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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cleared for Panama Canal transit.

Current schedule is Sunday afternoon Atlantic locks, overnight in the lake. Monday morning Pacific locks. Google Panama Canal web cams for live Reboot action! A screen grab of us in the Canal would be great.

Climbing the mast

Davyd
Climbing the mast seems to be a rite of passage on Reboot,

Fair winds and following seas :)

Oops

We wondered about that large radar return as we tried to find Shelter Bay Marina at night!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Downloading Garmin Charts

Allow me to save you a lot of time. As we are about to pass thru the Panama Canal I wanted to purchase and download new charts for our 52x2 chart plotters. They download to SD cards. After 5 1/2 hours of frustration let me offer the following:


  1. You can not use the Chrome browser to find and download charts
  2. You can not use the Microsoft Edge browser to find and download charts
  3. You must use Internet Explorer (available in Windows 10 if you use the search function and search for Internet Explorer)
  4. You must have a Garmin account
  5. You must have registered your chart plotter in your Garmin account
At this point you will actually be able to discover what charts you need, pay for them, and download them to a SD card on your computer.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Transit - St. Thomas to the Panama Canal

We departed Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas with more than a little bit of trepidation. Jimmy Cornell of "World Cruising Routes" strongly advises against making this passage in January or early February due to strong easterly trade wings and high seas. We did experience 25 knot winds and 10 to 12 foot seas but Reboot handled them without a care. Reboot tends to "pick up her skirts" in a following sea. The seas roll under her giving a pleasant hobby horse motion. A heavier boat might have been pooped.

We ran the 9 day 6 hour transit with only the jib. Average boat speed was 5.4 knots. Surfing the waves the SOG would vary between 3 and 9 knots every 10 seconds or so. The most the jib was ever unfurled was about 50%. We ran a good portion of the time at 35%. Once we left Charlotte Amalie and turned southwest we only gybed 4 times! That includes lining up for the harbor entrance. We did run a little North of the Columbia coast as the weather is usually stronger within 100 miles of the coast.

We arrived in Colon at 10 pm est. After sailing! through the harbor entrance we attempted to find the marina. We turned back when we discovered a sunken wreck. We motored to the small boat anchorage and spent the night on the hook. In the morning we motored to Shelter Bay.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Shelter Bay Yacht Club

We at arrived at Christobol at about 10 PM last night. After sailing through the harbor entrance (awesome) we tried to find Shelter Bay Marina. After almost hitting a sunken wreck we decided to go to the small boat anchorage. It was in fact small but we were able to find a spot and drop in 26 feet. Morning and on to Shelter Bay. A very narrow entrance channel into a nice marina with boats from around the world. Today we rest,tomorrow we get organized for our canal transit.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

Land ho. 6 hours to landfall in Panama!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

Last night we had a spot of trouble. As the wind picked up we started to
further furl the jib when the sheet jammed fron an override on the drum. We
rigged a backup sheet. We were able to clear the drum and restore normal
operation.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

Settling in. Reboot has passed the halfway mark 595 nm with 441 to go. We
are about 140 nn of Barranquilla, Columbia. We expect the highest winds and
waves near the Columbian coast That is why we are further North. We are
curently at about 13 38 N 073 46 W. C 236. S 6.6 Wind 20 knots. Waves 10
feet.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

The conditions have freshened.Wlnd ne 20 g 25. Wave ne 7 to 10. C 227t. S
6.1 1016 mbar steady. Sky 50% cum. 2pob. 1 mew. 453 made good. 582 to go to
panama.

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