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

First day back on Sunshine

28 March 2009 | Isla Taboga
Amy/ 90's
Once we got out to Sunshine, the reality of the past 10 months of her going through yet another rainy season in a tropical location really set in. We expected some things, some we did not. We expected to have to wipe her all down again on the inside, after the rain,comes the sun & that means moisture & that equals mold. But she was so much worse than when we came down to her in El Salvador on our beginning of our journey in Nov. '07. After getting our luggage all on board and taking a look around more, I opened the front food locker and found a major mess. I had no idea the qt. Size cartons of juice would overheat & explode, and to top it all off, cockroaches found their way on to Sunshine while we were away & they were having a feast in this food locker. The dinghy Jim & I spent so much time on, and Dad too when he was with us last time, had some water damage since she wasn't completely finished before we left last June. The shaft for the steering wheel was broken, most likely from all the wind that comes along with all that rain during the rainy season. Jim tried to start the diesel engine to charge our batteries, since the solar panels weren't putting out what they were suppose to. We were in shock overload. We did what we could in the short few hours being on her. Wondering what tomorrow will bring.
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