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SV Kokomo - Denny & Becky
Charter in the San Blas Island in the Caribbean, visit our website: www.kokomosailing.com
toughtful guests
Denny/86 degrees, 87% humidity, lightening, thunder & rain
05/25/2012, Yansalerdup in the East Lemons

For the past 5 days or so we have been out of beer. One of our rituals is to have a beer with lunch after doing our project for the day. The past week has been very hot making the noon beer important. What we have been doing is kayaking in to Banadup ( beer island) and buying a cold beer for two dollars each. On one of these trips we met the boat “Irie” with Mark and Lizbeth. Yesterday we invited them to our boat for a sundowner (cocktail) and snack. We said we would provide Pina Colata's and they asked if they could bring a something. Later that day they came to our boat with a plate of crackers and hummus. But what made them so thoughtful were the two beers they brought. Today we won't have to row to the beach to kick back a cold one. Lizbeth is a writer and is published in several sailing magazines. She has inspired me to continue submitting articles. If one day you find yourself reading a wild cruising story with my name attached remember its all true as the truth is better than fiction.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

SSB maintenance
Denny/86 degrees, 87% humidity, lightening & thunder still hot.
05/24/2012, Yansalerdup in the East Lemons

SSB, The single side band radio we use to send and receive e-mail and put out the blog has gotten very slow only letting us send the blog out at night. Today I retraced all the wires and ground copper and found the that the antenna wire was very corroded. I had a psair wire as on of the requirements for the race to Hawaii we did in 2008 was to have a back up SSB antenna wire. After rerunning the wire and cleaning all my ground connections the radio is working again like it did when we installed it. I guess the routine maintenance extends to every part of the boat. And you wonder what we do all day. After I send this we will head out on todays adventure. I think it has to do with water.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

05/26/2012 | Scott Perry
Some cruisers swear by less is more, keeping systems simple and minimal. Any thoughts about this?
hot hot hot
Becky/86 degrees, 87% humidity, lightening & thunder
05/23/2012, Yansalerdup in the East Lemons

The past few days have been very hot, 90 plus. Good thing you can swim off the boat. we have been kayaking to a bar to have a beer then going around and meeting other cruisers. most the time they are swimming by there boat. If you are thinking about weather to get a catameran or a monohull here is a thought that supports a Cat. in all the heat we have been having it's nice to be able to swim between the two hulls under the boat and stay out of the sun. Don't make this a deal maker as I just wear a hat and sun glasses and all is fine. after swimming for about 20 minutes we hang behind the boat holding on to a boat fender and relax.

life is good on Kokomo

Denny

05/24/2012 | Jeanne Walker
Yeah, we were taught the catamaran thing by some new friends that have one here in Loreto. we have had mid 90's at night and low 80's in the evening for almost three weeks. I guess that it is supposed to much hotter, but we will have to see! we actually bought little pool rings to float in along side the boat.
changing weather
Becky/86 degrees, 87% humidity, lightening & thunder
05/21/2012, Yansalerdup in the East Lemons

we have sun screens and rain covers or the dodge and bimini. this time of year you need to change them out two or three times a day. today we worked on a system so we could have them both hanging and only use the one we need while the other is rolled up but still ready to deploy. I think we have worked out an easy was to do this but only time will tell. each day we do a project then after 2pm we play until happy hour. some might think happy hour on kokomo is at 2:30 but most the time we can find something to do that's off the boat until 5 or so.

life is good on Kokomo

Denny

Snakes
Becky/86 degrees, 87% humidity, lightening & thunder
05/19/2012, Yansalerdup in the East Lemons

In the last week we have heard three boats talk about snakes on their boat. A couple days ago, I was talking with Michelle on Reach. They were right next to us in the Coco Banderos. She told me at 3 am she woke to a can dropping to the floor. She got up and saw a 6 foot brown snake on her counter top. She ran back to the bedroom, closed the door, and told her husband (Mark) to get rid of the snake that was in the galley. He saw it was on the counter, got a cleaver knife and chopped it in half. It proceeded to go after him, only half that is. While it was on his neck, he went outside and threw it overboard. Got the other half and threw it overboard. There was blood everywhere! YUK! The cruisers are thinking the snakes come up from the anchor chain. We have been making sure all the screens are on before we go to bed.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

05/22/2012 | Deb McAdams
YIKES! That part doesn’t sound like life is quite so good down there, at least on your friend’s boat. Snakes can play somewhere else as far s I’m concerned. We’re putting up with the cold rain here again, but better that than a six foot snake in my kitchen.
Exercise
Becky/87 degrees sunny
05/18/2012, Western Coco Banderos

For us yesterday, we got a lot of exercise. We kayaked to an island, walked around it a couple times, then kayaked to another island and walked around it a couple times. No, this wasn't "one palm island". These islands were big! The islands don't have anyone living on them, but the coconuts were picked up and the island looked like it has been taken care of. When we returned to the boat, we had lunch then went swimming for an hour.

We were the only one in this anchorage until late yesterday. We paddled over to introduce ourselves and found out we had met this guy before. We saw him in Las Perlas and in Las Brisis in Panama. He just went through the canal with a girlfriend from Norway. We had happy hour on his boat and enjoyed each others conversations.

It has been over a week in this anchorage. We will be moving today to the East Lemons.

It's been beautiful, sunny, and no rain lately - Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

fish
Denny86 degrees and sunny
05/17/2012, Western Coco Banderos

Yesterday the evolution of life in the water was happening around our boat. The little fish would swim in schools around the boat. Under them were bigger fish (10inches or so) and swimming around them were bigger fish yet. While the medium sized fish eat the little ones the bigger fish eat the medium sized ones. I thought fishing would be good around the boat but try as I might I could not get a fish. I used every lure I had casting from the boat. Then I trolled around the boat for an hour or so. Then I got in the water and tried to spear one of the medium fish. No chance, I guess I need to work on these skills as if I was our provider we would have gone hungry yesterday. It is clear that the fishing season in the San Blas is starting as we are seeing fish on the reefs and catching fish when we move from place to place. Life is good on kokomo

Denny

Apple Pie
Denny86 degrees and sunny
05/16/2012, Western Coco Banderos

Desert first, This morning Becky and I laughed as we had Apple pie for breakfast. A few months ago we had a good friend on board and he saved his pie for breakfast. I guess it caught on as we then had more pie for lunch and I think we might have the last of it for dinner and call it a good day for desert. Thanks Pat for thinking outside the box.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

Scotch Whisky
Denny86 degrees and sunny
05/15/2012, Western Coco Banderos

Balvenie, you have to like a guy that names his boat after a single malt Whisky. Yesterday the boat “Balvenie” from New Zealand pulled into the bay. Becky and I had cocktails with Mark and Amanda. They are in the 8th year of their circumnavigation. They are a little scared as once they go threw the Panama canal the are only a few months from home. In their mind the canal is the beginning to the end of a great trip. They are thinking about heading north and spending a few years in the Caribbean Sea as they are not ready to call it quits just yet. I hope we are still trying to slow down our trip after 8 years. We are in year two and falling behind schedule if you can call what we have a schedule. In a few years we will be preparing to go threw the Canal again but for us it will be the beginning of a circumnavigation that will be completed when we return to Panama for the third time. Today I am plotting out what we might do in June. Were thinking of sailing to Bocus Del Torro, then turning around and heading for Columbia before returning to the San Blas. Tomorrow we might be thinking something different. It's fun to dream a little.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

05/16/2012 | Deb McAdams
Dreaming is good! Just keep us posted as to where the dream will take you and we’ll figure out a time that works for us to come hang out with you for a week or so. Something involving lots of snorkeling, waterfalls, eating fine food and drinking fine adult libations and having good fun with good friends.
Yoga
Becky/86 degrees and cloudy
05/14/2012, Western Coco Banderos

I did yoga on the beach with a couple women who have been doing it for awhile. They were much more stretchy than I. We listened to Sean Johnson on an I-Pod. He told us what to do and how to relax. He sure does have a relaxing voice. I enjoyed it and will continue, if not on the beach (when it's raining) then on the boat.

Life is good on Kokomo!

Becky

Happy Mother's Day
Becky/86 degrees
05/13/2012, Western Coco Banderos

We are located in the Western Coco Banderos. Never been here before and it is beautiful. This is our favorite place now. The islands near hear are vacant, so you don't get many Kuna people coming to the boat. There is a small island that has 5 palm trees we can swim to from our boat. Around the island are many coral heads and a sunken boat. The reef fish are plentiful. We spent over an hour snorkeling around this small island. We had a four hour rain, thunder and lightening show last night. One of the lightening strikes was very close to our boat. We are ok, but the boat next to us lost their GPS.

Denny made me breakfast in bed this morning. Tonight he is going to make me fish taco's with the fresh fish we caught. Yum! What a guy!

Happy Mother's Day, have a great day today!

Becky

snorkeling
Denny/86 degrees, hot - no wind
05/12/2012, western Coco's

The perfect snorkel

Yesterday we spent two hours snorkeling around a small Island. We saw more fish in those two hours then we had seen in any day since we have been here. Fellow cruisers went spear fishing and brought us a fish and invited us to dinner. I need to learn how to catch fish with my spear gun. I have been practicing my free dive and am good to 25 feet. Now I need to learn to stay that deep for 30 seconds or so. Then I will have the time to find a fish and bring home dinner. There is a lot to the cruising life. And you wonder what we do all day.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

new anchorage
Denny/86 degrees, hot - no wind
05/11/2012, western Coco's

New anchorage

We moved the boat to the Western Coco Bandera's. We are anchored in 20 feet of water right off a 5 palm tree island. I can see fish swimming by the boat and for the 1st time in awhile I feel I can catch fish with a pole from the boat. Today we will play in the water and I will if I can get some of these fish to bite. Because the island is so small there are no bugs so Becky might want to stay here for a long time. Kokomo's running good again after we found what has been troubling us for the past 3 months, I think it cost $500 or more to find the $30 problem. That's how it go's as a cruiser. Trial and error until the job is done. At the end of the day we are still swimming in warm water having a cocktail at sunset.

Life is good on Kokomo.

Denny

Sail repair
Denny/86 degrees, hot - no wind
05/10/2012, swimming pool

Sail repair, for the second time we had to take down the Jib and do a repair. The sail is 5 years old still looks good but is soft. The sun cover is starting to fall apart so the next time we go to town we are going to get enough material to make a new sun cover. This will involve sewing the entire length of the sail three or 4 times. When we bought our Sailrite sewing machine I wondered if we would ever use it. Now I can't imagine being without it. Dodger repair, rain catcher, sun shade, fuel can covers, hatch protectors and we even mend use it for cloths. The Sun is hard on things. Without a sewing machine things would fall apart. Yesterday I swam non stop for 2 hours. It's nice when the water is so warm.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

SUN SUN SUN
Denny/86 degrees, hot - no wind
05/09/2012, swimming pool

Sun sun sun, today the sun was so bright we were able to recharge the batteries and make 50 gallons on water on solar alone. We need a day like this once a week. Yesterday a boat full of young kids came in and anchored right next to us. Soon they were wake boarding behind their dinghy, same dinghy as ours. I am now trying to get Becky to wake board. She is using the age excuse, I think if I can kite board she can get towed behind the dinghy. We might have to have this conversation after a few drinks. What could possibly go wrong. Kokomo has been in the same spot for a week now, time to move. Tomorrow we head 4 miles away to a new place.

Life is good on Kokomo

Denny

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