Elle - Sailing and Bocas Fair

Hey everyone, it's been a while! Sorry! Let me back track and say how wonderful the past few weeks have been starting with the sail we went on with our friend Jairo to Starfish Beach. It was a warm and sunny day and we set out around 10:30 a.m. on a wavy four hour sail. We spent our time talking, telling stories, and enjoying time with Jairo.

Laura - They've Come and Gone

We had our first visitors during the past week.  Paul's brother Bernie and some of his family - Pam, Holly, Jack and Anika, came to visit us.  They arrived on Sunday morning and left during the afternoon on Thanksgiving Thursday.  The weather didn't cooperate with our schedule, but we had a wonderful visit despite the rain, high winds and clouds.

Paul - "Does the Generator Sound Funny" or "Another Shaft Coupling???"

So the other day we were running the generator, when all of a sudden Adam and I both looked at eachother and said, "That doesn't sound good".  Ther generator suddenly sounded like it had a handful of gravel inside of it!!  Upon investigation we found a loose shaft coupling.  Are you freaking kidding me!  We only have 3 on the whole boat and in the first 70 days all three have catastophicly failed.  Now you would think that with the first failure I would have checked all three.  Hindsight, that would have been a good idea, but at the time of the first

Paul – “Kids, you want coffee this morning?” or “Free Coffee for all”

 We all have been drinking coffee lately.  I have never been much of a coffee drinker.  At work, there are guys that drink coffee all day, everyday, well into the night, and then go to bed.  I would have  cup here and there (usually softened with some cocoa).  Out here, every day, someone will put water on, and then we French press enough for all.  We all like it.

Laura- More Reminders he is amazing

I married a great guy.  I have known that for a long time now but sometimes even really amazing people start to seem ordinary. Living with his awesomenosity every day for over twenty years now, I may have begun to take it for granted.  Well, thanks to So Many boat problems, he has had many opportunities to remind me.  

Laura. Ready to Go?

Here is a funny thing we are experiencing, as the time approaches for us to leave Bocas we find we have mixed feelings, excited to go but sad to leave.  I suppose that shouldn't come as much of a surprise, after all we have been here for nearly two months now.  For much of that two months we were stuck in the marina with very little wind and very many cheetras biting us.  All we seemed to talk about during that time was getting out of there.

Laura - Another Asilo Visit

 You know how there are those things we all know we should do; those things where it’s hard to get yourself motivated to do, even though you know it’s the right thing to do.  I have to admit, that’s how I was feeling about our weekly Asilo visit this past week.  Some of our friends from the Floating Doctors had finished up their time here in Bocas and gone home.  Paul had too much to do on the boat and wouldn’t be able to join us.  The kids suggested

Paul – “Dragging!” or “A Squall In The Anchorage”

 First of all, lo siento for the lack of blogs lately.  I have been busy and mostly the internet has been terrible!  The only way to connect is to use an internet café in town,(but the websites always come up in Spanish and it is painfully slow), or take the dinghy into the marina and sit at the cantina (it is slow enough that it makes me miss the old 2400 baud modem, dial up connection) and get eaten by Cheetras.  I will try to be better.
Anyway…here goes.

Paul- "Water Misers" or "Water, Water Everywhere"

We have our fresh water tanks.  They hold a combined ~190 gal.  We are trying  to make it last as long as possible.  We are still waiting on the pump necessary to make the watermaker work. So I have lectured a couple times of the need to be judicious with the fresh water. 
Well, it turns out we have been downright miserly!  We left the dock Tuesday afternoon with very full tanks.  It is now Sunday afternoon and we have used approximately 30-35 gallons.

Elle- A Day of Mishaps

When something falls, rolls, or tumbles off of what it was previously sitting in or on it is a much bigger deal here. We are not used to having our home and car surrounded by water. As I have said before water and electronics don't go well together. Neither do water and diesel. . . 
It was maybe 2 hours (at most) after I ruined the Mac and we had a diesel mishap. Dad and I gathered up the diesel cans from the forward hatches and walked them to the opposite end of the marina to fill them up.
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