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

Back to Panama--take...3

08 July 2009 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
Amy/ rain, rain, go away!
Here we go again... or I should say, "here HE goes again". Jim is once again packing up to head back to Panama. Each time we/us/ he heads down, there's less luggage to take. It's been raining there quite often, so often that the bottom has not been painted. But to just not go, and throw away a ticket seems nearly ridiculous too, since it costs so much to simply change the date, almost as much as the ticket itself. Bob & his 2 buddies are going down for sure this time too. In fact they are actually on the same flight from Houston to Panama. We are all hoping the rain will stop long enough for the 4 of them to put the anti-fouling & bottom paint on by putting tarps up to keep the rain out. It may not be the best job, but at this point it's better than nothing and if it's not able to be done, well, let's just stay positive..., okay? Then getting Sunshine splashed back in the water and moved to Bocas in time for Jim to catch his return flight Tues. Thankfully he will only be gone 6 1/2 days this time, as neither he nor I are wanting him to be gone- nor the kids for that matter. You would think, knowing that this is nearly, repeat, nearly... a done deal, and knowing money is about to be in our hands, we'd be a little more excited. I think the burn out is overtaking our enthusiasm. We so want this to be over with.
As for the photos I mentioned I'd add once Jim got home last time, other than a nice pix of Les & Lea, the rest of them that he took were only of the work on the boat. Not very exciting. Maybe this time.
The property I mentioned in the previous post is the one we'll be making an offer on soon! THAT is something we are excited about. We still wish things were different w/ Sunshine, that we could keep her, she wouldn't have so much maintenance and was closer. But she's not, and it's time to move on. We're looking at after Bridget graduates from HS in 4 years, maybe that will be a good time to revisit the cruising lifestyle. But that's a long, yet really, not so long, ways off.
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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Sunshine's Photos -

The Thoreson Crew

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