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01 December 2019 | Pacific
Wim
Sunday 1 December 2019, Las Brisas, Panama

The last two weeks have past very quickly since we have been busy with going to the canal one more time as line handlers, buying and fitting new batteries and fixing a lot of small things. Later on the fridge stopped working causing us to try to find spare parts for that as well. The started battery also decided to take out his pension.

We have had lots of rain and thunderstorms, the wet season not being over yet, so we could catch lots of water in our water catcher. Since we are anchored in front of a very big city the water is not put in the tanks but in buckets for washing, showering, etc. Bengt gets very dirty here when it rains. Lots of soot and other stuff in the air making the deck black.

Our batteries lost their charge during the nights so we had to find new ones. There are several battery stores in town but they are far away which means taking a taxi to get new batteries to the boat so we tried the local chandleries here on Isla Perico and Flamenco first.
Global Marine sells Deka batteries and since they were willing to give a discount and deliver them to the dinghy dock we didn�'t walk further and ordered five 105 A deep-cycle batteries which can be used for solar charging (slow). We payed 1000 dollars for them. On Aruba we had looked at these batteries but the chandlery there wanted 285 dollars per battery. Here we payed 200 each.

Since the new batteries weigh 30 kilos each we had some help from Paul from �'Luna Mare�' to get them on Bengt. Our dinghy being too small for such a weight. It took a long time to get the old batteries out and the new ones in. We had bought 31 inch batteries while the old ones were 24 inch long. This gave some work with adjusting the cables and getting the supports in the right place. We have a special locker for the batteries with a screwed on lid so they don�'t go anywhere when Bengt gets knocked down in heavy seas. It was a very hot and windless day so lots of sweating. I was lying on a cushion with my head down in the locker dripping like a shower while Elisabeth lowered the batteries down so I could put them in their right place. All went well and the next day we took the old batteries ashore
to put them in the recycling bin. One of the guards on the dinghy dock started talking to us about all these batteries (7) so we asked if he wanted them. He didn�'t hesitate and took all seven batteries. We had eight but kept one to see if we could recharge it. When we bought these batteries five years ago we thought they were maintenance free but when we opened the lock of one with a screwdriver we could see that there was no water left in it although the voltage after more than 24 hours off charge was still 12,7 V. We filled one battery with battery-water and charged it. Seems to be ok as a spare. After all this sweating and lifting heavy batteries it felt good to take the dinghy to �'Notorious�' with Karsten and Jeannette for a well-deserved sundowner.

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New and old batteries

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The skipper trying to find out how the wiring is done

Friday morning Daniel from �'Nana�' came to pick us up and drove us to the dinghy dock since we were going to Colon to help our friends Neill and Heidi from �'Artemis�' with their transit. We took the bus to the Albrook terminal and walked to terminal 34 where the bus to Colon departs from. It took a while before the bus was full but then it drove to Colon on the Atlantic side in one hour for 3,5 dollars p.p. Since we were quit early we got off the bus in 4-Alto, the shopping centre, and did some shopping in the Rey supermarket before we took the shuttle-bus to Shelter Bay Marina. On the bus also Tobias from �'Maya�' who was going to be the fourth line-handler on �'Artemis�'.

In the marina Elisabeth jumped in the pool and had a long swim and hot shower. Heidi took care of the infected mosquito bite on my arm before it was time to let go of the lines and head out to �'The Flats�' to wait for the Advisor. The transit was not unlike ours. Some waiting and lots of rain. We nested with two other boats, the French �'Iroise�' and an American boat with a very loud-mouthed crew. In the up locks also a freighter and two tugboats. Elisabeth and I were line handlers on the front deck which turned out to be hard work since the turbulence in the locks was strong. We arrived at the buoy in Lake Gatun in the evening and after a warm night 'Artemis' motored to the Pacific side early the next morning. Here we had rain again but going down is easier than going up so all went well despite the rain. In
the evening we anchored next to Bengt in Las Brisas. After a drink, an iced Pina-colada, and snack we were picked up by Katharina from �'Nana�' who drove us back to our own boat. Katharina and Daniel had been cat-sitting for us.

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Tobias, Wim and Heidi

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Neill and the crew of 'Iroise'

Needless to say the day after, Sunday, was rest-day. We removed some mildew with the help of vinegar. The climate here is hot and very humid so mildew grows even on the outside of our lockers. Vinegar is very good to keep it away.

Next day, Monday, we took the dinghy ashore and went to town with Neill and Heidi so they could buy their bus card. The bus is cheap, 25 cents one way, but you need a bus card which can only be bought at the Albrook transport centre. We did some shopping at �'Super 99�' and �'Do-it�', the hardware store, before we took the bus back to Isla Perico. In the evening Neill, Heidi, Elisabeth and I were invited to Marc and Sylvie on �'Iroise�' for a sundowner. �'Iroise�' is a 43 ft French Privilege catamaran with a beautiful interior. We went through the canal together and were tied up to them on �'The flats�' with �'Artemis�' drinking coffee and waiting for the Advisors. Very nice people.

The rest of the week we did a lot of cleaning and fixing. The Aquair wind generator was taken apart since it had developed a �'ticking�' noise and did not want to start spinning in light winds anymore. I did not find anything strange inside but sanded down the rotors and stators with fine sandpaper since they were rusty. The bearings looked fine and got some grease but the ticking noise didn�'t disappear so I took it apart a second time to look for damages on the rotors or stators. Nothing was found so the solution is �'live with it�'. Most likely the shaft is bend a little since we pulled the propeller out of the water several times during our passage from Aruba to Panama. This is not so good for the generator since there are large forced involved. Bengt sailed very fast the first days of this passage and speeds went
regularly over 7 knots which is the speed limit for the generators propeller. By lengthening the line to 40 meters the surfacing of the propeller stopped.

We changed the engine oil and checked the hydraulic system in which we had to fill about 10 ml. The rudder bearings got some grease. This is easy to write, and read, but it involved taking our bed apart to get to the rudder bearings under it and crawling in the little opening to get the grease gun in place in order to be able to reach the grease nipple. The highest point in the hydraulic system is under the chart table which also meant removing stuff. Oil changing is always messy and this time was no exception (the electric pump broke down so we had to use the manual one). All this combined with the humid heat made for hard and sweaty work.
We had lots of �'Heidi�' coffee on �'Artemis�', dinner om �'Luna Mare�' and a visit of Christer from �'Hathorn�' of Göteborg. Elisabeth and Christer are old acquaintances, it was nice to talk some Swedish again and exchange books. Still lots and lots of rain and thunderstorms so we collected a lot of water with which we did the laundry.

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Christmas has come to Panama as well

�'Black�' Friday was a black day for us since our fridge stopped working. We did the �'black box�' test to see if the compressor was faulty. It was not. Works fine! The fault is in the �'red box�' of our Swedish Isotherm fridge. The �'red box�' replaces the thermostat of the Danfoss compressor. Since a new �'red box�' has to be send from the USA att a cost of around 300 dollars we skip this and buy a Danfoss thermostat instead. Not so intelligent as the �'red box�' but a lot cheaper and available here in Panama. Karsten and Jeannette came over for coffee and later in the evening we went over to �'Luna Mare�' for dinner. Here we were served a wonderful potato salad and grilled fish. Delicious!

Saturday saw us row over to Neill and Heidi to borrow their internet so we could check our digital mailboxes and drink coffee. They will sail for Las Perlas tonight. We had planned to sail there too but now we will have to go to town and search for a new thermostat on Monday. We also need a new starter battery. A very hot and humid day so not much done otherwise. The anchor chain was taken up 15 meters to clean it, it was very dirty after three weeks in the water.

Sunday was windless and hot. The little Christmas decorations we have were taken out of the lockers. Now we have some Santa�'s staring at us wondering where the snow is. Not much Christmas feeling in this heat.

Until next week! (hopefully not from Las Brisas)

Veckan som har gått: Panama

29 November 2019 | Panama
Wim van Blaricum
Söndag 24 november 2019, Las Brisas, Panama

Den här veckan har gått fort, vi har varit i gång med batterier och kanalgenomfart.
Måndagsmorgon åkte vi iland för att betala räkningar. Vi använder 'Internet para todos', internet för alla, som är ett gratis internet som Panama erbjuder sina medborgare. Det är inte så snabbt och ute på ankarplatsen är mottagningen beroende på hur båten ligger men det funkar bra. Mycket regn så vi samlade vatten i våra hinkar till tvätt och disk. Batterierna tappar nu laddningen helt på natten och vi får köra motorn på morgonen.

Tisdag gick vi iland för att köpa nya batterier. Det finns en del batteri-affärer i stan men det är långt med båda buss och taxi så vi försökte först hos de små båtaffärer här i området. Vi hittade 'Global Marine' som säljer Deka batterier. Vi beställde fem 105 ampere Deep-Cycle batterier till ett pris på 200 dollar per styck. Samma batteri kostar 285 dollar hos Budget Marine på Aruba. Märket är från USA och av den typen som är lämplig för solpanelsladdning. Förutom det har vi haft problem med vår septiktankpump som bara ville fungera efter att vi tog isär den och gjorde rent den inuti. Det går bra en gång men att göra det varje dag är inte roligt. Pumpens ventiler var slitna och höll inte tätt även om den bara var drygt ett år gammal. Vi bytte till den gamla pumpen som satt i båten när vi köpte den. Vi hade hittat nya ventiler och totalrenoverade hela pumpen. Den här gamla pumpen har ett stort membran som klarar av att pumpa igenom 'skiten' mycket bättre än de 'nyare' pumparna även om de förbrukar mer ström och pumpar snabbare.

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Nya och gamla batterier

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Skepparen klurar på elen

Onsdag kom försäljaren med batterierna till jollebryggan. Han var så snäll och körde dem med bilen så vi slapp ta en taxi. Paul från 'Luna Mare' erbjöd sig att hjälpa till med att transporten ut till Bengt. Snällt! Vi jobbade hela dagen med att ta bort de gamla batterierna och att installera de nya. Vi köpte Deka DC31DT som är större än dem vi hade så det krävdes lite meck och kabelanpassning innan de var på plats. Det var en varm vindstilla dag så svetten rann. Vi fick vara två för att få de 30 kilo tunga batterier på plats. Det är ganska trångt bakom soffan där batterifacket är och man ser inte så mycket heller. Arbetsställningen är inte den bästa, jag fick ligga på magen med huvudet nere i facket för att komma åt både batterierna och kablar. Till slut fick vi allt på plats och kunde ta en dusch och köra jollen till den danska båten'Notorious' med Jeanette och Karsten för en välförtjänt sundowner. Vi hade träffat Karsten och Jeanette i Shelter Bay Marina på 'andra sidan'.

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Julen har kommit till Panama med

Torsdag fick vi besked av Neill och Heidi att deras kanalgenomfart var klart för fredag så vi rodde över till 'Nanna' för att be dem att vara kattvakt åt Obama. Vi kollade igenom all kabeldragning på de nya batterierna innan vi la locken på plats och skruvade fast det. De gamla batterierna var 'underhållsfria' men när vi öppnade ett av deras lock med hjälp av en skruvmejsel kunde vi konstatera att vätskenivån i den var långt under plåtarna. Alla åtta visade samma låga vätskenivå även om spänningen var 12,7 V efter mer än ett dygns vila. Vi fyllde två med batterivatten och körde dammsugaren på ett av dem för att se vad som hände. Dammsugaren är på 100 W/8 A men det gick ganska bra. Förmodligen går det inte att rädda batterierna så vi kommer att ställa de vid soptunnorna, förhoppningsvis är det någon som har nytta av dem.

Fredagsmorgon kom Daniel från 'Nanna' och körde oss till jollebryggan. Vi hade hissat upp jollen på däck eftersom vi skulle vara borta i två dagar för att hjälpa Neill och Heidi på 'Artemis' med deras kanalgenomfart. På busstationen i Albrook (en av de två stora transportcentra i Panama City) tog vi oss till terminal 34 och satte oss på bussen till Colon. Det dröjde ett tag innan bussen var fullsatt men sedan tog det inte mer än en dryg timme på motorvägen att köra tillbaka till Atlanten och Colon. Själva bussen var utsmyckad med gardiner med tofsar, LED-belysning i alla möjliga färger och en storbilds-TV som visade musikvideos. Eftersom bussen passerar 4-Alto, det stora shoppingcentret i Colon, gick vi av där för att ta marinas Shuttle-buss till Shelter Bay Marina. Vi hann med lite handling på 'Rey' innan Ranger körde fram bussen. På bussen var också Tobias från 'Maya' som skulle vara den fjärde linehandlern. Elisabeth hann med ett dopp i poolen och en lång dusch innan det var dags att släppa förtöjningarna och börja vår andra kanalgenomfart. Den här gången var Elisabeth och jag linehandlers på fördäck och Tobias på akterdäck. Som vid vår egen genomfart fick vi vänta ett tag på 'The Flats' innan Advisorn dök upp. Det regnade av och till och vi fick vänta här och där på stora skepp som vi inte fick passera så det var mörkt innan vi förtöjde vid bojen på Gatun sjön. Eftersom vi var tre båtar förtöjda bredvid varandra, 'Nesting', var det hårt arbete för linehandlers på fördäcket. Förutom att vi slussade med ett stort fartyg hade vi också två bogserbåtar framför oss. När vattnet kom upp blev det mer turbulens och det betydde mycket jobb med att hålla linan tajt för oss på fördäck. Nästa morgon fortsatte vi genom kanalen, nerslussningen var lätt och vid åttatiden på lördagskvällen ankrade vi bredvid Bengt i Las Brisas. Katharina kom och hämtade oss och sedan sov vi gott.

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Tobias, Wim och Heidi

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Neill och besättningen på 'Iroise'

Söndag blev vilodag men vi kollade de nya batterierna, laddade den ena av de två gamla vi hade tänkt spara och kollade startbatteriet som också behövde lite vatten. Elisabeth hann med en del mögelsanering. Klimatet här är varmt och fuktigt så mögel trivs även på utsidan av skåpdörrarna. Lösningen heter Vinäger.

Vi hörs nästa vecka!

Sunday November 17, Las Brisas Anchorage, Panama City

18 November 2019 | Panama
Wim van Blaricum
Bild: Panama-City from the anchorage



Monday morning was not the quiet moment before the transit that we had hoped for. The blackwater-pump hung itself, so we had to disassemble it and clean the entire pump because it had some ‘toilet stuff’ stuck between the valves. Because the fault was on the pressure side, we had a lot of disgusting toilet-stuff running in the bilges. Yuck! It was me who had to unscrew everything, and I had to be very careful because my wound on the left underarm was not healed yet.

There were some other things that needed to be fixed, payment of the marina among others. The greywater tank had constipation and had to be opened with the result that the dishwater sprayed out of the hose and onto the floor and in the bilges.
We were just finished with cleaning-up when our line-handlers, Paul, Marion and Katharina showed up. Last we saw Paul and Marion was on Lanzarote more than a year ago, so it was good to see them again. After lunch it started raining. The Canal transit contains a lot of waiting so after we had left the marina we just let Bengt drift around on the Flats. We were going through the Canal with a German boat, 'Antje', which had already anchored there. Since the bottom consists of soft mud we did not anchor to prevent getting a lot of mud on and in the boat. After an hour of drifting in the rain, our Advisor came with the pilot boat and we started our transit. The advisor was a nice and charming man who loved Elisabeth's banana cake. We continued towards the first locks 'Gatun locks' where we had to wait a while again. The rain was pouring down. We passed under the newly opened bridge over the canal, complete with lights in the Panama flag’s colors. Impressive!

Then we had to hurry.
We went alongside 'Antje' and moored to each other, ‘nesting’. Then it went slowly into the lock. Since Bengt was the largest boat, we had to do most of the maneuvering into the lock. You have to try to hold the boats in the middle of the lock chamber. The advisor was very good and had full control. The throwing lines with their monkey-fists came flying over the boats (we had covered some of the solar panels just in case) and the long lines were attached to them. Then the casting guys went with us into the lock where there was already a ship ' Georgia M’ moored. It stopped raining. The doors were closed and now there was no return to the Atlantic for Bengt.

There is some turbulence when the water is released so the Line-handlers had to work hard to keep the lines tight and the boats in the middle of the chamber. Our Advisor constantly told them which ropes would be tightened or which would not. It is the advisor on the boat in the middle (e.g. ours) that has control. After that the ship was pulled by the locomotives to the next chamber, we were able to move forward, but only after the lines were taken back to the boat. The casting lines remained attached to the boat and the men on land had to go with them up the steep lock wall. We had to keep 'walking-speed'. In the second chamber the same procedure.
The last chamber is the most difficult because the turbulence is greatest here (fresh meets saltwater) and the ship starts using its propeller to get out of the chamber. Just then one of Antjes ropes snapped off in the middle and we started being tossed around in the turbulence. The advisor called the lockmaster and the propeller stopped. Antjes crew got a spare line ashore and then we could proceed.
After half an hour of motoring across Lake Gatun, past the new locks and eating dinner on the way, we moored for the night to a large buoy. The advisor was picked up and we prepared for the night. This was the first time we had so many people sleeping on Bengt so this needed some organizing. Paul and Marion borrowed our bed in the back, Katharina slept in the doghouse and Elisabeth and I took the sofa in the saloon. The night was hot with many mosquitos, but everybody was in a good mood in the morning although maybe not so alert.
Coffee and breakfast helped and at 07.15 a.m. we were ready for the advisor.

We had gotten 07:15 as time the advisor would come aboard the night before but he didn’t show up until 08:15. As before we proceeded immediately towards the canal. Now we had long stretches of straight motoring. The sun came out and it was hot outside. The crew went inside, some slept, and some read. Outside the advisor and I. He was a nice guy but young and not to talkative. We had lunch, coffee and looked for crocodiles. The canal is steep to, so you come close to the shores. Some showers past but otherwise we had nice weather. Paul steered awhile so I could stretch my legs and go to the toilet.

Finally, we past under both bridges connecting North and South America and stopped to wait for our turn to lock down. According to the advisor we had been to slow and missed our ‘schedule’. We had been motoring at more than 5,5 knots (the speed given by us to the Ad-measurer) but speed over ground had been less since we had the current against us. We also had to wait several times for an hour or so to let ships with dangerous goods pass us in a wide section of the canal. After waiting for ‘our’ ship, ‘Ocean Mercury’, we nested with Antje and went slowly in the chamber. Locking down yachts are in front of the ship, so we went in first. Here you have to be careful to have all lines, especially the back-lines, tied and tight before the ship enters the chamber since it creates a large current. The advisor was very specific about this. After passing the first chamber it started raining. The thunderstorm was right over us. Visibility zero. The last lock ‘Mira flora’ has a visitor’s center where lots of people were standing on the balconies watching the ships go in and out of the locks. Now it poured down, but we could see the Pacific Ocean ahead of us, an unforgettable moment despite the rain. This was the second time that I sailed into the Pacific via the Panama Canal (the first time was 34 years ago). Locking down is easier than locking up, no turbulence, so all went well.

Once out of the locks we untied from 'Antje' and proceeded to the Balboa Yacht Club were the advisor was picked up and Stanley came and collected his lines and fenders. We recommend him, wonderful man. After another hour of motoring in total darkness we anchored in Las Brisas in front of Panama City.
Daniel, Katharina’s husband, came to pick up our line-handlers but first we had a toast, with bubbly, to the Pacific. We slept while Bengt was safely anchored in a new ocean.

Wednesday afternoon Paul and Marion came by and picked up Elisabeth to go to town. My arm was troubling me so I stayed on Bengt. To get into town from Las Brisas you take the bus. The problem is that the driver does not handle cash of any kind so you need a bus card which you charge with a few dollars. This card can only be purchased from a machine in the bus station at Albrook. This machine is only in Spanish so you need someone to help you. Paul and Marion had done this before so they took Elisabeth with them (bus ride is 25 cents) so she could get the card (2 dollars). Another complication is that the dinghy dock dries at low water so you can’t tie up or leave for about one hour before and after high water.

Thursday was cleaning day. The deck and cockpit had become very dirty during the transit so they were scrubbed clean in the rain. We also dried out towels, cushions, pillows, sheets, etc. when the sun was out and cleaned up the whole boat inside. In the evening we were invited for a sundowner on ‘Nana’.

Friday gave us a huge thunderstorm passing straight over us. We could see the lightning striking down in the city. After it cleared up we took the dinghy ashore and had a walk around the three islands, Isla Naos/Culebra, Isla Perico and Isla Flamenco which are connected to each other by ‘The Causeway’. There are some shops, mainly small chandleries and restaurants, and two marinas who are so expensive that nobody want to tie up there. Even a buoy at Balboa Yacht Club is ridiculously expensive at 100 dollars for the first night.

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Lots af lighting every day.


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Saturday we took the bus to Albrook Mall, a huge shopping centre next to the bus and metro station Albrook. Although most shops sell clothes, shoes and mobile phone stuff we did find a huge supermarket ‘Super 99’ and a good hardware store ‘Do it’ where they sell watermaker filters and other goodies a sailor might need. We even found a fog-horn on air which we promptly put in our basket. Even if we had transited the canal and nobody had asked for it we bought it anyway. You never know what the authorities in Chile or Argentina are up to. To get to the mall you have to pass the bus station and the metro station. It being Saturday there were lots and lots of people around going to the mall, to the busses and to the metro. The noise was appalling and combined with the ever present loud music you soon longed for a quit anchorage with only the water clucking on the hull. Even so in all the shops we visited we only med kind and helpful people even if their English was worse than our Spanish. In the hardware store the manager even looked things up on internet since we could not make it clear to him what we were looking for. The supermarket was total chaos with Christmas food and decorations lying on tables were you normally drive your shopping trolley. But here too all were nice and friendly and helped when we stood sort of lost in the vegetable department.

Since we took the bus early in the morning, before low water at noon, we had some hours to kill before we could use the dinghy again so we walked around the mall and had lunch. The bus back got stuck in the Saturday traffic-jam and progress was very slow. We didn’t mind that since the rain poured down from the skies. So much that the streets had more than 10 cm of water in them. When the bus moved a few meters and drove through the water the children behind us screamed with exitment. Water came through the doors onto the floor but this seemed to be normal. Nobody took notice apart from us tourists. On the way to Isla Perico (the name of the bus stop) you pass a lot of rather pompous government buildings decorated with flags and other things in the colours of the Panamanian flag (red, white and dark blue). Some buildings have their lawns covered with small flags. The country has had some serious corruption problems and financial scandals. As in most countries in the Americas (Canada exclusive) most wealth is concentrated with a few very rich people. When this becomes too obvious, like now in Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia people start protesting. The ruling classes react, as always, with violence. We have been having some discussions about sailing to Chile or not because of the violence the police and army have been using against the unarmed and mainly peaceful protesters. A while it was like back in the days of Pinochet, people ‘disappeared’ or ‘committed suicide’ in prison so we decided not to sail there but to Canada instead but it seems to have calmed down so we stick to the original plan. But this can, off course, change.

Here in Panama one feels that this with flag waving is a means to keep the people quiet and happy. A case of ‘Panem et circensus’, maintain the Status Quo and keep the power where it is.

We got off the bus and waited at the bus stop until it stopped raining before we went to bail out the dinghy so we could take us back to Bengt. November is the worst rain month according to all people we talked to. It seems to fit.

Sunday was cleaning day again. We had caught a lot of water in our water-catcher so we scrubbed the cockpit again, cleaned inside, hoovered and did the laundry. I wrote this blog both in Swedish and in English. Since we mainly seem to socialise with German sailors we should write this blog in German as well.

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Next week we will travel back to Colon by buss to help our friends from ‘Artemis’ with their canal transit. After that we will clear out, sail to Las Perlas a few days and wait for a decent wind to start our voyage to Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

Until next week!


Vessel Name: Bengt
Vessel Make/Model: Bruce Roberts 44 offshore
Hailing Port: Wallhamn, Sweden
Crew: Elisabeth and Wim
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Vi är Wim och Elisabeth, båda i 50-års ålder som träffades vintern 2011. Tillsammans har vi sex barn. Segling, havet och öar är det som lockar oss. Hamnar undviker vi så mycket som möjligt. Vi ligger helst på svaj. [...]
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Vem är Bengt? Bengt är en Bruce Roberts 44 Offshore som byggdes av Bengt Matzén i Stockholm mellan 1987 och 2001. Bengts dröm var att segla jorden runt men det blev aldrig av. Vi köpte båten av hans dödsbo och gav den namnet som en hommage till honom. Bengt är byggd i stål och [...]
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