Finding Our Cruising Permit for the Panama Zarpe
22 April 2019 | Pt. Burica, Costa Rica
Does your boat hide things from you? We had paid for and received our Panama Cruising Permit in Shelter Bay Marina, on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Upon checking out in Puerto Armuelles on April 18, we had all our documentation except the Cruising Permit! With Good Friday and Easter weekend upon us, we were able to check out of Migration and Customs. But we could not check out from 'Marina Mercante' without the Cruising Permit. We were sweating bullets wondering what we were going to do. We remembered receiving the Permit from our Canal Agent. As we pondered and prayed for guidance, Sue won the lottery! Often our desk records drawer which is too full, has contents that could be pushed out of the drawer in back, and end up in a section leading to our bilge underneath the Safety Items drawer below the Records drawer. We took out the Safety Items drawer, and the many papers that were found included a folder with...the Panama Cruising Permit. Glory Day! The officials were as delighted as we were in the discovery! It was wonderful to have worked with officials who truly cared about us and our plight All was well, and we successfully checked out on Monday, April 22nd. With a sigh of relief we picked up some groceries and diesel, and weighed anchor for Costa Rica.