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Old 25-08-2010, 11:58   #31
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This thread is drifting somewhat.
Back to the OP.

If you have a strong enough chain and a big enough lock. You can dock your dinghy anywhere you wish. Rarely do you return to your dinghy to find a 'V' cut in the transom and your locked outboard missing.
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Old 10-09-2010, 18:06   #32
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I never said don't go there.... The bottom line is always the "common sense" portion of the equation.
very true , sorry I drifted , but you get my point. While transiting I learned from the one of the locals who did 4 previous transits with me that another one , who had done the last with us , had been shot in the head at a football match in Colon , some score settling of sorts .Definitely the roughness of that part of the world is not to be taken lightly .
And coming back to the original question , I guess it's pretty much answered:
go straight to the enclave/ compound at Shelter Bay and keep your tender on the davits or wherever it is you keep it.
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Admittedly it's 3 years since I was last in Panama, when we stayed for around 14 months. Cruising the San Blas, in Shelter bay and anchored on the Flats.

Yes we heard all the horror stories, both from cruiser's and locals. Certainly there are no-go areas in Colon as there are in all cities throughout the world.

We bought a car whilst there, am old beater, and I regularly drove, alone, from Shelter bay into town. Did all the shopping, went to lunch etc etc. I NEVER had a moments fear, not once. Yes there are guys with big guns on every corner, just like the rest of Central America, but when I broke down once in a very iffy part of Colon everyone was so helpful.

I'm over 50, white and female!! I never tried to jog through the town, used taxis when we were visiting immigration offices etc and didn't look well-heeled. Maybe I was lucky, maybe it ain't that bad.

Sure if you want to be well dressed, flash a wad then this is not the place for you. If you can keep your eyes open and listen to real local knowledge I don't see why you need to be so afraid. It's not a beautiful place but over the time we spent there I grew very fond of Colon and its inhabitants. What a pity to miss it.

As I say, maybe it's all changed, I really hope not!
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Old 10-09-2010, 19:41   #34
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I'm back in Panama , just transited to the Pacific and wanted to give an update on the subject of this thread.
There is an option to Shelter Bay Marina , it's to anchor at the Club Nautico on the East side of the harbour by the Manzanillo container terminal and go ashore there.They charge $5 a day to park the tenders , there's reasonable security in the place , it's walking distance to a supermarket and taxis are plentiful.There's also a restaurant , some basic chandlery and fuel.
The downside is that you are anchored in a busy port , so there's constant shipping and it rolls a lot.
There's talk of new facilities for the Panama Canal Yacht Club half a mile down from the old site, if it happens it will take a while.
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Thanks J. That lifts my spirits a bit in knowing things may be coming back and its less stressful than rumours
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I'm back in Panama , just transited to the Pacific and wanted to give an update on the subject of this thread.
There is an option to Shelter Bay Marina , it's to anchor at the Club Nautico on the East side of the harbour by the Manzanillo container terminal and go ashore there.They charge $5 a day to park the tenders , there's reasonable security in the place , it's walking distance to a supermarket and taxis are plentiful.There's also a restaurant , some basic chandlery and fuel.
The downside is that you are anchored in a busy port , so there's constant shipping and it rolls a lot.
There's talk of new facilities for the Panama Canal Yacht Club half a mile down from the old site, if it happens it will take a while.
Thanks for taking the time to come back and let people know what you found.
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