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Old 13-05-2013, 11:39   #61
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Your "drive back" is that with public transport? It will take a bit of time... Also we once wanted to take our car over the border into Costa Rica but it was too much hassle with bureaucrats so. i don't think a rental car will work...
In my good old Jeep Cherokee. We drove down from Guate. Took about a month. It is currently in bonded storage in Panama City (this stops the paperwork clock). Plan is to cruise a few months then drive it back to Guate. Probably take about a month again but diff route.

I used to live in FL...cant imagine anywhere w worse lightining. Ive been in electrical storms there at night where it was lit up like daytime from almost continuos strikes. Could see well enough to steer by sight.

You mentioned having Bauhaus' charts on your chart plotter. Did you georeference these yourself or are they available somewhere?
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In my good old Jeep Cherokee. We drove down from Guate. Took about a month. It is currently in bonded storage in Panama City (this stops the paperwork clock). Plan is to cruise a few months then drive it back to Guate. Probably take about a month again but diff route.

I used to live in FL...cant imagine anywhere w worse lightining. Ive been in electrical storms there at night where it was lit up like daytime from almost continuos strikes. Could see well enough to steer by sight.

You mentioned having Bauhaus' charts on your chart plotter. Did you georeference these yourself or are they available somewhere?
Ask the neighbors it's a simple program with charts that circulates :thumbs:
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:54   #63
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Re Zarpe's between Panama Ports.

As I understand from the officials, you are supposed to make a Zarpe between your major ports of call in Panama. However, there does not seem to be any enforcement of this rule.

How many of you actually do this?
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We skipped out of Shelter Bay without one ( stupid move) and when we checked into Bocas they wanted to charge us quite a bit more than normal. We decided to come back another day to make the payment and the person on duty that day charged us nothing for our misdeads.
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Good to know. I've been making them along that way, but have run across other cruisers who did not even know they were supposed to.

On our return to Bocas from San Blas, I think I will just make one Zarpe rather than in/out at intermediate stops. No one comes out to check and I think as long as you don't go in at that port to do paper work it is likely not to be an issue. If so, at least I would have a Zarpe on hand for my finial destination.
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Re: Provisioning in San Blas

While making our way towards the San Blas, we repeatedly heard from other cruisers that you can't provision there...better buy everything before you get there. This has certainly not been our first experience. After just a few days around Porvenir our stores overfloweth.

Here's what I've learned so far:

Local boats drop by to sell lobster and fish on almost a daily basis. I bought a large grouper and now we have fish laid in for weeks. The lobster we have seen for sale were all of legal size and reasonably priced ($2 for a medium sized one)...unlike some venues where there are lots of small ones and at high prices.

A skiff from Miramar came by with an excellent selection of fresh produce. We loaded up because you don't find much produce in the local tiendas.

The local tiendas carry some basic, but important, stuff: beer ($16 a case for Balboa), coffee, flour, rice, basic canned goods. As a bonus you get to mill around a Kuna village searching for tiendas among the tightly spaced structures.

Fits in with my provisioning philosophy too: if you are going somewhere there are people then they gotta eat something...provision locally and fresh as part of the experience.
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Try this if you have SSB and are NOT in the US as it isn't allowed in the US on this particular frequency, 6.209 USB is a marine net for the NW and SW Caribbean net. 7:30 am local time (2 hours behind eastern US) is the SW Caribbean net, mainly Panama and that is where you want to be. Later at 8am local is the NW Caribbean net, Roatan up to Isla Mujeres.. A lot of information from Panama and recent can be had here!
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Yes, both NW and SW Carib Nets are good sources for info. I'm currently a net controller on the SW Net.
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RED ALERT.... RED ALERT.... RED ALERT... RED ALERT....
Tanquerray & Tonic IS NOT a Happy Hour drink at Shelter Bay.... or anything else apart from beer and rum... possibly wine...
Be warned... the Bar Bill could seriously damage your heart.... especially if your 'Last Man Standing'....

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Shelter Bay Marina is terrific. And the best way to go through the canal is with an agent. I recommend David at MatchShip. There's a good account of going through the canal in my book, The Boy Behind the Gate. It's fun, exciting, and a bit scary too! Good sailing to you!
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