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  1. HI CHRISTOBAL, so happy for you, SAILING AL LAST. Reading your first experience, was delightfull, I enjoy it deeply, it was like a reading the heart of a gigant mountain exploding on joy and love. Thanks for sharing it to us all. Have to let you know that Changa is been around a lot playing restless with Filomena, she even sleeps at night at the house and also stays for long time just sharing some of her fully sweet company. You know we love her and will look after, she´s a loving part of your own to us. Maria Teresa told me that today you´ve reached Monte Pio, I have´nt been able to check your location, but I´ll try latter.
    I felt like share with you this old celtic blessing, that may accompany you along.

    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may Life hold you in the palm of His hand.
    Con mucho cariño,

  2. Hi Grillabong
    Congratulation to an nice proa and the nice job you did.
    I life in southern mexico and build 2 of Garys design and now I’m working on it how to sail this canoes. Since there is always something what need to be fixed it takes al lot of material after the boat is finished. Since you build the proa in mexico do you have any place or store in mexico where to bay epoxy resin?
    Hope to hear from you soon and if you ever come to Quintana Roo just stop by at Laguna Bacalar.
    Happy sailing

    • Hello Gunnar,
      I had seen you boats on Gary´s blog and already hoped to visit you, but there are many miles between us so do not hold your breath. I found epoxy in Veracruz but it was very expensive and had no anti-blush quality, which you really need in this climate. I am told epoxy is available in Mexico City, but I am sure that will be horribly expensive too. I use J. Greer, Aeromarine Products in California, perhaps they will ship to you? Probably cheaper even with shipping costs than buying in Mexico.
      Hoping to meet you, eventually. We shall race, yes? Chris.

  3. I’m really enjoying your writing and your adventure. Thanks so much for doing all this.
    Looks like you’re doing things really gracefully.
    Thanks for taking proa sail/camping/adventure to the next level!


  4. Hello Chris. My name is Chris too (not the too part!).

    I have about half of your blog. I really enjoyed it so far. I’m hoping to find where it tells me your from in the US and your motivation for doing this trip. BTW, I love your politics, your religious common sense (so lacking in today’s world!) and your vibe. If you even find yourself just south of the Canadian border in North Idaho, please come and visit a mutual proa-nut. Friday’s at 4:20 would be a great time to visit.

    Chris Curtis

    • Thank you Chris. I will be sure to visit if I pass through Idaho again. I live in Upstate New York (though I am more English than anything). I will endeavor to explain why I am doing this in some future post although I am not sure I understand it myself! Regards, Chris.

  5. Hey Chris,
    I have a great video of you dancing aboard Desperado as you two peeled off the Jan’s Place dock in Caye Caulker. Let me know how to post it, otherwise I will put it up on my FB page.

    Keep blogging, we are with you in spirit. We wish you the wind at your back (figuratively, as I know you don’t enjoy that point of sail) and hope that you may realize when your dreams come true.

    Always love,
    Barbara and Evan, too, mi hija.

    • Sorry Sal, didn’t see your comment for some reason until now.
      Desesperado is a Pacific flying proa based on a design by Gary Dierking in his book “Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes. His version is 17 feet 9 inches, mine is 22 feet and 30 per cent wider.

  6. Hi Chris,

    I am fan of your boat, your adventure and your blog.
    You make me think of John MacGregor, Rob Roy the kayak and their books.

    I would like to translate a little bit some parts. Mostly technical : the way you design and drive, with plenty of hyperlinks to you.
    I had started reading your blog. I am traveling with you in chronological order. I have started to translate parts of your 2nd and 3rd attempt post. I am there. When you improvise your participation to the regatta with the first sailors you meet. Desperado is still Rozinante. https://grillabongquixotic.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/tests-numbers-2-3-and-4-oh-dearie-dearie-me/
    I have few friends fan as me and unfortunately, not very comfortable with english. I wish I could share your story with them on my blog.

    As I do not succeed in displaying your Spot data, I started to make a google map spotting the places you talk about. Sorry to be Big Brother’s eye on you. You can own this map as much as you want if you allow me to do this. I would like to make this map displayed on the post « Desperado, descending the Atlantic coast of Central America » translating parts of your story with plenty of links to your posts, pictures, videos, …

    Hopefully, you will have my email adress with this comment.

    I wish you good luck and thank you for sharing your adventure with us. I hope this will continue for a long time and many miles.

    Kind Regards,

    • Thomas, I loved your blog – at least the pictures for my french is very rusty I hope to take time to read it more carefully soon. I apologise for taking so long to reply to your comment. Thanks for your interest; do as you wish with my blog. I am presently in the Rio Dulce Guatemala but I should be back in the ocean soon heading along the coast of Honduras, then Nicaragua. My proa is proving to be a very worthy vessel on the ocean – it is the only way to travel!
      Stay safe out there, regards, Chris.

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