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Preparation for Passage to Panama - Ep. 20

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We took possession of our new (to us) Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer in at the beginning of March, 2019 and it has been a busy month getting ready to leave the docks for the first leg of our transit from Florida to Mexico.

We had plans to leave the dock April 2 or the first weather window after that and almost made that date, if Dougal hadn’t realized that his passport expired in May at the last minute. Panama was our intended first stop and the country requires a passport valid for 6 months after entry. Our canal agent said that he would have likely been asked to leave or deported so we had to expedite a passport renewal. Luckily, we were able to get one (for $$$) by the morning of April 3 and left the docks for Panama that morning.

In this episode we show some of the long list of chores that we had to get the boat ready to leave for Panama including:

* Replacing CQR anchor with Ultra UA60
* Fueling the boat
* Sail Repair/Prep
* Cleaning rust and painting main engine air intake
* Repairing and reinstalling dinghy lift winch
* Replace washing machine drain pump
* Replace having port on transom
* Provisioning

We did get the boat all ready to leave and after arrival of Dougal’s new passport on April 3, we left the docks and got underway for passage to Panama.

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