I decided to fly to Panama with approximately 75 sails stuffed into suitcases, rather than ship the all 260 sails by ship.
They were folded,
Each black bag contained 10 main sails, so I was able to pack more than 20 sails in each suitcase.
A two legged flight to Panama City, Panama went well and as always the view of what's often called the cocaine skyline was awesome and still changing vertically.
You want it? He'll take you to where it is!
Loading school supplies.
He drives a diesel powered, manual shift Mitsubishi mini van...(not sold in the US) What a great vehicle! Wish I had one.
Older, US school buses are common for mass transportation in Central America, but most often are decorated with wild paint jobs.
Last year, when asked "What colors would you paint your Ulu's (dug out canoes)?" Justino responded that, if they had money to, the color pallet they would use..... was a black hull with white, red and yellow trim on the upper edges and then a sky blue interior. They could embellish the paint design and once upon a time, they did, but now money is tight. So, I bought them the basic colors they needed in oil based exterior paints and also brushes, buckets and thinner. Enough to paint about 10-20 Ulu's completely. If nothing else, this should be a serious morale booster!
I was brought a late lunch, this time a fish and boiled yucca, lime and salt.
Fresh fruit is grown in their fincas (farms) on the mainland.
He begins with the base of a tree and works with basic hand tools.
At the end of the second day, the rains lightened to a drizzle and the kids went out to play on the water. The kid in the back with paddle raised, is a constant bundle of energy, always smiling and goofing around.
As they passed by, the little comedian plays his paddle.... as a guitar.... for me!
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This is an example of what they were using before.... Basically, these patchwork sails could only push a ulu down wind. The sails I brought were made with real sail cloth and aerodynamic shape to work like a wing and therefore drive their boats upwind too. No matter what the angle, they produce a much faster ride, more control and safety.