Planetary Exloration on Senta II

Vessel Name: Senta II
Vessel Make/Model: Ericson 39B
Crew: Nancy & Sven
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12 April 2015

Still windy and we are staying, plus thanks to Dan

It has been a hectic few weeks. We had the issue with the exoneration paperwork and the National Car Reantal overcharge and then need for a survey for new insurance.

05 April 2015

Varnish and condo time !

The cabin sole has been beginning to show some real wear and the companionway door was looking like it should have used a lot more sun screen, so it was time to get ready to varnish.

02 April 2015

Mess -> hotel stay

Now that we know we are going to stay here in Papagayo Marina for the summer we went to work on some chores.

01 April 2015

We got the exoneration paperwork !

Yes, it is April Fools' Day, but we don't think it is a joke.

31 March 2015

No bad faith contract needed ?

We finally got our misappropriated Marina Papagayo National Car Rental refund. That only took almost a month and a lot of reminders and an angry complaint letter. Talk about substandard service !

26 March 2015

Cultural whiplash

This is another surprising turn of events. We're almost getting whiplash !

Cultural whiplash

26 March 2015
This is another surprising turn of events. We're almost getting whiplash !

We may well head back to Bill and Jean's sanctuary in Bahia del Sol for the summer.

We are getting some really bad vibes here in Marina Papagayo and Costa Rica in general. We had initially planned to skip Costa Rica altogether because of its bad reputation among cruisers (and other tourists). Of course, the Papgayo winds pretty much forced us to make a stop to rest up and Laird on Winterlude made a summer stay here seem downright perfect. As of right now the plan is to get the two-year exoneration paperwork done and then stay here until October when we return from Sweden and Rhode Island. But, big but, that may change !

We have now run into seven boats that have had from major hassles to downright traumas at the hands of local officials. The everyday thefts that we'd read about have not happened but we're in a very very out of the way location. The only "theft" so far is the overcharge that the National Car Rental hit us with and are still avoiding to credit despite having admitted the mistake over three weeks ago. We have seen the pervasive wish to separate us from as much money as possible at every turn and the prices are inexcusably high. We were told that a martini at the neighboring Four Seasons resort costs $25 !

We are also beginning to wonder about the exoneration itself. It was supposed to cost $600 or $700 but is now $900 (which we get back in the form of free slip rental for October). The process was supposed to be simple and take a couple or three weeks, it has probably already been four weeks and we expect one more week at least !

What really could put a wrench in the work is that we will have to sign a contact at the end of the process. That contact is supposed to cover our 8 month stay here at the marina. We could be wrong, but now we have been told that the contract may commit us to a two-year stay with the understanding that we will break the contact at the end of the eight months. If the deal is that we have to sign the contract in bad faith all bets are off. We are not going to sign a contract with the intent of breaking it, absolutely not.

Tomorrow Nancy will ask Brian in the marina office what the deal really is. After that we may be packing up and heading north. That would be incredibly inconvenient as we already have plane tickets from here to Boston and then back here in the fall.

What a pain !
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