We've also moved from behind Isla Linton to a small marina "Panamarina" (cool name). It's a dock-less marina - you tie up to mooring balls and they line the boats up nicely and have quite a system. They tie you to four mooring balls - two on the front and two on the back - port and starboard on front and back. We are quite close to other boats - but it seems to be a good system. We've had some wind - but the boats seem to sway at a minimum and all is good. We are very close to mangroves on the stern so the no-see-ums (or chi chis) did get a bit bad the other night. The marina is run by a nice couple who have a good French restaurant as well. However, we are "emptying the fridge and freezer" so we're eating what's there.
We'll leave the boat here as we head to the states for our three coast visit in two weeks. For a cruising budget marinas and trips home take a toll - but we do want to see the "moms" and have to check on taxes, our house and get some doctors' appointments in. It will be a wild trip - three coasts in two weeks. We pray that there won't be a massive February storm anywhere while we're there. One day travel delay will screw things up badly. It'll be like the old days for Michael and I - on a lot of airplanes, in different cities in a few days.
We're looking forward to seeing people - but not necessarily the crazy trip.
Today we finish putting everything below decks - outboard, canvas, water jugs, line, etc. This is a relatively safe place - but you don't want to make it easy. We'll tie the dinghy semi-deflated on deck and hope to get a ride to shore from someone bright and early tomorrow morning. Then it's a bus to Colon and a bus to Panama City. We have to overnight in PC because of an early Saturday morning flight out of Tocumen Airport (in PC). It always is an adventure.
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