– after a month in Panama, we’re on the way
to the Islas Perlas
crew for the trip to Polynesia:Jackie and
Steve, two best friends from Belgium.
helped us getting Andromeda ready for the
big trip. We put in new impellers, changed
engine oil, installed new batteries, put on
new chafing gear on the shrouts, changed
engine mounts on both sides, beached her in
the Perlas and painted bad spots on the
bottom, etc., etc. – the list is long and
it’s great to have good help!
– we rented a car and bought in 4 days as
much provision as we could stow on
Andromeda. We won’t see a supermarket for a
while, and the ones in Marquesas and Tahiti
don’t have many things, or are very
The old cone clutch
with a new bronze cone for the sail drive.
It had started slipping and we needed to go
through the Yanmar agent in Panama to get a
new one, fortunately, still under warranty.
However, long and weary process – until I
contacted Yanmar Headquartes in Japan in my
desperation – and three days later, we the
new piece was installed, and working! Sooo
happy not having to spend two or three more
weeks in Panama City…
the new Lithium batteries – they are working
8 old batteries –
replaced by only 2 shiny new ones!
The engine mounts definitely needed a
gentleman is 83 years old! And has 17 grand
children. And still practicing
chiropractice. He really helped Michael last
year, but couldn’t do too much during this
computer failure. Just when we were leaving
Panama City. Miraculously, Michael could fix
it! Lots of electrical spray and giving it
time to settle, it started again the
following day. And still running. Never
give up hope!
Contadora, Las Perlas. I spent two days in
this resort to sort out some more computer
problems with their fast wifi. At least, it
was a very picturesque working place.
However, a bit run down (the idyllic looking
pool was green and full of leaves). But we
learned, the Survivor series starts filming
here, and they were in the process of fixing
it up a bit.
The main halyard
(Grossfall) needed some care – the guys made
sure I’ll get up and down safely, while
Michael put on this wetsuit to clean the
bottom (bottome right)! It really is pretty
cold here. Relatively that is, of course…
also had a little bit fun at times: Carnival
in Panama City
Two great people
from another boat – unfortunately, their
plans don’t lead them across the Pacific.
But we had some fun nights together in
Panama, thanks guys!
Finally out in an
isolated anchorage again.
The fisherman like
it here, too. Four boats met up and spend a
relaxing day with nice music.
Trip to Taboga. Only 1 hour sail away from
the City. However – also cold water – and
very popular! We were surrounded by 20 motor
yachts, each with a loud speaker
It’s been pretty
fresh (20-25 deg Cel air and 16-20 deg Cel
water!). I’m wearing a jacket again!. So we
decided to skip Cocos Islands with their
cold water and try to get to warm French
Polynesia as fast as possible.