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Re: First Crossing
We made the trip from Belize to Panama. The trip took 12 days and no stops. The wind was pretty fluky along the north coast of Honduras. Most days, the wind would drop to <5 kts from about 7am to early afternoon. Then it would pick up and last through the night. Squalls were a nightly occurrence. We reefed down in the evening; most of the time the main sail was taken down.
The bottom sholes up to abou 150feet on the NE corner of Honduras. There were a good number of fishing boats in that area. One morning, we were on an intersection path with a fishing boat from about 1 1/2 miles away. I turned to point aft of him. He then turned 180 degrees. I turned again, then he turned again. We did this 4 times. Sometimes he would point straight at me. I laid out about 500 ft of floating line and tied 40 ft of 1/2 rope to that. The hope was to get this tangled in his prop and shut his engine down. Not sure it would have worked. After going on a parallel path with us for about 10 minutes, he turned away from us. I don't know his intentions, but it really scared us. A slip mate here in Panama said that the fishermen sometimes do this to scare you. It worked.
Good weather at night was rare. We would go several nights in a row with little sleep. Even so, we love sailing offshore. But we are also happy to be ashore.