Arrived at the entrance of this first jetty under power with no wind but extremely rollly. We stay at the only marina in here, Shelter Bay Marina. The cost reasonable at less than $50 a nite for a forty footer. If you stay For a month it will be just less the half. Many cruisers all over the world are here, many making last minute repairs. The scenes here are quite different from those in the States particular in the Chesapeake Bay. The top side are always loaded with STUFF plus wind vane, panals, wind generator, and tarps. So it is somewhat unseenly,but that is the way it is in the world off cruising.
The restaurant at the marina is surprisingly good. Many locals came in to dine. The price is very reasonable and food good. The captain/owner bought dinners before and after the voyage, just for good Omen, Kawi knows
Custom is not working in weekend, we are still waiting to clear. Hopefully it will bee soon.
It looks like I am not able to ride across the canal this time. The queue is a weeklong. I may try to catch another boat ready to sail across, but I am not that motivated as yet. If it happens, I will go. If not I will catch a red eye back to BWI Thursday morning.
At the marina, I found a cheaper bed ($20) for a nite in Panama City.
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It checked out ok. I will stay there for a nite and give me a chance to check out the real estate in Panama. It appears there are a large Americans retire there. It certainly an avidable alternative.
Will write more soon.