Originally Posted by Pivo
Thanks very much! This is awesome information and will really help with trip planning. We r in a monohull
issues are even more significant than with a cat. Knowing that Tobacco Cay is the furthest north we can expect to go is very important. Looking forward to reviewing the HTML document. Thanks!
My wife and I took a 46' cat out of Placencia 2 weeks last fall. We went up to Tobacco (had been there 15 years earlier) wow, has that changed for the worst! To bad. Snorkeling was great though to the south and the sail up from S.Water Caye was great.. flat water
and strong winds.
Anyway, I wanted to say.. out in the middle of nowhere, about 1/2 way between Tobacco and the caye to the west of it, a monohull
was stuck! A boat from tobacco went out and they used the halyard
to tip the mast/boat and the dinghy
from the boat to tow and drift it off whatever it was stuck on.. sand or reef, I couldn't tell. I know the locals running the boat expected some $$ in return.
It seemed navigating around Belize
you had to be very vigilant most all the time. One of us was at the front quite often keeping our eyes open for brown spots. Our handheld garmin
was much more accurate than what was on the boat.. at least it never showed our boat in the middle of an island! We always planned for where the sun was going to be while traveling to keep it overhead or behind us. That is a must in a lot of the Belize
are nothing like elsewhere we've been. Many are deep, rocky, shoaly.. poor holding. The mooring
lines were so wore looking sometimes I free dove the secondary anchor rode
down to the mooring
block and shackled it off just so we could sleep. One mooring let loose a different cat at South Water
during a good nights wind
, fortunately the captain
heard the difference and woke and motored to safety
Always have your tracking on... we had boat trouble in an area with no anchoring
and only 1 wore out mooring and it was late in the afternoon when we got going.. no option but to move, and tracking back amongst the islands and coral
to a spot we knew would have holding for us was a good thing! Arrived just at sunset, but never could have done it without the tracking.. it was a zig and zag through shallows and shoals and a lot of it into the sun. I suppose in a true emergency
we could have dropped the anchor
out in the middle of nowhere.. but did not really want to do that.
I know all the above sounds bad, but we loved Belize! Still almost as charming as many years ago.. and spearfishing is legal
. Snorkeling was great! Just like years ago, we still love Belize.
I'd provision at Wallon's, he's a good local.
(edit) - no reason to take a cab to Placencia village.. you could make Placencia bay the first stop and dinghy
in, then walk and short taxi back to dock
. Placencia is a neat village.. loved it. It's not the few huts it was years ago, but still has good vibe. Lot's of cruisers hanging out at Paradise hotel
, and good drinks and food