Scream arrived in Ensenada early Saturday morning. We got our departure papers done in downtown San Diego on Wednesday, but had them dated for Friday which allowed us to leave as late as Sunday. We didn't get all of our supplies on Wednesday, so we waited over the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday we were told our supplies would "probably" arrive Tuesday, and decided to wait no longer.
Before leaving San Diego we bought 100 gallons of diesel at $3.18/gallon after a volume and cash discount.
We traveled overnight to Ensenada as the days are short and we always want to arrive in daylight. We got out of San Diego harbour at dusk and sailed for a few hours. Unfortunately the winds were never strong and when they dropped to five knots apparent we started to motor. We didn't have far to go, so we ran the motor at low rpms overnight. The swell was less than a meter but it was confused so the boat's motion was annoying.
Ensenada is a city with a large tourist industry. There is an entire "main street" two blocks from the harbour where the businesses are exclusively for the tourists. The real main commercial street is another four blocks inland. There the prices are much lower but everything is strange and few people speak English. But even in the tourist areas everything is cheap (beer is $2-3 in the fancier bars.
Darusha and I have managed to stumble around speaking very little Spanish. Truthfully, the only transactions that we can complete in Spanish are the very simplest ones that we could do without speaking at all. Stil, we had feared worse so we are pleased.
We docked at Baha Naval (VHF 77, they speak fluent english). The people here are great and the on shore facilities are first class (including free calls to Canada, great WiFi, free showers, and free help with our papers for customs) so I am a little reluctant to give them a mixed review. Unfortunately there is "surge" at the dock which makes the boats dance around in even the calmest winds. The first night we were here we sawed through our spring lines, so if you do come you need good chafe guards. The cost is US$30/night, including power and water. Baja Naval also has a boatyard. It is the cleanest and most organized yard I have ever seen (more so than Philbrooks or Canoe Cove, for example).
We're leaving today for the wild Baha coast. It may be a few weeks before we get good internet, so check our "tracking" link for updates.