(The Flats, Colon Harbour, Panama)
A bird memo must have went out that we were giving free rides, because today we had a Booby on the boat. At least that’s what kind of bird I’m calling it because it’s just fun to say.
Today we were headed into the large commercial port of Colon. Cristobal Port. The northern gateway to the Panama Canal. The leaves are changing colour and it’s time for us to get to the Pacific. (Obviously fall isn’t happening down here but the sentiment gives me the warm and fuzzies so I’m using it regardless of context.)
The first step in transiting the Canal Greg did days ago by registering Oceanna in the Panama Canal database. Next step is the admeasurement. Officially, this is “the process of determining the tonnage of the vessel”. Unofficially, it’s a visit from a Canal official to fill out some paperwork and visually size up your boat prior to transit.
We’re schedule to have our admeasurement tomorrow and for that we have to be anchored in The Flats. The Flats is a designated area in the busy port for small boats and yachts. It’s a pleasant enough anchorage as far as commercial ports go. Lined by yellow buoys we had a calm night except for when the wakes of the huge ships rolled by and set us to rocking.