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just got this email from Jeff:

Thanks for the help but no luck on the sheet tiller stearing. I got into a major wind storm at Punta Mala in Panama and now am suck in puerto memsabe. Had alot of problems so amd now working on the boat o see when I can head out againe to the canel. Its very hard to get internet so I cant check in as often.

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I had suggested that he learn about sheet to tiller to help with hand steering.
btw, his email is: jnlgomes@yahoo.com
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his saga continues, from this AM, Jeff's latest:

Good morning joe. We lost our electrical generator and battery charger. We got stuck in a srong windstorm thfor two days and the batteries went dead so I pulled out the generator to charge up the batteries and while it was running it got swamped by a wave and shorted out so we had to make a emergancy stop in peurto mensabe which was another nightmare you can't enter that port on low tide there was no warnings on my chart and with no electric I had no depth sounder so we hit a rck and got stuck for four hours before I could get us free and into the port so I realy chewed up the keel. So me and my wife have taken a bus to panama city to check prices on a new generator and battery charger and fiberglass repair supplies. The fiberglass supplies we can get easy the generator and attery charger we will have to order from marine werhouse panama he is the cheapest we have found. So we are going back to the boat friday andd I will beach it on low tide to start the repaires on the keel the generator and battery charger will have to waite until the third of next month when I get my next disability check. Then we will probably have to wait another month to have enough money to get through the canal. As for getting me money for help the only way I know ould be to transfer to my chase bank account or by western union. As for beeing solo no my wife flew into panama and she is with me now.
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How is his health? The original newscast suggested he would not live past the holidays.

Sounds like no medical care and is planning for things a month in advance now.


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I dont know and dont ask about his health. As somebody that has been down that road (course) I found it a subject that neither of us could do anything about.

As you know, when cruising, you're sailing for 3 days and fixin for 5 days.
Could be enough to keep you going.

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How is his health? The original newscast suggested he would not live past the holidays.
The doctor probably stated this in terms of landlubber months. He or she forgot to calculate the sailing multiplier.
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Each day aboard does not count against you.
Keep on keeping on, joe!
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his saga continues, from this AM, Jeff's latest:

...So we are going back to the boat friday andd I will beach it on low tide to start the repaires on the keel the generator and battery charger will have to waite until the third of next month when I get my next disability check. Then we will probably have to wait another month to have enough money to get through the canal...
Damn, I hope he's aware that the Canal transit fee for yachts has increased substantially since he began his trip, up from $500 to $800 for boats under 50 feet... For a guy traveling on as much of a shoestring as he appears to be, that's a pretty big additional hit...
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