We coated the entire stern in slippery dish washing
liquid and made a "wall" of fenders tied together across the stern steps at deck
level. Kept them off for about 8 hours. Awakened 0300 with a large sea lion head
entering our aft-opening hatch
. Scared the living beejesus out of us! Knew we would never get that huge thing out of our boat
if it slid down inside that hatch
onto our bed
. My husband drew back and punched it full-force straight in the jaw. Stopped it cold. After a few seconds it turned and slithered off the deck
. We increased the width of the fender
wall across the stern and also coated them with dish washing
liquid. No more problems.
Yes to original question, but with all the normal caveats. Must check with Ecuadorian govt first because things change there very frequently these days. Whether you use an agent or not will depend on whatever the requirements are at the time you arrive. FWIW, we decided that the price
of deisel delivered and pumped into our tank was worth the slight additional cost rather than schlumping jerry cans into town ourselves. That decision likely be based on just how much diesel
you wish to purchase
. The larger the quantity the more one is willing to pay the slight price
difference rather than waste an entire day going back and forth with jerry cans.
We didn't stay the entire 20 days alloted us at that time. Ten days was enough for us. Interesting place.
Amel SM2 #387