Back In Bocas

Back In Bocas

It’s been over a year since my last post… We have been fully focused on our work, running a private yacht, covering more than 5,000nm around the Caribbean Sea. Our semi-circular route began in the east Florida coast of the USA, heading east to the Bahamas, then southwards down the Eastern Caribbean Island chain and finally crossing west to Central America, ending in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

It has been a phenomenal year in so many ways: The rare opportunity to set up a brand new private yacht from scratch, a beautiful blank canvass with almost total freedom to kit it out with all the necessary gear and design the interior. The running of the vessel to super yacht standards while travelling extensively in pursuit of the elusive “Permit” fish. Most valuably though, developing relationships with very special people we can now call friends for life.

One of the many things Rufus and I have in common is our strong work ethic, and while that has always benefitted us professionally, it has not always been the best for us personally. We are passionate about what we do, we believe in excellence in all things, but sometimes it becomes hard to distinguish between the professional and the personal areas of our lives when we become so invested in our work. It has been an especially difficult lesson to learn to distinguish between work and personal life, switching off at the end of the day despite our home also being our work place.

For that reason 99.9% of my time, effort and energy has been focused on the job over the last year. Thankfully there is something else we (hope) we are good at and that is learning from every stage in our lives, both good and bad.

This year will ideally be different: no less commitment to our work, but a much smarter and more balanced approach to every aspect of our lives, especially the personal side, relationships and physical health. Here’s to a happy year filled with many more rewarding challenges and experiences, starting with one of our favourite places so far, Bocas!

Red Frog Nature Preserve, home to sloths!
our view over the marina
walking through the preserve to the beach
Red Frog Beach

Rufus chatting away to a fellow South African cruiser, also living in the marina on his boat
our favourite local beer, appropriately named Panamá

Palmar Beach Bar


waiting for our water taxi in Bocas Town, on Isla Colón

the water taxi seats are all hand painted with different designs, according to their chosen theme
La Buga, in Bocas Town, right next to the water taxi station – our favourite spot for a smoothie with a view over the water

waiting out some weather in the shelter of the mangroves
Rufus caught in one of the typical downpours at this time of year, rainy season
girls dont get special treatment onboard – pumping up my SUP is more work than the actual SUPPING!

enjoying the fruit of my labour…


a Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor resting on the starboard side hydraulic arm, used to lift and lower the aft platform
our Brazilian friend Jerson, whom we met in Trinidad three years ago while cruising on our own boat

sunset view from our cabin, in the marina


  1. Viv
    September 5, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Beautiful photos and so proud of you guys! Missing you Xx

    • Kate
      October 1, 2017 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks so much Viv 🙂 Missing you guys too – we have so much to catch up on!! xxx

  2. flip
    September 6, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Awesome guys. Great pics. Place looks empty.

    • Kate
      October 1, 2017 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks Flip! Ja, I just realised it does look empty! There was a good amount of cool travellers though but I try to be respectful as some people aren't so keen on being photographed by strangers, or I just dont like them in the shots haha!

  3. Boris
    September 7, 2017 / 4:17 am

    Luv it! Can”t wait for more and more and more. xx

  4. Anne
    October 20, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Lekker!! Panama lyk cool! Julle is cool xx

    • Kate
      October 20, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      JULLE is cool! xxx

  5. Dom
    October 31, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Your pics wease – breathtaking!

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