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Panama Canal Transit Tips: What You Need to Know

Panama Canal Transit Tips

In March, Allison and Derek Parkes transited the Panama Canal on their Tayana 47 Arielle. Allison offers no-nonsense advice for those following in their wake. Use an Agent or DIY? That is the key question many cruisers are discussing. Agents’ …

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Nautical Holiday Happenings

Lighted Boat Parade – St. Croix, USVI

There might not be snow and sleigh rides, but the spirit of the yuletide holidays is alive throughout the Caribbean. Here is a sampling of nautical holiday happenings. LIGHTED BOAT PARADES Deck your decks with lights, ornaments and festively-dressed crew. …

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Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 Year Old

Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8

We first sampled Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 year old rum in March writing a very lackluster review. Taking a step back, we revisited the rum in May, opting to sample as the producers of the rum suggested: “neat, on …

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Sailing with Charlie: Tea Integrity

Sailing with Charlie: Tea Integrity ; Graphics by Anouk Sylvestre

“There’s a leak, a big leak. There’s been a big leak.” Frightening words indeed, especially when shouted up from down below while your boat is sailing close hauled in 25kts of wind with the rail under. Charlie quickly handed the …

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Ron Abuelo 12 Year Old

Rum: Ron Abuelo 12 year old

  Have you ever gone to a movie based on your favorite books and left the theater wishing you had never gone. Would your opinion of the movie have been different if you hadn’t read the book? When doing our …

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Panama’s Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser’s Paradise

Panama's Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser's Paradise

Nature and nurture combine on Bastimentos Island, a lush 24-square mile island bordering the Caribbean Sea in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Everything from a national park with scenic beaches and hiking trails, cute two-and three-toed sloths, …

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The Chicken Bus

The chicken bus is also a work of art. Photo by Barbara J. Hart

With five years of cruising under our keel—mostly in the Caribbean—we’re old hands at riding the local buses and safaris, and used to small island countries where we can travel from one end to the other in an hour. Panama …

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