Made it over the "bar"
04 November 2009 | Livingston, Guatemala
Patty/Cloudy with rain
We motored down the Golfete and through the Gorge to anchor in Livingston on 10/28/2009, then went across the infamous "bar", right after mean low of .65 without bumping! Anchored over by Cabos tres Puntas for the night, sailed around and found a pristine reef to snorkel, caught a sailfish (let him go). Our second night at anchor in Cabos tres Puntas produced a wicked thunderstorm. Wind and chop broke our anchor keeper, the chain rode chewed up the bow roller, and our dinghy lock cable (motorcycle cable) broke, so it got a little hairy at 3 a.m.
Motored back over the bar into Livingston (again at mean low!) without bumping, did some sightseeing and provisioning, then went back outside toward the Seven Altars and anchored there. Weather was perfect until...Gary thought the "late afternoon breeze" would subside with sundown, but it got progressively stronger, coupled with about a 3 knot current. Once again, pulled anchor and motor/sailed across the bay to shelter at Cabos tres Puntas. Once again, treated to an impressive thunderstorm (at least our water tank is full!) The next morning, we puttered in and crossed the bar (this time on a rising tide). The real trick is to watch how the locals do it, but I guess our 5'4" draft doesn't hurt either.
More adventures to come - we have to go back out and look for our companion's big plough anchor (he used a swivel and it broke). Plus we need more conch! We're sitting at anchor near our old marina (RAM), fixing, tidying and provisioning until our next foray.