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12/22/07

Cartagena, here we come, Cartagena, here we come... Pt 3

After a brisk sail out of Rio Chagres and around Colon, we made it to Portobelo. The trip entailed dodging several container ships and tankers that were making their way in and out of colon's harbor and the entrance to the Panama Canal. The weather was good the whole day, so it made leaving the Rio Chagres that morning easy. The winds stayed good for most of the trip. it was nice to have an easy close reach sail.

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12/20/07

Cartagena, here we come, Cartagena, here we come... Pt. 2

Our night in Escudo proved to be fairly uncomfortable. There was just too much swell action going on and the boat rolled constantly. It was ok when trying to sleep, but for everything else like cooking and squaring the boat away, it was just too much movement.

Our next stop was the Rio Chagres, about 130 miles away. So to time our arrival for the next morning, we didn't have to leave until that afternoon. The weather got better as the day progressed, and I was encouraged by a West Wind that was blowing pretty steadily all morning. This would be the perfect wind to get us to Chagres on a nice easy broad reach.

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11/15/07

Tony goes to a Big Fat Guatemalan Wedding...

I barely made the flight out of Bocas to head to Guatemala City. The weather's been iffy, and the flights in and out have been getting delayed and/or cancelled like crazy. Luckily, my flight was just delayed a couple of hours, and I got out in time. I had a few hours' layover in Panama City. So I made arrangements to meet up with Liz and Margaux, 2 Belgian sisters I knew from Bocas. They were biding some time before flying off in different directions. Margaux was heading back home to Belgium and Liz, interestingly enough, was heading up to Antigua. So that means I'd probably see her there too.

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11/07/07

Trying to get to Cartagena, and the price I pay for fake salsa dancing...

So things are coming together for the Cartagena trip. I'd rounded up a good group of people for passengers, and a new buddy Joe tells me he thinks he's up for crewing. With all this coming together, I made a last-minute decision to fly up to Guatemala next weekend for a GC Gang wedding I'd been invited. Rosi, one of the esteemed GC Gang elite, is tying the knot on the 10th. Mitzy, and Moni (from Utila) will be there as well.

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10/19/07

Aretha, 1993-2007

Aretha had to be put down today. She had become extremely critical from an obstruction in her intestine, and the vet said she couldn't handle surgery on account of her being too septic and her age. We gave her a burial at sea right off the anchorage here in Bahia Almirante.

I'm dealing with the loss pretty much as expected. She's been a constant in my life through so many changes, losses, and all that other stuff. It's really hard to imagine life without my bitchy, annoying one-eyed cat.

I'll write more later.

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10/18/07

Tough times...

So the plan was to get back to the boat with my visiting "mystery guest", take on some diesel and go sailing for the next week or so. That was the plan.

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09/20/07

Geez! It's almost October already!

This year is blasting by at a breakneck speed that I'm finding pretty hard to believe. Sure, it's been an eventful year so far, but come on!

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07/08/07

It's been awhile, I know...

Things had been at a bit of a standstill here in Bocas. The weather's been pretty ruthless, particularly the last couple of weeks. There has been massive amounts of rain and NASTY thunderstorms almost every night. The lightning has gotten pretty scary and fierce sometimes, but luckily no boats that I know of have been hit thus far. Hoping we get some consistent sun soon, I'm losing my tan!

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06/13/07

Hangin' out in Bocas Del Toro...

So the first week here has been an interesting adjustment to the pace of Bocas del Toro. The days are slow, hot, and quiet for the most part. Most evenings and nights, the pace picks up in town as the locals and travelers alike gear up for another party somewhere.

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06/05/07

Bienvenidos a Panama...

Our stay in San Andres got stretched out by a couple more days due to some mechanical issues. Appears that BOTH of the alternators decided to give me problems at the same time. What was worse, my spares didn't work well either. So I had to get one set rebuilt again.

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05/27/07

Panama Bound... Part II

It didn't take us long at all to get adjusted to the pace of Providencia. This was such a laid-back, relaxed island, that chilling out was easy. The weather was a bit rainy when we arrived, but that didn't stop us from at least heading in to get a look around. Apparently, that day was a fiesta of some kind, so everything was closed and the streets were empty. So there wasn't a lot to do except walk around. Which was fine in itself.

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05/22/07

Panama Bound... Part I

So, after a day or so in Utila, the crew was onboard, last minute details were taken care of, and we were off to Roatan. We did have a little issue with the anchor windlass (that's the thing that raises and lowers the anchor). Seems that the relay switch that operated the controller decided to stop working, right when we were anchoring in Utila.

Considering that these kinds of relay switches are not just available anywhere in Central America, much less the Bay Islands, I had to improvise. I managed to set up a way of "hotwiring" the windlass when I needed it to work using a pair of jumper cables. Sure, it's not as pretty as pushing a button to raise the anchor, but it gets the job done. So it will have to do for now.

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05/15/07

Let's get caught up, shall we?

Since getting back from the states last week of April, most of my time has been getting Andiamo prepared for the next chapter, heading down to Panama for hurricane season. A trip I'm really looking forward to, because alas, it's time to move on.

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04/10/07

So, THAT's what absolute terror sounds like...

Alas, the bottom job project in Puerto Cortes was completed on time, on budget and on schedule. I never thought I'd be able to say those three things in the same sentence when it comes to anything having to do with Andiamo maintenance. Even more bizarre, it was despite some delays due to some rather idiotic planning by the navy yard guys.

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04/01/07

On the hard in Puerto Cortes...

Yep, it's that time again, to pull Andiamo out of the water and tend to her undersides. As much as I dread the idea of hauling my boat out of the water, I also understand that it's a necessary round of maintenance. Nonetheless, I look at it with complete and utter dread each time.

This time around, I decided to try to do it myself. It seems like both previous times I've hauled Andiamo to have the work done by the yard, things weren't quite done up to par. Nevermind that lots of money was paid for substandard work.

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03/16/07

Am I ever going to get out of here???

The past couple of weeks since being in the Rio have been more on the unproductive side. The time has been more or less evenly split between La Ceiba and Utila.

There have, however, been a couple of jaunts around the islands. The first one was a sail to Cayos Cochinos with Lucia, Cristina, and another eight La Ceiba pals in tow for a weekend. Though winds were light, we were able to sail over from Ceiba. The trip threatened to be cut short because of incoming coldfront. I watched it pretty closely, and it didn't look like the worst of it would pass until well after Monday. So we opted to stick out the whole weekend.

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03/03/07

Made it out of the Rio.... sweet....

Finally, something happens as planned and on schedule. In just one week's time, I managed to get Sjelle's boat stripped and sold off. Yeah, there was probably some money left on the table, but with Sjelle in India, there were not a lot of options to go with. I managed to sell alot of the more valuable gear to Luigi and a friend of his, as well as to Bob, who took care of Sjelle's boat after we left the river. The rest of the boat, mainly the hull and its diesel engine, was sold to a local guatemalan welder guy who is quite known to be a major asshole. Nonetheless, he came up with the money at the 11th hour, and a deal was made.

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02/24/07

This damn river keeps me sucking me in...

Made it to the Rio no problem on the 21st. After a nice overnight sail from Utila. I had one passenger along for the ride, Amber from Canada, who was coming to Rio Dulce to meet up with her brother.

I would have liked to have gotten here earlier, but last weekend there were two coldfronts back to back that made the weather really iffy. So I waited until Tuesday the 20th to leave Utila. The weather has been pretty good since then though, thankfully.

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02/18/07

Just waitin' on weather...

Back on Utila after sailing around the Bay Islands with Elizabeth, my visitor who was aboard for 2 weeks. Wanted to head to Rio Dulce for a week or so to deal with Sjelle's boat last Friday, but the weather hasn't been cooperative. We've had a couple of bad coldfronts pass through on account of the nasty winter weather up in the states. So I had to wait it out. Should be clear tomorrow for the next 2-3 days, which should be more than enough for me to get to the Rio.

Internet has also been HORRIFIC here in the Bay Islands, which has hampered my ability to update the blog, and photos, but I will get caught up once I'm in Rio Dulce.

Stay tuned... ;)

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01/22/07

Escape from Placencia...

While I was glad to see Placencia again, I found myself in a strange funk about the place. I think I knew why, but I didn't want it to be. See, this is where I was 2 years ago to this day. That was when Pop died, and I received the inevitable but nonetheless devastating news. Things went black for me in Placencia after that. Yeah, I knew for weeks Pop was on his deathbed, and ready to let go at any time. But knowing that didn't make it any easier.

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01/10/07

Funky weather in Placencia... and until next time, Sjelle...

Been in Placencia for a few days now. Only to encounter some really crazy weather since getting here. After our first day here, which was sunny and nice, there has been nothing but nasty squalls, heavy rain and gusting winds. While it's been no problem on the boat, it's been rather difficult to do anything ashore.

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01/05/07

Belize bound...

So, getting ready to head out to Belize. Sadly, Sjelle has to leave Andiamo again to go back to Denmark and work for a couple of months. Then, she'll travel to India for a month or so to get certified as a Yoga instructor. She flies out of Cancun on the 11th, so we're going to make the trip up to Belize so it's easier for her to get there without spending days on a bus.

From there, I'll try to pick up some passengers and crew to head back toward Livingston and Honduras. If all goes well, I'll be heading back from Belize sometime next week or so. At least that's the plan. Then again, I might be having fun in Belize and choose to stick around a little longer. It could happen.

In any case, things are kinda sad because we're at the last few days of Sjelle's time aboard. I'm sure she'll be back again sometime (hell, she's leaving all kinds of stuff onboard!), so that's ok...

So hopefully next update will be from somewhere in Belize.

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