Fish Hook Marina in Costa Rica
Scott/the rainy season has begun
22 April 2013
Scott wrote this update:
After flying to Panama and waiting 11 days at a rustic YWAM base in the sticks outside of Panama city, we finally joined the Caribbean
Reach at Shelter Cove on the Caribbean side of Panama.
It was great to be back at Shelter Cove, we had a great time in 2010. Finally we got to meet the guys and see the ship but the
list of projects and problems was beyond belief. I have, with the help of my crew been rebuilding some of the wire rigging, assembling and installing the Harken roller furler, getting sails resown, re-certifying the life-raft, provisioning, refueling, rebuilding
the water maker, rebuilding the hydraulic steering, diagnosing oil
consumption and leaks, replacing the engine water pump, installing
pumps, fans, wiring, plumping, ETC, ETC.....
Our students flew in just days before leaving Panama. You see most of the team on the dock in front of our 'beamy lady', Caribbean Reach. Check the gallery for more pictures.
The ship is now impounded in Golfito, Costa Rica as we wait for our
lost Coast Guard Documentation to arrive from the states. The original was sent to the USCG for the renewal process, we believe. USCG did FedEx it to us when they heard we were in a Foreign Port and needed it.
We are also awaiting a very slow shipment of engine parts to arrive and clear customs. I have been busy going to see the Port
Captain, Customs, Immigration, and quarantine in order to clear in my 15 crew and students. I will need to repeat the process in order to leave for Guatemala.
The YWAM team has been very busy giving out hundreds of Bibles, doing skits for the young kids, hosting the mercy truck for free dental and doctor care for the poor and the sick. All of us are very hot and sweaty in the tropical heat.
Thank God for fans over the bunks at night.
God is good and He gives us strength to tackle the problems. The out-reach team has reported the joy of many saved souls and we have all had many chances to give our testimony of Gods grace.
We just paid $115 to release our engine parts from San Jose and because Customs is closed on Sundays and Mondays, we'll go tomorrow to start the check out process after being here 18 days vs. our planned 10 days. All in all, Fish Hook Marina has been a great place to be stuck, can't say enough about the manager, Maikol's help in many situations.