Archive for August, 2010

Shelter bay Marina, Panama canal, Caribbean side

Posted in Uncategorized on 29/08/2010 by ketchkaraka

Back to civilization… it;s been a while we were out in the islands, a few months at least. it’s been incredible, we did another round trip around the western caribean, jamaica, haiti, cuba, cayman, providencia, and finally kuna yala for the past two months. we had many many adventures, very nice crew and great times.

the last big one is that we lost our first cayuco dugout in cuba (a stupid mistakes, late at night, rum soaked and despite the tiny caribbean tides, anyway…) so we went back to san blas with the idea of getting another one made. mission successful, it took about 15 days more than the promised 5, but we got to help and share the lives of a kuna family for that time and we now got a nice wooden boat. another toy for karaka. it even sails nicely, although it is still a bit green and needs to dry more. it is cracking a bit everywhere as well, as was to be expected, but in the end it should be a wonderfull new addition to the karaka fleet.
while we were there we als helped a couple of swedish backpackers to get organized with buying and outfitting their own cayuco, and they are now sailing it all the way to colombia… pretty cool trip…

so now we just moved back to the city, docked at the one and only marina in colon, the port at the entrance of the canal on this side. it is rainy season so we get drenched often, but the moral is high and we are pretty excited about crossing over to the pacific and opening our horyzon to all this new exploring ground…
the crew has come and gone, i’ll try to update the crew page on the website as sson as possible, and we had some quiet time with kim in san blas, all by ourselves. now we have my parents for a months.

we are just arrived in the city so first we went for a beer and a piece of chicken, but tomorow the saraband starts, i have to organize with the authorities to get karaka over the mountain and into the big ocean. the paperwork is huge and the people only marginally helpful, so it promise to be a struggle. it is also going to be expensive… panama is going to be very expensive for us all considered, we got a lot of stuff to find, fix or purchase, including a new stove, life raft service, sail repair, engine parts, etc etc… the list is long. hopefully we’ll be able to keep enough cash for our planned refit early next year… hopefully. we’ll have to do some pirating otherwise. or to pukuk a few things (Ahah, what does pukuk means? find for yourself…)

anyway, canal crossing for now, i’ll update with pics and info as it develops…

for the trip further, we have another nice crew organized and we will sail north to costa rica while the cyclones hit the zone further north. in november my sister is going to come and visit with my new born nephew, and after that we’ll head to mexico(although it might be somewhere else that’s not sure) for a 2 or 3 months refit.
so we don’t need more crew right now, but we will need people sometime around the end of november. we already got a good selection of applicants from all the mails we received those past few months and also from some of our ex crew members who want to come back, but new applicants can write anyway.

talking about new applicants, chris got himself a boat! a nice wooden double ender up there in alaska…

allright, enough for now
ok bonus today, some pics of the san blas… but check kim’s blog for more photos

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Still in san blas

Posted in Uncategorized on 18/08/2010 by ketchkaraka

hola, we are all ok, still in san blas, enjoying the islands… it’s been nearly two months now we’re around here. the crew has come and gone, we spent a whole week by ourselves with kim and now my parents just arrived from france to stay for a month with us…

we will stay in the island a little more and then head for the entrance of the canal and get started with the procedures to get on the other side…

we had a real good time around here, and we finally got to make a cayuco, a local traditional dugout. we helped a guy from start to finish and we got oursleves a nice little boat.
we also helped some swedish travelers to get orgaized with their own cayuca, and they are now sailing it all the way to colombia, 100 miles away…

we have our next crew all organized, with five people on their way, joining us when we will be on the pacific side… then we’ll go cruising over there a bit before my sister and her 6 month kid come to visit in november… after that, we’ll head to mexico…

ok enough writing, internet is slow and expensive, i’m writing inside a cane and thatch hut on the beach on a 250 meters sqaure island covered with coconut… there are better thing to do that stare at a computer…