17. May 2016 · 8 comments · Categories: Panama

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Sorry guys.

I kind of left you hanging there wondering how things went with the jobs at Shelter Bay Marina.


To tell you the honest truth we do not know any more than we did when we wrote you last.  Despite a lot of running a round, talks and a few sail repairs we know less about the job offer than before we left.


Lets just start at the beginning.


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We left the harbor of Portobelo for the short trip to the mouth of the Panama Canal.

You know you are getting close when you are joined by hordes of anchored cargo ships awaiting their turn to transit to the Pacific Ocean.

1-Approach to Panama Canal

1-shipping close to channel

You weave your way through these and approach the giant break water that protects the mouth of the Panama Canal on this side.

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The Marina is just inside and to the west (left) of the main opening in the breakwater.  Do not worry.  You can not miss the channel markers.

1-harbour breakwater and markers

Everything seems to be built to a grand scale here!

Once inside the breakwater you have all the docks of Colon City.  The major Panimanian port on the Caribbean side of the Canal.

Colon harbour front docks

And the entrance to the Panama Canal straight ahead.

1- Panama Canal entrance

To get to the Marina you ‘dodge’ west and follow the well buoyed break water.

1-marina bouyage

Give a shout on VHF channel 74 and the marina staff we give you directions to a berth and have some help to catch the lines inside.

We stopped off at the Marina entrance and paid a visit to the fuel barge.

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And then headed over to the slip they assigned us.

1-marina berth

You would be proud of my humans.  They made it in without hitting anything.

1-boats in the Marina

So we made it safe and sound.



Before we started taking jobs at Shelter Bay Marina we had a quick celebration to have.  One of my humans got another year older.

1-Aprils Birthday

She was a bit to embarrassed to model her gifts.  But you all know I love a bit of ‘dress up’, so I did the honours.  I can not stand letting anyone else get all the attention.

1-Quinn modeling presents


Well the marina was not so sure on that.

Although we had been invited to come to the Marina to run the sail loft, it turns out they had already another couple doing the job.  They had to talk to them first.  But they were out of the country and on holiday at the moment.  Would we mind completing a few ‘out standing’ jobs’ until they got back and had time to sort it out?

So we did a few jobs in the interim.


This time it was me instead of the human.  And to keep up tradition in this family.  I did it in style.  I managed to collapse both my lungs and almost suffocate.  The fancy name for this is:

pneumothorax (pneumo- + thorax; plural pneumothoraces

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Of course I managed to show symptoms, that something was wrong, two days after running into a piece of rebar.  And on a bank holiday.  So, after surviving the night they rushed me off to the University Veterinarian Training Hospital in Panama City where they stabilized me in an oxygen rich tent.

1-Quinn before

The fussy stuff is lung tissue, or the lack of!

The initial x-rays were not good.  I had less than 1/4 lung capacity on one side and half on the other.  It took them all a few days to figure out it was caused by trauma to chest cavity.  As soon as they started to suck the extra air out of my thorax, my lungs could start to re-inflate again.

1-Quinn after

Back up to 80% lung capacity I was happy to be able to go home to the boat again.

1-marina facilities

It will be a few weeks before I will be chasing any balls.  And I will do my best to keep a better look out.


We are unsure at the moment.We will tell you what happens at the end of the week!


  1. Quinn, I hope you make a full recovery soon. I am so glad they managed to get you to the Veterinarian Training Hospital, lucky Quinn, as I cannot imagine there are many of those hospitals around! You will soon be back to your beach running!
    April, happy belated birthday!
    I hope it works out well on the jobs front.

    • Thanks for all the well wishes!
      The doctors tell me I should make a full and lasting recovery. I am just going to ‘milk’ the ‘poor me’ card with the humans as long as I can. The food is better and I have even been allowed on the bed! It is not going to last long. So I might as well enjoy it while I can.

      As for the job front. Maybe destiny is telling the humans to stop messing around in Panama and get on over to the Pacific islands. You never know.

  2. Happy birthday April, hope you had a great time.

    Quinny sorry to hear of your troubles I sometimes wince when our Maisie dives over or into a tree trunk taking the wind out of her sails!!!!! Pardon the pun

    Glad your up and about but take it easy.

    Fingers crossed for the job next week xx

  3. Happy to hear you are on the mend Quinn. We humans take it badly when our fur babies are I’ll. Love to all.
    Aunt Pat and Uncle Dave
    Jason Tracey

  4. John Simmonds

    Glad to hear all the crew are well now. Good luck on the job action front.
    Good sailing,
    John Simmonds & Joanne Pooley

    • Thanks guys!
      Great to hear from you both.
      Unfortunately the job and sailing do not really mix. It will probably be one or the other for a bit. But than you can’t go sailing without money. Thankfully we do not need much…..as long as we stop racking up hospital bills!
      Stay safe and stay healthy guys.

  5. Rose Crawford

    Oh Quinn…I am so sorry to read of your illness…. I had archived your letter and just read it so hopefully by now you are back…..chasing balls…..how on earth did your humans survive without your input on things…i’ll bet it was tough …..yes those hospital bills add up very quickly …..take care all….Hugs Rose Crawford

    • Oh Rose!
      The humans were useless with out me. You know them too well!
      They can not complain about my hospital bill, especially when I add up their ‘beer bill’ for the year.
      I am back chasing balls, birds and anything else that does not bite back. Note to self: ‘leave the land crabs alone’ and ‘look where you are going’.
      Lots of love!

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