Opequimar boatyard seems like a really safe choice for hurricane season. The yard was in great condition and the teams were knowledgeable. It was a bit pricier than we’d typically prefer, but it’s our first hurricane season in Mexico, and we wanted Ayala to be totally squared away without having to sail all the way to the tip of Baja to avoid trouble. It’s always a gamble, but we just wanted the best odds we could manage. The yard was happy to talk to us about hurricane prep, but did not even recommend we take off our sails – it’s apparently just so rare. Last-minute, we decided to hire Arturo Ramos & Family to paint Ayala, hull and deck, while we were away. It was scary, with recent memories of terrible yards and contractors, but it was time to get the job done. Our poor cockpit had started absorbing the colors from our clothing if you sweat in one place for too long. We decided to go with cream instead of pure white, I’m really excited for the added softness and hope it looks great!