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Old 09-10-2016, 12:30   #1
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Panama/San Blas (eastbound)

First time in Panama, lots of questions. Looked thru old post back to January and couldn't find any info. My wife and I cleared into Bocas 2 months ago and she flew home for a few weeks. We will be in the area for another month before heading east. Planned on stopping in Portobello, Isla Linton/Puerto Lindo, then on to San Blas until the weather breaks in Spring. Not sure yet of destination afterwards, maybe Colombia, maybe points north with or without backtracking thru Panama proper.

Can I go Bocas to Linton on zarpe w/ portobello listed as enroute? How do I renew our Visas in San Blas? I assume this is only required if I come back thru Panama. How is a zarpe from Linton w/ San Blas enroute going to be received in Colombia or Jamaica when it is 4-5 months old. We seem to be going a bit backwards from the normal migration thru the San Blas. We plan to be in the Eastern Caribbean for next years hurricane season. To complicate matters, our SSB receives only, having transmission issues. We have been using sat coms as needed, but not much help with "the nets". What time/channel net would be the most informative for us?

Overwhelmed with official requirements,

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Old 09-10-2016, 15:09   #2
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Re: Panama/San Blas (eastbound)

Hi,
We were there in January and February.

I found the rules to be inconsistent between ports. The port captain in Bocas told us we should have gotten a coastal clearance from San Blas, however, in San Blas the port captain told us we did not need one. And etc. So I don't think you can get reliable information by asking officials in Bocas or Portobello what to do in San Blas.

I think the best information may be from local cruisers. If no one here has a good answer for you, I recommend "Cruisers Network Online", an email list on Yahoo Groups.

There is a 'San Blas Cruisers' FB group, which many of the long term cruisers in those waters are on. They would know the current state of the rules there. When we left, the rules were changing quite a bit and unpredictable due to an internal political fight.

The local morning SSB net did have a lot of knowledgable people on it. Maybe in Bocas you could find someone with an SSB and use that to ask?

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