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

Paperwork Cha- Cha

07 April 2008 | Playa del Coco, Costa Rica
Moved Sunshine over to Playa del Coco early in the morning to check in with the Port Captain & Immigration. Jim first went on shore around 8:30. Called us around 11- he had the handheld VHF with him, and said the Immigration lady needed us all to come to her office. So after he came back to get us, and finished it was after 2 by the time all the paperwork cha-cha was complete. So that sounds about par for the course, from what we read, it can take 2-4 hours or 2-4 days depending on the day, the location of the port and clearance officials, etc. There is no landing dock here, so it's a beach entrance which with the surf and tides makes for some interesting landings, and obviously the reason why the officials do not come out to your boat. Jim finished with the customs agent at 2:00, then went to the Internet café to get information on getting my Dad to Panama either by bus or plane. After going those 4 days nearly non-stop, except to sleep, it's just not something easily done- especially with kids, and definitely not something we want to do long term, we decided it would be too strenuous to get him to Panama by the 14th to catch his flight. Besides we'd have to miss out on a lot of things we really want to see along the way that we will not have the opportunity to do again on this side of the canal. And Dad really is itching to get home and finish up on the work that needs done on their new house.
We got back to Sunshine around 5:30, and had BLT's for dinner. It was the first time we had bacon since leaving Michigan, except for the one time we each had a piece & 1/4 up in Chalatango. With going over the info Jim got for Dad, it looks like he'll be leaving tomorrow, and so he got his belongings packed and ready to go ashore in the morning, get checked off our crew list and catch a bus at 2 in the afternoon for San Jose, to get on another bus to Panama at 11 p.m. to go 16 hours on the bus to there. He also once there, since the bus takes him right to the airport, may look in to a flight from CR to Panama to catch his return flight home.
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