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Old 22-09-2009, 18:08   #61
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No matter how violent Colon appears, Panama city is fine.




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Isn't Panama City where that delivery guy was trying to steal your alternator or something?
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Old 22-09-2009, 18:24   #62
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Isn't Panama City where that delivery guy was trying to steal your alternator or something?
No one tried to steal nuffin from us.

That was the time that one boat bought a spare alternator for the pacific and stored it next to his fluxgate compass.
Leaving Panama they did laps of the bay (clockwise) for nearly 2 days.

Or are you thinking of the guy we line handeled for that was stabbed 6 times in Colon? By the time we got half way accross the pacific people were telling us about a guy who was stabbed 38 times.... turned out to be the same guy, just Cruisers Exageration of Facts! LOL

To avoid being stabbed just remember: Being drunk at night in a known bad spot in Colon is NOT an intellegent thing to do especially when the Taxi is only US$1!
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Old 22-09-2009, 18:28   #63
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Belize has had a long standing requirement of charterers to use holding tanks in all anchorages and to empty them only in deep water. All I spoke to were happy to comply, perhaps the hefty fines they have for damaging coral makes charterers think twice.

It's become the norm for us and we, also, have taken to separate heads for each purpose at anchor.

With regard to Bequia, We arrived there (about 2 months ago), went ashore and bought veggies from the nice lady just down the street from the market. Less than 1 minute later, a policeman shot a local guy in the foot apparently trying to steal her potatos. Rumors had it he was known to her. "Crazy cousin-in-law crack-head" I was told.

At the market you can imagine how riled up the Market "vendors" were. They were spitting venom about police brutality and government abuse all over the place. They were so mad they had smoke coming out their ears. Bequia does have some drug issues.

Strange introduction, but we really enjoyed our stay anyway. I look forward to going back.

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... Panama is as good as it gets for prices world wide....
The mugging on my friends (2 separate cases) was in Panama, not in Colon.

Agree. Low prices. But at the same time just so-so quality.

Our great disappointment was that a lot of fruit / vegs went overboard - we did not know that what looked so fresh on the stands was kept in fridges overnight, then, naturally, it just did not keep. One learns as they go.

So that one does not think barnakiel simply hates Panama I must admit the best mango I had in my life was hand picked (illegally) in that huge park they have on the Pacific side - between the old club and the Flamenca.

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No one tried to steal nuffin from us.


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Must have been someone else then.
I thought you were waiting for something after you went through.
I remember a story of it's delivery while provisioning.

Your site does not allow much from the past or I am missing a clickey somewhere.
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Must have been someone else then.
I thought you were waiting for something after you went through.
I remember a story of it's delivery while provisioning.

Your site does not allow much from the past or I am missing a clickey somewhere.
The page is our 2008 mosnter long page http://ourlifeatsea.com/2008.html

The other story must have been someone else.


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I was in panama both in 1977 and 1978. Got shot at in Colon in 1977.
Crazy place.
Panama city on the other hand was a pretty nice place to party back then. That was around the time old jimmy carter gave up the canal so things were a little crazy back then...
Haven't been back since, and won't be for a little more while...

About the poop issue, I use the old holding tank thing for now, but got a purasan just waiting to be installed, then mostly I will use that.
The thought of my kids swimming in a sea of poop.... pretty gross.
At least a macerating pump would make it a bit more..... palatable ?
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