s/v Charabia

22 January 2018 | Pacific Ocean off El Salvador - heading to Chiapas, Mexico
21 January 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Nicaragua - heading to Chiapas, Mexico
20 January 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Nicaragua - heading to Chiapas, Mexico
19 January 2018 | Marina Papagayo
18 January 2018 | Marina Papagayo
17 January 2018 | Marina Papagayo
16 January 2018 | Playa Mata de Cana
15 January 2018 | Playa Pan de Azurar
14 January 2018 | Bahia Brasilito
13 January 2018 | Bahia Brasilito
13 January 2018 | Bahia Brasilito
12 January 2018 | Bahia Brasilito
11 January 2018 | Bahia Brasilito
10 January 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica - heading to Papagayo
09 January 2018 | Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica - heading to Papagayo
08 January 2018 | Punta Balsa
07 January 2018 | Almost at Isla Ladrones
06 January 2018 | Gulfo de Montijo
05 January 2018 | Bahia Arenas
04 January 2018 | Gulf of Panama

BYC to Tabago Island

03 January 2018 | Taboga Island
We had a rocky night on the mooring ball at Balboa Yacht Club. We were very close to the channel and many huge ships went by overnight with some unbelievable wake. Up early. Attempted to listen to their Cruisers' Net but their we only heard silence. The tender showed up early and spoke only Spanish. We think he knew we hadn't checked in yesterday as the office was closed and he wanted to make sure we went to shore to pay. We told him we would call the vhf channel when we were ready. Had breakfast and made the call. He came pretty quickly and deposited us at the fuel dock. We walked up to check in at the office and the lady asked for our passports and papers. We told them they were on the boat and we just came to shore to pay. The rocky mooring ball was $32 based on our boat length. Took the tender back to our boat and departed shortly thereafter. There was very little wind but we got a boost from the falling tide. So it was a motor to an island called Taboga. We passed many freighters heading into the canal as well as many that were anchored out waiting to be called in. It was a picturesque site with the Panama City skyline. We arrived and there were several boats on mooring balls. No one answered the vhf channel so we anchored in 45 feet of water. Thru the day the tide rose to over 60 feet. After lunch we put on our snorkel gear. Mark wanted to scrub the props and I was working on the waterlines. Every once in a while we felt something like a needle pricking our skin. Mark said it was from microscopic jelly fish. I didn't see anything. We did not stay in the water long. It was long enough to cool us. Hung out all the wet items and they dried in the hot sunshine. I said this was the first day without rain, but just after 6 pm there was a sprinkle. The non-existent wind reached 18 knots by late afternoon. The breeze is lovely and cool tonight. Will probably start the trek north to Mexico tomorrow.
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
Charabia's Photos - Main
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Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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Created 27 June 2017
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Created 31 March 2015
Get the boat ready to cruise.
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Created 14 March 2015