After a lot of work we decided to go back to what we do best: Sailing! In the last few days we found a bunch of great spots on the Ecuadorian coast. We’re very much in love with this part of the world!
Sailing Zingaro | Kim is hoisting the Ecuadorian flag
Just now, James is preparing the fish that he speared at a lonely rock 4nm off the coast. We’re so glad we stopped there! Check our current location!
We decided to ‘work’ our way back up the coast. It is a great ride, because the Humboldt current is carrying us and the wind is in our back. What a change after hundreds of miles of pure beating into the weather!!
We’re not going north only for fun though, we are having a friend do some woodwork for us and we have to organize a new dinghy motor up there. Paddling was a great work-out, but it’s time to extend our range a little on that thing.
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Currently we’re in Bahía de Caráquez (Ecuador), taking Zingaro apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here. We removed the fridge and gave it to the local dockhand. He didn’t have one.
Now we’re going to design a chart table / editing table that fits in right where the fridge was. We have to find a very space-economic design for a desk with an integrated chair. We only have about a meter of space. Any ideas?
Sailing Zingaro | We’re taking our boat apart! All of a sudden we’ve got quite a bit of space here!
No fridge anymore … ?
Seriously, a propane fridge is a horrible idea for a cruising boat. It’s hot (in an already hot place), it’s heavy (extra parts for the propane system), and the #1 reason: it uses an entire 20lb propane tank in 2-3 weeks. Usually on cruising boats a tank of propane lasts 3 months. Plus when you ran out of propane there was no warning, everything just went bad, water all over the floor …
Unfortunately there are no 12v fridges in Ecuador, and a 100% import tax – it would cost around ~$2000 to get one here. Not having refrigeration sucks, but we’ll deal with it. We are happy it’s off the boat!
What we found 130 miles out to sea will shock you. While sailing to the most remote island in Central America, these sailors come across a turtle caught up in a fisherman’s long line. We jump in to help the little guy out.
Join us on our longest journey ever! 1,000nm from Costa Rica to Ecuador via Isla Del Coco …
When trying to find a place to HAUL OUT on the pacific coast of Central America.
Why? Because I want to copper-epoxy the bottom of the boat. It’s greener (no ablative paint to fall all over the coral), it’s easier to clean (no ablative paint in our skin), it’s stronger (no ablative… you get the picture).
Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica | (c) Sailing Zingaro
BUT it’s been the biggest PITA! Listen to this BS:
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.
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.
We’re currently in Boca Chica, Panama. Very close to the border to Costa Rica. We’ve been out here exploring the islands and went spearfishing every day! We really have to get back in form, after TWO months without water to swim in (we don’t count James’ swim in the Canal).
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 …
Hallo Pazifik – s/v Zingaro is transiting the Panama Canal on February 24, 2018
About attacking monkeys & a tacking sailboat – another LVB Episode in Puerto Lindo (Panama). It feels as if we had spent years here! The place is pretty, but it really is a blackhole that sucks in cruisers’ dreams for breakfast. We met so many people that got stranded here and so many boats found there final destination with Puerto Lindo.
Back to the topic: This episode is about sailing. Surprise, surprise! Join us while we sail off anchor with our catamaran! Continue reading →
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.