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

Easter Sunday/ Monday

30 March 2008 | Tamarindo Estero
Sunday was Easter and we had a somewhat quiet day. Kids hunted for eggs around the boat, actually Jenaya was up first and found most of them. Micah was a bit upset, but we quickly reminded him that the past couple years he had done the same thing. Dad and Jim did some light work, even though it was Easter, we have that schedule to keep to get Dad to his flight on time.

Monday we all went to LaUnion. Dad's first bus ride in El Salvador. It was a crowded one. We found a Marinsa store there, it's smaller than the one in San Salvador but did have some fiberglass cloth and some other supplies. Then we took Jim's plywood bow roller template to the stainless steel place to have a new one made. It was going to cost $115 and would be done by 4! Can't beat that! We got back around 2 and then Jim, Freddy and Gervin went to San Miguel with a friend named Narcissa who has a truck to get the stainless steel( hopefully) bolts for the new bow roller and some stainless steel pipe to install the wind generator, among some other items he could not get in LaUnion. Wasn't back until late. Jim & Gervin went back to La Union and then on to San Miguel again on Tuesday to pick up the bow roller, it needed 2 other holes drilled and there was still some other supplies he needed that he ran out of time getting the day before so went on again, by bus, to San Miguel. He was back around dinner time. Wednesday Jim started working on installing the new bow roller, that took 2 full days, plus a little on a 3rd. Also there was some prep work on the floor, that Jim wanted to do himself before the new floor goes on top. He did a few other small jobs too. Then the weather put us in a pinch- there was small craft warnings for 2-3 days from Tuesday down the coast of Nicaragua so we had to wait that out. So then we called Mom and got her opinion on what to do with Dad. She called Dawn and they moved Dad's ticket from the first to the 14th. Finished the work on the floor, finally getting a coat of epoxy on it on Saturday night at 10 p.m. Was going to leave on Sunday, but then when Dad and Gervin went to go get diesel from the gas station that morning, Sunday, it was not open. Dad and Gervin then went to LaUnion and by the time they got back and Jim went to the navy dock to get our Zarpe stamped, it was just too late to leave. So we went to the beach and relaxed for a change. Dad stayed on the boat and read and relaxed, he didn't want to be out in the sun anymore. We came back after beach combing and playing and went over to the village to get pupusas one last time. Dad again opted for the p&q and we brought him back some dinner. We were all up bright and early Monday and pulled up anchor at 8:20.
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