We can’t control the weather but we can control how we feel about it - at least the rain isnt cold to get caught in, the grass is finally green again and we’re no longer in a heat wave 🌼 #bohemianraw ⠀
The sunsets are captivating in Bahía Honda, Panama 🇵🇦 It’s stunning here, and the bay is perfectly flat and calm. The locals like to barter here and show up at your boat literally asking if you’d like to trade the shirt off of your back for food. It is a simple and peaceful life, with howler monkeys and bird songs lulling you to sleep. Kidding, howler monkeys could NEVER kill you to sleep. Ever. 🙉
It's a pretty casual lifestyle.
Knowing that there won't be days like this at any point within 10months is a hard pill to swallow but there is still plenty of good times scheduled on the calendar so we can't complain. The Moist Mexico days of slurping cold Pacifico's, chowing fresh sashimi, laughing with dear friends and too much sunshine will be upon us before we know it. This was taken our first year sailing right before gearing up to cross the Gulf of Tehuantepec, a famously rough stretch of ocean due to gap winds. Thankfully with modern technology it's a pretty casual crossing in my opinion. Plus sailing in 40kts of wind with no fetch is actually pretty fun. Once again, thanks @dallas_cd and @davenportthunder for the helpful hand and great spirits on the trip.
This is the way it normally happens, up to seven times a day here in Las Palmas. There I am, bent double, resting on one knee in the engine room with the pre-diesel filter in one hand and the rench in the other, all covered in fuel struggling to stop the fluid going in to the bilges. “Hello” someone says from the pontoon,
I stick my head out of the engine bay banging it on the roof support bracket as it goes. “Yes” I say “I am looking for a boat”
I already know what the question will be as the steady stream of Boat-Hikers have been scanning the boats all morning, every morning. some ask you three times in a day.
I feel like saying; there are plenty here, they are all for sale at the right price, take your pick! “I am not looking for crew” I reply.
If I started on the conversation I would have been given the story of how they have hitch-hiked down through France and Spain and are now looking for a free ride across the Atlantic.
Some are a little more choosey, they did not want to go on the ARC as they did not want to race, but would like to take a more leisurely crossing. Others would want to be in the Caribbean for Christmas, so if you are not leaving in time then they will not consider you. Others only want to go on a Cat or somthing over 50'. some will only go as a couple. Like, do they really have a choice?
Most, but by no means all, have no sailing experience, have never been on a boat, let alone crossed an ocean. They all say they are quick to learn and will cook and do the dishes. And waist water. Some do not even have a mobile phone.
Most live on the ever expanding campsite that is springing up on the town beach next door to the marina. Living in hammocks suspended from the palm trees.
I have had some long conversations with a few as I interviewed them for an upcoming video about the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). As one skipper said to me the other day in the Sailors’ Bay, “They just use water, I wouldn’t take one”. Another had to ask a crew member to leave, as they found out he had a heart condition and was on medication to thin the blood. Think about that, ten days from land and no helicopter.
It is such a ...
We sadly wave goodbye to #greatkeppelisland and the lovely people we met there, as we continue our journey further south.
Up next- we are passing through ‘the Narrows’ a small channel between Curtis Island and the mainland. We will be picking tides carefully for this one!