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Boat Repairs in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

The craziness in the tropical heat is about to end. John’s boat working fever finally has calmed down. Bad Bunny looks really shiny and sharp from the rub rail down. Unfortunately according to John, this just means we have to do more work on the deck to make it all match!

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Boat Repair and Life in a Boatyard in Trinidad

We are living in a boatyard in Chaguaramas for now, to get “Bad Bunny” repaired and enhanced. This place is a main boat repair center in the Caribbean. All is easily accessible by walk or bike-ride here. We hired contractors for painting, pulling out the mast by a rigger and a crane,

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Watch – Pulling the Mast out of S/V Bad Bunny

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Sailing from Suriname to Trinidad

(February 13 – 16, 2018) From Suriname (South America) to Chaguaramas in Trinidad, we sailed a total of 565 miles in 77 hours. On the second day, even including the slowdown for the autopilot repair, we still made our fastest daily trip, 184 miles.

Motoring out of the Suriname River,

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Good Times with Friends in Bermuda and Boat Repair

During the sailing trip from North Carolina to Bermuda, we had three pretty important repairs to make on the boat for which we had to order the parts from the States; (1) order and replace a new voltage regulator on Generator, (2) order and replace four engine mounts, and (3) order and replace a Propeller Shaft Seal.

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Blooming Flowers by Sassafras River and Visiting Georgetown, Maryland

(September 11 to 16, 2016): The C & D Canal connects the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake Bay. Both bays are huge and look like open ocean. Without the canal, it would take a long time for a ship going from Philadelphia (Delaware Bay) to Baltimore (Chesapeake Bay) or vice versa.

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It’s a boat: Review of Sailing for two Years, Back to Morehead City, North Carolina, USA

I count ‘Right Now’ more than ‘Best Memories’. However, writing this, I am flashing about beautiful memories of blue water, island people, jungles, fresh fish, and culture from the Caribbean… For last two years, we sailed down from Morehead City (North Carolina) to Stuart, Florida, then continuously sailing to Saint Martin,

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Burglar Bars for the Hatches

While staying in some anchorages at night, we sometimes wished to have a bit more protection on our deck hatches. We have four small hatches and one big hatch on the boat. These hatches are big enough so we can get out of the boat if needed during an emergency;

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‘Land of Trees’, Boat Projects Accomplished in Rio Dulce, Guatemala

I have read that ‘Guatemala’ means ‘Land of Trees’ in the indigenous language. The country is still very green with lots of forests but most people use wood for cooking meals. Based on the daily wage, there are not enough jobs for the people here, and to compound the problem,

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The Rio Dulce, a River in the Jungle

Sailing to Rio Dulce was an impromptu decision for us. This is the place where the original Jonny Weissmuller Tarzan movies were filmed. While we were passing through the Rio Dulce river gorge, John was more impressed by it than I was. He never stopped saying that “Wow, it’s awesome!” As the river is over 15 miles long to the main town,

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A Family business that does great business! (Boat Repair in Santa Marta)

We recently had a lot of boat plumbing issues and have made many trips to a hose and fitting supply store Correas, Guayas Y Ensambles S.A.S., located at Carrera 11a. No. 11-23, in Santa Marta.

It is a family run business that specializes in hose assemblies both hydraulic and water,

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Evening with Colombian Families, ‘No Posible Ingles’

Our boat projects are almost completed.

We cheered when the ‘Water Maker High Pressure Gauge’ was successfully installed. At first, we thought we had to send the parts to the USA. Sending and receiving parts takes more time and also may involve 28% import tax. Magically, a local hydraulic store solved our problem (*Store Name: Correas,

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Start All Over Again!

We are in Colombia. A New Place! It’s time to start all over again. Immigration and Customs process (via Santa Marta Marina), getting Colombian money (Pesos), learning the local system, finding out the stores, getting to know new people, and etc. In all of our previous stops people were either bi,

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