We are now moored at the end of B Dock in Marina Coral, Ensenada (31d51.80N, 116d39.66W, 12 ft). They were serving a big Sunday buffet brunch at the Hotel Coral so instead of fueling the boat we fueled ourselves! The marina was kind enough to give us a 10% discount card for the hotel restaurant, spa etc. normally only given to long term tenants. The Marina/Hotel complex is very nice ( www.hotelcoral.com ) and the weather is forecast to be cold and rainy in Southern California so we signed up for a week.
Our friends Jan and Ramona who we meet in the South Pacific are now based here aboard their 30 footer 'Jatimo'. They greeted us, gave us a tour and we joined them for the buffet. This area also grows grapes and is said to be what Napa Valley was like so some wine touring may take take place over the next couple days.
On the way into the bay at dawn this morning we passed a yacht we haven't seen since Indonesia ('Dutch Touch' Sundeer 60). They have also circumnavigated and are also just coming up from Panama. Unfortunately the captain was injured off Cabo San Lucas and had to fly home leaving a delivery crew to sail to their home port near Los Angeles. They had no autopilot, ran completely out of fuel and were sailing into the bay where they planned to anchor and jug some fuel out to the boat.
We plan to top off fuel here tomorrow at high tide (there is apparently a shoal at the fuel dock) and the savings for fueling here vs. San Diego will pay our berthage for a few days.
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