Wednesday, January 20, 2016
When we woke up this morning the rain was gone and the lake was calm. We were told that a new canal pilot would arrive between 10 and 11 am. Around noon the pilot still had not shown up so a radio call to the pilot station was made. We were told that it would now be around 2 pm. So we waited. We watched several of the large freighters go into to the locks. Around 2 pm the pilot showed up and we waited some more. At 3:30 we finally untied from the mooring buoy and slowly started heading to the locks. At the Mira Flores locks we went in last...behind a big freighter. On this side we had to go in first. The problem was that we were to tie up along side another tour boat but the boat was running behind coming from the other side of the canal. When it finally got there we were able to enter the first lock. This time we loaded at the top level in each lock and drop down as they pumped water out. Here are several pictures of our trip through the Gatun Locks to the Caribbean Sea.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
The new and improved website is finally up and running! Take a minute and check it out. We have been getting lots of questions regarding the name of the boat. Go to the website and all your questions will be answered...either that or you will be even more confused! Cheers,
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
We arrived at the Flamenco Marina at dusk on Tuesday, December1, 2015. We were notified by the marina that our agent...Peter Stevens, of the Delfinao Maritime Agency would be down to meet us shortly. This was a surprise because it was already about 7pm. But sure enough Peter arrived a few minutes later and came aboard to meet us. He is an absolutely delightful man! He spoke with an english accent and holds a US Passport. He has obviously been doing this for a very long time. He sat with us for about an hour and told us what to expect when transiting the canal. He also thrilled us with several stories of past escapades! If you ever find yourself needing to transit the canal I highly recommend him! When he left he took our passports and all the required documentation to get us cleared into Panama and obtain all the necessary cruising documents. The Flamenco marina is located between the entrance to the canal and Panama City. It is the largest marina we have been in so far with slips for approximately 750 boats. The majority of the slips are filled with sport fishing boats....several hundred million dollars worth! The Marina has several restaurants, bars, shops, etc. It even has a pretty large boat yard with haul out facilities. Here are some pictures of the Marina and surrounding views.