An Altere Adventure

Last Stop Insurance and Shipping Woes

Golfito will be the last destination in my southern cruise. There I plan to meet a ship from SevenStar Transport. They will lift Altere up on to the deck and steam northward. My boat will retrace a lot of the nearly 8,000 nautical miles travelled in the...

Quepos

Up early, I raised the anchor and motored out of the bay formed by Islas Cedros and Jesusita. Our goal was Quepos, almost 60 nautical miles south in central Costa Rica. My crew slept in.

We were not moving very fast over the ground. I...

Golfo de Nicoya

My crew slept in. They were sleep deprived when they first flew to this time zone two hours ahead of home. And we had had a busy time the previous two days before disrupting everyone’s normal sleep with an overnight watch schedule.

After a...

Overnight Passage to Bahía Ballena

My intrepid crew and I set out from Marina Papagayos. We made a last minute trip to Playa de Cocos for more groceries before returning our rental car. Altere had full water and fuel tanks.

We finally had our National Zarpe that gave us...

Adventures with Crew

I was pleased that my brother Doug and his daughter Jane could come and join me in Costa Rica. They had originally planned to sail from El Salvador to Nicaragua with me last spring when COVID19 disrupted our plans. I rented a car to pick them up at the...

Boat Repair

Because I am getting close to shipping Altere home, I have begun to think about which projects I should work on here and what I should defer until I am home. Cruising without a depth sounder makes me very uncomfortable. I could do it, but I really like...

San Ramón

Through one of Laurin’s friends we heard about a small town in a coffee growing region closer to the capital San Jose. The friend had a contact for us who ran a BnB and was a chef. He did not have room for us but gave us advice on visiting the town and...

Bahia Huevos

One morning I followed Laurin and Mike in Second Wind out to Bahia Huevos. This peasceful and secluded bay is only about an hour from Marina Papagayos. It is very well protected from all but a westerly wind. The papagayos that blow across the Central...

Lago Areñal

Laurin, Mike and I decided to do a road trip to Lake Areñal in a mountainous and volcanic region a few hours drive from our marina. Roads in Costa Rica are quite good. We passed through farmland with large crops of sugar cane in bloom. This alternated with...

Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica, and COVID

I was pleasantly surprised by efforts in Costa Rica to keep everyone safe from COVID. While Costa Rica has its own share of cases and deaths, they had closed borders and many had begun wearing masks.

I settled into a routine at the marina,...