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S/V Catharpin Blue
Island Packet 420-62
Orapendula
Marilyn
02/10/2012, Kennedy Loop

The orapendulas on Kennedy Loop are amazing. There must be several dozen nests in the coconut palms. They look like teardrops (large) attached to the end of a palm frond. We first saw the birds with nesting materials and then the nests appeared everywhere.

The orapendula is black and has a yellow beak and yellow tail. They sound like a gurgling brook.

2012 Panama and Beyond
Anchor Riding Sail
Marilyn
02/08/2012, Catharpin Blue

I made an anchor riding sail from a SailRite kit. It was fun. The picture shows it near the mast at deck level. Really it should be attached to a backstay and be put up higher. It's purpose is to steady the boat when at anchor.

2012 Panama and Beyond
Conestoga Wagon
Marilyn
02/03/2012, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

Sam left the boat with the Conestoga Wagon cover. Even though it is hard to put up, it has been quite useful here since we are sitting directly into the wind. It keeps the boat much cooler.

Note that the canvas is gone.

A neighbor's dog loves to sit next to the boat -- I think because it is cool.

2012 Panama and Beyond
Back to Deltaville for new canvas
Marilyn
02/03/2012, Shelter Bay, Colon, Panama

Sam traveled today back to the US to have canvas made.

When we arrived in Panama two weeks ago, the dodger was in bad need of repair and there were places in the bimini that were shreading. We looked to find a canvasmaker in Panama to no avail. We talked to the people in Deltaville who made the sails originally, and they are willing to work from the old canvas. We had talked to them a year ago and they would not do it then. I guess the economy makes people do new things.

Sam was easily able to get the canvas in his luggage. Ship's Tailor promised it in a week or 10 days. Marilyn is making Catharpin Blue into a "bachlorette pad" while he is away. (kidding). Plans include sewing and inventory and sorting.

2012 Panama and Beyond
More birds in San Lorenzo Park
Marilyn
02/01/2012, San Lorenzo National Park, Panama

Since we have been here the last two weeks, I have been continuing walking in the jungle. I saw what I think is a plain tanninger -- new to me.


2012 Panama and Beyond

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