Trailered our boat to Mexico

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by Arizona Mike, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

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    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    We Trailered our 270 Sun Dancer to San Carlos Mexico on the Sea of Cortez the second week of May. San Carlos is about 320 miles south of Tucson. Yes Tucson is that close to the Ocean! I have been there before and unforturnatley this was not the best trip. The road, Mexico Rt 15 was under a MAJOR rebuild project and was one lane in each direction. Pulling a 8750 lb boat was not fun. Once there the weather stunk it was in the low 70's and windy like it is in March. The water was 74 degrees. Normally May is in upper 80's to low 90's and flat calm. Dang that global warming thing...

    We did manage to get out and have some fun in spite of the weather. I posted a video on you tube a link is below.

    I had some editing issues I'm not the best movie maker but you can get a idea for what the scenery is like down there.

    The Sea is beautiful and the people are great. I will go back again but not till the road is done...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwHcmLDjJA8

    TML
     
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  2. majoma

    majoma Member

    255
    Oct 10, 2008
    San Francisco
    2000 340, V drive
    Twin 7.4
    Great video. Thanks for sharing your experience.
     
  3. Seahorse

    Seahorse Member

    33
    Jul 30, 2017
    Surrey, BC, Canada
    2002 Sea Ray 260 Sundancer, EZLoader trailer, 2015 Ford F350 Super Duty, tender Zodiac Zoom.
    5.0 Mercruiser, w/Bravo III Drive
    Great video thank you.
     
  4. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    WOW looked like a great trip and more than I would ever do.

    Did you look into boat rental before deciding to take your own?
     
  5. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    I guess you thought it was safe enough to drive down there? Not sure I'd want to do that! Nice vid.
     
  6. Arizona Mike

    Arizona Mike Member

    42
    Oct 19, 2015
    Tucson Arizona
    1994 270 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 7.4
    I have been trailering boats to San Carlos since the 1970's. Never once have I felt scared or intimidated. Years ago the road was treacherous but has been greatly improved and widened to 4 lanes. It is currently being re-built and is very narrow in some parts. The Mexican people are wonderful very helpful and friendly. The Mexican Dept. of Tourism even maintains a fleet of Vehicles know as the "Green Angels" Their trucks are green and have two mechanics on board to assist in case of a break down. All for no charge!! Find that here in the states. We are looking forward go going back but will wait until the road work is complete. That video barely shows the beauty of the Sea Of Cortez. Within 30 miles of Marina San Carlos are dozens of anchorages in crystal clear water with breathtaking scenery. It is a unique place where the Desert literally meets the Sea.

    My job takes me to the US Mexico Boarder to work on the fence construction - yes fence is being built and up graded. I feel much less safe when there - there are heavily armed guards to protect us - and the Cartels are active. The dope smugglers are bad but the people smugglers are the absolute scum of the earth. Funny how once away from the Boarder Mexico is a great place, I spent 2 years on a boat on the Baja in the early 90's and would go back in a heartbeat. It's Chicago I'll avoid...
    T Michael
    Tucson, AZ
     
  7. Escape22

    Escape22 Member

    181
    May 22, 2017
    Milwaukee WI
    1986 210 SXL
    5.7 260 Merc
    that's cool. My dad in 1970 drove us from Milwaukee WI to Acapulco Mexico and back and in 2 weeks! Yes, 6000 mi round trip.
    We had a new Pontiac station wagon and were told to never drive at night, only because of road hazards, not gangs. If I vaguely remember our temp. auto insurance was thru Dan Sanborn (?) at the border.

    Well, of course he probably would have a Honda Generator on his boat if he was still around o_O and we drove at night. As we left Mexico City to Acapulco in the dark the rain fell hard, and we followed a medium size stake bed truck, so if he hit a boulder that rolled off the cliffs we could see his brake lights.

    Yep, you got it...we ran over a nice Mexico rock and saw that the truck height cleared the rock as the tail lights faded off into the darkness. The rock dented the transmission pan and that was that. Grinding city.

    Out of the darkness comes this accountant guy driving south to his family for the weekend, as he worked in Mex. City during the weekdays. HE SPOKE ENGLISH. and saved our A$$es.

    Knew some townfolk close by and they came out, jacked up the car, pulled the pan, took it up in this guys mountain home, fired up his Forge Fire Pit and the big Anvil Bellow, pounded it out and we were good to go.

    We also ran out of gas before that, and the cops came out with there Jeep and towed us into the town just down the hill about 2 miles or less. As we started down the hill with the tow chain on our front bumper, yep the back and forth slack and snap busted the chain, and as we broke away, the Pontiac glided PAST THE POLICIA, them guys shaking there heads and we rolled right into the small town with a gas station right there.

    TRUE STORIES - I'm not a B/s'r...

    I will never forget that journey, every time company would come over, dad would bring out the slides and we heard the story for 100 times...maybe 75.

    The Mexican people were the greatest ever who helped us and thru out the trip. Time for a Miller Lite !!!!
     

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