23 March 2017 | Shelter Bay marina
23 March 2017 | Shelter Bay marina
20 March 2017 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
19 March 2017 | Carribean sea
18 March 2017 | Carribean sea
17 March 2017 | Carribean sea
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Busy busy busy

23 March 2017 | Shelter Bay marina
Gillian
It's been a hectic few days. On Tuesday Neil cleared in with customs here at Shelter Bay marina but we had to go into Colon to get our passports stamped with immigration. There is a free bus service from the marina to Colon but we missed it! We were waiting in the wrong place and it went without us. So we had to resort to a taxi, which although expensive, worked out well in the end.
The drive into Colon was quite an experience - windy narrow road with potholes and then we had to go across the canal on the car ferry. Guards with guns everywhere and checkpoints in and out the marina perimeter. Colon seemed like a war zone, or a post apocalyptic site - broken down buildings, graffiti, burglar bars and armed guards everywhere. We checked in at immigration while our taxi waited and he then took us to the shopping area where there was a large supermarket and he waited for us there. We had to draw a lot of cash at the ATM's to pay for antifoul paint and a new 8hp outboard engine so Neil had worn two pairs of pants and all the money we drew he stuffed into his inner pants pockets while I scanned around making sure no one was watching. It was all $20 bills so his pockets were literally bulging by the time we finished! It all felt a bit edgy around us and we were very happy and relieved to get back in the taxi, after our shopping, and head back to the marina.
Wednesday morning we were expecting to be hauled out at 10 am but the boatyard asked us to be ready at 8am so that took us by surprise, as we had just got up and hadn't even had breakfast yet. The haulout went smoothly after which we reglued the rubber gasket around the saildrive, scraped a few barnacles off and slapped a coat of antifoul on. A well needed shower and then joined the other cruisers for sundowners at the BBQ area. We were pleased to meet up with Ted and Jenny from Elixir who arrived that morning.
This morning we were back in the water promptly at 8.30 and have been cleaning the boat inside and out. Tomorrow we have to go back into Colon to buy a new starter and windlass battery, and we plan to head to the San Blas on Sunday now.
Oh yes, we had our boat measured by the canal inspector and we should hear soon when our transit date is. We are hoping for the 11th of April giving us a good amount of time in the San Blas.

Busy busy busy

23 March 2017 | Shelter Bay marina
Gillian
It's been a hectic few days. On Tuesday Neil cleared in with customs here at Shelter Bay marina but we had to go into Colon to get our passports stamped with immigration. There is a free bus service from the marina to Colon but we missed it! We were waiting in the wrong place and it went without us. So we had to resort to a taxi, which although expensive, worked out well in the end.
The drive into Colon was quite an experience - windy narrow road with potholes and then we had to go across the canal on the car ferry. Guards with guns everywhere and checkpoints in and out the marina perimeter. Colon seemed like a war zone, or a post apocalyptic site - broken down buildings, graffiti, burglar bars and armed guards everywhere. We checked in at immigration while our taxi waited and he then took us to the shopping area where there was a large supermarket and he waited for us there. We had to draw a lot of cash at the ATM's to pay for antifoul paint and a new 8hp outboard engine so Neil had worn two pairs of pants and all the money we drew he stuffed into his inner pants pockets while I scanned around making sure no one was watching. It was all $20 bills so his pockets were literally bulging by the time we finished! It all felt a bit edgy around us and we were very happy and relieved to get back in the taxi, after our shopping, and head back to the marina.
Wednesday morning we were expecting to be hauled out at 10 am but the boatyard asked us to be ready at 8am so that took us by surprise, as we had just got up and hadn't even had breakfast yet. The haulout went smoothly after which we reglued the rubber gasket around the saildrive, scraped a few barnacles off and slapped a coat of antifoul on. A well needed shower and then joined the other cruisers for sundowners at the BBQ area. We were pleased to meet up with Ted and Jenny from Elixir who arrived that morning.
This morning we were back in the water promptly at 8.30 and have been cleaning the boat inside and out. Tomorrow we have to go back into Colon to buy a new starter and windlass battery, and we plan to head to the San Blas on Sunday now.
Oh yes, we had our boat measured by the canal inspector and we should hear soon when our transit date is. We are hoping for the 11th of April giving us a good amount of time in the San Blas.

Land Ahoy!

20 March 2017 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Gillian
Hooray we are here! We arrived at Shelter Bay marina at 2pm this afternoon and we are snug in our berth, after a night and morning of blustery rain showers. We had very little wind last night and had to motorsail for most of the night, and of course we were in a hurry to get to the marina before dusk.
It is Neil's birthday today - his first at sea. I, on the other have had two at sea and did not have the luxury of landfall at the end. So an excellent treat for him - arriving in such an exotic place with another year of adventure ahead of him!
Shelter Bay marina is on the opposite side of the bay from Colon, so to get there we have to get a bus or taxi. The marina itself is in a pretty little place with little development except for a small hotel, a mini store, a swimming pool and the boatyard.
We have already booked a haulout for Wednesday and weather permitting we hope to leave for the San Blas islands on Thursday. We plan to spend 10 days there before we do the Panama Canal crossing.
Tomorrow we will head into Colon to get our passports stamped. It should be interesting. We have heard it is not the safest place so will not be walking around but using taxis. Will keep you posted...

Day 8 Guadalupe to Colon

19 March 2017 | Carribean sea
Gillian
All went well last night with some nice fast sailing. By the morning, the wind and swell had eased quite a bit and then it died. So now we are motorsailing, trying to maintain a steady 6 knots so that we arrive at Shelter Bay marina outside Colon, before dusk tomorrow. Neil had to do some repair work on the shackle pin holding the jib in place. A bit hair raising as he had to sit right on the bow working around the furler while the boat was lurching about. And then he had to do another bit of acrobatic work - cleaning the bird poop off the solar panels! A whole pod of dolphins visited and played at our bow. We sat in front for ages watching their antics. Fresh bread for lunch and spaghetti bolognaise for dinner. We do eat well on this boat! Yesterday we did 150nm and currently we are motorsailing with 8 knots of wind and a 1m sea.

Day 7 Guadalupe to Colon

18 March 2017 | Carribean sea
Gillian
In the end we decided against another reef as the wind did not get as bad as predicted and the most we had was a 26knot gust. The swell came up though so another night of little sleep. This morning as the sun came up, I suddenly saw how big the swells were - three huge ones came one after another and one looked like it may swamp the boat. But of course it didn't, but I put the washboard in just in case. We had a little black bird hitching a ride with us, spending most of the night perched on our Bimini but it flew away in the morning. We have a horrible squeaky noise in the cabin and we think it is the gib sheet rubbing against the mast. I hope it doesn't keep us awake all night. We did another 170 nm yesterday and currently have 18 knots of wind, a 3 m swell and we are sailing at 6 knots.

Day 6 Guadalupe to Colon

17 March 2017 | Carribean sea
Gillian
A busy night. We were having gusts of wind and lots of swell so that we were either at risk of gybing or of rounding up. During my watch the boat gybed and I felt very confused, not knowing what direction we were sailing and which way to turn the wheel. Luckily Neil came to the rescue and I had to yell for him again later when the boat rounded up and I couldn't get her back on course. Consequently we were both very tired this morning but have caught up with long naps during the day. When we left Guadalupe our speed transducer wasn't working so we were unable to get the true wind speed. Inexplicably it started working last night so now we have a better idea of the wind speed. We had a very fast run last night and did 171nm. Currently we have 17 knots of true wind speed and we are sailing at 7 knots. Tonight the wind and swell are predicted to get stronger so we will be putting in another reef before nightfall.
Vessel Name: Silver Lining
Vessel Make/Model: Hanse 400
Hailing Port: Auckland
Crew: Neil and Gillian
About:
We are from New Zealand and have enjoyed sailing around the Hauraki Gulf and the Bay of Islands. We sailed the South Pacific Islands in May 2011, our first offshore trip on our 34 ft Van DER Stadt. [...]
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