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I've been in spots where I could motor at 5 or 6 knts, but chose to sail at 3knts because the destination probably wasn't going to be as nice as where I was - be it the middle of nowhere.
This is also what we did. We motored sometimes and then just waited sometimes. The wind seemed to always pick up in the afternoon. We would watch the wind coming in from the horizon. We would say, "here it comes!" Always a welcome sight.
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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.
That's pretty crazy! You'd think they would have better things to do, like, I dunno ... earning a living catching fish, instead of wasting time and fuel?

Good mindset, trailing the line. Probably a long shot, but better than doing nothing at all.

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We passed through the Panama Canal last Sunday and Monday from the Caribbean to the Pacific. It was such an amazing experience. A couple of friends came to help us as line handlers from the US. We decided to use an agent to coordinate everything for us. He did a great job. Our Spanish is weak, and we don't know our way around too well. So, halving an agent worked well for us. Many people do well without an agent too.

We rafted up with other sailboats through the locks, and shared each chamber with a ship. The whole process is a sight to see. The Panamanians are proud to run the canal with efficiency. The do a great job.

If you ever get a chance to do this, be sure and take it. We were both mentally and physically spent at the end. Completely exhausted.

We then took off to the Las Perlas Islands after the transit. It is also beautiful. Never seen so many fish jumping. Tidal change was 10 feet. Biggest I've ever been in. And, my star gazer friend pointed out the Southern Cross to us. We were up at 2:30 AM to view this and to see how low the tide got. What a great experience. Four people up in the wee hours of the morning enjoying the creation. Life doesn't get much better.

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The Panama Canal has an entry on my bucket list. Where to from there?


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So, halving an agent worked well for us.
I understand this is a typo, but the mind reels.
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Great write up Mr. Green, thank you. What kind of boat is it and how do you like it?

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We plan to go to Ecuador from here. We will tour South America by land to avoid the Hombolt current and north going winds. Probably stay there for a year until next season, when we will cross to the Marquises. Never know how the real plan will play out.
Spelling and grammar... normally have my wife proofread my mess, but it was really late ewhen I wrote it. Glad to see it almost made sense by accident...

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I read Fatty Goodlander quite a bit. He recommends 35 to 45 foot boat for cruising couples with limited athletic (60 and over) ability. Seems like a good piece of advice to me. 35' will work for us.
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Great photos.

It brings back memories of my transit through there. Wonderful.

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We made it to Ecuador in 6 days at 640 nautical miles. This is our fastest trip yet. Wind and current were in our favor. WindyTV forecast wasn't accurate....thankfully. They had the wind moving to the west over a few days. I was concerned about having enough fuel so that we could keep moving. But we only used a quarter of a tank. We used almost an eighth of a tank (20 gal tank) leaving Panama. Then we motored into Bahia Caraquez. Had a glass of wine at 11:30PM when crossing the equator. Pretty exciting.

There is a small group of cruisers here getting ready to cross to the Marquesas. Looks like we will cross in a month or two. We plan to go the Marquesas without stopping in the Galapagos. The fun vs cost ratio is just too small for us. Many people are flying to the Galapagos from Ecuador (mainland) then coming back to their boat to cross. It is cheaper and less hassle. Many, or most, still stop in the Galapagos. Which reminds me, we saw several groups of ARC boats exiting the Panama Canal. Pretty cool to see.

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