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post #12 of Old 02-23-2012
killarney_sailor
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I remembered I had this photo that shows silt from a river well. We happened to be in the San Blas Islands in Panama last year when there a period of incredible rains. So much rain over a week or so that they actually had to shut down the canal for a day - third closure in almost a hundred years. During this time of snotty weather we anchored behind a heavily-inhabited island that was across from the mouth of a river that was maybe 75' wide (we explored it with the dink before the rains came).

The water in most of the San Blas is incredibly beautiful, not so much next to this island since about 800 people poop directly into the water (they have outhouses perched over the water). Anyway, after a couple of days of heavy rain we had this huge area of brown water from the silt upstream. With the tides we would sometimes be in the brown and sometimes in the blue. The dividing line between the fresh, muddy water and the cleaner, salt water was incredible, but I guess it would gradully break down.


After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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