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Wreckdiver in Panama 7 months 4 weeks ago #19285

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Doing much better, not out of the woods yet, but better every day, Thanks
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Wreckdiver in Panama 6 months 1 week ago #19532

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We headed back over to the Caribbean side of Panama Sunday to explore one of the possible locations that Bradley used to land the advance forces that Morgan sent to secure the mouth of the Chagres River and Fort San Lorenzo, the first target in his daring plan to raid Panama City.

Due to the rugged coast on the Caribbean side of Panama, there are really only a couple of options for Bradly to land a force of a couple hundred pirates in an attempt to take Fort San Lorenzo from the Spanish. A full on frontal assault and navel bombardment from off shore would have been suicide for Morgans forces, so his only real option was to flank the fort and attack it from the land side of the Fort.

The objective would have been to find a secure location out of sight of the Fort, and presumably out of range of the Spanish cannons, to anchor his ships and send landing parties ashore.

The first option is a cove with a beach called Playa Tortuguilla. While this cove is not visible from the fort, the major disadvantage is that it is within range of the Spanish cannons. This may have been one of Bradly's choices simply because it is close to the Fort, and the pirate force would only have to cut its way through about a kilometer dense jungle to be in position to attack the fort. The only other option is three miles further up the coast, and we will visit it again in the near future.

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Playa Tortuguilla is just beyond this bend. Photo taken from Fort San Lorenzo

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Metal detecting a small stream just the other side of the beach

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Glad I brought spare batteries.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 6 months 1 week ago #19535

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looks fun! wish I was there!!
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Wreckdiver in Panama 6 months 1 week ago #19537

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Looks like a great time.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19634

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The other day I was talking to a friend who works at the Embassy, and I told him that I was looking for a boat down here in Panama. He tells me he has a friend with a boat for sale moored over at the Balboa Yacht Club (Pacific entrance to the Canal). I tell him I am looking for something to use as a live aboard. I figure this would be much more enjoyable and useful than spending money renting an apartment that's running me about $1300 a month for the apartment, plus cable, Internet, gas, water and electricity.
He says its a work boat. I said wonderful, I could use it for salvage work also. He said I should contact his friend since he inherited the boat and is not sure what to do with it. Sounds good I say send me his contact info via whatsapp.

Later that night I get these pictures on my phone...

Very nice, but that boat is a 1966, 85 to 90 footer and has to be worth half a million bucks easy. Just a tad out of my budget range.

I think I will head over to Balboa and check it out, the dreaming part is free...

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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19635

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Low Ball him and see what happens. After all, he did inherit the boat and doesn't know what to do with it. Maybe he just wants to get rid of it.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19637

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aquanut wrote:
Low Ball him and see what happens. After all, he did inherit the boat and doesn't know what to do with it. Maybe he just wants to get rid of it.

yea, be sure to stress the hassles and costs of boat ownership!

would look good like this though...........
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19638

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Jajaja, I like the TreasureWorks logo on the boat, looks good.

We will see that some day soon, probably not on a boat of this size. However, when I am done with my overseas work (in the very near future), and return to my home in Florida we will be definatly getting a boat for some search and recovery along the Florida coast. Defiantly looking forward to that day.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19639

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Wow.
Un barco magnifico!
I found some information that you might enjoy.
Mama Nido was/is built for and is/was being used as a mothership for a sportfishing charter company since about the fall of 2011.

This is a quote from an article in "In The Bite". It's just the first part of the article...they want to be paid for the rest. The SU/V Phyllis II became Mama Nido.

"Eventually we found one that suited our needs in Cameron, LA. It was the SU/V Phyllis II, a 1966 Halter Marine boat, 89 feet in length and operated by the same owner since she was splashed. Over the years the company that owned her had transitioned to a fleet of boats with larger capacities and lengths necessitated by the deeper offshore oil exploration but she was the right fit for us.

The Refit
Built for servicing offshore platforms, the Phyllis had plenty of belowdeck storage, almost 18,000 gallons of ballast area in multiple tanks, 13,500 gallons of fuel capacity and 2,500 gallons of fresh water storage capacity. The main engines were Detroit 12V71 with pneumatic starters, able to power her along at a cruising speed of 12 knots with a clean hull. The engines were keel-cooled and the exhaust dry-stacked.

Being designed principally for commercial hauling and supply, the Phyllis left much to be desired for a live-aboard mothership so we took to tearing her up. The rear deck behind the lazarette was extended to include a swim platform that would be utilized for fish cleaning and as an offloading point for tenders. To keep the exhaust from becoming burdensome, the stacks were raised above the top deck where an extension for food storage and additional trip items could be housed.

For redundancy, the original single Detroit generator was removed and replaced with a pair of 65kW John Deere generators that could be used in single configuration for shore power and uninterrupted service if one unit were to require attention or maintenance. "
and it goes on at some length.

This ad pops up from someone/something called "8 Knots Surplus" in Jupiter on In The Bite's Classified section:

"The Mama Nido is a purpose-built sportfishing mothership. LOA 94', 12,490 gallons of fuel capacity, full galley, water maker, ice machine, industrial crane capable of deploying FADs. 16 years experience fishing in remote regions of Panama. Perfect expedition vessel for FADs in Costa Rica and beyond. Asking $440,000, serious offers considered. Please call Elliot Stark for additional information"
$440K is an unrealistic price IMHO, but if the new owner has it priced more reasonably and you decide you aren't interested, I may have a guy...
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19640

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B) I'll bid $150,000. :) No Joke, $150,000....................?

I may have some friends that would consider going in on that bid with me. Anyone else?
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 2 weeks ago #19646

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Yea I'm in, hell I'm just looking for a place to live...
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 1 week ago #19713

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Well I was not able to find a boat that would meet my needs for a live aboard before my lease was up at the River Valley Apartments on the old Howard AFB, and I did not want to sign a one year lease, so I signed a 6 month lease on a nice two bedroom place with an office at the Tucan Country Club located next to the new Cocoli locks on the Panama Canal.
I figure with a 6 month lease, that should give me plenty of time to find a good boat that will meet my needs.

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Hanging out at the Balboa Yacht Club

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View from my front porch of a ship passing through the Panama Canal

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So, now that I live on the links, do I need to take up Golf? It's been many years since I played and there was lots of beer involved back then. I was able to shoot an 86 my last time out, but that was just on the front 9.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 1 week ago #19714

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Nice digs, but are you sure you want to associate that closely with...yanno...golfers? They generally make fishermen and treasure hunters look like paragons of truth and righteousness...
So...the Mama Nido didn't work out?
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Wreckdiver in Panama 5 months 1 week ago #19715

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Part of your quote...So, now that I live on the links, do I need to take up Golf? It's been many years since I played and there was lots of beer involved back then. I was able to shoot an 86 my last time out, but that was just on the front 9.[/quote]

Tommy, I too take the scenic tour when I golf. I get to see the creeks, rivers, lakes, trees, wildlife, smell the flowers, jump over snakes and make friends with those little bugs you can't see! UNLIKE my companions who walk straight down that highway of really short, uninteresting grass they call a fairway or something only to wind up at a place with even shorter, uninteresting grass with a hole in it. I leave most of my golf balls in the water. It gives the local divers something to do and keeps them off my treasure sites.
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Wreckdiver in Panama 4 months 3 weeks ago #19757

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I have been without wheels other than driving a little Kia Rental car since I sold ol Panama Red late last year. Yesterday I made a deal to purchase this 96 Land Rover Discovery with a 300tdi Turbo Diesel. This beast is a very fun ride and will make getting around Panama a much more pleasant adventure. So it looks like the treasures lost out in those hard to get to places are no longer out of range of my Metal Detectors.


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Wreckdiver in Panama 4 months 6 days ago #19847

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Tommy,
...You get the rover stuck yet????
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Wreckdiver in Panama 4 months 6 days ago #19848

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Just in traffic...
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Wreckdiver in Panama 3 months 1 week ago #19894

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Out along the Camino de Cruces in Panama


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Wreckdiver in Panama 3 months 1 week ago #19896

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Stay away fro Guata-MALA! The sky is falling!
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Wreckdiver in Panama 1 month 1 week ago #20228

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This coming October will be the ten-year mark since I took a leave of absence from the from the Air Force Reserves, and ultimately retiring with 32 years of service, At the same time I retired early from my Civil Service job at Patrick AFB to peruse the life of overseas military contracting.

After paying my dues working in Kabul Afghanistan for two years, I was afforded the opportunity to move to Central America where I have spent much of the last eight years. In those eight years I have been to every country in Central America and lived in Guatemala, Honduras and now in Panama.

Saying that it has been an amazing adventure, is an understatement to be sure. However, I am not getting any younger, and I am eager to get on with the next phase of my life living the dream at home and doing as I please. Today I am thinking very hard about packing it all up and returning home to my friends and family in Florida.
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