Blog 12, Panamá. 08.54.45N 79.31.65W
Sun 7 Feb 2016 13:19
Friday 5 Feb and the female crew members go to market with Nelson, taxi driver, escort and "donkey" and a real gem. The market was just fantastic, with loads of stalls, some selling multiple items, others specialising in just one or two products, with sacks of oranges at 4 dollars a sack, fabulous pineapples at 75cents each, zillions of paw paws, bananas and plantains, etc. etc., herbs and really fresh vegetables. It was catering heaven. Then back to the boat and out of the marina, no easy manoeuvre with a near miss for the port topsides and back onto anchor, a blessed relief to be away from the squeaking and groaning, even if it was rough at times in the anchorage. The afternoon was spent washing all the market produce in Milton's, before stowing it in the nets and bilges, a process that takes hours but was completed in good time for the evening's entertainment at The Beirute Restaurant with food and Venezuelan belly dancer who had pretty much everyone up on their feet and trying to shake their stuff, some with more success than others. On the way back to the boat, the outboard motor died, not in itself too much a problem as the oars took over, but not good.
Saturday 6 Feb and all our plans for leaving this morning to find a lovely anchorage were stymied by the outboard refusing to respond to the skipper's best efforts to get it going. He managed to find a mechanic who diagnosed a fault with the electronic starter controls and the need for a replacement part, but Carnival started yesterday and everything is shut until next Wednesday lunchtime. Carango to the rescue, lending us her spare outboard, bless them, so we will go tomorrow.
Sunday, 07 Feb
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