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Old 17-08-2010, 14:32   #1
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Cruising Cartagena, Columbia

Could any one recommend a safe marina in Cartagena, Columbia ? Our insurance is very concerned with security.

We will also be cruising from Aruba to Cartagena during December 2010 or January 2011. What can we expect for sea and weather conditions ?

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From my notes on Cartagena - There are two marinas/clubs in Cartagena: Club de Pesca located at the end of the walkway in El Pastelillo. Club de Pesca's marina is in much better shape than the one at Club Nautico, and they have 24 hour security. If you need work on your boat, you'll find plenty of eager hands. The going rate is $15 U.S. per day. Club de Pesca has a fuel dock and a restaurant.

Club Nautico is the original cruiser hangout in Cartagena. The Verge Sailing (theverge@ctgred.net.co) Services at the end of Club Nautico. They will check you in, send faxes, send and receive emails, and answer just about any question you might have. The enthusiastic duo are a great addition to the cruising community. It's possible to anchor off Club Nautico, but there are two disadvantages. For one thing, ferries like to speed past, and sometimes at night dark forms in dugout canoes like to check things out.
Clearance is done by an agency within club Nautico. The fee is about US$60 (old info might be more now) and includes the exit zape and cruising permit.
Visas are good for 6 months. If storing the boat here be sure to notify the officials within 10 days of arrival.
Max stay is 6 months and then you must leave and reenter.
- - Also see: "Cartagena Marina club Nautico"
Club de Pesca de Cartagena - Página principal
- - And for some excellent information: http://www.deckersailing.com/ and select cruising guides on the left.
and - http://www.clubnauticocartagena.com/carta.htm
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Old 18-08-2010, 06:41   #3
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I'll second that Club de Pesca is the safest, with real security, but it is primarily oriented towards the sportfishing crowd. Club Nautico is where most of the cruisers hang out, but it is not a far walk from Club de Pesca and you will be welcomed even if you arrive on foot. Club Nautico has some security, but at least when I was there it was rather ineffective. For example, the night watchman was prone to leaving his shotgun lying across the dock and I nearly fell over it a couple of times. Spent four months there in the anchorage and it can be a bit rolly. Holding is variable and iffy in spots. Newcomers drag in the first blow because they almost invariably don't put out enough scope for the deep water. Better to anchor pretty far out and directly off Club Nautico if possible in order to limit the people who paddle or swim out from shore. In either the marinas or at anchor you need to haul and lock your dinghy each night, and it is best not to leave valuable stuff lying around on deck. Beauftiful city, great nightlife, lots of great cruisers to meet, and a must visit if possible. The trip down from the ABCs is known as potentially one of the worst passages in the world, even though it is short. Met several world cruisers who had bad experiences there, but on the other hand you can wait for the right weather and not have a problem. The cape up there at the north end of Colombia is notorious for high winds and bad weather.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, sadia.

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We will be cruising our power boat from Aruba to Santa Marta, Cartagena, & then over to the Panama Canal start of Jan 2011. It would be great to have a few boats cruising together. Do you have a power boat or sail boat? Safety in numbers?
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This can be a VERY nasty trip, and then again it can be delightful!

Take the weather forecasts very seriously, a blow here can quickly develop a short high sea, most unpleasant and the time of year you are intending to go is noted for the development of 30+ knot squalls.

Try and cross the outlet of the Rio Magdalena in daylight. There are often large logs and assorted debris just on the surface an a strong outfall current pushing them along. Not a good idea to hit one of those in the dark.

If you can find a copy of the 'Pizzazz' files on the net I recommend their strategy for the trip south, using some of the bays in Colombia to stage your passage.
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We had a bad experience in Santa Marta.....We had to make pay-offs to enter and leave the port. We only went in to buy fuel.
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