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Venturing into town.
March/25/2010

Photo: Heading into town from the dingy dock

Steve and I aren't the sharpest tacks, however we do learn fairly quickly from our mistakes, one of which was walking around Luperon mid-day, without a water bottle between us.

It was Monday and this was our 2nd trip into town. We set off around 11am in search of engine oil, me with my handy notebook to ask, "Donde puedo comprar motor aceite?" "Where can I buy motor oil?" My first mistake was to pronounce aceite (a-see-et-eh) ..wrong and I don't know what that meant but I corrected my pronunciation to say "Ah-say-teh" and we were directed to the Esso station further along the street as you leave Luperon. We bought 2 large jugs. We wanted to buy 3 but didn't have enough money, so I got to use more of my broken Spanish and said "Lo siento" . . a typical Canadian favourite.. "I'm sorry" as the young gas attendant put the oil back behind the locked and chained cabinet.
Steve and I decided to get off the main road and walk down one of the side streets back to the dinghy dock. It was along that street that we discovered Ed's Car repair shop. We smiled and politely asked if we could buy motor oil and one older man politely asked his son to open the store for us. I heard the word "gringo" and should have corrected him by saying that we were Canadian not American yankee's, but instead asked him his name and we laughed and joked around as Steve looked at the oil prices and we decided that we could afford to buy 2 smaller jugs and that would suffice. On our way home we stopped at Shaggy's and this time bought our beer which was very cold and enjoyable at a price of 70 pesos each ($2.10 each).


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Shaggy's - The Bar Stool Sailor
March/25/2010, Luperon, D.R.

For the Blog:
Photo of Shawn P1050482

On Saturday we went for a quick walk up the main street and ended up at Shaggy's, The Bar Stool Sailor pictured above. This guy (Shawn his Christian name) looks just like Shaggy from the cartoon Scooby-Doo. We told him it was our first time here in Luperon and our first time at his establishment. He gave us 2 free beers! He's a sponsored Latitudes & Attitudes magazine and that's just what they do!


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Steve's Book
March/21/2010, Luperon

The great photo of Steve and his catch again!

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March/21/2010 | Steve
You da man Stevie!
March/21/2010 | Sue McDonald
How long will you be in the DR. My daughters and I will be in Bahai Principe San Juan just past Puerto Plata April 9 to 15' We're just arouond the corner.
March/22/2010 | Marg and Steve Colquhoun
Dates are on our calendar and if we are in your area we will certainly try to connect. We've stayed at the Bahai Principe, Puerto Plata about 7 years ago and it was wonderful. ps; did you ever get the Christmas card I sent you from Cumberland Island? I had included a post card for Tansely Woods. I've sent postcards and they have oddly arrived... letters didn't?
March/22/2010 | Betty & Jack Colquhoun
Hi Steve&Marg: Congratulation on the catch of the big & very colourful fish you caught, you'll have some great stories to tell when you get back to the farther NORTH some day. It is obvious that you are having a great time on your exiting adventure. Allwell here take good care of each other& have a Great time. Love Betty & Dad
Steve's Book
March/21/2010, Luperon, The Dominican Republic

I have to put this on the web... see any similarities? go back to "Fish On" story and don't forget to check out the pic's in the gallery.
Steve wants to write a fishing book ...lol

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All Bucket's full
March/21/2010, Luperon, The Dominican Republic

It was more like a torrential downpour. Steve and I enjoyed a 9 pm shower.

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Bathtub
March/21/2010, Luperon, The Dominican Republic

Bath tub or dinghy?

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Rain
March/21/2010, Luperon, The Dominican Republic

We had a little rain last night. Here's a photo of one of the buckets we put out last night to catch this precious water. Steve's filling our fertilizer sprayer that we use to rinse off our bodies after swimming in the salt water.

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March/22/2010 | Tug Boat Ted
Hi Steve & Margret, I will be in Luperon April 14th, how long are you staying, was hoping to meet you there, all is the same at Dutchman's Marina & the ice is still in the Bay. Kie & I where vreaking ice last week with his new Tug Hope to see you there for Happy .our at the Luperon Yacht Club up on the hill.
Ted Cartledge
mv parry Sound
March/22/2010 | Marg and Steve Colquhoun
Hi Ted, April 14th is on the calendar. Not sure if we shall still be here, but we now understand why some people never leave. We haven't been to the yacht club yet. We've been to Shaggy's in town and a few other places for oil and groceries. Everyone has been so helpful and I think they love that I try to speak Spanish.
If we are here we shall meet you at happy hour on the 15th April (a day to rest after the flight). Say "Hi" to everyone back home.
We’ve cleared into the Dominican Republic
March/19/2010, Luperon, The Dominican Republic

It is truly beautiful! After months of trepidation we have found Luperon, Dominican Republic absolutely awesome. We arrived yesterday. It was cloudy and muggy but the mountainous hillside was lush with vegetation and was a welcomed sight after our 330 miles from Rum Cay. It took two nights and three days to get here and we sailed some of it but mostly motor sailed close hulled in fairly flat conditions.
The Bahamas were turquoise and mostly clear. The ocean crossing was a sapphire blue. And the waters here are green-brown in colour but not as green as some of the waterways that we encountered along the ICW.


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"Fish On"
Steve
March/17/2010, Somewhere on route to Mayaguana

It had to happen! I had a fishing line out and a hand line (it is a large spool with 80 yards of 120 lb line on it that you wrap by hand) all Wednesday morning. At about 1:30p the hand line goes tight "fish on". I start winding it in, it's really heavy and I see the fish jump, it's really big. The picture in our fish I.D. book of Mahi Mahi looks like it's being coloured by Disneyland animators, it is so colourful. The colour of an excited Mahi Mahi is so vibrant it is fluorescent, bright greens, blues and yellows flashing back and forth. It doesn't look real, more like a cartoon figure. Our pictures don't do the fish justice, he was no longer excited. . .dead!

I'm winding him in and Margaret is cleaning the fish landing area in the rear of the boat and pulling out the gaff blanket and booze (not for me the fish). I get him to the side of the boat and tie the line to the cleat (the line is that thick). I skewered him with the gaff and hosted him onto the boat, threw and old rug over his head and lay on top of him as I gave him a good dowsing of booze in the gills. "Fish on board" Ten minutes later I pull back the rug to see how he is doing and he starts flopping around like crazy. I get him in a leg and head lock like all star wrestling and work the carpet back over his head "Fish still on board". I decide, I better have a beer and wait. Last Kalik beer on board, next beer Presidente.

Next time I check he is less rambunctious and it is time for the great filleting knife that Heather gave me as we left Georgian Bay. I won't go into great detail, but it's a big job filleting a 50inch fish. I threw all our canned tuna overboard. We weren't going to fish anymore, but Marg saw a fish running in our bow wake. It had bumps on its back and it looked like Tuna, so we threw the lines back out, no luck. We gave up fishing for the rest of the trip.

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March/20/2010 | Lori
I am extremely impressed! It looks huge! Marg must be so proud of you... wish I would have been ther when you gutted it - rumour has you haven't had much practice ;)
Glad to hear you're safe and eating well. The story about the other boat was scary. From the air you can see the shallow areas for sure. take care, Lori
March/21/2010 | Tom Dunn
Hi Guys! WOW! Now that's a nice Mahi! It does take some doing to get one that big into the boat. Now you can have a great fresh fish dinner...nothing like fresh Mahi!

Glad to hear that you made it to the DR! Wish we could have come along instead of thinking about heading back north!

How was Rum Cay. It seems mostly closed down...is it?

Stay safe! Cathie and Tom
The Direct Route
Steve
March/17/2010, Luperon

To get to Luperon, the "normal" way is to leave Rum Cay mid-morning to sail overnight to Mayaguana Cay; leave there at midnight to reach South Bore channel in Turks & Caicos at day break; then proceed to Provo to check-in by mid-day; leave Provo, in settled weather, to cross the 50mile Turks & Caicos bank, the sun high and a lookout to spot coral heads (which we've heard there are many; anchor at the west end of the bank overnight and then sail to Sand Cay to wait for a window to sail to Luperon, Dominican Republic in the night in order to arrive in the morning (wind is calmer off the larger islands in the night).

We sailed (well mostly motored) directly to Luperon from Rum Cay, 54 hours, leaving at 7 am Wednesday (after Chris) arriving 10:30 am Friday.
I checked in with immigration, then customs, then the port authority and then brought the navy out to the boat in my dinghy. I don't think they own a boat. The navy is the only one that doesn't charge a fee but they do ask, very politely, for a gift and make it clear that they are in charge of our security. We gave them $10 US and a cake. It was all done in good humour, a smile and we were joking and laughing through-out. It was a great experience. The navy spoke English, the other officials did not. I didn't try to speak Spanish. D.R. courtesy flag is up.

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Can't Fish
Steve
March/16/2010, Rum Cay

On the way to Rum Cay I caught a small barracuda and let it go. Then a 2ft Mahi Mahi. I got excited and tried to pull it onto the boat with the fishing line and it jumped off the line as it came out of the water. Then I caught a large barracuda. I figured if the Mahi Mahi could jump off the line as I lifted it, maybe the barracuda would too. As luck would have it, it did. I didn't want all those teeth aboard. Maybe I had better buy more canned tuna!

Marg
I have to acknowledge that I got so excited when Steve (we) caught the Mahi Mahi. It was so colourful! I was so disappointed that we weren't ready to catch anything. When we do things stupidly we have a frank discussion as to how not to repeat what just happened. Now we are ready with all equipment out and a plan of action if we get another bite. Meanwhile, I'm trying to bake a Hawaiian Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese icing and tidy the boat for our arrival in the Dominican Republic.

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