It is said that God takes care of drunks and fools. In spite of the fact that we are not drunks (mostly) nor are we fools (mostly), it seems we may have fallen under the same grace.
No, the wandering dinghy has not yet been found however, we are going to be OK.
Good friends of ours here in La Paz have provided us the unlimited use of their 10’2” hard bottomed Avon RIB. It’s an oldie but a goodie that has sat covered and unused on the foredeck of their boat for +/- 10 years. With that in mind, and realizing that nothing in their plans was likely to lead to ever using the dinghy again, they have offered it for our use. Of course, we are extremely grateful for their generosity and, after some initial reluctance driven mostly by disbelief, we have accepted their kind offer.
After so many years of storage she benefited from a bit of love but is now ready for service. Fortunately the outboard motor lost with our wandering dinghy was the small and relatively inexpensive one leaving us still in possession of our 15HP Yamaha. A motor very appropriate for this “new” dinghy.
Thusly armed, we are well equipped to resume our cruising, on schedule and with many thanks to our benefactors. While this may not be the last chapter in “The Case Of The Wandering Dinghy” it is certainly the next chapter.
Next weekend we will begin buddy boating with friends from our former life in San Francisco Bay who have rented a catamaran from here in La Paz. When we have to part company with them at the end of their week of charter, we will continue north and resume our normal cruising patterns.