Bus To Guatemala CitySusan / another hot & humid day
For Q80 (~ US $10) per person we ride a first class bus to Guatemala City. With assigned seats! One stop after 2-1/2 hours for quick 15 min break. Litegua is changing things up; what was a 5 hour or so trip in, today it's 6 hours after departure due to road construction and they stop at at a new mini-terminal on the outskirts of town. Those traveling farther on (us and 1/2 the bus) are told to get into a mini-bus for the rest of the journey to the Zona 1 terminal we're used to using. However this is without our luggage. Luggage arrives on a separate bus at least 1/2 hour later. Honestly this second bus is large enough to have taken all of the passengers and our luggage in one trip. They are clearly still working out the operational issues of having new Guatemala City area terminals. Then a taxi ride (Q100 plus Q20 with tip since w have 5 large suitcases with us) to Crowne Plaza where we always stay since we get a preferred USD cash rate thru the marina plus they have a fantastic breakfast buffet included in the rate and a free shuttle to / from the airport. Sadly we'll miss breakfast tomorrow due to our early flight out.
Quick Haul ResultsSusan / partly cloudy, hot & humid 90 degrees F
06/16/2016, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
The haul-out and power wash takes us to 12:30p, which is when the insurance adjustor / surveyor arrives at Abels. Excellent timing. He throughly inspects the hulls and finds no signs of lightening related damage such as exit holes. Very good news. By 2:15 we're back in our marina slip.
Lightening Strike Damage Test ResultsSusan / mostly sunny, hot & humid 97 degrees F
06/15/2016, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Jerry has completed his rounds of inspections and testing. A few items were resuscitated with new fuses, LEDs and/or a power cycle. Others pronounced dead for sure. Still others need to be replaced based on expert advise / experience.
Day 1: Lightening Damage Inspection & Stop Gap MeasuresSusan / mostly cloudy, hot & humid 95 degrees F
06/09/2016, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Side note: This is day 3 without power at the marina due to a large thunderstorm that toppled trees and power lines knocking out power to the entire area a few nights ago. No internet and no shore power at most marinas. Here marina generators keep their offices, restaurants, and hotel rooms minimally powered.
Lightening StrikeSusan / evening thunderstorms, 78 degrees F
06/08/2016, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
6:15pm. The nightly thunderstorms start to roll thru. This time the lightening is all around us and at times right on top of us. One strike is a crackly SPARK POP! with a bright flash of light. Immediately after something smells like it's burning; turns out to be the Mintaka Duo barograph we have plunged into the 12 volt batter charger at the electrical panel. Fried. And the sump punp in the aft guest bathroom is chugging away. Jerry has to disconnect the wiring to get it to stop. Neither VHF nor SSB radio works. Same for the AM-FM radio. Wind instrument dead. Freezer monitor dead. Inverter/charger dead. OK, some good news: Jerry disconnected and uninstalled all helm instruments this afternoon and brought them inside for storage. We were inside and sitting on non-conductive chairs when it hit. Laptop computers were disconnected from outlets so they're ok. Backup storage disk is ok. Interior lights work. Nothing obvious is burning. The boat is not taking on water.
NOAA Info: Invest93Susan / sunny, hot & humid 88 degrees F
This is the weather we were running hard South to avoid - Invest93 - currently in the area of Banco Chinchorro and moving North to NNW. NOAA prediction is high that it'll turn into Tropical Storm Colin within the next several days. It's a stormy squally mess where we were just days ago.
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