s/v LUNA SEA ...Panama Canal Adventure

2011 Robertson & Caine, Leopard 384 Catamaran

18 March 2019 | Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
18 March 2019 | Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
16 March 2019
14 March 2019 | Fronteras, Guatemala
11 March 2019 | Placencia, Belize
16 February 2019 | Ray Caye, Belize
24 January 2019 | Still in Placencia....for a few more weeks
25 August 2017 | Placencia, Belize
12 November 2016 | Silk Caye - large Nurse Shark

Chartplotter install today.....or not :-)

18 March 2019 | Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Richard Mooberry, Bob Biggers | Cool morning with high overcast; sun & warm/humid p.m.
Another day dawns in the cool freshwater of the Rio Dulce as Luna Sea awaits her new chart plotter which is to be installed today.
Guatemala is a terrific place for making repairs due to the inexpensive labor and greater focus on sail- as well as power-boating.
Our dinghy is out for repairs until later this week and our crew is becoming accustomed to the pace of life here in Fronteras.
We are in contact with Weatherman Chris Parker while awaiting the next weather-window for blue-water sailing toward Panama. It’s looking like we have one more opportunity at month’s end if we can motor upwind to northern Belize by that time to get a better angle on the wind for getting around Honduras’ Mosquito coast (Columbus named it Cabo Gracias a Dios because he was so grateful to have finally been able to turn south into cooperative winds just as we hope to do).
P.S. Chartplotter is stuck in Customs & won't arrive until Wednesday.....sigh! :-)

Chartplotter install today.....or not :-)

18 March 2019 | Fronteras, Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Richard Mooberry, Bob Biggers | Cool morning with high overcast; sun & warm/humid p.m.
Another day dawns in the cool freshwater of the Rio Dulce as Luna Sea awaits her new chart plotter which is to be installed today.
Guatemala is a terrific place for making repairs due to the inexpensive labor and greater focus on sail- as well as power-boating.
Our dinghy is out for repairs until later this week and our crew is becoming accustomed to the pace of life here in Fronteras.
We are in contact with Weatherman Chris Parker while awaiting the next weather-window for blue-water sailing toward Panama. It’s looking like we have one more opportunity at month’s end if we can motor upwind to northern Belize by that time to get a better angle on the wind for getting around Honduras’ Mosquito coast (Columbus named it Cabo Gracias a Dios because he was so grateful to have finally been able to turn south into cooperative winds just as we hope to do).
P.S. Chartplotter is stuck in Customs & won't arrive until Wednesday.....sigh! :-)

Fronteras, Guatemala

16 March 2019
Richard Mooberry
Not much happens here on weekends so we played part time tourists. We caught a tuk-tuk (a small three wheeled vehicle) to town and ultimately to the city pier where we hired a water taxi to go to the Castillo de San Felipe built in 1595 to fight pirates. Also called a fort,it had cannons and a prison along with a moat and drawbridge. The water taxi then brought us back to the marina. We are surrounded by multi thousand dollar yachts and in the middle is a hand carved dugout canoe from a mahogany tree, new and old side by side. Just missing a storm, it rained by the buckets as soon as we got back. More to come soon. Experimenting with pictures. On Monday canvas Nd Navionics work begin in earnest

Guatemala

14 March 2019 | Fronteras, Guatemala
Richard Mooberry
After leaving Placencia, Belize, Luna Sea’s home for three and a half years, we sailed to New Haven, Belize and overnighted. Beautiful lagoon, one other boat and never saw any people. Off early to get to Livingston, Guatemala. It took half a day and $250 to get through immigration, but we are legal immigrants, and we can stay up to 90 days. Then we motored up the Rio Dulce. It was like a scene from Jurassic Park with steep cliffs, everything green, and birds everywhere. We anchored at Burnt Cay (pronounced key) and motored into Frontera, 15 mi from the ocean and a nice town with really expensive looking boats and homes. We will be at a marina here getting a new chart plotter. All the electronics are in and working and now the old original chart plotter just can’t keep up. Probably just as well we stopped. Steve has to go back to Houston for a family emergency and is planning on catching up with us. You know things are bad when all we have to complain about are the movie, The Meg, and being down to one air conditioner at night. All is well and we have internet for the next few days.

Departure

11 March 2019 | Placencia, Belize
Richard Mooberry, Bob Biggers
Our original departure was March 2 We went directly into heavy winds and see use with a series of problems showing up with the boat. After 24 hours, we incurred and made her way back to the original Marino on March 3. The first departure was renamed as a shakedown cruise and have spent the day next week doing repairs. A week later we are ready to go. We’ve not made the actual departure but will be losing Internet connection. We leave today with her for a stop at Rio Dolce In Guatemala. From there we go to Rotan and from there ultimately to the canal. We will post whenever there’s Internet connection. Sorry for the delay. Pictures to follow.

Mr&Mrs Stremmel

16 February 2019 | Ray Caye, Belize
Cap’t Richard | Ideal
What a magnificent setting for the joining of two loving spirits...!!!
The Ray Caye wedding was happy & memorable....
Surrounded by family & friends & serenaded by local artist Manzie, Daniel & Karen shared their vows and hearts to become One!
Vessel Name: Luna Sea
Vessel Make/Model: 2011 Robertson & Caine, Leopard 384, (4 cabin)
Hailing Port: Placencia, Belize
Crew: DR. BOB B., TERMITE, STEVE S., RAY G., KENT V., BOB L.
About:
NEW FRIENDS AND OLD FROM NEAR AND FAR.... LIFELONG FRIEND, RETIRED GREEN BERET (GOURMET CHEF) DR. BOB HAILS FROM DENVER, STEVE IS A FRATERNITY BROTHER OF BOB'S & MINE NOW RESIDING IN HOUSTON...HE HAS HOSTED MANY OF US ON HIS PASSPORT 40 NAMED FOR HIS BRIDE, SUSANNE B., TERMITE IS..... [...]
Extra: OUR CREW SLOGAN FOR THIS CRUISE IS "THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME"...WE ALL LOVE SCUBA, SAILING, SUN AND SEA... ...LOOK-OUT PANAMA CANAL...(PACIFIC OCEAN & SAN DIEGO) HERE WE COME!!!
Home Page: http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/LunaSea
Luna Sea's Photos - Main
The pueblo has grown around the sailing/boating community along the main highway theough Guatemala
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From Placencia, Belize to New Haven Bay overnight then Livingston, Guatemala and several days up Rio Dulce to Fronteras with an overnight anchoring at Burnt Cay Bay.
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Created 14 March 2019
HATCHET CAYE WEDDING OF WONDERFUL FRIENDS & FAMILY - FEBRUARY 16, 2019
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