Made it to the Pacific
02 January 2018 | Balboa Yatch Club
Got woken up at 6:15 with the delivery of the new advisor for the second day in the canal. Our three deck hands each had their own cabins. Meals worked out well. Motored from before 7 thru till just before noon. Stopped at a mooring ball and tied up as there was a delay. They decided to raft us up against a 3-storey tour boat. It is an interesting process of how you do exactly that. The first lock opened, the tour boat, Fantasia Del Mar, went in and tied to the wall via lines thrown to them. Then we came and rafted with a forward and aft line tied to the tour boat. Then a huge freighter, Inland Sea, motored in behind and attached to both walls. They truly filled the space. After the first lock, we motored for almost 2 miles to the second lock. The second lock had two chambers, each taking us down 9 meters. We repeated all the steps from the first lock, as the water levels dropped in each chamber. The tour boat people were nice and friendly. We had several conversations. They were doing a two-hour tour. It was fun going by the tourist Visitor's Center, they were all taking pictures and waving to us. Mark had a tough day. The other engine was stalling in reverse. He adjusted the idle and both engines worked like a charm all day but it was difficult to control our boat when there was so much current and wind behind us. It rained most of the day. When the sun came out, and no wind, we were hot! Cabin temperature was 90 degrees due to the rain and having to keep the hatches closed. We are so very glad that part is over. Handling the lines is a tough job, so thanks to our Agent, Roy, for selecting great deck hands, Eric, Christian and Oscar, and our advisor Giermo. Got to the marina and picked up a mooring ball, which is the only choice. We took the shuttle boat with our empty diesel jury jugs and headed to the dock. Filled them up after finding out the marina office was closed. Dropped them by the boat and went to shore. Found a cab next door at TGI Fridays which is part of the Court Yard Marriott. He took us the Rey's Mega Sized Grocery Store. Then found a cab back. The hiway was grid locked but the driver knew some short cuts. Took the tender back to our boat and I can honestly say we are exhausted!