s/v KOKOMO - Denny & Becky

LEAVING San Blas Islands November 8th, for our schedule visit our website: kokomosailing.com

04 December 2016 | Key West, Florida
28 November 2016 | Belize City
27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
25 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
24 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
24 November 2016 | Belize
23 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
22 November 2016 | Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize
21 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
20 November 2016 | Lamanai, Belize
19 November 2016 | Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize
16 November 2016 | Blue Hole, Belize
14 November 2016 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize
11 November 2016 | Cayo Vivorillo, Honduras
10 November 2016 | Underway from Panama
09 November 2016 | Portobello, Panama
06 November 2016 | Portobello, Panama
30 October 2016 | Salardup, San Blas Islands, Panama
27 October 2016 | Yansalardup, San Blas Islands, Panama

Hard Climb out of Central America

04 December 2016 | Key West, Florida
Becky
Leaving Belize City at 6:30 am last Tuesday, the wind and waves were strong (over 20 knots) on our side. We had a reefed main & jib and were screaming fast! The first day/night were a rough go for us as the waves were confused and would hit us hard on our side and spray the entire boat. The second day/night the wind lightened up and we were able to have a half can of soup and sail the rum line. Third and forth day/night were strong winds coming right at us. We had saltine crackers and peanut butter those days, we had to zig zag the rum line making no real time. Chris Parker told us that morning we had 36 hours to get where we wanted to be as there was bad weather coming. Denny didn't think we could make it to Key West in time so we were plotting a course to Havana, Cuba, it was less than a day away. But instead we decided to double reef the main with a sliver of jib out and motor on the rum line, we had strong winds right at us but hit the gulf stream and made it in to Key West and anchored before 7:30 pm (36 hour mark). Chris Parker was right on as it howled during our celebration cocktails. After 4 days and 8 hours we are safely anchored in Key West. The wind is strong now and we will have to stay here until we get a break in the weather to head north to Charlotte Harbor in Punta Gorda, where our good friends Jim & Connie have made arrangements for us to keep our boat at a dock next to their boat right in front of their condo. Kokomo will stay there while we come home for Christmas.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Good-Bye Beautiful Belize

28 November 2016 | Belize City
Becky/86 degrees, sunny, beautiful
When we arrived back to the marina this morning, the boat was painted and ready to go. We are checking out today and heading out to anchor for an early start in the morning for Florida. The wind is in the right direction and not to strong. Expecting a nice sail to Key West, arriving in 3-4 days.

Life is good on Kokomo

Becky

Last Snorkel in Belize

27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/83 degrees, cloudy with sun breaks
African Pompano (last one on the video with the pretty long dorsal fin), spaghetti worm, nurse sharks, grey rays, damsel fishes, queen & grey angel fishes, hawksbill turtle (photo above), purple sea fans, lobster, long spine urchin, parrotfish, blue tang, trumpet fish, spotted tunkfish, bluehead fish, just to name of few of what we saw. This was a great snorkel to end our very memorable time in Belize!



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Enjoying San Pedro

27 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/83 degrees, cloudy with sun breaks
Ali and I went on a self-guided city tour. We drove up north over a toll bridge ($5), which I thought was expensive. On the other side were mostly resorts and condo's. Nothing much to see so we turned around and went back to do some shopping. Belize is very expensive, from the food to souvenirs, it is double from Panama. The gas here is $5/gallon. But it sure is a beautiful place!

Karen bought a great game to play on the beach. It is much harder than it looks!



We leave in the morning for the boat. Thanks Musica's for a memorable week!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Nasty Weather

25 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/80 degrees, raining, windy
Our good friends Mike & Karen rented a beautiful home on the water. We are lucky enough to be able to stay with them and enjoy our time off the boat in AC and a long hot shower! Oh and you can't forget a nice big screen TV.

Today it seems all of San Pedro is shut down due to bad weather left over from Hurricane Otto. It is windy here with rain, but nothing like what we have been told from our friends in the San Blas. We learned 19 boats were lost in Portobello where they sustained 85 knot winds. Very sad.



Denny was told our boat bottom painting has been delayed due to rain. We are hoping to leave Belize on Tuesday when the bad weather here has passed, but we shall see.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Happy Thanksgiving

24 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/85 degrees, windy, sunny
Our son Drew went to his in-laws and smoked a turkey (above photo), boy does that look yummy! He is getting to be quite the smoker expert!

We are sitting outside near the pool and watching all the dive boats come back from diving. It certainly is a beautiful place here in Belize!

Wishing all our family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving. We are very thankful for all your love, support and friendship.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Passing Cuba

24 November 2016 | Belize
Becky
We just finished day 3 and are 190 miles from Florida. Today we had 20 dolphins play on the bow for over 30 minutes, I was getting tired just watching them. Haven't seen this in a very long time, very fun!

We have been sailing the entire time, now we are motor sailing and should be in Key West on Saturday.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Hurricane Otto in San Blas Islands

23 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/86 degrees, cloudy, some sun
A hurricane in the San Blas has never happened before. They have closed down the road to San Blas and stopped all water taxi. San Blas is shut down. We are in touch with friends still there, so far everyone is ok. We just hope it doesn't turn and come up to Belize. There is no hurricane hole here.

On a happier note, Denny went diving yesterday with our friends the Musica's. It was a great dive and today he is fishing with Mike. We are off the boat and enjoying the house the Musica's rented. AC and a hot long shower is the best vacation ever!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Boat Yard

22 November 2016 | Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize
Becky/85 degrees, mostly sunny, lots of bugs
We pulled the boat out of the water to have a new paint job. As you will see, this wasn't as easy as it sounds. First we hit ground, then they pulled the boat a little further through the soft bottom dirt. After the diver checked the sling position, they started the motor on the lift, then it stopped. They had to rebuilt the fuel lines and do a few other things. After about an hour delay, they got it working and Kokomo is safe in the yard ready for a fresh bottom!



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

WOW What a Snorkel

21 November 2016 | San Pedro, Belize
Becky/86 degrees, mostly sunny
We took a taxi ferry that was 2 hours long to San Pedro From Belize City. Here we went snorkeling and boy was it some trip! Below is the video of this incredible experience!



We said good-bye to our good friend Christine who helped us get to Belize. Thanks again Christine for all you help, it was much appreciated!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

20 November 2016 | Lamanai, Belize
Becky/85 degrees, mostly sunny
We took a river tour and saw the Lamanai Maya Ruins. The name "Lamanai" means submerged insect.

The Lamanai site is one of the oldest continuously occupied Maya sites in Belize, from about 1500 BC when maize was being grown at the site, to 1680 AD.

However, archaeologists realized in 1978 that Franciscan monks had corrupted the name from "Lam'an/ayin" to "Lamanai," and that adding the correct suffix of "ayin" changed the meaning of the name to submerged crocodile, a conclusion supported by the large number of crocodile representations found at Lamanai, including figurines, pottery decorations and the headdress of a 13 foot limestone mask found on a 6th century temple platform.



Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Photos and Video

19 November 2016 | Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize
Becky/85 degrees, mostly sunny, lots of bugs
We motored to Cucumber Beach Marina where we checked into Belize. Five different officials came to the boat. Although it is free to check into the country, each official wanted $30 US for transportation.

We will stay in the marina. On Monday we will haul out the boat so we can paint the bottom and do some repairs.

Below is a video of what we have been experiencing so far.



Becky

Blue Hole is so cool!

16 November 2016 | Blue Hole, Belize
Becky/85 degrees, mostly sunny
After snorkeling in the morning, we left halfmoon cays for the Blue Hole which is about 8 miles away. The depth was around 15', so we weren't as nervous. Denny hand steered the entire way, watching for coral heads. We circled the hole and found the depth to go to 350', then tied to a buoy inside the Blue Hole. Denny wanted to go to the top of the mast to take photos & video, I'll post later. We snorkeled the entire inside of the hole, over a mile. It was incredible! We saw all sorts of fish and a huge turtle. Here is some information about the Blue Hole:

Jacques Cousteu and the Calypso explored this strange geological phenomenon in 1972. Calypso divers descended to 125 feet where they discovered an overhang with a forest of under water stalactites. The Blue Hole once was a cavern above the water surface. Running fresh water hollowed out the limestone during the glacial period when the world's sea level was much lover. About 12,000 years ago, the Earth's climate warmed and sea levels rose filling the cave causing the caverns ceiling to collapse. Calypso's mini-subs surveyed the bottom where they made an important find: another ledge with stalactites. This meant at one time the water level was at least 400 feet lover than it is today.

We are enjoying Belize very much and it's only been two days!

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

New Paradise

14 November 2016 | Lighthouse Reef, Belize
Becky/82 degrees, wind 14-16 knots, speed 5-7
After a week of sailing, we made it to Belize! Mostly sailed, but at times the wind died down and we motored, doing 120 miles in 24 hours. We are anchored in Halfmoon Cay in 5.4' of water. I was on the bow watching for coral heads and said to Denny I wished we had a pilot boat to guide us. Sure enough, not but 15 minutes later here comes a ponga with 3 guys. We are in a park and the driver was the park warden. They welcomed us to Lighthouse Reef and told us to follow them and would show us where to anchor. This place is beautiful! We went to shore and found the park warden. The fee is $10/person/day US. We walked the island and went to the bird tower. Here you can see thousands of red-footed boobies and frigate birds. We learned the male frigate birds have a red pouch under their chin and it takes them 10 minutes to inflate this looking like a red balloon. This is to attract the females. The red-footed boobies are all white except red feet and they make a cooing sound. The red flowered ziricote trees are nesting grounds for thousands of boobies and frigates. These birds build their nests in November, lay in December, and hatch in January & February. Looking with binoculars we saw a huge iguana in a tree. We walked the other end of the island where we saw the area of endangered sea turtles nesting grounds and a lighthouse. The first lighthouse was built in 1820 and you can see the remains of it in the water. The new one has a frigate nest near the top which is huge. We also saw several hermit crabs scooting along the trail.

Back on the boat we had cocktails on a noodle. This water is so warm! Love it!

I have some great photos of what we saw on the island and will post them when we have internet.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky
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Fast 24 Hours

11 November 2016 | Cayo Vivorillo, Honduras
Becky/82 degrees, wind 18-20 knots, speed 6-8 knots
After 5 days, we are anchored in Cayo Vivorillo, Honduras. In this anchorage there are 12 fishing boats. They are friendly, smile and wave at us. We had a ponga full of young guys come up to say "hello". They didn't ask for anything, just wanted to be friendly. But we did give them a small bag of rice.

Our new sail is perfect! We sailed 150 miles the last 24 hours. We will spend the night here and get a good night sleep, then in the morning we are heading to Belize. This will take us 2-3 days. Chris Parker (weather guy) says we should be good to go. Denny has been keeping track of the tropical storm that is near Cuba, heading to Florida. We are glad it didn't turn our way.

We just learned who the next president is. Our new motto now is "4 more years" sailing that is :)

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky
Vessel Name: Kokomo
Vessel Make/Model: Sabre 425
Hailing Port: Tacoma, Washington
Crew: Denny & Becky Flannigan
About:
After ten years of planning a trip around the world, we have given up our life on land to head to bluer pastures with the hopes of staying young as long as possible. Our mission is to have fun while moving about the earth. [...]
Extra: We have two boys in their 20's and several friends and family of all ages. Our hope is that those we know will decide to spend some time with us. Life is enjoyed most when you share it with those your closest to.
Home Page: http://www.kokomosailing.com/
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