Dancing, with tears in our eyes… ¡Adios Cartagena! We’re leaving this dirty, cheap & wonderful place. But not without cruising the streets at night one last time.
Of all the places we have been on our journey so far, Cartegena stands out. So much culture offer during the day & the night and so many young people that build up their life just the way we do in Berlin or California, withstanding the troubled past and presence of their country.
So proud and so free.
We are thinking about visiting Colombia again, on our way to Ecuador. Just to see the differences between the coasts… We’ll see…
Want to sail around the world? It’s not as easy as it looks …
Cruising is HARD!!! In this stream we talk about the hard parts of cruising, our sailing plans for the next months, and we have a special interview with another captain that sailed with us for two weeks, a Q & A, & we also respond to some YouTube comments at the end of the show.
[Streamed live on Jun 25, 2018]
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So, the journey up to Costa Rica was… LOUD. We motored more in three days than we have in the last 3000 miles combined. Started off beating into 15kts – Zingaro was doing great! We were moving at 8kts or so for the first 4 hours, storms forming all around us as we headed out and they headed in towards land. Got some really cool videos of that.
Then… dead. 3kts for the next two days. We had to motor so long I ended up freaking out at 5am and we drifted for a couple hours as I contemplated buying a trawler. 😀
We shut the motors down to eat, and sunsets, but we basically had to motor the whole way up here less 7-8 hours. It was a 52 hour journey.
We’re getting moored at the yacht club that I called from Panama, verified the size of the lift, and reserved a spot to get hauled out. But they gave me the wrong Information: We don’t fit in the lift!
There’s a huge yard for the big fishing boats that can haul us right near here: for $200/day!!
Sail back down 100 miles to the only 100T travel lift in Central America (and pay ~$800 for the haul out, plus yard fees). Trying to get a quote has been difficult.
So we’re kinda stuck, but this is boating. I’m really glad I speak decent Spanish now, I’ve got some locals helping me out. Nice people here.
Lastly, coming to Puntarenas to check in was 100% the right thing to do. We sailed an extra 150 miles to get to the Port Captain with the most experience, because we didn’t have proof of yellow fever vaccines. Turned out we didn’t need them, but the other guys asked for them and the Port Captain told them it wasn’t a real law and we didn’t need them. Woohoo!! May have gone differently in a smaller port. We heard of people being turned away!
Stay tuned for an update on the yard, going to buy epoxy now in the capital city 2 hours away. 🙂
Just a little update to let you know why we’ve been radio silent, announce a couple really cool things going on with Zingaro, and set to rest some questions we’ve had from our viewers. We’re talking about cats vs monos, cruising routes, our favorite places in the Caribbean (most of which you probably haven’t heard of) and our cruising plans for the rest of this season.
Looks like the third time is the charm! The improved Zingaro is finally leaving the Cayman Islands. The ride to Jamaica started out very pleasantly, until we got smashed by a wave that killed all our electronics. I don’t think there is ever going to be a longer passage without a major drama …
Well, one rudder richer and with one computer less we arrived in the land of the green mountains and the Jerk Chicken! Our sail needed a repair and we spent a good deal of our time in Jamaica in cabs.
The rest of our time we were over at Franziska’s place where we had BBQs and Red Stripes with her and her family. We ended up taking Franziska’s advice and taped our sails together to move on to Colombia.
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.
A lot of people have asked for it, so here it is! Boat tour time! This one will be a bit different than most, as I’ve already given a tour of the layout. If you haven’t seen the first walkthrough, please click here …
If you HAVE seen the boat, Kim and I put this together. A hilarious look at life on our home-built sailboat after 9,500 miles of cruising the world! We’ve fixed a TON of stuff, and there’s a lot left to do, but this is a funny look at the repercussions of sailing around the world. 😉
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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.
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. 😉
S/v Zingaro makes it to Cayman Islands, and we take it easy with a little kiteboarding and diving. The Kittiwake was a really cool wreck to dive, and Kimmi’s first freedive! She did amazing! Little fish. After that’s all over we realize we’ve got a little problem …
Livin la Vida Broka is our new format, all about living on the cheap and the necessary skillset to cruise on a sailboat. In the first LVB video, we show you how to save a couple bucks with making bridles out of your own lines.
Check out our tour of the bottle island. It’s a really amazing adventure we had in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. An island floating on nothing but used plastic bottles? How sick is that! RichArt, a British artist, is really a master of recycling. All the little details in his house…
We had a lot of fun with him and the guys from Project Atticus. But after the island and our sail were fixed, it was time for us to leave Mexico. So the Captain took me (Kim) out for my first real sail. WOHOOO! It was a nice one…
Melissa and I sail from Cayman to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, see the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and Cancun. I meet some crazy Mexicans on the beach and they sing me a song. We say goodbye to Mel and welcome Angela as crew. We sail to Cozumel, Tulum, and Punta Allen – beautiful diving on the way. Then we ground the boat …
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This episodes includes all the details of what happened when the Zingaro Crew left the wonderful Cuban waters and sailed to the Cayman Islands. It was a beautiful sail and the people that Melissa and James met when they arrived were even more beautiful.
Because what made the experience on the island so special were not the intact reefs, the regional food, the thousand jewelers or the tourist traps. It was the local, Mister Denton, that took them in and showed them Grand Cayman as only a crazy fisherman can do.
Months of joy and moments of horror… Grounding the boat, losing both rudders, ripping the sails… It certainly was not an easy trip so far. But the rewards I got were incredible: freediving the kittiwake in the Cayman Islands, seeing the sun set over the mountains in Jamaica, cruising the Colombian coast and, of course, the San Blas Islands, Panama!