After a week of all this fun, we decided to spend a day in Fonatur Marina. Slips are at a premium here, mostly due to the hi-jinks in the anchorage, but Marina Fonatur is a very reasonably priced marina, although it is located way up into the bay where it gets very shallow. Ashika only needs about 6 feet of water to keep her off the bottom and we needed to fill our fresh water tanks before we could leave the bay. Charts showed plenty of depth for us all the way to the dredged channel leading into the marina.
We believed we could cross in front of the submerged sand pile and avoid having to go all the way around it. I think that’s called arrogance and we were quite wrong. We skimmed to a stop. Dois tried to push Ashika over the shallow spot but much to his chagrin, pushed us further on top of it. He put all rpm's into reverse, but it was too late, we were stuck in the sand. I put out a call to the cruising fleet and Kevin from Andante responded that he could come help with his 20 hp outboard, yeah. Dois threw him a line from the starboard bow and Kevin revved up to a full power tug while I applied full reverse, nothing moved except a whole lot of churned up sand. Dois threw Kevin a line from the port bow chock and tried again. This time, as I revved up Ashika’s 85 horses I thought I felt movement, yes, we were backing off the submerged island and returning to the safety of 15 feet of beautiful water. Thank you Kevin.
There was a mild southerly wind predicted for the afternoon and a larger westerly for the evening so we headed out to Bahia Bonanza on the east side of Isla Partida.
The marina was deadly calm and after a week of interrupted snoozing, we slept the sleep of the dead. We bought another night. Dois filled all the water tanks and washed the boat, I did 6 loads of laundry and cleaned cushions, while Ginger terrorized birds on the dock. Leaving our slip was tempered by our destination; the desert islands of La Paz.