We arrived back in VE on October 5, 2006. We are located at the Bahia Redonda Marina in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on the northern coast of South America.
The marina is very nice with secured gates and guarded 24/7. There are probably about 150 boats here from all over the world, but mainly Americans, Canadians, French and British boats of varying sizes but most all are cruisers, on tight budgets and sailing the high seas from England to the Caribbean to New Zealand and beyond. There is a boat here from Edina on our dock and another one from Alexandra, MN!
There are many shops and nice things within the complex at the marina; including 3 travel agents, a small boat shop outlet and paint shop, a doctor/dentist office, a mini mart, condos/apartments, copy/internet/phone services, a spa with yoga, massage and acupuncture therapy, two upholstery shops, a laundry service, a nice big pool, water aerobics, BBQ deck, and a restaurant. The docks are very nice with potable water and the brick sidewalks wind around and are lined with palm trees with white Christmas lights wrapped around the trunks.
During the two weeks prior to splashing we rented an apartment within the marina property rather than living on the boat. We won't bore you with the details of all the boat preparation, but we did hire out the marina crew to apply 3 coats of anti-fouling paint (keeps the barnacles off) to the bottom this year rather than doing it ourselves. They also replaced the cutlass bearing and re-aligned the engine to the shaft. Once we were in the water we hired two brothers, Jose' and Luis, to strip all the outside deck teak and re-varnished it. We also had the sail loft restitch all the seams in both sails and the uplostery shop recovered our interior cusions/sofas in the ultrasuede we brought with us from home. Dream Chaser is looking good!