s/v Sunshine

The Cruising Adventures of the Thoreson Family

14 July 2009
08 July 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
13 June 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama- still
06 June 2009 | Empire, MI/ SB Marina, Panama
15 May 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
15 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
14 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
12 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
11 April 2009 | Carribean, North of Panama
10 April 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
10 April 2009 | 9.3691,-79.9503
10 April 2009 | 9.3797,-79.9345
09 April 2009 | Lake Gatun, Panama
09 April 2009 | 9.3442,-79.9075
09 April 2009 | 9.2718,-79.9234
08 April 2009 | Panama Canal
08 April 2009 | 9.2176,-79.8913
08 April 2009 | 9.0159,-79.6118
08 April 2009 | 8.905,-79.5307
07 April 2009 | Playita Anchorage Panama City

Another Week, Another Try, Try Another Week

16 December 2007 | Bahia del Sol
Amy/ 86d., partly to mostly cloudy and breezy
The old children's song, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" has quickly become our theme song.
Latest on the impellar- Jim was able to locate the Yamaha dealer in SanSal. Basically in a nutshell the store employee that Santos talked to for us, said they don't have the part, they are not interested in ordering it. Okay, so if you have a Yamaha motor, bring lots of extra parts for your motor, since it appears as though they are going to be less than helpful. But, the good news is, and this is still only a lead, found out through another cruiser here that there is a Yamaha parts store, different than the actual dealer. Will call there tomorrow, pray, cross your fingers, send good thoughts, whatever you'd like, but please hope we get the part or at least some help to get it.
We had fresh fish for the first time here. George from another boat went fishing with Santos last Monday. They hired a fisherman with a panga who took them a few miles out into the Ocean and they caught 22 fish. George gave us a 24" Dorado. We cooked it up that night and YUM! We hadn't had fish, except once or twice Jim or I ordered fish in a restaurant. But to have it and cook it ourselves, this was a first on the boat. Jim had to of course, then, clean it and fillet it. He knew that day would come, he'd never done that before.
I went with another couple and previously mentioned George to another town Thursday. Zacatacaluca, or Zacata for short, is another larger town, in between the size of SanSal and LaHurradera, about an hour away. Another bus trip. Every bus is different. The one on the way in was more run down than the one we took to SanSal, and this driver was a bit more gentle at the wheel. We switched busses at the Arco and had another 20 or so minute ride to Zacata. This town is like a mini SanSal, except since it's smaller you can walk around. It has a small strip mall with a bank, grocery store, ice cream kioske, Kodak store, shoe store, among others. Then across the street from it, as you go up the main street, are the outdoor vendors just like in the SanSal market place. They sure like their modern technologies here, and they don't keep them to themselves. What I mean is, the loud music from the CD or DVD vendors, the vehicles that drive around advertising something with their speakers blaring, on the busses they play loud rock or rap music. The bus ride back to the Arco from Zacata even played music videos on a tv screen, it's too bad they weren't more family friendly, if you've seen a rap video you'll know what I mean. We found a new generator there that we are considering buying, and when we go to Zacata to pick up our packages, that is the nearest post office to Bahia del Sol, we'll probably come back with the generator too. That will be a big help for all the work that needs done on the boat.

Jim finally found all the poles and pieces needed for our little Walker Bay dinghy's sails. He got it put together and we went sailing on it earlier today. We all enjoyed that. Although I'd of rather gone to the beach today, the kids really need to get off this boat for a while and move and run around, and so do I!! It's really been quite difficult being so much more confined without a working motor to get us around to more places and do more things. Hopefully soon, heard that before! But it has to happen some time! We can't keep having this much trouble forever.

Bridget wants to add a few things: Hey I would just like to thank everyone who gave me a Birthday wish I felt almost like I was back home have a warm and safe Christmas/Eve and winter! Love u all!

Vessel Name: Sunshine
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Ed Horstman Tristar Trimaran
Hailing Port: Traverse City, MI
Crew: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
We have been married almost 19 years, Bridget is now 14, Micah is almost 8, Jenaya is 5. We have a strong Christian/Catholic Faith, love spending time together & exploring this beautiful World. [...]
We purchased Sunshine in Feb. '07. She was in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. We flew down in Nov. '07, spent 4 months getting her ready, building a new, larger dinghy, enjoying El Salvador & the friends we made. We then took the next 2 1/2 months sailing from there to Panama City. Now the next leg [...]
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The Thoreson Crew

Who: Jim, Amy, Bridget, Micah, & Jenaya
Port: Traverse City, MI