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20 February 2017 | Zapatilla Cays
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06 July 2016 | Bocas del Toro, Panama
05 July 2016 | En route - San Andres to Bocas
03 July 2016 | San Andres
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02 July 2016 | En route to San Andres
30 June 2016 | En route to Providencia
30 June 2016 | En route to Providencia
27 June 2016 | En route to Cayman Brach
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23 June 2016 | Cienfuegos
23 June 2016 | Macho de la Fuera
22 June 2016 | Jardines de La Reina
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21 June 2016 | Jardines de La Reina
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18 June 2016 | Cayos Machos de Fuera
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Day 68, Underway.

23 May 2012 | Underway to Vivarillos
Tuesday, May 22. It was overcast but not raining when I got up @ 5:00. It was too dark to leave, but I gt the boat ready, made coffee and juice and then got Deb up. We were ready to leave by 6:00 and it was light enough as well. We had “breadcrumbs” from coming in, but didn't really want to follow them as they went over some very shallow ground littered with coral heads, so I cautiously headed out on a slightly different course that I hoped would be deeper. It was. We only saw 16' going out, not bad. When we were safely outside the reef, I unfurled gennie and sailed down wind for a while with just gennie. Spinny would have been better, but with the sky full of dark clouds, I didn't dare do it. A short ways out we crossed under a squall line without getting wet, but getting a good run from the wind. The next one we were not so lucky. This one had rain but little wind. And so they day went. Raise main, reef main, drop main, motor, sail with gennie, motorsail with gennie. The radar was a great help in judging the distance of the squalls and the rapidity of their approach. It has an intermittent feature that runs for 1 minute of every 5. Since I knew the interval and could estimate the jump in position from one scan to the next, I could calculate how long before it hit. It worked pretty well, but we got hit by one that had significant wind ahead of the rain. We had all sail up, but by running down wind, we never saw more than 20 kts so it was OK. For night, we ran with one engine (the port engine since we sleep in the starboard) and gennie. Eventually we had to roll up gennie as there was no wind, but it was comfortable going and we were both able to get some sleep. I went down right after dinner and got up after a few hours. Deb slept and I stood watch until she woke up as she does every night from her MS. Then she stayed up a couple hours while I slept, and finally I took the watch from 4:00 until morning. Not a regular schedule, but it works for us.
Vessel Name: Always & All Ways
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine-Pajot Belize 43
Hailing Port: Hancock, NH, USA
Crew: Mark & Deb Parker
About: Mark, an ER doc, retired 10/08 to become a sea gypsy. Deb, an educator, has been retired since 5/07 and was equally anxious to leave the cold of New England far behind
Extra: We now have a hurricane season home in Bocas del Toro, Panama. We still plan on spending many months cruising every year.
Always & All Ways's Photos - Main
Cruise of Albuquerque Cays and Providencia, Columbia
19 Photos
Created 12 June 2013
Pictures from our 2012 cruise from Bocas del Toro, Panama, to the Bay Islands of Honduras and back. Posted each time we have internet
2 Photos | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 28 March 2012
Pictures of our home at Discovery Bay, Isla Solarte, Bocas del Toro, Panama. More (older) can be found in Discovery Bay album.
49 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 5 August 2010
Pictures of our recent trip to the San Blas Islands of Panama with friends Ron & Cynde
58 Photos | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 29 April 2010
Pics from the month we spent at some of the out of the way places in the Bahamas, May 2009.
39 Photos
Created 22 June 2009
Birds, animals, etc. that we have seen along the way
14 Photos
Created 11 April 2009
Pictures of some of the improvements we have made over the past few months
37 Photos
Created 11 April 2009
Pictures from Rio Dulce
20 Photos
Created 11 April 2009
Pictures from our travels
29 Photos
Created 11 April 2009