Sound Effect does the big U

14 November 2012
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09 March 2012 | Quintana Roo
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01 March 2012 | Puerto Morales Mexico
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24 February 2012 | Texan Bay

Livingstone check out

24 February 2012 | Texan Bay
Friday morning we got up , and went ashore to check on our water taxi that we had scheduled from the day before. The appointed hour came and went no lancha. So using my intrepid spanish I asked about our driver. The women server in the restaurant ashore got our her cell and called again. A new boat was order and it in fact did arrive. I asked for the name of the driver so that when the boat arrived I would know it was the right one. They told me Marixa
I commented that this was an unusual name for a man and they laughed. I found out later that it was the name of the boat! It almost seems that the more spanish I think I speak the more confusion I create. The main problem is no one EVER says I dont know what you are saying they just smile and nod, and because I can speak in sentences they assume I am fluent and rattle off a barrage, oh well it is still fun.
Walter (the driver) picked us up and off we went to Livingstone by way of the short cut through the mangrove swamp, good to have local knowledge.
The ride that had taken us 3.5 hrs in our boat was done in 30 minutes.
The checkout was painless as we used the agent in town and he took care of everything and we were ready to go. We had corresponded by email all week so he knew we were coming and had all the information pre done so now we are ready to go.
The reason we did it this way is we want tomorrows high tide at 10:11 am and we did not want to spend the night in the Livingstone harbor as it is not safe.
We leave tomorrow and will most likely be out of touch until we reach Mexico and internet coverage once again. I may try to send an email blog over the SSB radio however dont count on that.
Vessel Name: Sound Effect
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour385
Hailing Port: Tacoma WA
Crew: Jim & Connie Merritt
About: Jim and Connie have been sailing since 1975 and have owned four different boats. Racing and cruising Puget Sound Jim has earned a 100 Ton Coast Guard License and US sailing instructor credentials
Extra: Dreaming about full time cruising for20yrs, Jim and Connie have been actively planning for 5 years since participating in the 2005 BaJa Ha Ha
Sound Effect's Photos - Main
Slip Away tipped on the Okachobbe to transit the railroad bridge
5 Photos
Created 14 November 2012
Mayan ruins in Mexico
18 Photos
Created 29 March 2012
Side trip to Tikal and flores from Rio Dulce
15 Photos
Created 20 February 2012
15 Photos
Created 12 February 2012
Sound Effect transits the canal October 10-11 2011
17 Photos
Created 14 December 2011
12 Photos
Created 28 July 2011
9 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
Boat trip up the estuary known as the jungle cruise
17 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Bird Sanctuary
16 Photos
Created 6 February 2011
Train ride to Copper Canyon January 2011
24 Photos
Created 23 January 2011
45 Photos
Created 21 December 2010
Sailing Cabo to Sea and back to La Paz
18 Photos
Created 28 November 2010
San Diego to Cabo
43 Photos
Created 6 November 2010
10 Photos
Created 8 October 2010
Two Harbors to Avalon
13 Photos
Created 1 October 2010
12 Photos
Created 8 September 2010
Delivery of Sound Effect to San Francisco
5 Photos
Created 29 August 2010

Who: Jim & Connie Merritt
Port: Tacoma WA