Leaving Ithaka in the Rio Dulce, Guatemal
By The Ithaka - Published January 13, 2006 - Viewed 1154 times
Leaving Ithaka in the Rio Dulce, Guatemala
From Bernadette: In the Rio, it was so easy. The marinas there are extremely well protected from weather by a bowl of mountains, and from theft by guards. The water is freshwater, so there was no barnacle growth while we were there (four months). All we did was bring the boat in reverse stern-to the dock, picking up a mooring ball at the bow on the way in. Ithaka now has her bow tied to the mooring ball, as well as one of our anchors out from the bow. Like a cat's cradle, her stern is tied to the dock, and she has spring lines holding her away from the boats lying to port and starboard of us. We also have all our fenders out, as do our neighboring boats. Access to Ithaka's cockpit is via a plank secured to the boat and the dock. The manager of Tortugal lives on site, and is easy to contact via phone or email, and his staff opens Ithaka up every sunny day to prevent mildew. We feel confident in this operation.
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