Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer Wind SOLD

January 24, 2011 handing over the keys to Kevan Draper, the new owner of Summer Wind.  Thanks to Mazatlan Marine Center (Ray and Jeannette) and Pacific Maritime Title for a very quick and easy sales transaction.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Under Sales Contract

We have accepted an offer to buy our Hunter 42 from a nice gentleman from New Zealand.  He plans to sail the Sea of Cortez and Mexican west coast for the next year, before he takes the boat on the long crossing of the Pacific.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Now listed with Mazatlan Yachts

If you are interested in our Hunter 42, Summer Wind, please contact Ray Watson or Jeannette Sarrasin at Mazatlan Yacht Brokers

The boat is still in San Carlos for a few more weeks, but will be sailing across to the Baja, down to La Paz and then across to Mazatlan by Christmas.

Listing Price is US$135,000 with NEW SAILS!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Getting Ready for Season #6

Summer Wind was pulled out of the water at Marina Real in San Carlos last May and put into dry storage for the summer.  We are driving back to Mexico this week with parts to do some routine maintenance and remove the old sails.  We have purchased new NS sails (main and Genoa) plus Lazy Jacks to install next month when we put Summer Wind back in the water.

We brought home all of the exterior teak pieces (cockpit table, bow seat, side step and outboard motor board) which were refinished and look like new again.  We also sent the remote microphone from the Uniden VHF back to the factory under warranty for updates.  New dock lines, new dinghy davit lines, a BBQ gas valve, oil and fuel filters are some of the items we are taking down to the boat this week.

Please contact us if you are going to be in our area, we would love to show you our boat that is still FOR SALE by owner.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Summer Wind update

We are living on the boat this winter season. We sailed down the coast to La Cruz, near Puerto Vallarta, back north to Mazatlan and across the Sea of Cortez to La Paz on the Baja. The weather is mid 80's, plenty of sunshine and good sailing winds. Plan to be at Loreto Fest and back in San Carlos around May 8, 2010. Please come see our boat.

Friday, November 13, 2009

For Sale -- 42' Hunter Passage "Summer Wind"

Summer Wind at Marina Real, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico

- Year: 1993
- Located in San Carlos, Mexico (or Sea of Cortez)
- USCG documented vessel
- Boat is offered for sale by owners, no broker fees.
- No sales tax on boats purchased in Mexico.
- Easy to obtain 10 year permit to remain in Mexico

Price: $143,000 (USD)

Larry & Diana Clark
Phone: 928-380-5502 (works in USA or Mexico)

Summer Wind, stern tied, at Las Hadas Marina

Whether your planning to gunkhole for a few weeks at a time, or move aboard for full time cruising, the Hunter 42 is designed to provide the comfort and livability you desire in a manageable and affordable package. Summer Wind is a center-cockpit yacht that is very well equipped and easy to sail and maintain.

Already located on the west coast of Mexico, no need to bring her down the outside from California. Join the other hundreds of full-time and part-time cruisers here in the Sea of Cortez and along the Pacific coast from San Carlos to Acapulco. Modern marinas with full services, low cost of living, and beautiful anchorages where you can spend the winter on the hook.

Two of our "buddy boats" at anchor in Agua Verde.

Yacht purchase and ownership in Mexico is very easy. Summer Wind is a USCG documented boat, no liens, and can be transfered to new owners with a simple sales contract and bill-of-sale. Some of the "gringo" cruisers in Mexico are also certified marine surveyors that are very familiar with cruising sailboats, and can check out this Hunter 42 and give you a full report.

Once you have a new USCG certificate issued in your name, you can apply for a 10 year permit from the Mexican Aduana that will allow you to keep the boat in Mexico without paying any import taxes or fees. The Achilles inflatable dinghy is registered in Arizona and transfer of ownership is a simple as filling out the reverse side of the state registration form.

Another crowded day at the beach.

The boat's specifications are listed below, but you really must come see this meticulously maintained boat. Summer Wind is currently in San Carlos, Mexico (5 hour drive south of Tucson) but our plans are to spend most of the winter in the Puerto Vallarta area, so come on down and see her for yourself!

Marina Real in San Carlos

Cruising in Mexico - FAQ

We have used Summer Wind as our winter home since 2005. We had many questions before we purchased the boat and became part-time cruisers. Here we will try to answer some of the questions that you might have. But please email us or call if you think of something that we did not cover.
  • What does it cost to keep a boat in Mexico? Once you have your 10 year permit, there are no port fees or taxes required. Most marinas require proof of liability insurance. Marina slip fees vary from US$ 10.00 per foot/per month, to as high as US$ 22.00 per foot/per month for the most delux services. We had Summer Wind pulled out of the water each spring and put into dry storage for the summer, at a cost of US$ 4.00 per foot/ per month.

  • What about getting work done on the boat? Most cruisers plan ahead and bring parts down from the US when possible. There are many well stocked marine stores in the major ports, but the prices will be higher than West Marine. If you have had to pay work yard fees in California, you will be pleasently surprised at the lower labor rates in Mexico and the well qualified mechanics.

  • How can I get local assistance? In almost every port there is a VHF radio morning net where the cruisers exchange information. There are also several HF radio nets where you can check-in and keep up with friends and get the latest weather information. The cruising community is a tight knit group that takes care of eachother and loves to socialize with dock parties and major events at Thanksgiving and other holidays.

  • What about provisions (food, water, supplies, etc.)? Most of the major cities now have Wal-Mart, Costo, Sam's Club, Home Depot and other "gringo" style stores where you can buy supplies in bulk. There are several large grocery stores chains all across Mexico, but you will find the best fresh vegetables from local vendors selling right off the back of their trucks. For the most part water in the marinas is potable, but some cruisers use filters before filling their tanks with dock water. We always purchase the large 5 gallon purified bottles of water for US$1.50 to use for drinking, cooking and coffee.

  • Is safety and security an issue? The marinas all have 24 hour security and most have locked dock gates. With many of the boats in the marina being lived on, the issue of unauthorized people around the boat is not a problem. When anchored out near the small fishing villages, loss of a dinghy and/or motor can be a problem. So the cruisers use the motto; "lift it or loose it" and raise the dinghy slightly out of the water on the davits or halyard. We have sometimes used a portable motion detector alarm on deck at night.
  • What about entertainment aboard? Summer Wind has two TV sets, each with a DVD player, so we bring movies and TV shows down with us from the US each year. The cruiser community loves to trade books and videos. The boat has an almost new Dual stereo unit with iPod and XM radio inputs. XM works good, with the larger house size antenna, all the way down the coast. Some of the marinas have cable TV hookup at each slip. Wireless Internet is available everywhere in Mexico, except in some very small villages.



- LOA: 42' 6”
- LWL: 38’
- Beam: 14’
- Displacement: 24,000 lbs.
- Ballast: 7,600 lbs. wing keel
- Draft: 4' 10”
- Mast height: 60’ 3”
- Hull Material: Fiberglass


- Yanmar 4JH2-TE Turbo, 62 hp
- Hours: 1350 since new
- Fuel Type: Diesel
- KBW-20 Transmission
- 3 blade Max prop
- Cruising Speed: 6 knots
- Max Speed: 8 knots


- Fuel: 100 Gals (standard 70 plus 30 in separate interconnected tank)
- Water: 150 Gals (Aqua Marine water maker, 26 gallons an hour.)
- Holding: 30 Gals (new stainless tank)

Walk Through

The elegant salon has ample seating on both the port and starboard sides with storage areas under the seats. A center-line seat opens to provide a large storage area. The well-appointed galley has a large two-sided sink, 3-burner propane stove/oven, microwave, and ample Corian counter space. The refrigerator has both top and front opening doors. The large freezer compartment has it's own top access door.

The master stateroom has a centerline queen size bed with a settee and lighted vanity to the port. Large clothing lockers provide hang-up storage and shelves. The ensuite head has a tub/shower combination and an electric toilet. A new flat screen HDTV with DVD is mounted on a swivel plate to starboard. Large hatch above the bed and seven opening ports provide excellent ventilation and natural light.

The forward stateroom has a large V-berth with a private door leading to the adjacent full head with shower. The forward cabin also has a small vanity with mirror.

The 6'6" headroom and spacious layout adds a degree of comfort for long trips or living aboard. This Hunter model boasts a very large forward windshield that provides a very open feeling when below decks.

Numerous floor panels, removable sections and doors provide easy access to boat systems and storage areas.


Master Stateroom:
- Located Aft
- Centerline queen-size berth.
- Settee and vanity
- Large aft in-suite head with shower / tub and electric flush toilet.
- LCD HDTV with DVD player in aft cabin.
- Hanging Lockers

Guest Stateroom:
- Forward guest stateroom with island berth
- Private door from stateroom to forward electric flush toilet and shower
- Salon table and settee convert to additional guest berth

Sleeps 6 (4 berths plus 2 in salon)


- Located Midship
- Dinette seats 6-8
- Salon table and settee convert to guest berth.
- Built in TV with DVD (115 VAC and 12VDC)
- AM/FM/CD stereo with iPod input, 10 speakers
- Port nav station with map light and chart storage.
- Two large front windows, lots of light!


- Located Starboard
- Two-bowl stainless steel sink
- Hot & cold fresh water system
- Manual salt water foot pump
- Dual 12 volt refrigeration compressors. (Refrigerator and Separate Large Freezer)
- Force 10 three-burner propane stove & oven
- Aft propane locker with two tanks.
- Microwave Oven
- Spice racks
- Magma BBQ grill on port rail with propane tank.
- Propane leak detector sensor
- Electric or engine coolant hot water heater.
- 6 gal. Water Heater
- Aquamarine watermaker, 26 gallons per hour
- Dishes, glasses, utensils and cookware included

Electrical System

The electrical system on Summer Wind is designed for extended time away from dock power.

The two large capacity AGM "house batteries" can provide the typical amp/hour requirements while at anchor including microwave oven, television, stereo and lights.

Aft side of engine compartment with generator starter battery (top left),
Link charger/inverter (top right) and #2 AGM house battery below.

The electrical package consists of the following:

- 2 each GPL-8D Lifeline Marine AGM house batteries, 255 amp/hr each.
- 1 8G24 battery for generator starting (with emergency manual tie switch)
- 6KW Northern Lights - Luggar diesel genset with sound cabinet – 470 hours since new .
- Freedom 20 with Link 2000R inverter / charger
- 2 shore power cords with adapter plugs. A & B bus AC power receptables under stbd. boarding step.
- Engine driven 140 amp alternator, plus spare 80 amp alternator and regulator

Generator Control Panel at Nav Station

When we are out at anchor, we operate the genset once or twice a day to charge batteries and make hot water for showers and doing dishes. Of course there is plenty of electrical power and hot water when motoring in calm conditions.

Electronics & Navigation

- Uniden VHF – at helm with wireless remote speaker / microphone
- Raytheon differential GPS
- Dual Raytheon RL-70 chart plotters with C-Map cards (nav station and helm)
- Raytheon 24 mile radar
- Raytheon Depth Meter
- Raytheon ST7000 Autopilot (new computer and actuator)
- Raytheon Wind Speed-Direction
- Interphase Twin Scope scanning sonar
- Backstay HF SSB antenna
- Pactor I HF modem
- EPIRB with GPS
- AM/FM/CD stereo with iPod input, 10 speakers

Deck & Hull Equipment

Cockpit Table (folds and stows on front side of binicle)

Major Features and Equipment

- Recent new bottom paint and replacement of cutlass bearing and PYI dripless shaft seal
- New VHF radio with wireless remote speaker / microphone
- New bimini and cockpit enclosure
- 6 Lewmar self tailing wenches with covers
- 45 lb CQR on bow roller with 300 feet chain rode

- 20 kg. Bruce on bow roller with 300 feet of chain and nylon rode
- Maxwell 800 electric windlass inside bow anchor locker

- Fluke stern anchor with chain and rope rode in stern locker
- Hard dodger, bimini top with full side and aft curtains
- 4 dock fenders with stainless storage racks
- New Lifering and Lifesling
- MOB pole
- Tri-Lens radar reflector
- Mast steps
- Aft swim ladder
- Aft exterior fresh water shower (hot and cold water)
- Dinghy davits, outboard engine lift and rail motor storage board
- Bottomsiders cockpit cushions
- Side boarding ladder (new never used)
- Three piece, complete canvas boat cover

Additional Equipment

- 2006 Achilles hypalon 9ft. dinghy
- new 9.8 hp Nissan 4 stroke outboard
- Ocean Marine davits
- Dinghy has beach wheels, anchor, boarding ladder and running lights
- ARDIC diesel heater system
- Fireboy engine fire extinigusher system
- Aqua Marine watermaker, 26 gallons per hour
- High pressure wash down pump
- LED anchor light
- Smoke detector
- Brass ships bell, clock and barometer
- Emergency equipment, flares, bosun’s chair, etc.
- 6 adult and 2 children life vests
- Manuals and paperwork for almost every system on the boat.
- Spare parts, filters, belts, pumps, etc.
- Mexico Cruising Guides and Charts
- Dock lines, shore power cords, water hose, etc.
- Cooking utensils, dishes, glasses, dock cart, etc.

Sails & Rigging

Summer Wind is a very easy boat to sail with just two of us aboard. We have seen one owner, single-hand his Hunter 42 without any problems.

The main sail is full batten and has two reefing points. The 135% Genoa head sail has Sunbrella UV cloth along the leech and is installed on a roller furling. Both sails were removed from the boat, taken to a sail loft and re-stitched in 2002.

The Hunter 42 was available with a factory optional inner stay to make a cutter rig. A previous owner added this factory kit. The cable is stowed on the front of the mast and has it's own cable tension lever. The storm sail for this rig has never been out of the bag.

6 sheet latches on stbd. side inside cockpit

- Aluminum Spar, internal halyards, 2 reefing points
- Mainsail & Roller Furling Jib, total sail area 1004 sq ft.
- Dutchman main sail flaking system
- Inner stay cutter rig option installed with new storm sail
- Anchor sail
- Lines run to cockpit with 12 sheet stoppers

Comments & Other Information

For the past four summers we have taken Summer Wind out of the water and put her into dry storage for about 6 months. This gives us a chance to inspect the bottom and do any re-paint or repairs that we find needed.

When we pull her out of the water we remove all loose equipment and stow everything inside. We wash the boat exterior with Salt-Away and flush the engine and generator with a Salt-Away mixture. The watermaker is "pickled" and flushed per the manufacturer's instructions.

It takes us three or four days to prepare the boat for summer storage each year.

- Recent Interlux bottom paint
- Replacement of cutlass bearing and shaft alignment
- New PYI PSS dripless shaft seal installed
- All zinc anodes replaced
- New VHF radio with wireless remote speaker / microphone
- New VHF antenna on top of mast
- New hailer speaker on mast
- New Raymarine autopilot computer and linear actuator
- New stainless holding tank


Summer Wind at Anchor in Partida Cove

Kayak, ham radio equipment, 2 VHF hand-held radios, 3 laptop computers, printer, cell phones, 2 XM radios, 2 handheld GPS, clothing, cameras, photos, tools and all personal items are excluded from the sale of this vessel.


Larry & Diana Clark
Phone: 928-380-5502