Friday, November 9, 2012

Sea Hunt 20' FOR SALE

Proven Fish Catcher!!!!

2002 SEA HUNT 20'


Lee Outriggers / Lee Rod Mounts

Stainless steel T top
Fresh Water Wash Down &Salt Water Wash Down 
 Custom built Swim Platform, VHF Radio, GPS

Water temp, Voltage And Clock Gauges
Aluminum Trailer with Torsion Suspension

$19,000USD           Mexican Papers


 958 111 0315

Huatulco, Oaxaca


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Irwin 37 FOR SALE

Reliable Cruising Sailboat, Ready to GO!!!!

Lying Huatulco, Waiting for Weather Window to head to Puerto Vallarta.

Check it out!

37' Irwin 37 Mk V

  • Year: 1980
  • Current Price: US$ 64,900
  • Located in En Route to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Single diesel
  • YW# 75533-2522481

This Irwin 37 Mk V Center Cockpit Cruiser has already successfully circumnavigated with a couple and their two children aboard.
Over the last ten years virtually everything has been replaced and upgraded on board this world cruiser. The boat shows well for her age. The current owners have spent the last two years cruising California and Mexico and are now ready to settle down in Mexico.
Ready to continue cruising today, this boat represents a great opportunity to own an attractively priced, proven cruiser.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Great Cruising Sailboat For Sale Lying Mazatlan

S/V Endeavour

1980 Bruce Roberts 40

Lying Mazatlan



I can personally recommend this great cruising boat, perfectly equipped and situated for this season's cruise along the Pacific coast of Mexico, or to do the "jump"!

For all the details, go to

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tropical Storm Carlotta

Tropical Storm Carlotta : 5 Day Forecast Map | Weather Underground

 As I write this, Carlotta is still a tropical storm, moving about 10 miles an hour NNW, with wind speeds up to 65 miles per hour. If you read the discussion part of the link, she is expected to become a Cat 1 Hurricane tomorrow morning, and we in Huatulco will get heavy rain and wind for most of tomorrow, with the peak of the storm passing us late tomorrow afternoon and evening.

As news of Carlotta spread today, the marine community put emergency measures into action. Local authorities have a hurricane readiness program that involves all municipal, state and federal authorities. The ramps in Santa Cruz and Marina Chahue were busy with pangas being hauled, NO RAMP FEE, and some of the big catamarans have moved to Chahue for the duration of the storm.Wonder why they are moving their boats??? Buoyweather is predicting over 4 meter waves tomorrow, that's right, over 12 foot waves!

Lancheras hauled their pangas to the lot in front of the Municipal Building in Chahue, behind Guelegetza Park. There are far more lanchas than remolques (trailers), so the pangas are blocked up on old tires and fuel tanks and some of them tied to the huge huanacastle tree next to the parking lot.

Update tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

KOMARA: Maple Leaf 45 For Sale

This is KOMARA, a gorgeous, fully and extensively refitted Maple Leaf 45 FOR SALE. She is in the Rio Dulce, ready for Caribbean cruising or the next ARC rally to Europe.

I know the owners and the boat from Vancouver days, and really got to know the boat well when they were here in Marina Chahue before they transited the Panama Canal in 2008. The boat has been very well kept and this is a RARE and great opportunity for anyone who wants a great ocean cruising sailboat.

Contact: Julie or Larry Koop

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Monday, February 13, 2012


I love fish, and I love fishing. One of the wonderful aspects of life in Huatulco is the abundance and variety of fresh fish available. I am particularly lucky because I have great friends who love to fish, are great fishers (the new PC term for fishermen and women);they are great friends who take me fishing, and when they have had their fill, give me fish.
I also have a new hobby. I smoke fish, here in Huatulco, mostly billfish. This past season I have smoked blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish and Dorado. The most popular by far has been the striped marlin, with the sailfish coming last in popularity. That I have a smoker in my courtyard is yet another of those miracles of circumstance that occur while living in Huatulco. I literally put my request into the Universe, and poco a poco, an unused Little Chief smoker was unearthed.
Experiments with a variety of marinades has resulted in one clear winner – equal amounts of soya sauce and brown sugar, add enough water to cover, a bit of Chinese five spice, a handful of peppercorns, and a few star anise. Marinate for 24 hours, smoke with Jack Daniels flavoured chips for about 8 hours. We have been serving it with cream cheese and crackers for a handy hors d’oeuvre. I have also chopped it into mashed potato, added some finely chopped onion and fresh parsley, shaped into patties and fried to a golden brown, marlin hash patties, a wonderful supper with a poached egg on top. But the hands down favourite has been a quirky recipe I found on the smoked fish forums, a quirky place for quirky smokers. Here is the recipe for
Smoked Fish Dip (aka sailfish “crack” – so good you’ll get addicted!)
  • 6-8 ounces smoked fish, skin removed, meat chopped in coarsely (so as not to burn out the motor on your food processor!)
  • 1/2  block (4 oz)cream cheese (most Mexican cream cheese comes in 190 grams (6.5 oz)packages vs the northern size - 225 grams (8 oz))
  • 2 jalapenos  (I often use rajas)
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/4 cup light mayo (or less, depending on how wet your mixture is and how well it is blending)
  • salt, pepper to taste
Puree ingredients in a food processor until well blended. I like to make mine almost whipped so as to easily spread on crackers.

Smoked or fresh, there is little of any fish that is not used by local cooks. Even the prize billfish that are caught during fishing tournaments are donated to local kitchens, or in some coastal cities, auctioned for charity to high end restaurants. But it is the fish market that is of most interest to most people who live here for any length of time, and the fish palapas on Huatulco’s beautiful beaches. What to buy? What to order?
This month I have included a guide to Mexico’s most popular eating fish. There are others that are eaten, others divers get to enjoy, and some that get away! But these are the ones most often found in the market and on the menu.
To buy fish in the market, apply the old adage of appearance and smell. If the eyes are clear, flesh firm, and there is no “fishy smell” then buy it. I like mahi mahi best of all, and usually treat it like halibut or sablefish- marinated or simply seasoned, then grilled. Make an Argentine style chimichurri and drizzle it over to take the fish to a completely different level. Combine some salsa with cream and spoon over the fish – delicious. A chipotle mayonnaise makes a great dip, or baking sauce. (Try it at Ay Caray! on the beach at Maguey). A whole Sierra or Red Snapper split and grilled with lime and butter and garlic, zarandeado style, is one of the coolest ways to entertain your friends.
But the quintessential test of fresh fish is ceviche. As many ocean states as there are in Mexico, there are styles of ceviche. Almost all of them share the same basic list of ingredients –raw fish “cooked” in lime juice, salt, onion, cilantro, tomato, and chile.  Jalisco style ceviche is usually very finely chopped, and includes the usual cast of characters, but often with the addition of grated carrot. The Oaxaca/Guerrero style is “tiritas” with the fish cut into long strips, marinated, and then dressed with a healthy amount of chile, onion and cilantro. My favourite ceviche is a cross between recipes from Rick Bayless and my good friend Guadalupe Dipp, owner of the eco-resort Los Arroyos Verdes in Puerto Vallarta. 

My Ceviche
About 1 kg of fresh white fish – sierra or mahi mahi - cut into ½ inch dice.
Lime juice to cover.
At this point, mix it around a bit, and put into the fridge to marinate for a few hours. When the fish becomes “cooked”, no longer raw-looking, strain and add the other ingredients which you have prepped.
About a kilo of tomatoes (around 5), chopped about the same size.
A small red onion, chopped or sliced (I tend to slice it thinly – easy to pick out if you don’t like it)
A chopped bunch of cilantro.
One or two jalapenos, stemmed, seeded and chopped.
Juice of one orange.
Salt to taste, about ½  to 1 tsp.
Optional ingredients: chopped avocado, sliced manzanillo olives.
Serve with tostadas or saladitas.
All of these ingredients can be adjusted to your personal taste.

Buen provecho! Eat more fish.

Smoked Fish Dip courtesy of 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UPDATED! Tropical Storm Heading to Huatulco


Click on link below and hover your cursor over the yellow circle on the map.

We have been watching Jova and Irwin progress toward the coast of Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit.

There is a disturbance in the Tehuantepec that has been brewing for a few days - it is currently south of Salina Cruz, and is "disorganized" so the possibility of it becoming a "tropical cyclone" has been downgraded in the last few days from 80% to 40% this morning. The forecasters say we will definitely get heavy rains from this system, but keep checking for changes.

Batten down the hatches