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Old 04-07-2010, 09:06   #61
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Panama does have much to offer. I did my internship at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone years ago. We were members of the Balboa Yacht Club and had our boat out on a mooring, sailing to Taboga on weekends. We drove our Land Cruiser from the USA to Panama in a one month trip which was also good fun. There's lots to do in Panama.
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Glad to hear you got back safely to Panama, sorry about the weather turning you around. When you next get underway I hope things mellow out for you.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:55   #63
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I hope you find someone that knows how to fix a sail proprely.
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:58   #64
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I am completely awestruck by Panama. Unfortunately my return to the Bay Area can be the difference in having a retirement, or having lost it all in this economy, so I am on a schedule, although behind. When we turn for the Philippines from the Bay Area we will take the time to visit Panama properly. We hope to at least visit the Perlas if we can get going Tues........i2f
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John & Mel,

Glad to hear you guys made it back to Panama safely - I hadn't checked the forum in a while (distracted with many things) and missed hearing about your ordeal with the storm. Best of luck in the second try!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need to get a hold of hard to find boat parts, etc - will be happy to help. Take care and fair winds!

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Old 07-07-2010, 19:47   #66
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Here's how the line handlers retrive the lines.........i2f
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That brings back memories of taking Exit Only through the Panama Canal. We were not the center yacht when locking up to Gatun Lake. Unfortunately, the center boat was a very large Swan with a psycho captain. Line handling was easy. Handling the psycho dude was the big challenge. I wish we could have got a line around him and put some duct tape over his mouth.
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Old 07-07-2010, 20:48   #68
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Here's some more........i2f
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FINALLY the Pacific.......i2f
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Great videos i2f.

Thanks for sharing, going through the canal is one of my life long dreams.
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Will we ever leave here? Every Tues cruisers get together for pizza here on Isla Perico. Last night we joined them again. While telling our stories of woe, and that we are finally ready to go. Melanie is having a conversation with a fella about not being able to get our weather data to work.

My plan was to leave as the sun came up. There are lots of things that go bump in the night here in the Gulf Of Panama, so a departure in daylight is what I want. Melanie is offered a simple, and free program in the morning. So here we are with the anchor still down, and my wished to depart not met. Ah but, tomorrow is a new day, and hope is on the horizon.

The good thing about this is that the winds have shifted to very favorable, and a quick passage....hopefully. They will keep us from having to go south again.......i2f
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Great videos John and Mel. Hope you have a safe and fun passage to Hawaii.
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Does anyone know if I2F is actually back in Panama, or this is likely just a SPOT issue?

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It appears that he is back in Panama Gord....A friend has emailed him, and hopefully we'll know more today.
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Not only are we back, but I am seeking a doctor. My ear was infected several weeks ago, and now it has grown a lump the size of a golfball. My inner ear is sore, and my balance was off. It has improved, but I am still experiencing head aches, or maybe brain pain is a better description?

When I lay on my back it feels like there is a small stone between my brain, and skull. Kind of like a small object in your shoe. Also my left eye seems to be discharging, and a wee bit painful too. I was not sleeping, and Mel was actually handling the boat. cooking, cleaning, navigating, and useless me. I sail south, and then I sail north. I am beginning to feel like a frikking YO-YO.

I am feeling a lot better. The lump was soft like a boiled egg, but now has hardened a wee bit. I am getting ready to turn on the cruiser's net, and see if I can get some advice for a doctor. The good news is the mainsail is still intact.......i2f
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