Leela Year Five - Heading to the Pacific

24 June 2019 | Vista Mar Marina, Panama
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

Groundhog Day.......

24 November 2017 | Sint Maarten
No. This is not us STILL out of the water in St Kitts. It is us out of the water in St Maarten.... I guess that is progress of sorts. The new stuffing box worked fine but after launch we discovered a leak in the tubing that carries the centerboard cable. The leak was very small but well below waterline and not something you would want to get suddenly worse. So, back on the hard for a repair job. While we were waiting we replaced our decrepit Schaefer genoa furling system with a nice new Furlex number. It certainly looks prettier. Time will tell if it works better.

This has been a tough mobilization. We have been ploughing through boat lists for a month now and are only just getting to the point that we can see daylight. I know we are in so much better shape than so many others but we are still pretty worn down at this point. Anyway we have escaped to a hotel for a few days of AC while the boat is in the slings so that should freshen us up a bit before we (hopefully) head out to sea early next week with a nicely refurbished boat - new interior varnish, new stuffing box, new ablative, new furling system, new shore charger, repaired solar system, repaired head, new emergency backstay adjuster, new stbd running light, new speed sensor - and a gently smoldering credit card....
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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