Arrival in Panama

We arrived safely in Panama yesterday after a four-day crossing from Jamaica. We are tied up at the Shelter Bay Marina just inside the breakwater on the Atlantic side of the canal. We were really excited to arrive. It’s pretty cool here (not literally!), as there are dozens of freighters and tankers just outside the breakwater waiting to go thru.

The passage from Janaica was easy, with 15 knots of wind on our beam and small seas the whole way (good weather planning always makes a difference).

Right now we’re cleaning up the boat. Sima is up top cleaning off salt with a hose. I am below working on a couple of projects. We had some water coming in the back, and we identified the problem, a not-to-difficult fix.

Next to us is a 50 footer that came from Holland on it’s way to Australia. We just moved from a slip where we were surrounded by 70 footers taking part in an around-the-world rally. They came in last night at 3 a.m., and one bumped us real good, waking me from a sound sleep. I thought we were being burgled!

It’s starting to be a really good life. We just moved the boat across the marina, a job that used to terrify me, but it went very smoothly.

At night, we go to the bar and swap stories with all the other cruisers criss-crossimg the globe.

Remember Biloxi Blues, when he complains that “they told me it would be hot. But this is Africa hot!”. When the engine is running, at mid-day, it is like that down below. But up top it’s not too bad. It’s Boston in July. The sun is tough too. We have to be really careful.

Good Latin music on the radio, a nice breeze now.

We are traveling by plane again next week, to go to Istanbul for a wedding. I’ll be there 5 days, and Sima 10. We will be here (Atlantic side of the canal) for abot 3-4 weeks regardless, as that is the delay to get through the canal.

06/10/2008 | sabin
paul, sima, I hope we can catch up soon. good luck on the next leg!
06/25/2008 | Don Richards
Hope your trips to Turkey went well. All the best as you make your way through the canal.

Good luck to Turkey tonight against Germany!!

07/06/2008 | Geoff Barry
You must be through the canal, yes? Dang it, we need updates!

One response to “Arrival in Panama

  1. Una Aclaracion , Oregon , no es ninguna ciaudd, es Estado de Oregon, tan grande como Honduras,antes le pertenecia, el Estado de Washington ( que no es la capital de USA ,la ciaudd de Washington ) estos dos estados estaban juntos y formaban el territorio de Oregon,los dividieron, surgiendo Estado de Oregon y Estado de Washington, la capital del estado de Oregon es:Portland, la capital del Estado de Washington es Olympia,el Estado de Washington es tan grande como Guatemala.En el Pacifico hay 3 estados : California, capital Sacramento,despues hacia el Norte esta Oregon y Washington, ( es el mismo mar de Choluteca,Amapala ) esta region, se conoce como el North West, NW,de Seattle,Washington, a la capital Washington,un avion jet se tarda 9 horas volando, porque Washington, la capital queda en el Atlantico, ( es el mismo mar de Puerto Cortes, Tela, Ceiba ) cerca del Rio Potomac, hay dos Washington entonces, Estado de Washington y la capital washington, lejanas unas de otras , GraciasEdgardo Bonilla


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