Cruising with Vida Dulce

12 March 2018 | Roatan, Honduras
10 March 2018 | West End Roatan, Honduras
08 March 2018 | West End Roatan, Honduras
06 March 2018 | Cayos Cochinos, Honduras
04 March 2018 | West End Roatan, Honduras
01 March 2018 | West End Roatan, Honduras
01 March 2018 | West End Roatan, Honduras
28 February 2018 | Roatan, Honduras
26 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize
23 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
22 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
20 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
19 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
18 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
17 February 2018 | Roberts Grove, Belize
14 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize
13 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize
10 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize
05 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize
04 February 2018 | Placencia, Belize

Drama Drama

20 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Susan / AM showers, afternoon sun, 84 degrees F
Used to be, Tortugal was a nice place to be here in the Rio Dulce. The most expensive marina, yes, but that keeps out a certain number of people, plus it's well away from the issues of Fronteras, and the gun-toting night guards make sure dinghies and other items are secure. While we still get jake-brake noise from the highway overpass in the distance, it's not directly overhead as in some other marinas.

Used to be, at least on the north end of the marina docks where we've shared space with cruiser friends old and new. Everyone mostly getting along, sharing periodic happy hours, board games, and potlucks. And each year we've employed marina workers to do stainless steel cleaning, extra boat wash & wax, bottom cleaning and so on, providing them money to augment their pay, especially around holiday time. And whenever we needed to do woodworking or like projects - our projects are minimal in terms of sanding, varnishing, fiberglass work, etc as compared to others - we've asked for permission from marina staff, especially if we need share their workspace, and have brought & used our own tools, with the exception of the table-saw.

All in all, it's been worth the additional cost. Which is why we've recommended this marina to others over the years, bringing in a fair amount of business.

This year is different. A bunch of white-haired undies-in-a-bunch rude & complaining people. Even us long-term customers on the north docks are not immune to their negative impact. And now, todays edict from owner Daphne: As of today, no boat work is allowed in the marina that disturbs the peace or creates pollution to insure a quiet and tranquil place for marina & hotel guests. We have just one more small job to complete, an opportunistic project to replace the bow seats with solid teak ones; wood we purchased from a local lumber yard. Just an hour or so of sanding is needed to finish. With this edict, there are questions: Will our power sander disturb someone's peace? It has a built-in collector however if a bit of teak dust drops to the floor, is that pollution? Other cruisers are not so well positioned for the edict, being mid- large project. This will unquestionably have an impact on marina customers; I mean, what cruiser doesn't need to do boat work at the start of each season?

As a result, as of today we can no longer recommend Tortugal Marina. In fact we will actively be a non-recommender. Plus we're very tempted to move elsewhere as a matter of principle.

It's lunchtime, late lunchtime, when Daphne's email is received. We decide to head to Kangaroo Las Mexicanas for lunch and to talk through our options. Jerry orders the Assie Burger; lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, bacon burger topped with a fried egg. It's a Dagwood. I have chicken green chile enchiladas. Both good. In the end, we decide to see how this plays out - Will people who continue to do work be asked to leave? Will people needing to complete projects leave on their own? Is the workshop no longer available to marina customers? I think we've decided to go ahead and use the workshop during the marina workers Christmas Day break to finish our bow seats. If we're asked to leave as a result, so be it.
Vessel Name: Vida Dulce
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Seattle, WA
Crew: Jerry and Susan Barber
About: Jerry and Susan moved aboard Vida Dulce in late October of 2010. We are currently in the Caribbean.
Vida Dulce's Photos - Main
26 Photos
Created 20 October 2017
17 Photos
Created 2 September 2017
4 Photos
Created 15 December 2016
9 Photos
Created 17 October 2016
20 Photos
Created 1 September 2015
North Coast, West section 2015; Havana to Baracoa Bus Trip 2016
100 Photos
Created 15 May 2015
38 Photos
Created 11 March 2015
50 Photos
Created 25 December 2014
The road trip included 7 States: WA, OR, ID, WY, CO, UT, MT
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Created 3 August 2014
Hurricane Season 2014
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 14 June 2014
Pictures of our stay in Honduras 2014
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 4 January 2014
10 Photos
Created 18 October 2013
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Created 20 September 2013
Our Dec 2012 - Feb 2013 visit
55 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 December 2012
Happy Holidays from Isla Providencia, Colombia
11 Photos
Created 31 December 2012
Photos of my on-board garden
16 Photos
Created 28 September 2012
4 Photos
Created 26 December 2011
Pictures of our time in Panama, Sept 2011 - Dec 2012
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Created 29 September 2011
Pictures of our visit to Columbia, May-Oct 2011
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Created 15 July 2011
Photos of our series drogue and May 2011 practice deployment and retrieval
24 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
Pictures from our brief visit to Bonaire, Curacao & Aruba in May 2011
35 Photos
Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our short stay off Isla Pelona in May 2011
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Created 11 May 2011
Pictures of our time in Grenada, April 2011
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Created 23 April 2011
Pictures of our island stops in the Grenadines, April 2011
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Created 4 April 2011
Photos of St Vincent, April 2011
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Created 2 April 2011
Photos of St Lucia March 2011
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Created 15 March 2011
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Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Dominica 2011
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Created 7 March 2011
Photos of Iles des Saintes, Feb 2011
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Created 17 February 2011
Photos of Guadeloupe, Feb 2011
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Created 13 February 2011
Photos of Barbuda, Jan 2011
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Created 14 January 2011
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Created 30 December 2010
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Created 26 December 2010
Photos of Red Hook, St Thomas and Vida Dulce getting a new bank of batteries and the installation of her new custom made arch which will support 4 solar panels.
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Created 9 November 2010
Haul out of Vida Dulce in November of 2010.
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Created 9 November 2010
Lots of photos of various places not in other albums. Most are included directly in a blog entry.
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Created 31 October 2010
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Created 11 September 2010
A "Working" Trip with Jim to start outfitting the boat for cruising.
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Created 10 September 2010
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Created 5 April 2010
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Created 5 April 2010