The repair process…..

We must lift s/v Oceans out of the water to make the fiberglass repairs.  So far, there are no marina’s on the Pacific Side that can take her out.  s/v Oceans is too wide.  More research is being done, as I write this post.  But, we have made plans to transit back through the canal to Shelter Bay Marina, where they have a travel lift and a well wide enough to haul us out, without further fiberglass damage.   1st transit day available to go North bound is May 2nd.  So, at this time, we are scheduled to transit back to Caribbean side, repair s/v Oceans and request South bound transit back to the Pacific side.  No one is hurt, and we will push on!

Transit Panama Canal, Day 1

The Panama Canal was carved through one of the narrowest and lowest saddles of the long, mountainous isthmus that joins the North and South American continents.  We enter at the port of Cristobal on the Atlantic side and exit at the Port of Balboa on the Pacific side.  There are 3 locks on each side of the lake, which is called Gatun Lake.

Today we are scheduled to through the 1st 3 locks that are connected together, into Gatun Lake.  We will go up 85 feet.  We spend the night in the lake.  In the morning, 5 hours across the lake.  Then down 3 locks that are connected together.  There s/v Oceans & crew will be in the Pacific.  Yippee!

Crew on board:  Rick & Myself, Mathais & 2 volunteer line handlers, Raf & Juana.

Check out:  www.pancanal.com   There are webcams of the activities in the locks, so anyone in the world can watch.  At this point we are scheduled to go through at 1730hr, 5:30 pm Central Time.  If anyone is able to take screen shots of us, we would be Very Happy!!  s/v Oceans will possibly be rafted with a monohaul on each side of us.

GOD IS GREAT!

Panama Canal Transit procedures

Admeasurement- process of determining the tonnage of a vessel.  The official comes out to the boat and physically measures the boat’s length including bowsprits, davits or any other protrusions.  The Admeasurer will inspect the vessel for transit requirements:  4 mooring lines not less than 38 meters (125 feet) long, 4 line handlers in addition to the Captain; anchor, adequate fenders to keep vessel away from the lock wall under turbulent conditions.  The final requirement is that the Pilot or Advisor be fed lunch, snacks and drinks, food must be hot, no sandwiches…

We the Crew at s/v Oceans decided to hire an agent to facilitate with all recommended procedures, plus we don’t speak Spanish.  Note to self:  Learn Spanish and French.

For more information on the canal, visit, www.pancanal.com.  Rick & Josh volunteered as line handlers on a 37 ft sailboat to go through the canal for some experience.

There are webcams for family to watch from anywhere in the world.  But, they are not real time & tend to be blurry, but, still pretty cool to see.  www.pancanal.com

 

Haitian Police & Coast Guard Boarding

While unloading in Les Cayes,  Haiti, s/v Oceans got boarded by the Haitian Coast Guard and Haitian police, with armed weapons.  We had transferred most of the donations into large black trash bags, tried to remove all cardboard for fear of cockroach eggs.  Guess we looked a bit suspicious!   They were just doing their jobs, looking for drugs, weapons & animals.  We had nothing to hide!

THANK YOU!!

THANK YOU TOO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE SO KINDLY DONATED GOODS AND DOLLARS TO US!!!!!!!     Please, CLEARLY understand the goods and dollars donated go 100% to those in need.  We keep ZERO !  We are but a delivery crew trying with great effort to get face to face with those in need and have a kind helpful impact on their lives.  Our Supporters are the Real Heroes that give someone a two day job, a tool we bought, lights for a home with none, medical goods and an opportunity for today to be a better day and to have HOPE.  If you find it in your heart, Please make a donation, so we can continue to give to those in need.  Any size donation can be made easily on our website.  oceansmission.com

Thank You, GOD Bless,

Rick & Teri, s/v Oceans

Memories from Haiti

 

We arrived in Port Antonio, March 8,2018 at 10:30am.

HAITI:  So beautiful, So heartbreaking.  Ile a Vache, Haiti 6miles off South Coast of Haiti, where we stayed with s/v Oceans.  It is described as the richest & nicest place in Haiti.  We believe this is true.  It is Very Poor.  Most of the people we dealt with were Very nice.  The evil ones were trying petty scams and offering lies for US Dollars.  The mountains, fields and farm animals were so beautiful, yet Very poor.

The Biggest Impact to us:  Orphanages.  Well over 50% are corrupt, money making schemes.  They tell poor parents that they will take care of their children.  That the children would be offered food, education, Great Health Care and the best opportunities for a Great life.  LIES!!!  The truth that hurts!  These orphanages are money making factories, babies and children are the slaves.  The owners get donations from foreign countries, the USA included, the children get to barely stay alive.  DO NOT DONATE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE!  Then there are the far worse orphanages, where children are treated as those previously mentioned, but also sold into slavery and Mostly for the sex slave trade.  Many children under the age of 5yrs old have been involved in sex acts, repeatedly.  We wanted to vomit.

There is HOPE!  www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com    We stood in a wonderful transition house with these children learning about the common abuses.   We had the good fortune to meet Morgan Weinberg, co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations.  We urge you to visit her website and hear her story.  She is the Hands and Feet of JESUS.  We were able to deliver thousands of pounds of donated cargo to Haiti, a large portion went to Morgan in Les Cayes, Haiti.

This delivery cost us a large amount of money, due to 1.5 years of delays.  The delays were beyond our control and created some high anxiety.  We are SO GLAD we stayed on course and fulfilled our commitment.  Only  by the Power of GOD!  We would like to ask two things of you:  1.  Check out her website.  2.  Make a Donation.

THANK YOU!

In the Bahamas

Hello Everyone,

We the crew of s/v Oceans are out of the country!!

Rick & I did 3 hour watches, which means one of us is up for 3hours & the other sleeps for 3 hours, or at least try’s to rest  & then we switch.

Saw several cruise ships, during passage;  Carnival Conquest headed to St. Maarten, Celebrity Equinox to San Juan, Carnival Glory enroute to Half Moon Bay, Disney Magic back to Miami, Celebrity Summit enroute to Nassau, MSC Seaside to Antiqua.  With our AIS equipment we can id. ships & see some pretty cool stuff, how fast they are going, tonnage, etc.

The night sky was simply beautiful, the Moon & Uranus  were visible with lots of stars on my 1st watch, 1800-2100 hours. , (6-9pm).  The sky is  pretty amazing once you get out of sight of land & all the lights.  On another watch, I got to see Carnival Sensation heading to Grand Turk, with Jupiter & Mars in the night sky.

We arrived into a small anchorage off Rose Island, anchor down at 5:08pm, Sunday Night. Beautiful, Safe Trip.   Time to catch up on some sleep.  Nice to be back in the Bahamas.  Watercolors are spectacular.

We have checked in with Customs & Immigrations, now we are legal.  Working on improving our communication equipment, as we wait for weather window to sail to Haiti.

Hope to update again, soon.