That was the sound of my boat getting back in the water. It was a pretty exhausting 3 weeks, but thanks to Tim, Wyatt, and Carson; I’m looking good. At least, the boat is looking good. I’m still old and not that easy on the eyes.

A little magic happened during the time in the yard. The boat MAGICO left the water, but the sailing vessel DABOTE returned. I renamed the boat. That’s supposed to be bad luck, but I don’t believe in such things (knock wood). I applied for entry into Guatemala with the new name and my new documents. The cruising permit under the old name expired and I wasn’t going to pay the fine to extend it. So, like magic, MAGICO just disappeared.

I’ll be moving up river in a couple days to have some more work done.






The interior is not as squared away, but will be in a feew days.

Progress on the Hard

The day after ¬†posting those ugly photos, I thought that i would make a quick post on the progress to date. I have had a lot of great help from the male members of the Foley family. They are self described “Overlanders.” The five of them have been traveling for 2 years and will have to move on before their vehicle permit expires.

Tim and his sons, Wyatt and Carson have been sanding and painting every day for over a week. The boat has 2 coats of bottom paint and 2 coats of epoxy primer on the hull. The top side painting preparation is very labor intensive. The finish coats will be high gloss polyurethane and will show any brush strokes or scratches. So it’s been sanding and filling and sanding for days.

Here is what it looks like now. I have another day of fine detailing before the first finish coat


L-R Carson, Tim, Wyatt.


You can read more about the Foley family at http://www.clunkmonkey.com.

Malia and Kaila Foley are not pictured here but you can read about them at their site. The entire family has been a pleasure to meet and spend time with and they have really come through on the labor side. I’m going to miss them and not just for the labor.


On The Hard

On the Hard – the way boaters describe their boats when they are out of the water for maintenance.

It’s been a while since my last post. Sometimes I wonder if Blogging is a little too much like the people who post endless photos of their meals on Facebook and my posts are just not that interesting. In the end, I decided to keep going.

Since my last post,  I spent a couple weeks with my brother in Florida. I bought a lot of things that are not available here or are very much more expensive.

My transmission has been rebuilt and I have a functional 16 HP Perkins diesel engine. I installed a new fuel filter and had my fuel tanks cleaned.

My new VHF radio outputs a GPS signal that my laptop can read and I have a navigation program that is similar to GPS systems on land. Instead of maps, it displays nautical charts that give you information like boat speed, course, water depth, buoys, and navigation lights.

I have a satellite phone for making calls at sea.

I installed a new propane stove and also bought a portable refrigerator that will be permanently installed.

Now it’s time for things that can only be done on the hard. The main items to be done are to install 2 new sea cocks for a new head (like a toilet, but more moody) and paint the bottom with anti-fouling paint. The paint minimizes marine growth on the hull which will really slow you down and may eventually damage the hull.

Here are 3 “Before” photos.