Year 6 of Cruising!

As the Mahi crew makes plans to rejoin our boat in Guatemala, it is hard to believe Joe, Ethan, and I are now into our sixth year of cruising!  Time has certainly flew by since moving aboard in 2015.

Mahi arrival to Rio Dulce at Tijax

Where is SV Mahi?  Mahi is in the Rio Dulce area of Guatemala, specifically at Tijax Ecotourist Marina in Livingston, Izabal.  We highly recommend Tijax, the staff there is second to none!  We are looking forward to seeing our friends at the marina, also check out how the boat has done during our pandemic absence.

What a year 2020 has been!  We were initially delayed flying back to Guatemala in January, when Captain Joe had another retinal bleed.  First time this happened was on New Years Eve, 2015, with his other eye.  His retina specialist advised us to stay in California so Joe could be followed in case he needed surgery.  So we rebooked our trip back for March, 2020.  Well, we all know how that turned out.

Our CA home. Notice our smaller sailboat in driveway?

While home, we have stayed busy.  I started a mask making group, and personally sew masks for my local hospital, doctors, medical staff, friends, neighbors and family.  Joe built a treehouse and zipline for Ethan, plus stayed busy teaching Ethan 5 days a week.

Ethan in his Star Wars mask

Despite staying home and being socially distant, I made a trip to our local superstore in mid June, noticing that I was one of the few customers wearing a mask. You can guess that despite being so careful, I came down with Covid-19 the last week of June. It was 8 weeks before I left the house again.

Now, 4 month later, I still do not have a sense of smell, my sense of taste is messed up, and I’m still being treated for some painful neurological symptoms. I still wheeze. The doctors do not know if time will help or if this is now my new normal.

This was the sickest I have ever been. What is weird about Covid-19 is how it affected my lungs, but also other systems in my body. Some symptoms were there all the time, and some changed frequently. It was very strange. The only symptom I did not have was a high fever. So now I am a long term CoVid cruiser; one would rather recuperate on our boat, live at anchor, and allow the white sands and turquoise waters heal my body and soul. My stamina is a work in progress.

So what are our future plans for Cruising? Once we get back to Mahi, we have to get her whipped back in shape, put the sails on, take care of needed maintenance, then get a survey for insurance, haul out and do the bottom. My favorite thing is getting a custom dinghy lift/solar arch made and installed.

Then we will leave Rio Dulce and head to Mexico, then back to the Florida Keys, and over to Bahamas. From the Bahamas, we may head to Panama or to the Honduran Bay Islands, then back to Rio Dulce. We will see. All depends on what countries are open and what Covid restrictions they have.

Beautiful Rio Dulce!

Hope you will follow along here on the blog, also on Instagram (Sailing_mahi) and Facebook (SV Mahi) Regards from Joe, Carla and Ethan, SV Mahi

  6 comments for “Year 6 of Cruising!

  1. Margo Clabo
    October 31, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Oh my! So sorry about the Covid and retina Issues, but I luv that you are finally able to get back to the boat! Looking forward to reading about your adventures! Hugs…


    • October 31, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks, Margo!! Been so excited to get back, even with all the various restrictions. Just made us about 20 masks each, so will not run out. Want to walk on the beaches and do my zen beachcombing. Lol


  2. farmquilter
    October 31, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    I am so sorry you got CoVid and that Joe has had eye problems! Neither are good!!! I hope you both can get back to normal on Mahi. Her berth looks like it would be a safe one from the hurricanes that plagued the region this year. I’m looking forward to following your adventures this year.


    • October 31, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      So good to be back to my happy place again! So sorry that all those hurricanes happened. Crazy year!


  3. philipthompson422440647
    November 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Wow, hard to believe it is 6 years already. Fantastic!! Glad you are having such a great time. Philip Philip Thompson JUST MARINE 714 329 1995 Boating Rescue Products: Harbor 20 Supply, Sales and Service: Hike Pro – “Dynamic” Hiking Bench: Yacht Broker


    • November 2, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Philip! Good to hear from you. At the start of season 6 now, time has flow by.

      If anyone needs a boat broker in CA, we highly recommend Philip! He helped us to purchase Mahi back in 2015.


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