1) You are now part of 112 Vessels of 10 flag states – a.k.a.
A MULTINATIONAL FLOTILLA  

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USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Norway, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Panama and Denmark

Hip Hip Hooray to the 2018-2019 Panama Posse โ€จโ€จ

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3) Mexico City, MX

The crew of Slow Dancer flew from Ixtapa for Mexico City on Feb 28 and met Nilaya’s crew, who flew from Chiapas. Together we enjoyed two days in the very modern Mexico City and a day at the ruins of Teotihuacan

Ruins

and some very old but amazing cathedrals. 

Cathedrals

We then boarded a bus headed for Anganguero. 

From here we hired a private driver to drive us up into the mountains
to the Monarch butterfly sanctuary at El Rosario.

We rode horseback into the tall pines and experienced the quiet reverence of this amazing place. Monarchs were everywhere. They hung from trees by the thousands. They flew all around us and they landed at water sources.

Locals

What an awe inspiring day. We then traveled to the hot springs at Los Azufres for a soak and a cool night in the forest.  We all thoroughly enjoyed our inland adventure! 
Ken & Dale

Ken

SLOW DANCER

5)  Golfito Marina Village – Costa Rica

New Contact Infoas there has been a Management change.
and yes they will honor the Panama Posse discount so for reservations please contact
Gabriela Porras,
Guest Service Coordinator
Golfito Marina Village
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
T:    +506 2775-3000
F:    +506 2775-0204
C:   +506 8770-3098
E:   gabriela@golfitomv.com

6) Panama City Panama to Golfito, Costa Rica
Adventure between gales and no wind, but we have a way point to get out of the strong N winds
that blow right into Naranja on the west side of the Pedasi Penninsula:

Underway

After 7 years cruising in Panama we are finally started our long sail north to Mexico. Hard to believe we are leaving. Everybody knows how rough the trip can be especially rounding Punta Mala, which I think is easier going north than south. Just a little info for those you have residency in Panama, when you check out of the country you both have to go to Immigration. We didnโ€™t know and had Rogelio do our check out. Which delayed our departure as Sid and Paradise were in Contadora waiting for me to return from our provisioning tip. We had to sail back to Panama City. Reason we both had to be there as Immigration checks how long you were in Panama and for each month you stayed over itโ€™s a fine, I believe its $50 for each month over. When the immigration guy saw our passport he needed to see us in person plus both our cedulas of course, it really made sense. Oh well, cruising plans are all written in sand at low tide. We had a great sail to Panama City but couldnโ€™t check out the same day so I did some more provisioning. BTW for those looking for data all the way to Mexico or down here I am using Movistar Ilimitado for a month, cost 39.22and you get unlimited data, YouTube, WhatsApp etc., but best of all it lets you roam for no extra cost the entire coast, except Honduras, to Mexico. I was able to buy monthly in advance, but just in case it does not work out I only bought an extra months. Arriving in Costa Rica at first it did not work, guess it had to find the right antenna to settle in, from then on it worked like magic, actually better than the Wi-Fi the marina provides, which is working good as well. And they do sell Movistar.



By the way we use Rogelio to check in and out and he was our Panama Canal agent. We have known Roger since 2000. He has helped cruisers for over 30 years and knows wherever you can find anything from parts to foods to you name it. He has a Price Smart card and will take you shopping for an hourly price, will get you to or from airport to your boat, including shopping. He will help you in any way, great guy to know.



Rogelio De Hoyos  +(507) 229 2785   +(507)6717 6745  info@panamacruiserconnection.com



It was a teary goodbye, sure will  miss him, he is a great guy and always there when needed.



February 5th 2019 at 11 am we pulled anchor and sailed out of Panama City towards Punta Mala with heavy hearts. We will miss Panama and all the wonderful friends we made here.

It was a 90 mile straight shot to Punta Mala and our only hurdle was the northerly winds that blow very strong from December on through February/March. Donโ€™t let anybody tell you the Christmas Winds only blow on the Caribbean side, not so, especially in the Punta Chame to Punta Mala area. The winds can be very high with gusts to gale force. We had it on our mind that it could be a rough trip. We did have 20 knots and at times up to 30 gust but it was actually amazingly calm on wind waves, not to mention we were going with them. Main was out and so was the staysail. We were sailing 6 to 7 knots which was too fast for our planned arrival at Punta Mala just before ebb tide. Our main is fairly big and in these conditions itโ€™s easier to just let the jib pull us instead the main push us any which way. You would think bringing down a big main would slow you down at least 1 knot, but not on this trip, we actually reefed the jib 3 times to where we could not make it any smaller and still we were going 5 plus. Our hull speed is 6.



As we past San Carlos the winds picked up steadily and intensified the closer we got to Punta Mala, we now had a steady 30 knots with gusts up to 40.

There is nowhere to anchor and wait out the weather so we kept going as it was a comfortable sail. But we would have loved to slow down a bit.

When dark settled in after the sunset I turned in for the first watch and Sid was keeping an eye out. Never really fell asleep but no idea what made me get up and go over the port side to look out, there was a lot of breaking waves on this side more so than on our starboard side. But then what got my attention was lit up torpedoes shooting through the water alongside our boat and towards the bow when it hit me, it was dolphins. The splashes created by at least a dozen dolphins were all lit up in phosphorescence. They all played with the bow for a few minutes then they disappeared. I turned to my side again when I saw the torpedoes on the starboard side so both of us rushed to that side and watched probably the most amazing thing we have ever seen. I am sure you all have seen photos of dolphins surfing waves breaking on to the beach. I count myself lucky to have witnessed this at Zuma Beach in Malibu years ago. Now imagine about 8 dolphins side by side surfing a wave but all you see is the silhouette of 8 dolphins glowing in solid phosphorescence, wow. An image that will never be erased.



By still sailing so fast even with just a hanky out we were going to sail around Punta Mala at 3 am, which in this wind we did not want to do in the dark so we decided to anchor off Isla Iguana which is 8 miles away from the point. There is really not much of a good anchorage most of the time but considering not having much choice we found a corner on the island that might be a bit more protected until just daylight. We anchored and it was a bit rough but doable. Not to mention you canโ€™t see in the dark. We tried to sleep but by now a full gale was blowing we had winds 40 knots plus and it got rougher and rougher. When we finally could see oh shoot 6 foot waves bounced us around. Time to pull anchor and head towards Punta Mala, had no other place to go. The anchor was snagged and would trip the fuse to the windless, several times Sid had to rush down below and set it, while I was motoring into the waves or doing a quick U-turn as far as the chain would let me. By the 4th or 5th U-tern the anchor came up, we figured it was wrapped around a rock or rocks. We sailed with just the little sail up again towards the mainland, hoping the current would be less extreme along the coast and found that to be the case. Wind away from the island slowed down to 20 knots and the seas were half the size in the lee of the island. Our sail around Punta Mala was with ยฝ the jib out very smooth, piece of cake, wow and all the worries. Just about 5 minutes after we rounded the bay, the wind started up again, we saw the reefs along the shore with waves of water spray being blown up in the air from the off shore wind. The water was nothing but white caps. Jib was pulled in to a small sail area again and Sid turned the motor on. We knew there was a good south current but we never thought this much of a current. Since Iguana we only had 21 miles to sail to our next destination, a 4 hour trip that turned into 8 hours. We did not move an inch, current was that bad with the gale force wind. Just good it was an offshore winds so we had no waves to battle. We fought the current and with the RPMs at full speed. When lucky we reached  a few 2 to 3 knots of speed but mostly was 0.8 to maybe 2 knots. It was frustrating, at one point we took the sail in, figuring maybe thatโ€™s slowing us. We were at a standstill and the wind blew us further off shore. Out came the jib again. We finally managed to sail along with 2 to 3 knots. One bay we sailed passed I saw something rush through the water and as it came closer to Paradise I recognized about 15 roosterfish speeding just below the water surface. I told Sid but by the time he came on my side they were gone, but wait, there is another group of about 8, wow. Sid said they hunt together like this, it was a kewl sight. The sail was still sluggish and slow but then when we came to Ensenada Benao, our destination, it was the pits. Gusts now were 40 knots pushing us literally away from the shore it was a nightmare. I was on the helm steering the boat the best possible way to get a 1 knot to 2. It was getting frustrating we had just a few hundred feet to go to the opening of the anchorage when I noticed the gear shift lever. It was a bit forward but not far enough forward as it should be and asked Sid: โ€œare we in gearโ€.  We ran the dam engine on high RPMs all day long fighting a barely existing (0.6 knot current). I think that can go in the book of โ€œThe dumbest things we have ever doneโ€!!!



The worst of the trip was over, so we thought as Punta Mala is a good challenge, well more so for southbound boats, but. We still had another about 100 miles to deal with these norther winds until we were out of the zone but from here on it should not be as strong, so we thoughtโ€ฆ..

We cleaned up the mess down below that Iguana anchorage caused and spent 2 nights resting in Benao. The wind was just howling so we didnโ€™t even feel like lowering the dinghy and going ashore. We have been here on a car trip so know this beach. Beautiful place and offers several good restaurants and resorts.



Amazing not even 2 miles out of anchorage wind slowed from 25 to 18 as I had suspected that it is a local condition for wind to funnel down the hill. Four miles later we had 8 to 10 knots and still in the lee of the land it was a smooth sail.



About 10 miles in to the trip there was a canyon coming up and all we saw was white caps an indication of lots of wind, we immediately reduced our sail as we approached the windy area and had winds anywhere for 13 to 28 knots funneling down the hill. There was another area blowing up to 36.7 and once cleared dropped to 13 to 28.



We noticed this wall of clouds along the southern part and the closer we got to the west point Mariato, the end of the Pedasi Peninsula, the wall abruptly stopped, we figured that was there due to the high winds, hmmm, interesting.

5 miles before next Mariato Point the wind gusted again with 30 then within 4 min wind changed from N to SW. We were sailing with staysail up at 3.8 to 4 knots and had a slight current.

I saw several turtles peek their heads out next to the boat before disappearing into the depths again.



It was a great sail until we passed Mariato Point. Just around the corner is Naranjo an anchorage we had stopped for a few days on our way south in 2000.

Just as soon as we rounded the point the wind turned around and in just seconds all hell broke loose. Gale force winds hit us including 6 to 7 foot high close together wind waves. Bow was completely under water, jerry jugs lifted out of the fore deck onto and across the deck. Never seen so much water over deck. Then again and again. We didnโ€™t even have to make a decision, it was clear this was not for us and around we turned. Anchorage Naranja was out of the question as this weather was heading right into it. While rounding the point I noticed a cute bay with 3 beaches and thatโ€™s where we headed. We had to race the sun there before she said goodnight for the day as there is no info on this area so obviously nobody ever anchors there. We needed the sunlight to see hidden rocks as there seemed to be many of them. The sun gods were with us and we found a flat area which we assumed is just sandy bottom and dropped the anchor just before the last blink of the sun disappearing on the horizon. This anchorage has no name but is 3 miles before the corner of Naranjo, coming from Punta Mala.

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Waypoint: 07โ€™29.445N   81โ€™13.469W we should call it โ€œParadise Refugeโ€

(NOTE YOU JUST GOT NAMING RIGHTS !!!)

Be careful if coming in here, lots of hidden rocks to the West side, East side has flat bottom. This anchorage is perfect for the Papagayo winds but looks hostile with southerly winds. We anchored in 45 feet of water, at time did not know what tide was, calm 20 knots of wind which intensified overnight, had gust up to 40 knots, a full blown gale again. We decided not to go anywhere until the blow is over.



When I finally went down below I noticed the chaos, the salon hatch leaked, all fruit bowls on table had ยพ inch salt water in them. 4 pillows soaked and part of settee plus floor, a mess.



The wind was still howling in the morning and as the day went on the howling of the wind was jarring on our nerves. Sid was looking for his earplug but found them all disintegrated, all of them but the creative inventor he is he found some left over foam from a life jacket and carved us earplugs. Oh that peace of โ€œalmostโ€ quiet was sooooo nice.



The rocks next to us let us know how much the winds was blowing by the vail of a spray lifting up in the air and out to sea.

We spent a second night with hopes that the wind would slow down. We had no data service here and could not check on the weather at all.

It was a nice anchorage very scenic and we were all alone.



A couple hours later we saw a sail boat heading east and hailed them on the radio to let them know in case they need to hunker down there is a good place here. As it turned out they were anchored in Naranja for protection they did not get and were so happy we contacted them.



About 1 hour after they anchored the wind dropped to nothing, wow, we waited another 30 minutes and still nothing. We decided to pull anchor and head around the corner to see if we can find data (while surprised with the waves over the deck WhatsApp got some data) to get a weather report and in case the wind came back to return and hunker down. Near Naranjo we did find some data but just enough to get WhatsApp going but the wind stayed calm so we went for it. We had 10 miles to go to Ensenada Cebaco, the weather stayed clear and dolphins had fun playing with the bow wake before we anchored in the sheltered bay just before sunset.



No wind howling no ocean motion we slept like babies. At 7 after coffee and breakfast we started the motor to a really weird click noise in engine compartment but engine did not start. Off came the box while Sid checked the engine, after checking the wires to the starter he found a loose one a few minutes later and a few cranks we finally started the engine, Sid put the box back on and came back to the cockpit. I mentioned to him I smelled something funny, he did not. 5 minutes later we both went down below when he smelled it too. He opened the engine box and found the coolant lid gone and coolant spewing in the air. We immediately turned the engine off as it was over heated. The fresh water pump was toast and of course thatโ€™s the only spare part we forgot to get last time we replaced it in Bonaire. Murphyโ€™s law at its best again.



February 11. The good thing was we have sails and only had 98 miles to go to Golfito so anchor came up and hoisted sails. It was a slow sail out of the anchorage until we were away from the lee of the island doing 2.2 knots for at least 1 hour. Around noon the wind picked up to 10 knots and we were moving with 4.7 knots. This held for a couple hours and all of a sudden out of nowhere we had this huge gust heeling us over for just a few seconds then nothing for 30 minutes, we were sailing with 1.9 knots. It was calm enough I decided to start cooking dinner, when I noticed the dish washing soap was on the wrong side of the sink and had fallen onto the faucet and opened it. Somebody put that darn thing on the wrong side, if we catch that somebodyโ€ฆ..There wasnโ€™t much water coming out good thing but had no idea how long it had been open and how much we lost. Still had water so far so good. But when I turned the stove on there was no propane coming through the hose, oh no we canโ€™t be out, we just filled the tank. Sid investigated for a kink in the hose or something cutting the line of gas, nothing but then he realized the regulator was well on its end. He was able to fix it so we had cooking gas. (We have small propane tanks which were a nuisance to fill in Panama so we bought a local propane tank while in Panama, once this one is empty we will switch back to our own tanks).



We still had little wind and what we had moved us at 1.9 knots 50 degrees of course, but we were moving. At 22.30 the wind completely shut down that was just off the point of Isla Coiba. At midnight the wind decided to come back and with 5 knots pushed us at a speed of 1.3. I think we can swim faster than this.

By morning we had moved 10 miles since the wind started up again and in the 24 hours since we had left Cebaco we had moved an incredible 30 miles and had still 70 miles to go to Punta Burrita not to mention a further 18 miles plus miles to Golfito. At this rate it will take days to get there.



Feb 12th at 08:30 we had 67.72 miles to go and sailed wing on wing with 1.3 knots in 3.2 knots of wind. The whisker pool helped to keep the jib out. I went down below for some water but realized: OH shit we have an empty tank! What else is going to go wrong. Canโ€™t make water with no engine, good thing we still have 2 gallon bottles under salon table and 2-6 gallon jugs on deck. Not being able to run engine we turned the freezer and fridge off during the night so not to run down the batteries. Sid hooked up the Honda generator and we ran it to top of the batteries. Not having batteries would have been yet another disaster as we would have lost everything in fridge and freezer. Yes we were on survival mode, thatโ€™s our survival mode.



At 11:49 we still had 62.34 miles go, wind was at 4 to 6 knots and our speed 2.4 knots. Sid ran the generator for 3 hours for the water maker but water maker draws more power so maybe only made 10 gallons of water but it was water.



At 15.33 we had 50 miles to go and we were sailing 5.7 knots yeah, great. We had to change course to avoid an island between us and Punta Burrita and as there were lots of underwater rocks which were deep enough underwater to sail across but knowing they would create lots of current we decided to sail around that area to avoid the current. We sailed 10 miles and when we wanted to tack the wind shifted and came from an impossible direction other than the direction we came from, so had to sail the 10 miles back. We reached the island we now had to pass due west but the wind completely shut down at 1.45 am. We were sitting 12.11 miles off Burrica with no wind, so little to go. Feb 13th 11.30 am we were still sitting in no wind and knowing that Way She Goes might be in the area and we spotted a sailboat on the horizon we hailed them on channel 16 but no responds.

This was getting really frustrating we were so close yet so far.

At 12:38 a puff of air, hoping it would pick up but didnโ€™t. At 13:29 we finally had 6 knots of wind and were moving with 2 knots towards Golfito. 15:30 3 knots in 9.2 knots of wind and the Geni was running to keep the batteries up. We were out of water again so we only had made a couple gallons tops.

We had to change course for a better angle and sailed 12 miles with 5 knots and had the perfect angle to sail into the Golfito bay when the wind shut down again. We now were just on the other end of the entrance than early that morning. Not a breath of air. But we had a good night sleep with no one on watch, well we were not going anywhere not even a drift in any direction. A good downpour of rain woke us up, what the hell, its dry season, it didnโ€™t rain long to collect water, just long enough to get everything soaked. Back to bed when I woke up to dolphins swimming around Paradise. Love it!



February 14th Happy Valentinesโ€™ Day were 15.35 miles away from the Golfito Bay entrance and still not a breath of air.

About 11:45 Sid had enough of this and we lowered the dinghy and he hooked it up snug on the transom, turned the outboard on and started pushing, we had a ยผ tank of gas and figured to push the boat as far as it goes and amazingly it took us into the Golfito Bay and since we still had another full tank we decided we had enough to get us all the way to Golfito.

Sid always has said: โ€œnever underestimate a 15 hp outboardโ€, he was pushing Paradise with 3.5 to 4 knots. I handed him the full tank down, an ice cold coke and an umbrella. At one point he climbed in the boat so we could check the waypoints and to go pee then slipped back into the dinghy.

As we inched closer to Golfito the Golfito Marina finally heard us on the VHF radio and he organized a boat to come out and get us. There was a misunderstanding, he took off and left us to ourselves to bring the boat into the slip.

Just as we came out of the channel to Golfito a green and yellow dinghy speed towards us, I be damned if that wasnโ€™t Wayne on Way She Goes. Together with his help after I rounded the dock he pushed the bow of Paradise into the slip while Sid hit the reverse.


The, what would have been 48 hour trip ,turned into a 4 day trip from hell.



My hero Sid got us back to civilization on Valentineโ€™s Day and we celebrated it at the wonderful La Playa Restaurant at the Marina with Sheila and Wayne.

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Happy Ending


The Golfito Marina is the newest Marina in Golfito and therefore the best one as well ,but still under construction. Banana Bay Marina is I think the oldest and first one, it was the favorite of all south bound cruisers when we left. We never went there as there was a lot of break-ins and thievery in the bay. Not much has changed in Costa but I will get to that.

We did have lunch at the Banana Bay Marina just to see what we are missing. We are missing not much except old worn out docks. One of the sport fishers in a slip entertained us to no end. He has his beautiful expensive boat sitting in this ugly slip and the entertaining part, after he got done washing the boat he went inside and in a few minutes appeared with a hammer in his hand and went on the dock. It was hilarious he walked the whole side dock and hammered all the nails back into the wood, he must have hammered 60/70 nails then I guess he realized that was a fun thing to do he went on the main dock and hammered more in. When we left we teased him that he had forgotten some nails.


The Golfito Marina is owned by a wealthy Naples resident who keeps his 168.9 meter $40 000 000.00 boat Annastar in this marina. The dock is well built and it had pretty flower plants and well, makes you feel you are in Florida somewhere. The staff is super friendly and it definitely is well guarded day and night. Every guard on the premises carries a gun and we see the guards walk the dock at any time at night.

Rule number one in Costa Rica is, hide anything of value down below and donโ€™t leave anything on deck, even boat hooks, bumpers etc. We feel pretty safe in this marina.

Itโ€™s very quiet though, ever since Wayne and Sheila left there are no other cruisers here except big sport fishers.



We ordered the fresh water pump for our engine but found out that Costa Rica charges incredible taxes and for everything different percentage, for shampoo for instance 28%,
Household items like coffeemaker, blender 49%, Guitar 29%,  Flat Screen TV, DVD Players 49%,  water heater 68.8%, Automotive parts 42.78% yikes our part is $500



https://costaricalaw.com/costa-rica-legal-topics/customs-and-trade/costa-rica-import-duties-and-tariffs/



We are about 1 ยฝ hours (3 to 4 hours by bus) car drive away, from David in Panama so I opened a Mail Box Etc  account and have it shipped there and will take the bus to David and back.

We are also losing a lot of precious cruising time waiting for the part and are debating whether to leave the boat here for our trip to Switzerland and head up to Mexico in September. We are allowed to be in Costa Rica for 90 days and so is the boat. In order to keep the boat in the marina here we have to obtain a bond on the boat and boat is not allowed to leave the marina, which it wonโ€™t as we will not be here. Itโ€™s an easy deal and all the marinas will help you to get the bond. The boat can stay as long as you need and when you return you and the boat get another 90 days of visa. I am not sure yet how much the bond is but heard each marina is different. Sail Fish I know charges $100.



The marina has no pool but Casa Roland Hotel is open for anyone. If you donโ€™t like huge crowds avoid going there on a weekend as all the locals are enjoying the pool. During the week if you see 10 people itโ€™s a lot. The restaurant has wonderful food and they make yummy fruit cocktails.



Shopping here is basic but they do have wonderful veggies, healthy looking and the tomatoes are vine ripped. Every veggie I have bought so far is bigger and more colorful than in Panama. Not much of a fruit selection other than Pineapple, papaya, apples and grapes.

Since then itโ€™s been a waiting game, on the part.

Manuela


Sid & Manuela PARADISE

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Victoria & Rowan & Crew

Rowan

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