Visiting Ecuador

Launching Day And Final Preparations (continued)

Once a boat is launched and tied-up in the med-moor area, this is how you get back and forth to shore. When med-mooring, you don't have a dock or pier next to your boat.  Suni and Charlie, the cruisers on the neighboring boat Cosmos, blowing a conch shell and ram's horn as a farewell to Barbarella, a boat that left just before we did. (Photo by Marcie Connelly-Lynn.)

Sunday, March 21, 2004 - Monday, March 22, 2004

As might be expected, two very busy chore days:

Now that we're in the water, you can't just hop off the boat in the morning to take a shower. Instead, you have to lower the dinghy and row ashore. There is no seat so you have to row standing up and facing forward. Good thing it's only three miles. (Just kidding, it's only a hundred feet.)

Tomorrow should be our last full day here, and it will be another busy day. Barbarella left today (the boat across the marina from us), bound for the Galápagos. It was a major production with perhaps a dozen people helping including a diver and a man in a launch. Barbarella is such a huge boat and had been so extensively tied into the dock and mooring balls that it took a major effort to cast off all the lines. When they motored away, all the remaining cruisers blew their horns as a farewell and bon voyage gesture.

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