Leela Year Five - Heading to the Pacific

02 June 2019 | Vista Mar Marina, Panama
23 May 2019 | Panama City
15 May 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
09 May 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
01 May 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
26 April 2019 | Medellin, Colombia
17 April 2019 | Cusco, Peru
03 April 2019 | Arequipa, Peru
23 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
17 March 2019
16 March 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
07 March 2019 | Gatun Lake, Panama
03 March 2019
03 March 2019 | Fort Sherman, Panama
19 February 2019 | Shelter Bay Marina, Panama
11 February 2019 | Rio Diablo, San Blas
02 February 2019 | Combombier, San Blas, Panama
02 February 2019 | Nargana, Panama
02 February 2019 | Rio Diablo
28 January 2019 | Saladarup, San Blas Islands


04 November 2017 | St Kitts (for ever????)
We were looking good for a Monday launch when some dummy managed to irredeemably strip the thread on the stuffing box. And the peril of hauling the boat on an island with almost no technical resources rapidly became apparent. We are now on hold waiting for a new stuffing box and some specialist tools to effect the repair - at least a week's delay.....

There are a few upsides. We are doing a slow and careful job with the bottom paint, important if we stay onboard next summer and having accommodation close to the boat has allowed Janaki to do a major number on the interior varnish so we will be very pretty when we finally get to be a boat. I have also upgraded the stuffing box for a more manageable model, not a fancy dripless but a more flexible conventional system.

It has also been an eye opener for a possible sortie into the Pacific. We will need to be a lot more self-sufficient - without sinking the boat with too much 'just in case' stuff. It will not be an easy call.

We are going to take full day off tomorrow to catch the ferry over to Nevis to catch up with a few people and actually go for a swim - Bliss!
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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