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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
Moving ...
17-Dec-2011, Cayas Hollandes, San Blas Islands, Panama

.. in very small increments. Have moved a full 12nm today to a new anchorage that everyone refers to as the "Swimming Pool" in the Cayas Hollandes. Conveniently, there seems to be re-use of names for individual islands between the different island groups. So we are again anchored off an island named Banedup. Originally, we had planned to go to Coco Banderos today (a full 5 nm further!), but we reckon we have a higher chance of intercepting the fruit & veggie boat here (if it does indeed come ...).

After having averaged1000 nm / month during Sep/Oct/Nov, we now seem to be down to 10-15 nm / week - a marked and welcome change. It will pick up again soon enough...

08 - In Panama
Papas y huevos - saved from the cans!
08-Dec-2011, Eastern Lemon Cays, San Blas Islands, Panama

While we knew that food supplies are not easy to come by in most of the San Blas Islands, things turned out to be even more scarce than we had expected. Other boaters who have been in the area for while told us that a skiff with some fruits and veggies comes through the more frequented anchorages approximately once a week. However, by the time we arrived here a week ago, everyone was already eagerly awaiting the elusive fruit & veggie boat but there was no sign of it. Meanwhile, we were getting plenty of fresh water from rain showers and some fresh fish from passing fishermen (including a four pound tuna for $2) but our fresh fruit supplies were down to a sad collection of five onions, a handful of limes, and three sweet potatoes. Until today - salvation! A boat with eggs and potatoes showed up and allowed us to restock at least those items. It doesn't take much to make us happy!

After a week of splendid relaxation here in the East Lemmon Keys, we'll probably move to another anchorage (Cocos Banderos) tomorrow, planning to leave the San Blas for Colon by the end of the month. It's also time to work down the job-list on Namani again - the anchor windlass will be next. All is well aboard, stay tuned...

08 - In Panama
Who'll stop the rain...
08-Dec-2011, Eastern Lemon Cays, San Blas Islands, Panama

Some real tropical downpours in our anchorage today, as squalls associated with a tropical wave just NE of here move through. A very welcome replenishment of our fresh water supply after collecting more than 20 gallons in half an hour and enough to spare to do some laundry. Also a chance to catch up on schoolwork and some house-keeping. Things should get drier again by Sunday.

08 - In Panama

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