THE DINGHY SANK!
Once again we tried our best to get under way but Panama had better plans for us today. To begin Adam and I went to shore after filling our diesel tanks up from the fuel cans we carry onboard. As we arrived we were informed that we had to pay $28 dollars for the use of the dingy dock. So we paid and spent the next hour filling up our 12 gallons of fuel. Only issue is that the fuel spout was bigger then the hole in our fuel cans so it took a long time to fill them. Next we ventured back unloaded the fuel and had lunch. I then spent a few hours plotting out our course to the Galapagos and finished a few other little tasks. We then decided that our Gasoline cans need to be topped off, but the gasoline is sold in a different place then the Diesel fuel. So being the smart crew that we are we decided to land our dinghy along a rock break wall that was right next to the gas station so we didn’t have to carry the two cans a ½ mile by hand. The landing went great, but when I got to the gas station they where just filling up the fuel tanks so I had to wait an hour before I could get my 10 gallons. My dad not knowing what was taking me so long dropped Adam off to see if I need help, nope I said this is PANAMA I am waiting! After fueling up we waved for my dad to come pick us up. As he approached the break wall the ocean swell lifted up the dinghy and then dropped the front end on a sharp rock and popped it. As we raced back to the boat I had my hand over the 4 inch hole trying to contain as much air in the dingy as we sank into the ocean. We made it just in time to unload the fuel, outboard motor, and other items. Now we have a dinghy with a 4 inch whole, a pound of glue, patch material and a hard lesson on why you never to take your rubber dinghy to a rock break wall.