s/v LUNA SEA ...Panama Canal Adventure

2011 Robertson & Caine, Leopard 384 Catamaran

10 April 2019
02 April 2019 | RAM Marina, Fronteras, Guatemala on the Rio Dulce river
29 March 2019
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

Yay!!! “New Dinghy” :-)

13 April 2019
Richard Mooberry
A local professional, Hugo, has completed the repairs on “Luna Sea Jr.” including the addition of oar locks and a protective cover some call “chaps” ...

Rio Dulce

10 April 2019
Richard Mooberry
Still “ on the hook” (anchored) and scheduled to fly home 4-16. Second air conditioner down and temp rising outside. That climate change is a real. Nuisance. We have a new neighbor we see on a regular basis and he keeps the fish population down. See pic. They are numerous in this area and very territorial. It is like Nat Geo down here. We see Winter Warming in Denver area and ready for Climate Shock

Docked at RAM Marina...repairs...repairs...repairs....sigh!

07 April 2019
Richard Mooberry
Still sitting on Rio Dulce in Guatemala with most repairs done or almost done. As time goes by even when moored more things go bad. One air conditioner out (of two) and one of two toilets. Not easy to find specialty marine parts or marine technicians like for A/C repair. Meeting nice people in marina and in town and boat really clean. Should be leaving here one week from tomorrow. Will take 24 hrs starting with a three hour boat ride and overnite on the beach. Enclosed is pic of our new neighbor.


Dinghy-less

02 April 2019 | RAM Marina, Fronteras, Guatemala on the Rio Dulce river
Richard Mooberry | Warm, clear, warm breeze
We are now, temporarily, dinghy-less (and trampoline-less actually). Both are out for repairs and an upgrade on the dinghy - "chaps" or a Sunbrella (canvas) cover to keep chafing & sun damage to a minimum.

The crew is now down to Bob, Termite and me. We have been at RAM Marina since we had the new Garmin 922xs (radar & sonar-adaptable) Chartplotter installed over 3 weeks ago....lots of repairs have been completed including interior cabin lighting changes today.

We installed a new speaker (loud-hailer) on the mast spreaders (up in a bosun's chair is always exciting) and dropped the wires down through the hollow mast to the cabin VHF radio. There are now new backrests on the helm and cockpit seating, two new maps installed on the Chartplotter (took over a week....sigh!!!), previous dinghy patching on the bow, installation of an HF/SSB radio and antenna, and a Sunbrella cover over the instrument panel behind the wheel for rain/sun protection.

We expect the repaired trampoline back tomorrow and installation Thursday & Friday. The dinghy will be back next week.

More soon....

Blog update conundrum...

29 March 2019
Richard Mooberry
We’ve been posting onto this blog almost daily (I’m having difficulty with photos too large) and it appears the posts are not...well, posting 😳

We’re working on it (& thanks to you who have been following & inquired)

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! :-)
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
Several photos of our excursions from the Marina where Luna Sea has been docked several weeks during repairs and upgrades...
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Created 2 April 2019
The pueblo has grown around the sailing/boating community along the main highway through Guatemala
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Created 24 March 2019
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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Created 20 February 2019
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Created 10 December 2018
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Created 25 June 2017
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Created 25 June 2017
VARIOUS LOCAL PHOTOS
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Created 12 November 2016
The Atlantic Mackeral and Bonito in the Western Caribbean are much more tasty and less oily than their Pacific namesakes...yummy!!!
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Created 12 November 2016