We have had a couple of days with almost no rain. We are just about done all our boat jobs and are looking forward to testing out the boat. Keith from Lyman Morse arrives on the 10th and the marine surveyor is coming out on the 12th. Hopefully we can resolve all the outstanding issues with our repairs and head off sailing shortly thereafter.
We took the dog of the executive chef from the marina’s restaurant for a few walks. Cooper seemed a bit bored and was happy to walk along with Richard.
We were lucky to see another type of toucan, we believe it is a keel-billed toucan based on its colourful bill, and several howler monkeys on our walks. We have heard the howlers alot while we have been at the marina but this was the first sighting of them. It was fun to watch them eat and move amongst the trees.
Snowaway was hauled out of the water on Monday May 21 at Shelter Bay Marina. It went very well and we were impressed with the staff. Victor operates the 100 ton lift; he dove into the water to ensure the straps were in the correct place on the hull. The lift is larger than the one in Trinidad and we did not have to remove our fore stay this time. That saved us some time (and cost) in getting ready. Once out of the water, the staff power washed the bottom to remove the slime that had accumulated on its bottom.
They then put Snowaway on a trailer and moved her to the secure dry storage area. In all there were 9 men helping with the process.
Here she will remain for the summer months, having repairs done for the lightning damage.
We are flying home on May 24th.
We have arrived safely at the Shelter Bay Marina near Colon, Panama. Snowaway seems to be okay after the lightning strike except for the electronics… We will be checking the damage over the next few days. We do have good internet here so I will try to post some pictures shortly.