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April 16, 2006 01:58 PM

The Countdown Continues...

Shake Down CruiseDAVID, PANAMA - It was never in the cards for us to leave Panama on the 15th, despite our best intentions. All three of us overlooked the fact that Saturday, April 15th happens to fall smack dab in the middle of the biggest holiday in all of Central America. Easter is a time for Customs and Immigration officials to keep a low profile. Hardware stores lock their doors and virtually all commerce grinds to a halt.

Until Brian showed (2 days ago), everyday was starting to feel like a cross between the film Ground Hog Day and the song Hotel California, by the Eagles; 'you can check out, but you can never leave.'

It´s alright though, the extra time has given us an opportunity to shrink what started out as a massive 'to do' list. It´s now down to a manageable size, we´ve even had time to cast off the bow lines, peel out of marina and take her on a shake down cruise to test all the systems (radar, GPS, Auto Pilot, Engine, Radios etc..) and scrub barnacles off the bottom of the boat in clear water, without the worry of alligators.

Things are shaping up nicely. Today´s major chore will be to provision the boat with nearly 100 days of food for 3 people. wow.


Mer said:

Hey Boys,

When you finally do hit the water - good luck. Thinking of you and your adventure often, especially during report card time.
Stay safe on the open water too.

April 18, 2006 07:49 AM