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Old 09-06-2010, 16:20   #16
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John,

So you went the hard way?

Hey! Change your location on your profile! I'm trying to find where Cartegena, FL is!

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It sure seems that way. We have gotten maybe a day of real sailing, and who ever heard of southwest winds under Jamaica?

Vasco....thanks for the kind words......i2f
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Old 13-06-2010, 12:37   #17
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At last we are in Panama. Something finally went our way. As slight as the wind was, under 5 knots, at least it was behind us,and we got pushed by swells, and the frikking motors.

We did get in an after noon of on the beam sailing at 8 knots & less. We came onto the Panamanian coast about 30 miles from Limon Bay. There was some sunshine, and some heavy rain, but the coastline is gorgeous. To bad we are doling a drive through.

Once again we have looked into the mysterious noise of the rudder, and can find nothing. Tomorrow we will take Imagine out, and drive her hard in reverse, and forward. Hopefully we can duplicate the sound in this way. Being only 50 miles away from the Pacific is making me anxious to get going......i2f
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Old 13-06-2010, 12:48   #18
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Possibly that irksome noise is due to vortexes off something forward of the rudders? An indication is that it only occurs at or above certain speeds. Try filling the gap from rudder to skeg with soft rubber foam. Worrying, even when you are sleepy! Good Luck.
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Sounds wonderful! Except for the rudder.


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Hey, John. Good to hear you got the Caribbean part behind you safely!

p.s. I think I'll update your thread title...
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Old 13-06-2010, 19:02   #21
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Hey, John. Good to hear you got the Caribbean part behind you safely!

p.s. I think I'll update your thread title...
SOON it will have to be updated to i2f in the Pacific. Hopefully by then I will get in some more writing, pics & videos on our SPOT TRACKER. I am really looking forward to the trades to Hawaii. Hopefully we can catch them soon.......i2f
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My wife and I will be on Oahu for the month of July, visiting our daughter, who lives there. Get crackin' and come on out. I want a ride on your cat!
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My wife and I will be on Oahu for the month of July, visiting our daughter, who lives there. Get crackin' and come on out. I want a ride on your cat!
Will do if possible! We are checked in, get measured tomorrow, and are most likkely passing through on Saturday. It's top off the tanks, and we are going as soon as weather is willing to let us pass........i2f
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Hi John, Melanie and Ralph,

Barb and I've been wondering about you guys - hadn't signed on the forum for a while - Hope you have safe travels and the rudder issue is nothing to worry about.

Take care and fair winds!

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Old 15-06-2010, 08:59   #25
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HAKKI,

Ralph left the boat 2 weeks ago. It's Mel & I going at it. I am waiting on the boat to be measured today. The lines, and tire fenders are aboard already. Today is a day of topping off the on board tanks, oil, and little adjustments here & there. Looks like Fri, or Sat. will be the day.......i2f
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It brings back marvelous memories!!

The Panama Canal is one of our (many) cruising highlights!

Both our pilots were so knowlegable about the canal it was like a history and science lesson combined.
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HAKKI,

Ralph left the boat 2 weeks ago. It's Mel & I going at it. I am waiting on the boat to be measured today. The lines, and tire fenders are aboard already. Today is a day of topping off the on board tanks, oil, and little adjustments here & there. Looks like Fri, or Sat. will be the day.......i2f
Sounds so exciting! Be safe and have fun!

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P.S.: You'll need to send us the recipe for the brisket marinade you had used... Perhaps we can give the spring fling another try
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That's a tough one Hakki. I never know what I use from time to time, but I can give you some ideas.

pre-marinade in a wee bit of vineagar over night
lots of garlic
sprinkle seas salt on both sides lightly

At times I have used a cheap jar of salsa added to the above.

At other times I used BOLD & SPICY A-1 sauce added to the above with a wee bit of LIQUID SMOKE.

A large bottle of cheap Italian Dressing from Wal-Mart, GREAT VALUE brand, at times.

I always let this set over night if not for several days, and then the coals are in-direct heat, not over the coals, and for about 6-8 hours. The last 2 hours are spent basting the meat in it's own juices mixed with what ever marinade used. I also check the meat hourly once it starts on the grill. OH, the last hour, or 30 minutes I leave the foil open while I baste, so the meat can get a wee bit of crisp on the top......i2f
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Today is the day. We are going through to the lake at 3pm, and will finish tomorrow. It being Father's Day, and my Father's wish to be in the Pacific. I will give a wee bit of his ashes to Neptune once we enter the Pacific tomorrow, and my friend John too.

I was building a batten from doorskins to replace the one lost in the Windless Passage. All windless except for the squall we sailed through, and lost a batten reefing. I am placing on the last coat of epoxy, and a man walks up, tells me to save my epoxy, and buy his extra battens....LIFE!....CYA ON THE OTHER SIDE......i2f
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Have fun!!!!!!!

We heard some weird noises at night in the jungle by the lake.



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