So maybe some of you have asked the question (or not) where have you all been staying since your boat is in the boat yard? If you are a fellow cruiser…you will know that staying on your boat in the boat yard is totally possible and doable, however it is dusty, water and electricity can be issues, and it can be hot as hell!
We have been fortunate enough to be staying at Billy’s house for the duration of our yard experience. We met him like this:
Trevor and I at the Marina office some time in October speaking with the guy at the desk: “Do you know of any place we could stay locally that is cheaper than the hotels near by?”
- Billy, who is standing at the marina desk waiting to be helped: “You guys need a place to stay?”
us: “Well yes, we would like to find a place to stay while we do some work on the boat for about a 2 weeks…”
- Billy: “You guys just come and stay at my neighbors casita (smallhouse)…”
us: “Seriously? how much would you want?”
- Billy: “oh I don’t care….really cheap, just a fair price…just come and meet me this afternoon and I can take you up there and show you around. There is a small pool, a/c, no kitchen but you can use mine, and you can do laundry at my house.”
us: “Ummmm…that would be great….Do you want to know our names or anything about us?”
- Billy: “no you guys seem to be nice people”
AND that is the beginning of a great friendship!
We ended up staying in Billy’s house rather than at his neighbors casita due to the a/c being broken. We have been living with Billy for almost a month now as our boat work expanded as well as our time line. He has been such an incredible gift to us, we can’t even articulate how amazing he and his generosity has been for us. I will try to give this experience justice:
Billy’s family often come to visit Mexico. They are actually local hero’s here in the area! Billy, his son, and brothers were actually the ones to call for help to save this sperm whale and her calf back in 2011. These videos are testament to the rescue (one with an interview with Billy’s son, the other is an educational video but shows a photo of Billy and the crew who called out help to save the whales, the other is a article mentioning the Hillikers assist).
Since we have been here so long…..we have met many of Bill’s friends and neighbors (no photos yet…but will post when I get them on film):
Tim – Bill has a 30 ft. sail boat on a mooring in the bay of San Carlos. His friend Tim was visiting from Texas and decided to become partners with Bill on the sail boat. Tim had little sail boat experience so Trevor took them out for a few sails and rigged up the spinnaker and helped install a roller furling jib.
Jerry – Trevor went up Jerry’s mast to help him get off some material that had wrapped around Jerry’s Freedom 38′ rigging. Jerry stops by occasionally and we share a few beers, even when Bill is out of town.
Jim – Jim came over to Bill’s house with Jerry one night. Jim too has a sailboat in the boat yard getting some engine work done. Jim has been around the Sea of Cortez a long time and come to find out there is a scorpion named after him…what a treat to know a celebrity! Here is a link to a description of this type of scorpion: http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/262120-Hadrurus-pinteri
Leonora (will post photo later)- Leonora (aka Leo) helps Billy around the house with cleaning and cooking. Leonora lives in Guaymas, 17 miles away, and they live in standards much less than you and I can imagine. Billy has really taken care of her and her family not only by financial means but by opening his home to them for hot showers, food, vehicles, furniture, etc. Leo has assisted me when I needed to go to the doctor here. She even gave me my first antibiotic shot in the bum (will explain in a later post)!!!!
Bently (Billy’s dog) – Yes we have our puppy fix!!!! Bently is a sweet 2 year old terrier. Billy is a busy guy and we have dog sat while we stayed at his home for him. Bently will sleep with us even when Bill is home now 🙂
BILLY—- THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US!