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Old 13-07-2017, 11:21   #1
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Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

Not sure this is the right forum...

I am looking at a boat on the west coast of Panama. It is 200nm from Panama city and I wanted to dry store it for the season. So some decisions;

Is it too late to safely transport to Panama City or to the Caribbean side for dry storage during the season?

Suggested places for managed dry storage? (Soemone to check on the boat and it is prepped for a storm.

Delivery skipper recommendations? I would like to make the transit, but probably can't get enough time off?

Thanks in advance,

Sam
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Old 13-07-2017, 11:59   #2
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

All easily done and Shelter Bay Marina on the Caribbean side has safe dry or in the water storage.

https://www.google.com/search?q=shel...ri#fpstate=lie

Not cheap but very safe...and no hurricaness in Panama.
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Old 13-07-2017, 16:51   #3
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

Sam, if you cant get enough time off to transit the boat...how will that change in the future?

Shelter Bay as recommended is good, but not cheap, option. Other options in Atlantic coast include PanaMarina and Linton Bay Marina.

Only two hurricanes in Panamanian waters in recorded history. Only one made land fall in Panama. The other generated some strong winds (not hurricane strength). So, not a big concern. Lightening is way more likely to be an issue in the summer months.

If you do buy it, let me know, I live in Panama.
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Old 13-07-2017, 17:36   #4
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

Where is the boat now? Wx in Pacific Panama is pretty mild, maybe it could stay where it is? I would also think about moving it up to Golfito CR. Dry storage is only going to be at Shelter Bay, a long expensive trip. The yard in Panama City would not store a Cal 39.
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Old 13-07-2017, 18:29   #5
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

I bet Belizesailor would do this for a lark.
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Old 13-07-2017, 21:14   #6
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

I am 2.5 years away from retirement and up-sizing from a Cal 39 mark 3.

The boat is in Boca Chica and I know it will need some work and I will spend some time overseeing the work and I will take time to transit it back to the states where I will finish and refit and upgrades.

When I will spend some time commuter sailing around Florida and the Caribbean and start my cruise in the Bahama, Puerto Rico, Windwards, ABCs, Panama, Grenada... don't know if I will ever go back through the Canal

Shelter Bay seems to be about SF Bay Area rates so not cheap, but... it is what it is.

I know Panama is 'hurricane free' but the insurance companies are asking all sorts of questions. Any suggestions on that?

I will keep you informed. If any one knows the boat Oye Coma Va, a Beneteau 473, that is the boat I am hoping is my retirement option.

Cheers, Sam
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Old 13-07-2017, 21:17   #7
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I bet Belizesailor would do this for a lark.
Maybe...
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Old 13-07-2017, 21:28   #8
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I am 2.5 years away from retirement and up-sizing from a Cal 39 mark 3.

The boat is in Boca Chica and I know it will need some work and I will spend some time overseeing the work and I will take time to transit it back to the states where I will finish and refit and upgrades.

When I will spend some time commuter sailing around Florida and the Caribbean and start my cruise in the Bahama, Puerto Rico, Windwards, ABCs, Panama, Grenada... don't know if I will ever go back through the Canal

Shelter Bay seems to be about SF Bay Area rates so not cheap, but... it is what it is.

I know Panama is 'hurricane free' but the insurance companies are asking all sorts of questions. Any suggestions on that?

I will keep you informed. If any one knows the boat Oye Coma Va, a Beneteau 473, that is the boat I am hoping is my retirement option.

Cheers, Sam
Good, that makes more sense.

Dont know the boat, but do know the Boca Chica area (beautiful). Is it on a mooring there?

Insurance companies can be pretty dense about such things. Just answer their questions and see what they say.

Provided its tended to by someone, I would leave it in Boca Chica till you have more time. Then move it for a refit...which you can do near Panama City or on the Carib side.
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

Nothing in panama city or close by. Once you transit be ready to keep going or be living aboard.
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Old 14-07-2017, 09:49   #10
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Nothing in panama city or close by. Once you transit be ready to keep going or be living aboard.
Huh?

There are boat yards, chandleries, marinas, anchorages, lots of related services...nothing?
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

There is a haulout a dry storage at Boca Chica, professional and safe. South. East of Panama. City is a good storage facility at Rio Bayano. Both are the best value options in Panama. The Pacific coast of Panama has a lot of options, if I were you I would choose Boca Chica.
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

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Not sure this is the right forum...

I am looking at a boat on the west coast of Panama. It is 200nm from Panama city and I wanted to dry store it for the season. So some decisions;

Is it too late to safely transport to Panama City or to the Caribbean side for dry storage during the season?

Suggested places for managed dry storage? (Soemone to check on the boat and it is prepped for a storm.

Delivery skipper recommendations? I would like to make the transit, but probably can't get enough time off?

Thanks in advance,

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I would never leave a boat unattended in Panama. Only exception would be Red Frog Marina, in Bocas del Toro, under the Cate and supervision of Steve van Riensburg (surname TBC).
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Old 14-07-2017, 13:26   #13
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

As already stated there's a haul out facility available in Boca Chica. Don't know if they can handle your size boat thought. They deal with deep sea angling boats mainly but have some yachts on hard.Call Carlos the owner there he can advise you he's very helpful. They also have moorings there. This is a very safe area in Panama to leave a boat. I was there for months last year didn't have or hear of any problems.
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Re: Transit and store a boat in Panama for the season

Security at Rio Bayano, Boca Chica, Shelter Bay, Flamenco, Linton Bay, Bocas Marina is first world and top shelf. In addition various companies, eg Gente de Mar on the Pacific side, offer very professional yacht sitting services. Panama does have what cruisers want if you know who to ask.
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I've heard that insurance premiums for hurricanes are not generally charged within 11 degrees or so north latitude. Check your insurance, you may be good to go if not north of 11 degrees, but even if you are get a weather window and then go for it.
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