As I said before, we are currently in Fronteras. This area is called Rio Dulce. It’s on the Rio Dulce between El Golfete and Lago de Izabal. The area is quite popular amongst cruisers. It being a hurricane free area in the midst of the hurricane latitudes. The rivers and waterways are a lifeline here. Where boats of all makes and sizes are used for fishing, transportation, delivery, commerce and even recreation. There are many marinas in this area. They mostly cater to the boaters who have migrated here from all over the world. Some come for a short visit and continue on their way. Others come and stay just for the hurricane season, and still others have come and never made it any further for what ever reason. The services here are great for boaters. Especially compared to everywhere we went to in Belize. Because of that we will stay here for at least a month getting things fixed on Stray Catz. Parts are an issue, but labor isn’t. The daily wage here for general labor is about $15 US. The only challenge is no one seems to understand me and I can’t figure out what they’re saying. 🙂 So during the repair process of Stray Catz, the three of us are going to head into the heart of Guatemala and take some Spanish language lessons in hopes of narrowing the communication gap. Kylan has been invaluable as a translator even with his limited Spanish.
On the way between Cayo Quemado and Fronteras we let Kylan do a little wake boarding due to the lack of wind and how hot it was.
As far as repairs go, Stray Catz looks somewhat naked at the moment because we took all the sails off to be repaired. Nothing major wrong, but after the gale in the Yucatan Channel there are some small tears and worn stitching that needs updated. We also lost an alternator during that storm and our windlass went out later. Those too are off the boat. One other important item we’re working on is a chart plotter. It would be nice once again to know where we are going. Or maybe not?
Any body headed to Guatemala that can bring a chart plotter with them?