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Super Bowl kick off 5:30 p.m. Sunday E-mail
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Bronco supporters find a treasure in Morales
Bronco supporters find a treasure in Morales
Boaters know that besides the pleasure of fixing their boat in exotic locations, there are also pleasures to be had in shopping in exotic locations. 

On a recent trip to the “stall mall” which straddles the railroad tracks in beautiful downtown Morales, Michele of s/v “Reach” photographed Bob and Trish of m/s “Barnacle” admiring a sports banner which was hanging in a barber shop.

After a series of intense negotiations involving offers and counter-offers an agreement was reached between the barber and Trish and she will now have, in addition to her 1997 Super Bowl Champions Flag, this banner to wave as she cheers for her favorite team this coming Super Bowl Sunday. Trish says

Visit your favorite Rio Ducle sports bar this Sunday the 2nd and cheer on your favorite team.  Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm GST (Guatemalan Standard Time). 

If you happen to see Trish and the Broncos are winning:  Well, then say hello and maybe even give her a hug. 

If they are losing and you happen to see her:  Well, then approach with caution and you should probably forget the hug.

Oh, and in fairness just in case there happens to be a stray Seahawks fan here on the Rio, she challenges you to show her your picture of how you are going to support your team. 

Just email it to   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   

 
Bob Smith suffers minor stroke E-mail
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Bob Smith of s/v Defiance consults with Dr. Salguero and nurse Megan of  Guatemala Medical  Travel. Bob recently suffered a minor stroke but is doing well after the quick assistance of Lori Shea of GMT who arranged for emergency care. He is now with his daughter in Tulsa, OK. He plans to return to Rio Dulce to arrange the sale of his boat and other items then return to the US to live fulltime with his daughter Kelly.
Bob Smith of s/v Defiance consults with Dr. Salguero and nurse Megan of Guatemala Medical Travel. Bob recently suffered a minor stroke but is doing well after the quick assistance of Lori Shea of GMT who arranged for emergency care. He is now with his daughter in Tulsa, OK. He plans to return to Rio Dulce to arrange the sale of his boat and other items then return to the US to live fulltime with his daughter Kelly.
 
Diamond Lil does the Rio Dulce E-mail
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Diamond Lil
Diamond Lil
By Melanie Wood
This is the third in a series of The Captain's Log books written by Melanie Wood who along with her husband Captain John have cruised from Ontario to exotic, less traveled locations in Central/South America aboard their 38' Bayliner – m/v Diamond Lil.

What makes the adventure unusual is there are not many smaller power (non-sail) production boats going to such remote locations with some long blue water crossings thrown into the challenge.

This book provides a detailed account of their journey from Florida to Cuba and on to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Roatan and back to Guatemala during hurricane season.

What makes this book interesting is these folks are just like you and me, and they boated on Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay. Their Bayliner is registered in Midland, Ontario.

What makes them different is they took the plunge and they have been going to places that you would only find cruising sailboats or high end exploration trawlers like Nordhavn, Fleming, Kady-Krogen etc.

I would venture to say that you are not going to find another Canadian power boat under 50' up the Rio Dulce river in Guatemala anytime soon.

Seems almost crazy to me that such a small power boat is cruising around in such far flung places ... but humans have no bounds and yes there are plenty of people doing crazier things on the water ... like rowing across the Atlantic or paddle boarding across Georgian Bay.

 

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Richard Muntzing of s/v Panacea dies E-mail
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Richard Muntzing, 71, of s/v Panacea died early this morning (January 8) in a Guatemala City hospital from injuries received in an explosion of his boat January 2 at Vista Rio.

His son Fredrik wrote that the actual cause of death was that this lungs could no longer supply oxygen enough for the blood. He suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns over 80 percent of his body.

“I think and hope that he was not in too much pain since he was flown to Guatemala city. He will be greatly missed by us, and surely also by all his friends in Rio dulce. I hope he has gone to a better place”  Fredrik wrote.

The funeral will be held in Stockholm, Sweden. The date has not yet been set.

 
Richard of s/v Panacea in critical condition E-mail
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By Roy McNett
Editor

Contrary to local "reports", Richard Muntzing of s/v Panacea is alive and is in stable condition, although still critical, according to his son Fredrik who posted the following on the Rio Dulce Forum here http://riodulcechisme.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=8799

Let's hope and pray for his recovery.

Dear forum readers,

My name is Fredrik, I am the son of Richard, owner of Panacea. Together with my twin brother I am currently in Guatemala City, where my father is getting medical treatment in the Los Alamos hospital. He is not dead, contrary to what is believed on this forum.

His condition is critical but for the moment stable. In the explosion he suffered severe burns, more than 90pct. The burns are not very deep, but together with his age they make up for a life threatening condition. The treating specialist does not give him more than 10 pct chances of survival at this point in time.

I was glad to see on his forum that he is well liked in the rio dulce community. Lets hope and pray for his recovery.

Kind regards

Fredrik

 
Staying Safe with your LPG Systems E-mail
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Hole in LPG hose
Hole in LPG hose
By Capt. John Brandes

Most all of us know by now there was an explosion on the sailing vessel  Panacea at Vista Rio Hotel and Marina.  The owner of the boat was seriously injured with burns over most of his body and is still in critical condition. 

The cause of the explosion was leaking LPG (Propane) gas.  The leak has been determined to be the result of a rat chewing through the LPG hose between the tank and the stove in the galley.

This article is intended as an aid in helping other boaters prevent the kind of casualty that resulted in the loss of a cruising sailboat and possibly a man’s life.

In a marine application LPG liquid is contained in tanks that are carried on board.  When the internal pressure of the tank is reduced the LPG liquid vaporizes and the resultant gas flows through a pressure regulator and subsequently through a line to the LPG appliance such as a stove or Bar B Que at a regulated pressure. 

The pressure regulator controls not only the rate of vaporization in the tank but also the pressure of the gas flowing through the line to the appliance.

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) is the authority on marine LPG installations on pleasure craft and I have copied below the most pertinent of the ABYC regulations with regard to LPG installations.  

Even though these are US standards they are consistent with standards of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) and the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations of the IMO and thus apply to vessels of all country origins.

The standards copied below are a long and tedious read so I will try to summarize some of the most important aspects and requirements for the cruising vessel.  Here is a checklist of sorts that every LPG installation should meet:

The tanks must be in a dedicated locker that is vented overboard in a way that will not permit escaping fumes from entering the boat.

There should be nothing in the locker other than the LPG tanks and connected equipment.

The vent outlet should be located in such a way that will not allow fumes to enter the interior of the vessel.  Example: Vent should not be located above an opening port light.

There must be a remote controlled shutoff at the tank that allows the operator of the LPG appliance to turn off the flow of gas from a location near that appliance. 

The shutoff must be located in such a way that one does not have to reach across an open flame to operate it.

It is recommended that the remote shutoff be of the type that automatically senses the presence of escaping gas and closes the remote valve without any action by the operator. 

There must be a pressure gauge that indicates the pressure of the gas in the tank.

There must be a pressure regulator that controls the pressure and flow of gas to the appliance.

(Editor's Note: These 12vdc remote control shutoffs are now available at the new West Marine Store at RAM Marina).

The line from the dedicated locker to the appliance MUST NOT have any intermediate connections.  It must be one continuous line without any interruptions.

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Rat caused explosion on s/v Panacea E-mail
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Divers Doug of s/v Dances With Wind and Vito of s/v  Blue Island  recovered the propane stove from s/v Panacea which exploded yesterday morning. They discovered that the rubber hose to the stove had been chewed through by a rat. The rat, which survived the explosion was last seen floating on a cushion, heading downriver. Still no update on the condition of Richard who remains in intensive care in a Guatemala City hospital.
Divers Doug of s/v Dances With Wind and Vito of s/v Blue Island recovered the propane stove from s/v Panacea which exploded yesterday morning. They discovered that the rubber hose to the stove had been chewed through by a rat. The rat, which survived the explosion was last seen floating on a cushion, heading downriver. Still no update on the condition of Richard who remains in intensive care in a Guatemala City hospital. The propane tank was later discovered. It was not equipped with a 12 volt safety cutoff solenoid and one control knob on the stove was in the open position.
 
s/v Panacea explodes, Richard hospitalized, Updated E-mail
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s/v Panacea was totally destroyed and  sunk early this morning from an apparent propane explosion at Vista Rio .Owner Richard Munttzing was transported to Guatemala City via helicopter after suffering severe burns and possible other injuries. Other boats in the marina were also damaged, including the m/v Steel Magnolia which had windows and doors blown out. Click Read More below for more photos by Tom Allen.
s/v Panacea was totally destroyed and sunk early this morning from an apparent propane explosion at Vista Rio .Owner Richard Muntzing was transported to Guatemala City via helicopter after suffering severe burns and possible other injuries. Other boats in the marina were also damaged, including the m/v Steel Magnolia which had windows and doors blown out. Click Read More below for more photos by Tom Allen.

Updated with more photos by Lesley Morresey-Taylor.

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Rio Dulce mourns George D. Morgan E-mail
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George Morgan
George Morgan
By encor
Our favorite pharaoh, George the fearless, passed away on Dec.31.  He was at home in his beloved Bum Bum Rum, and smiling now that he was pain free.

As his friends know, George had fought the nasty cancers until he was ready to let go.

His son, Michael and supreme caregiver Sherrie were with him at the end.

He was a long time river liver, coming in on his vessel, s/v Morgan Manor from Long Beach, Ca. in the early 90's.  As a former firechief and paramedic, George contributed, without asking, his time and knowledge to help so many people. 

And with his never failing smile and genuine wit that made one glad to know him.

Along the way, George sold his boat and built Restaurante Rosita's in la Bacadilla.  That building eventually became his home, and got renamed the Bum Bum Rum. 

He built a few docks for his friends and a huge workshop to keep up with his many projects, always something new going on with him.

Old phrase, "they broke the mold" was never more apt.

George left us more memories in his writings, here is just one.  More will eventually be posted on his FaceBook page:

OF DEATH AND DYING

Pharoah George
Pharoah George

Is death the end

And something to fear?

Or is it the beginning

of something dear?

The problem is that no one knows.

And because of this, let's just suppose

That if life is over

When we die,

Then all we can do

Is try and cry.

George's wishes were to be cremated, which is happening in Guate City.

When Michael and Sherrie return with his cremains, there will be a memorial celebration of his life, where all his friends can gather and tell the multitude of George Stories that make him a legend and primo Rio Character.

Rest in Peace, my Pharaoh.

 

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