to Guaymas to drop gear and food and so forth off at Magic, and do some recommissioning. We still had commitments in the US, though, and after a few days drove … Continue reading

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Magic Log #6: La Cruz to Guaymas

Leaving La Cruz we didn’t have any schedule we were trying to stick to, but wanted to spend a few more weeks on the mainland before we crossed the sea back to the La Paz area and then made our … Continue reading

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Magic Log #5: La Ventana to La Cruz

When we were originally planning our cruising for the winter, we wanted to cross the sea from La Ventana to Mazatlan. From there we would head south along the coast until we got to Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo. With all … Continue reading

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Magic Log #4: La Ventana

We spent about a month in the US, mostly in Phoenix working on converting a Sprinter van we bought into our next campervan (we left Lisa’s first van, Vanifest, in Alaska at the end of last summer so that we … Continue reading

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