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Our RETURN TO THE RIO DULCE 2013
Jan 24 2013
After an uneventful flight we arrived in Guatemala City with all bags present and accounted for. Below are a day and night photo of the newly constructed office building as seen from our Balcony at Las Torres.
A flower shop as it appears on La Forma that is a major street bordering Zone 10 in Guatemala City
After a two night stay at Las Torres we enjoyed a pleasant bus ride into the Rio Dulce. The bus air conditioner even worked! This is something we appreciated as we descended the mountains into the heat of the lower altitudes. Aden Reymond the driver from Ram picked us up and chauffeured us about to distribute our bags A one night stay at Bruno’s proved to be a rip off so we moved to Vista Rio where we plan a week stay as we prepare Tundra for the water. The work begins.
By Feb 4 2013
Tundra’s bottom had been painted, new thru hull
transducer replaced the old one , installed two
new cabin lights, the interior cleaned of mill dew and the
completion of many other small tasks. At the right you
see Kathy hard at work. During our
workdays we were at Ram Marina on the hard and stayed at
Vista del Rio for two weeks. Vista del Rio is basically
a small marina and backpackers hotel that was located on the
other side of the bridge from Ram’s. We were hosted by
J&J, the managers of the marina who operated an
excellent restaurant as well. This involved several scenic walks
across the bridge and a few Tuck Tuck rides as well. Above are views from the
Bridge that crosses the Rio Dulce at the town of Rio Dulce in
Guatemala. First looking west then east. Thursday Feb 7 2013
we received the sad news that Kathy’s 103 year old father
had passed away. We had visited him over the Christmas
holidays and knew that he was failing. A memorial service
will be held in early May. We made the decision to have our
main anchor and 275 ft. of chain galvanized. This we haven’t
had done since our stay in Venezuela a few years ago. This
was to be completed in one week but took two weeks. Not bad
for Guatemala J We launched Sat Feb 9th
and remained at the Ram dock till our anchor and chain
arrived. During this time we completed the installation of
our seven opening ports as well as a new fridge timer to
replace our dysfunctional fridge thermostat. Below you can
see us at work.
Below we transport the tank to Ram to be received by Dennis
the welder. We left the Ram Dock
Feb 16th for Marios Marina. It
wasn’t long until we discovered our main diesel tank was
seeping diesel. Immediately we pumped out about 25 gallons
of diesel and commissioned Dennis to build us a new
stainless tank replacing our 35 year old aluminum one. In
order to get the old tank thru the companionway we had to
cut apart the tank. Thanks to sailor friend Bernard. this
was accomplished with his skill saw. Aluminum chips flew
everywhere. So here we are Feb 25th waiting for
the arrival of our new tank. After it’s installation we will
head for Belize. To
the left Kathy hands over our leaky tank to Dennis at
Ram. Unfortunately today was the day to
do the speed bump at high tide. If we don’t make it this
week it will be another two weeks before we have sufficient
tide. Here it is March 7 and we are
still waiting for our fuel tank. It is supposed to arrive
Friday then we are off to Belize.
By Feb 4 2013 Tundra’s bottom had been painted, new thru hull transducer replaced the old one , installed two new cabin lights, the interior cleaned of mill dew and the completion of many other small tasks. At the right you see Kathy hard at work.
During our workdays we were at Ram Marina on the hard and stayed at Vista del Rio for two weeks. Vista del Rio is basically a small marina and backpackers hotel that was located on the other side of the bridge from Ram’s. We were hosted by J&J, the managers of the marina who operated an excellent restaurant as well.
This involved several scenic walks across the bridge and a few Tuck Tuck rides as well.
Above are views from the Bridge that crosses the Rio Dulce at the town of Rio Dulce in Guatemala. First looking west then east.
Thursday Feb 7 2013 we received the sad news that Kathy’s 103 year old father had passed away. We had visited him over the Christmas holidays and knew that he was failing. A memorial service will be held in early May.
We made the decision to have our main anchor and 275 ft. of chain galvanized. This we haven’t had done since our stay in Venezuela a few years ago. This was to be completed in one week but took two weeks. Not bad for Guatemala J
We launched Sat Feb 9th and remained at the Ram dock till our anchor and chain arrived. During this time we completed the installation of our seven opening ports as well as a new fridge timer to replace our dysfunctional fridge thermostat.
Below you can see us at work.
Below we transport the tank to Ram to be received by Dennis the welder.
We left the Ram Dock Feb 16th for Marios Marina. It wasn’t long until we discovered our main diesel tank was seeping diesel. Immediately we pumped out about 25 gallons of diesel and commissioned Dennis to build us a new stainless tank replacing our 35 year old aluminum one. In order to get the old tank thru the companionway we had to cut apart the tank. Thanks to sailor friend Bernard. this was accomplished with his skill saw. Aluminum chips flew everywhere. So here we are Feb 25th waiting for the arrival of our new tank. After it’s installation we will head for Belize.
To the left Kathy hands over our leaky tank to Dennis at Ram.
Unfortunately today was the day to do the speed bump at high tide. If we don’t make it this week it will be another two weeks before we have sufficient tide.
Here it is March 7 and we are
still waiting for our fuel tank. It is supposed to arrive
Friday then we are off to Belize.
Monday March 11th we are off to the former Texan Bay recently renamed Burnt Key Marina. Here with in company with Scrammin we enjoyed the week in spite of the rainy weather. Friday we checked out at Livingston and crossed the bar on Saturday and entered Belize. Checked in at Placentia on Monday and are planning on visiting the nearby Cays this week as the weather looks favourable. Unfortunately we have lost the frequency readout on our SSB radio so doing daily position reports we are not able to do as well as Winlink email.
Today is March 26th and below are the Cays we visited after leaving Placentia along with their Lat. Longs. If you wish you can view them on Google Earth. The positions are near Tundra’s Anchor positions. Today we are in Placentia for a few days to provision and connect with the internet.
March 19thwe anchor off South Long Cocoa Cay N 16deg 29.71/W 088deg 12.73 as viewed below on our approach looking at the south end. The anchorage here turned out to be not one of our favourites.
We returned to Placentia N 16deg 30/W 088deg 21 on
March 24th to replenish our stores.
On the 30th of March 2013 we set off again for North Long Cocoa Cay where we spent another pleasant day snorkeling the reefs surrounding the cay. The evening saw us ashore with other cruisers enjoying a fish barbecue with fellow cruisers in the anchorage.
On the left and below photos
show we enjoy a fish barbecue on the beach with fellow
Next day we had a pleasant sail to
nearby Buttonwood Cay where we explored the water both below
and on the surface.
With a weather report
suggesting a front approaching we headed for the protection
of Sapodilla Lagoon. Here we joined several other yachts that had the same thought in mind. A sun downer evening in the spacious cockpit of the powerboat "CABARET " the crews of the anchored boats in the lagoon were hosted by John and Susy. John and Luci off the sailboat Stone Age joined us as well. John and Luci are the managers of the nearly completed Sanctuary Village Marina. Another day was spent exploring the Lagoon and the progress of the amazing development of Sanctuary Village itself.
The weather front fizzled before reaching as far south as we were so April 4th we headed back to Placentia in order to check out of Belize and make our way back to the Rio Dulce. We joined other cruisers and rented a van and visited the famous Belizean spice and jam canning factory “ Marie Sharp” After this interesting tour we had lunch in nearby Dandriga where we did our departure checkout for Guatemala.
A day sail to New Haven for overnight then next day we moved on to Tres Punta staged for crossing the bar into the Rio Dulce. Mid-morning April 15th we went over the bump and proceeded to Livingston to do our check in to Guatemala with the help of our faithful agent Rual.
A few days saw us at Burnt Point bay formally known as Texan Bay where the preparations for haulout began. From April 17th till April 24th we resided at Marios for more haulout preparation.
On April 25th we hauled at Ram and departed for Guat. City to stay an extra day for decompression and shopping. May 1st we returned to Canada knowing Tundra would be well cared for the next several months. Our planned return to the Rio was for early 2014.
YEAR 2014 TUNDRA TRAVELS AGAIN
JAN 15 2014
We arrived as scheduled to Guatemala City early afternoon Guat time after departing Detroit 6:55 am their time with only one hour difference. Here we spent an extra day reinstating our cell phone and internet services along with some relaxing time included. We departed Las Torres at 9:00 am for our 5 hour bus ride via Linea Dorada departure time being 10:00 am.
On arrival to
the Rio Dulce we were met by our favourite driver Aden from Ram
Marina. Aden does a most appreciative job of tending to Tundra
during our absence. He took us to check in at our hotel Posada
del Rio and drop off our overnight bags. We then proceed to
Tundra to drop off our 250 lbs. of remaining luggage. Thanks to
the young muscles of Aden all gets aboard successfully.
The next day we will move aboard. Aden informs us our House Batteries are not in the best of shape as they are not holding a charge very well. We are not surprised as we purchased the batteries about 5 years ago in Panama and realized they were not performing as well as we liked.
season was still hanging on in the Rio but with our new cover
the weather did not slow down our preparations for launch.
A young group of people from Spain and Norway purchased this ferro cement boat on the left for a good price and this is what they discovered just before they were to paint it.
closer look at the problem is seen to the right.
Our head floorboard had
seen it's days so we had Carlos the Carpenter make us up a new
one made of Laurel Wood from the Bay Tree.It is seen above
in his small shop that hangs on the edge of the bridge
shows us his carving of a Caiman. It took him 2 weeks to
finish the carving.
wheel of Lift is supported by planks and much recently added
rocks and gravel.
Tundra breaks free of the mud
and heads for the water.
We did however
have to beef up the water logged ground in order to launch.
After a 2 day stay at Ram's dock we started off to Marios Marina
for a few days.
On our way the engine
overheated and we were taking on water. Fellow cruises rescued
us and towed us the rest of the way to Marios. I was expecting
an impeller replacement as I have been procrastinating it for
about 12 years. As you can see on the left I was right about the
The taking on of
water was discovered to be a fractured lid on our Volvo sea
water strainer. Beware of the black plastic water strainers put
out by Volvo. They are bound to fail as we learned from others
that have had the same experience.
On testing our anchor windlass we discovered that it was not functioning so suspecting our 5 year old windlass battery was shot we installed a new one. Still no luck!! Testing with my multimeter I diagnosed a faulty breaker switch. A part that had to be ordered from the states so here we sit Feb 11th waiting for this part. Hopefully in about a week we can head for Belize.
Rather than wait
at the boat for the next week we made a trip Tikal a Mayan
ruin about a 3-4 hour bus ride from the Rio to Flores
Guatemala. The bus dropped us off in Flores a small community
squeezed onto a small island in a lake situated about an hour
bus to the ruins at Tikal
We arrived at Flores on
Valentine's day Feb 14th in the dark, in the early
evening, but, fortunately our hotel the Santana was an easy
Our room was
situated with a balcony on the second floor overlooking the
lake. What a view and buy a stroke of luck we arrived on a
full moon. Our room allowed us spectacular moon and sunsets as
seen by the photos below. Next day Saturday we relaxed in the
pretty town of Flores utilizing it's many restaurants and
We are treated to a beautiful
sunset that same evening as we watched from our room at the
A full moon sets on Valentine's
day as we view it from our second floor balcony.
The next day Sunday,having organized the day by Bill
who had a a tour agency and real estate office in town we
headed off to Tikal. Arriving in about an hour we joined up with
our guide Manuel and four others who took the same tour. Manuel a
native lived with in a 15 minute bus ride from the ruins and was
very well versed in it's history. Enjoy just a few of our photos
of the Tikal Mayan Ruins that existed in an era at this location
inTikal from 200 BC to 800 AC.
Above a Map of the Mayan
Ruins in Tikal a national park in Guatemala
A so called wild turkey named an
"Ocellated Turkey" crosses our path. Several were
observed during our tour that led by our guide took us into the
jungle off the beaten path. He also took us counterclockwise
through the park so as to avoid the tours going in the opposite
direction. Smart move!
Above is the first monument we
climbed "Complex P" located on the east side of the Park
and it had five smooth stele and alters in front.We enjoyed a
magnificent view of the park and jungle from the top.In the
photo above you can see complex P and as well see some of the
five Stele and Alters Standing in front is our guide Manuel and
some of our group.
To the right we are looking up
at a giant Ceiba tree. This tree is the national tree of
Guatemala and it is said that the tree was the stairway to their
Gods because of it's great height.
Our Guide Manuel above explains
this ancient Mayan Stele that was carved prior to 800 AC.
It wasn't possible to get
the whole tree in one so to the left is the rest of the same
A giant Black Tarantula
Spider shows itself on the side of a tree.
Here on the left after a long
climb we sit near the top of Temple IV the highest
temple in all of Mesoamerica. because of it's location on
a hill. It is also called the Two-headed Snake temple built
in 740 AD and stands 64.6 m tall.
Behind Kathy is the magnificent
view from Temple IV of the park and some of it's structures.
On we hiked to see the massive
Temple I known as The Big Jaguar the largest temple at Tikal at
About 47 meters
On the left is the view of the
Jaguar Complex as seen from our climb up Temple II known
as the MascaronesTemple Temple II is38 m high and was
built in 700 Ad by "Mr Cocoa".
On the right Kathy is dwarfed by
the mass of Temple I also known as "The Big
Jaguar". It is 47 m high andwas built in 700 AD by the
governor Jasaw Chan K'awil I (Mr Cocoa) whose tomb was
discovered inside the temple.
On the left view the ruins of
eight more temples in the Jaguar Temple I complex.
To the right Brian stands in
front of the ruins of the residences of the royalty.
On our return from Tikal to Flores we were physically
exhausted we so looked forward to another day of RR in this quaint
The next day, after a hike to
the bus station to book tickets for our return to the Rio the
next day we reserved a launcha for a tour of the lake and
museum. On route we stopped at another park "TAYAZAL" for
a visit and a climb to the view point. 200 stair steps later
plus an uphill trail hike we reached the top and saw a beautiful
panoramic view of the lake, as seen in the photo below right
that shows Flores from our vantage point.
To the left we arrive at the
museum in our launcha.
Kathy and the museum proprietor
Luis handle some ancient Mayan whistles used for signalling. We
even blew his conch horn. Luis's father started the museum
before Tikal became a National Park of Guatemala so most of his
items were inherited. His father was good friends of a famous
anthroplogist who gave him some of these priceless relics.
Kathy holds a plate dating back
to 200 BC.
On the right is the skull of a
Mayan royalty that is in remarkably good condition. It
demonstrated that the Mayans had dentists in their midst. On the
teeth you can see inlays that must have been difficult to do
with the dental nstruments used to do the job that you can see
lying around the skull.
The sign below depicts the seven
Mayan Gods that they worshiped sitting in their canoe
Just before leaving Flores we
could not resist purchasing this wood carving of rosewood done
by the artist holding his work. The carving is very intricate
and took several days to complete.
A great time was had as you can see in the above
photos and we have now returned to the Rio Feb 19 and our
part is to arrive today. If all goes well we leave Marios Friday
21st. On return and installing the switch still no success. The
only problem was my aging multimeter was giving me false readings.
So back to the drawing board and we discovered frozen brushes to
be the problem so in goes another order and wait. In the meantime
Kathy comes down with a bug that is taking forever to leave. But
today Feb 24 she is on the mend. Kathy recovers nicely but
got what we suspect a nasty spider bite that required medical
attention. View below her bite on her finger that had already
partially healed after a treatment at the Doctor's office,
Kathy's spider bite on the left as seen early on in its development. Docor's treatment involved periodic excavations, and antibiotics. The nitro glycerin patches applied directly to the lesion proved most successful as it promoted vaso dilation that counteracted with the vaso constrictor in the Spider's venom.
Below the bite is into it's
To the left we spot what we
believe to be a Violin Spider resting on
The suspect spider was what is called a Violin Spider
which is a relative of the Brown Spider and is present in North
America. Both spiders are very venomous.
The brushes should arrive Monday
March 3 and if all goes well we will depart next week.
arrived as scheduled and are installed and all appears well. We
are leaving the dock Friday March 7 2014 and hope to
cross the bar Sunday March 8.
During our prolonged stay here at Mario's we often took morning walks into the small native village called Esmeralda. Esmeralda is only a short 1/4 mile walk through a jungle trail. Because of a pipeline a service road was built through the village. The town then became more accessible and is slowly becoming more modernized . Below a few photos show this.
On the left is Hot
Lips a Flower We often encounter in the jungle.
on the right is the pipeline access road to Esmeralda.
Cantalily blooms at Mario's Marina
the right another view of hiking the pipeline road.
We successfully crossed the Bar early afternoon and headed for Tres Punta for an overnight at stay Estero Laglarto before heading north to Belize. Next day we beat our way to New Haven for the night before heading on to Placentia for our check in to Belize. Here on arrival I fixed our broken SSB antennae in the afternoon and the next day it was an early morning departure to No Name Harbour for the night. Next day it was a short ten mile hop to Placentia.
March 11 2014 we arrive in Placentia and next day do our check in. With a series of fronts moving through the area we decided to navigate into Placentia Lagoon for the first time. We were advised that 6 ft. draft is the maximum that one should try in entering the lagoon. We draw six ft. and a little bit so a nervous entry was made.
March 15 2014
We anchored in 9.8 ft. in Placentia lagoon awaiting a predicted strong front that was to pass through our area. Here we awaited the weather, then move back into the harbour March 18th.
March 19 2014
Off to the
Pelican Cays where the anchoring is in deep water (61 ft.)
Here we managed to get one of three mooring balls so sat
comfortably in this well protected harbour. For neighbours we
had Back Stage Pass with Bill and Mary aboard. We called on
Ch. 74 and made a reservation for dinner for the four of us on
Hideaway Cay. Dustin, Kim and Ama proved to be great Host and
At left Dustin prepares for our dinner.
After a couple of days Bill and Mary returned to Placentia and we decided to explore Spruce Cay that came with great recommendations.
March 22 2014
We anchored at Spruce Cay in 13 ft. and sitting in 25. Spruce Cay lived up to it’s expectations. March 25th saw us back in Placentia to hide from the weather.
March 30th saw us
again departing the Lagoon with the catamaran “Iguana Dance”
that had Eli and Marla aboard. We were both heading for North
Long Coco Cay. In North Long Coco we view a spectacular sunset
and an old Barracuda keeps us company as well.
April 6th saw us again in Placentia. From here we checked out and travelled with Iguana Dance via New Haven and onto the delightful North Mono Cay for an over night stay then on to Guatemala the next day.
Dance on the right is anchored off North Mono Cay in Southern
April 15 2014
Arriving in Livingston we did our checkin with Raul at his Office called Servamar that is shown below. here we do Customs and Immigration in and out of Guatemala.
At Burnt Cay (formerly
Texan Bay), we spent a few days relaxing as well as preparing
Tundra for haul out at Ram Marine. Here
we made a visit to Jennifer's in Gringo Bay that is adjacent to
Burnt Cay. Jennifer stores and looks after boats on her
A native girl makes a visit.
Above is Jennifer's front porch.
Before departing we stayed overnight in the town
Rio Dulce. By chance the town was celebrating a rodeo and the
party was on. The streets were inundated and much fun was had
A Bull Fight is underway as
viewed from our hotel restaurant.
A farmer pedals his mangoes in down town Rio
Next day we departed by bus to Antigua
to visit our new found friends Bill and Mary from SV BACK
We await the bus to arrive in order to deliver us
We arrived in Antigua Guatemala April 28
to stay with friends Bill and Mary before heading north May 1.
A view of
the lovely house that Bill and Mary rent in Antigua. What
wonderful Hosts they were.
pose in front of the house that was surrounded by beautiful
gardens tended to by Bill and Mary
is a sample of two of the different tropical flowers we viewed
there. They were unknown to us so it was a new discovery.
a view the average typical street as seen in the City of Antigua
Guatemala. Do not think that this represents Antigua in it's
fullest as the scenery around the City is spectacular with it's
three surrounding volcanoes.
May 1 2014 we departed for Canada for the summer. Please go to
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YEAR 2015 ARRIVAL TO THE RIO DULCE
Tundra Sits in the yard at Ram Marine patiently awaiting the
arrival of its Crew from the North
Feb 2 2015 we departed for the airport in the middle of the night in one of the worst blizzards we have ever seen. After much shoveling of snow we left 2 hours early for the airport. After a slow trip we arrived on time but our plane departure was one hour late so we missed our flight connection to Guatemala City in Ft Lauderdale Florida.
Here we had to wait an extra day since it was the next flight to Guatemala. At least it was warm and sunny so it gave us a chance to unwind and view the geriatrics on the beach which was a short hike away from our hotel.
is a view to the north of the Intercoastal Waterway from a
bridge that we crossed under 16 years ago. Above as well
Kathy stands at one of the many entrances to the beaches of Fort
Lauderdale that were about a mile walk from our hotel.
4 2015 we flew to Guat. city with no hitches. After an
overnite stay we bused as usual to the Rio Dulce departing on a
new schedule that was one hour later ( 11:00 am ) than in the
past. An overnite stay in town then we moved onto the boat.
Several walks were made to town over the bridge for supplies.
Below is a view looking east at three marinas located on the
south side looking east. Mar Marine in the foreground,Ram marine
in the middle and Nana Juana to the left. Nana Juana is
presently the fastest developing Marina.
Below the launching of Tundra Feb 2015
Feb 18 2015 we launched and stayed on the dock at
Ram Marina till we moved to Catamaran Marina Feb 20th.
popular web page for the Rio Dulce is the Rio Dulce
Chisme-Vindicator and can be reached at http://www.riodulcechisme.com
Dance leaves the dock at Ram Marine after a major refit. She is
heading for Belize.
web site can be viewed at http://www.catamaranisland.com
If you click on this link be sure to click on the video as
you will see a bird's eye view of Catamaran Island as
photographed by a drone.
will stay at Catamaran for a few weeks as we continue with boat
work and play. :-)
photos below give you a vision of our stay at CATAMARAN
MARINA in the Rio Dulce
sits at her dock at Catamaran Marina in the Rio Dulce. Not a bad
backyard as shown below in a daytime view.
The morning sun rises
below behind Monkey Mountain with our flower garden shown on the
say if you can view Monkey Mountain it is going to rain. If you
can't it's raining.
A view below of the bridge that crosses the Rio Dulce
River as seen from Catamaran Marina.
Above right is the swimming pool at Catamaran.
stand in the Tennis Court. Apparently it was a former
Below Kathy does Thai Chi at the Tennis
back yard as viewed from her dock at Catamaran.
15th 2015 we had a delightful two and a half hour cruise
down the Rio Dulce River with our new found Guatemala friends
"Doris and Paul" on their pristine 33 ft Sea Ray called
appropriately "THE COFFEE BREAK". Paul has a coffee bean
plantation in Guatemala near the Mexican border. He tells me
coffee beans do their best at 2000 to 4500 foot elevation. His
beans are of exceptional quality and are sold all over the
world. One of his main customers is Starbucks. Below Kathy and
Dori enjoy the ride.
soon after departed from our Catamaran dock for a short cruise
to Burnt Cay for a brief stay and to start preparation for our
haul out at at Ram Marine. here we had some fun playing water
volleyball at a down river Back Packers Lodge called The Round
Above right a view of one of the dinghy
canals around Burnt Cay
at the dock at Ram Marine awaiting haul out
After haul out we headed to Antigua located near
Guatemala City for a few days before flying north. We had lunch
at one of the restaurants that was located high in a mountain
over looking Antigua. In spite of the misty weather the view was
top view of Antigua from the patio of our hotel
Below is pictured one of the many colourful aisles
of the Antigua Market
April 15 2015 we taxied from Antigua to the
airport in Guatemala City to fly home via Detroit.
After a delayed departure from Canada due to family matters we arrived back to the Rio Dulce the latter part of March. here we quickly prepared Tundra for launch and were in the water within a couple of days. Ram Marine were very obliging and offered to launch and re haul Tundra for no charge We planned to be in the water for only 6 weeks. We stayed at the dock at ram for a couple of days then from here we moved over to Catamaran Marina and hotel where we spent rest of the time preparing Tundra for sale. As a result because of our time limitations we had no planned cruise for this season. Below are a few photos of our stay at Catamaran in the Rio Dulce Guatemala.
Tundra is launched with ram's new Paint Building shown in the background. Notice the extension on top to accommodate a sailboat's mast while still up. Something we haven't seen before. Also shown is a photo of a mast about to be erected by the boat hoist. I would think a separate mast hoist would simplify the process.
Tundra at dock at Catamaran Marina and a tree
blooming on the Catamaran Marina and Hotel in the spring of
Easter is celebrated on the
water as well in the Rio Dulce
1 2017 marked the date of our departure to the RIO DULCE
for our yearly cruise aboard TUNDRA. This year was different for
us as we had made the final decision to sell Tundra. As a result
as last year due to circumstances we would not have enough time
for any real cruising other than in the river itself. We
returned to Catamaran Marina Hotel and Marina to mainly relax
and give time for Kathy's shingles symptoms to abate. Relaxing
we did but also many maintenance and beautification projects
were also tackled in order to prepare for the pending sale of
Tundra. This final chapter in our time aboard Tundra will mainly
show photos with brief descriptions of the events that led up to
her final sale.
stand in front of a statue located in Zone 10 Guatemala City and
Kathy poses on the beautiful university grounds only a close
walk away from our hotel.
Above is secluded area around a babbling brook for university students to go for relaxation and to meditate.
On arrival to
Tundra hauled out at Ram marine in the Rio Dulce we
immediately moved aboard and prepared her to launch within
the next few days.
Tundra sits on
the hard just before being launched
Shortly after Tundra was launched here she sits at the Ram dock. We soon moved her over to Catamaran hotel and Marina to beautify her for her sale.
As we had some
prospective buyers Kathy and I immediately went to work to
make Tundra as pristine as possible. This included
mainly polishing, painting and cleaning.
Marvin helped us with cleaning the mast that
included removing a bird nest that was built by persistent
Kiskadees. We also did some painting and reorganizing in our
During the month of April with our stay at Catamaran all our time here was not spent just working on the boat. We also spent many enjoyable hours socializing with our Yachting and Guatemala Friends.
Above left are Chico the dock master, Kevin the owner and myself. Above right are the colourful local ladies that visit Catamaran when cruise ship people visit for lunch. Very friendly ladies indeed!
Above our pet geese come for their daily visit and HONK! They constantly are on tour of the area
Above in town we see a
local chicken sampling the wares and also mangoes on sale by
Above Busy down town main street Rio Dulce formerly named
was starting to build as we had a hot prospect for the sale
of Tundra with a possible offer to by pending. An offer to
purchase soon followed and after our careful consideration
we accepted the deal. The pressure was on and we intensified
our efforts to make sure Tundra was in the pristine
condition that the potential buyer was looking for in an
Alberg 37. We knew Tundra would fit the bill!
quickly made by Chris our broker with the buyer as he was
planning a visit to the Rio for his inspection and
survey of the boat. This he wanted while we were still
in Guatemala. Since we were booked to return to Canada by
the end of April things began to move fast.
April 15 2017
arrived with the advent of Easter which is an occasion for
the Guatemalan's to holiday and have fun.
The river Easter Parade is shown above as it passes Tundra's stern and makes a stop at the main dock at Catamaran Marina
21st our potential buyer arrived from
Wisconsin along with his son. They
were to depart April 27th. We were
booked to depart for Canada April 26th and would like
to leave the Rio a day or so before. Not a lot of time to
make a sale.
Tundra on her last
sail with us as owners for the last time proving her worth
to our prospective buyer.
days before our planned departure passed quickly as Tundra
underwent a thorough inspection with all possible surveys
that were done in a matter of a couple of days. Thanks to
Chris and his efficient organizing things went remarkably
smoothly with surveyor's getting their inspections done all
in one day including a haul out and launch . Tundra passed
them all with flying colours and a final deal was signed for
Tundra's sale and Kathy and I were able to depart the
Rio as scheduled on the 24th of April a couple of days
ahead of our flight home from Guatemala City. This gave us a
day to relax and enjoy the City.
TUNDRA is sold!
She is to be renamed "ODIN" by her new owner Bradly pictured
above in the center on the dock with
his son Daniel on his right and to his left is Chris our
broker and owner of SeaKist Yacht Sales. Chris handled the
deal with great efficiency and honesty. Kathy and I
recommend him to any one interested in selling or buying
their dream vessel.
Brian has his last toast aboard Tundra and Kathy dues her last farewell before we depart the Rio.
We arrived home and in a matter of a few weeks all the final paper work of the sale was completed and Tundra had a new owner. It was a sad but happy moment for the two of us but in our hearts we knew that we had mad the right decision. It was time to start a new chapter in our lives and move on to other things.
So ends the saga
of "TUNDRA TRAVELS" I plan to keep this website open for
anyone's interest but mainly as a personal diary for our
reference of our adventures in the Caribbean on our beloved Alberg
37 Sloop "TUNDRA". In the future I plan to back track on our
adventures to refine and add to my entries and hopefully
make for more enjoyable reading. In the meantime I will keep
and update our future happenings on the page "RECENT EVENTS"
ADIOS FROM THE BOTH OF US AND TO
YOU FAIR WINDS AND SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL WHO READ
Last Update Jan 5 2018