Beyond the Horizon

08 March 2016 | Carriacou
17 February 2016 | Secret Harbor
24 January 2016 | Clarkes Court Bay Marina
13 November 2015
27 October 2015 | Hog Island
18 September 2015 | Miami
03 September 2015 | Nanny Cay, Tortolla, BVI
28 August 2015 | St. Vincent
21 August 2015 | Secret Harbor
17 August 2015
28 July 2015 | Dublin
13 July 2015 | Somerville, MA
06 July 2015

From Panama back to Grenada

18 September 2015 | Miami
Mark and I arrived safely in Bocas del Toro, Panama on Saturday (Sept 12). It was rather hectic getting settled - clearing customs and immigration, finishing up teaching the owners/students - but on Tuesday we finally got a day to explore. We spend it relaxing on the beach on Isla Bastimento. That's where this picture was taken. On Wednesday we flew to Miami to spend a couple of days taking care of business and picking up supplies for some boat projects. Materials are expensive and hard to get in Grenada. My big purchase was several yards of Sunbrella fabric to make a new awning for the boat. Today (Friday) we're finally heading home to Grenada. Hurray!

The crossing from the BVI to Panama was mostly very pleasant. The weather was nearly perfect. We were visited by dolphins and lots of sea birds. There were just a few things that made the whole trip less than perfect. The head on our side of the catamaran didn't work so we had a bucket for use at night, and on the second day the mainsail split around a 1/4 way from the top. Since there was no spare, that meant we had to motor or motor-sail most of the trip. But it was the increasingly strange behavior of the owners that was the real issue. They turned out to be quite a mean spirited pair, though they hid it well at first. I was very glad to be rid of them.

Bocas del Toro is a cute and funky little tourist town. The locals were terrific. I'd be happy to go back again and take some more time to explore all the little reefs and islands; maybe learn to surf or improve my Spanish. I'd just warn anyone to avoid the hotel "Stay" which is owned by our nasty former employers.

Back in Grenada we'll have to spend some time shifting things around since we're loosing access to some on-shore storage we've been using (the sheds are being torn down). But then we can chill out for while. So far at least, there's been nothing boring about this life. It's been busy, busy, busy.
Vessel Name: En Passant
Vessel Make/Model: Kelly Peterson 44
Hailing Port: Grenada
Crew: Mark Norman, Lisa Paton
Mark has his RYA/MCA Yacht-master Ocean license and does yacht deliveries, charters and is an ASA Sailing instructor. He spent his pre-sailing life as a marine biologist in Ireland. Lisa has crewed on several yacht deliveries and is an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) member. [...]
En Passant's Photos - Main
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Created 24 January 2016
July 2015
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Created 28 July 2015
From our times together in Grenada. Some of the photos are from before Lisa joined En Passant as permanent crew.
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Created 8 June 2015