Our next destination: Archipiélago de Las Perlas (Pearl Islands), a group of more than 200 islands, each surrounded by white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, only 60 miles away from Panama City in the Gulf of Panama.
We’re giving back to the community that has made this adventure possible. We hit some major milestones this month: 1 million views, 20,000 subscribers, the Pacific!
In this livestream we discuss about transiting the Panama Canal, our cruising plans, Zingaro’s sails (old/new), travel to USA in April, thoughts on this channel after 1 year and about James’ sailing history …
The last glimpse of the Caribbean Sea for a while. See you again after the circumnavigation, muchachos!
It seems as if there was no end to possible destinations and routes right now. We are trying to keep calm and make plans on where to go next, but so far everything seems like a good idea. We are overwhelmed, You could say.
Ahoy James & Kim
Well… I can check “swimming in the Panama Canal” off the list. Didn’t even know it was on there. Don’t recommend it. Here’s the story:
Our challenge: transiting the canal without an agent
So we’re trying to do this on a budget. The least possible amount you can pay is $1875, with $891 coming back after 3 weeks if you don’t hit anything, or cause a big delay.
Around half of your expenses will go to s/v Zingaro and a 100% of that money is going to be spend on new sails. As you will see in our next video, the current sails are in a pretty bad shape …
May I introduce you to Lucie…? She is our new crew member and another Berliner! That means the Germans rule the boat right now. You can imagine what that means: Bier for breakfast and Kartoffeln for dinner.
We got measured for the canal and are now checking out the region around Colón, while we are waiting for transiting the Panama Canal.
Looking forward to the Pacific 🙂
Getting measured for the Canal on Saturday, February 10th!
We’re busy filling out forms, and borrowing other people’s cell phones to make the arrangements for the canal without an agent (livin la vida broka isn’t a joke). Looks like it’ll cost us right around $2045. The agent quoted me $2900 …
I’ll be putting out a Livin la Vida Broka (LVB) video on the cheapest way to get through the canal. 😉
We have new crew arrive last night! Please welcome Lucie Leichsering, another Berliner (I’m outnumbered…). Lucie will be staying with us indefinitely, and definitely transiting the Panama Canal with us next week!
Guess what she brought?? Some of the world famous bread made fresh in the oven of Ute (Kim’s Mom)!!! It’s the best bread we’ve ever had. I wish I had some local bread to show you the difference, but I don’t like wasting food and we won’t eat it. 😉
Kimmi and I just got back to civilization from the San Blas Islands. Wow, they’re pretty. Got drone shots under sail. Followed Kim with the dink while she was kiteboarding, underwater stuff. Super fun couple weeks. Good to get away, that’s what this is all about …
Coming soon: Next episode of Livin la Vida Broka and Sailing Zingaro – Episode 12
If you like the how-to vids here’s a really fast walkthrough of a month in the boatyard to repair my bottom.
We fixed the damaged spots, rebuilt the daggerboards, and generally refit the boat. It was a ton of work, everyday 10-12 hours. I lived in the yard during this whole operation. But she’s ready to go! Also, a suprise paint-job!
Let me know what you think!
Hello from Bocas Del Toro, Panama!! A little update on the trip schedule, announcement on the NEW SAILS! And a meet and greet with my buddy Prince, crewing for us for a couple weeks.
Sailing Zingaro Live: Our last night in Berlin together, before The Captain heads to the boat! We’re talking about our plan so far and what we’ve been doing lately. We are still not quite sure where to go next, but most probably we are going to go to Costa Rica to take part at the electronic music Festival Envision.
The Berliner showed her Captain around in the most exciting city in the world and made him taste all the good stuff (Vollkornbrot und Bier). It was a lot of fun.
The public transportation in Panama is old schoolbuses, back from primary school days. They don’t change the seats (which, btw, are built to fit CHILDREN) But the do change the speakers … And blast reggaeton while they drive them like Richard Petty.
Also helped another captain replace his head gasket on a Volvo Penta MD2030. Something every boat owner should know how to do. It’s really not as hard as you’d think.
Welcome to s/v Zingaro! This is an intro video, explaining what the channel is about. I will be putting out tons of new content very soon! I know the videos aren’t the best, I’m a mechanic, and video editing isn’t my strong suit. 😉 But I’m learning!!
I thought I’d let some things fall out of my head and splatter unceremoniously into this blog. After a month I’m almost done with the refit. I took 6 days off, that makes 28 working-days I’ve been at this. I figure I’ve got another two weeks left before I cast off. Continue reading
Ok. 8-12 hour working days, plus cleanup, cooking, research, purchasing refit items, and editing video and I’m seriously exhausted. It’s a good exhausted. It’s a “I’m following my dreams” exhausted. I swear to you I’ve never worked so hard in my life (and I take pride in my work ethic). Here’s a rundown of what’s happening … Continue reading
Quick walkthrough three weeks into refit. She’s pretty trashed inside now, but necessary. Her deck is all cut up, everything is taken apart. Should give you a good idea what’s involved with purchasing and outfitting a boat for long distance cruising.