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Swingin' on a Star
Ship's log for the circumnavigating Saint Francis 50 catamaran, "Swingin on a Star".
Welding on the Chocks
Randy
05/03/2008, La Playita

We left the marina this morning around 9AM and went around the point to La Playita, the main cruiser anchorage. We had some new chocks made by a Swiss/German guy named Ali. His is a real character. He did quite a nice job on our chocks. We rafted up to his boat so that he could finish the welding and polish things up. We are now anchored out again for the fist time in some days! Nice to be floating free. The rain looks to be closing in so I'm not sure if we'll be of to Taboga or the Las Perlas today but we are on our way all the same.

Panama
Packing Up
Randy
05/02/2008, Flemenco Marina

Today was our final day to scramble around and finish things up. At the end of the day Nobu filled up the water tanks and we shut down for the night ready to take off first thing tomorrow.

The ITCZ is sitting right on our head (as you can see from the picture) so we may be motoring and getting wet for a day or two.

Panama
Fresh Market
Randy
05/01/2008, Panama City

Tony took Hideko to the Fresh Market today. Wow. We have never had so much food on board. We had to buy more nets. We now have two nets and a bunch of bananas hanging in the cockpit, potatoes and onions in the bilge and a ton of fruit in the pantry. Two days to departure. Nobu and Ed have been a huge help in getting the boat ready.

Panama
Flamenco Marina
Randy
04/30/2008, The Fuel Dock

The Marina is pretty at night but you have to watch out for beer bottles from the restaurant if it is a wild night.

Panama
The Dashews
Randy
04/29/2008, Wind Horse

We were moved to the fuel dock today (just when I thought we couldn't get a worse spot in the marina). On the up side we ran into the Dashews there. The Dashews are cruising legends and it was great to chat with them.

I was pleased to see that they had a Rocna. It was 250 pounds! I though our 88 pounder was big, no longer.

Linda and Steve invited us over to their boat for a visit so we of course took them up on it. Nobu had joined us earlier in the day and will be sailing with us along with Ed.

You couldn't meet nicer folks than the Dashews. They welcomed all four of us into their new home, the power boat (!) Wind Horse. It was great to spend the night talking boats and getting tips on the south Pacific.

Panama
The New Dink
Randy
04/28/2008, Flamenco Marina

Our new AB dinghy arrived today. We special ordered an AB VS12 Navigo with a Saint Croix Euro Helm (compact and light). We powered it with a Yamaha 25hp 2 stroke. It arrived in almost perfect condition. A few scratches on the side of the outboard but otherwise perfect. Hard to believe considering it came from Miami.

It was quite a project to unpack but our friend Ed and Arturo from Marine Warehouse made it easy. Marine Warehouse is the AB dealer for Panama and they are the best outfit for shipping stuff to many places. You couldn't ask for nicer more considerate folks to deal with. These guys are a rare gem in the marine industry.

Ed and I had been talking for a while now and a few days ago Ed decided to join us for the ride to the Galapagos. It is going to be a lot of fun to have ed aboard.

After getting the dinghy setup we picked up Hideko and went for a christening ride. The ritual was performed to the letter and we shared plenty of champagne with Neptune and the four winds. We returned home in "Shooting Star" our new dinghy. Now if I can just figure out how to get it on the big boat...

Panama
Bad Boy/Bad Hair
Randy
04/27/2008, The Boat

My clippers broke in the middle of a number 3 trim. Say no more.

Panama

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