Originally Posted by gentlerain
Supplies of any kind in Panama don't exsist. Everything has to be ordered and shipped in. You can also get most things done/ordered and delivered, by anchoring
in Portobello so avoiding the great expense of using Shelter Bay Marina.
While it is sometimes more convenient just to ship it in, there are quite a lot of goods/services in Panama...you just have to find them! ;-)
For example I've recently bought solar panels
(and had a frame fabricated for them), good quality cable to install them, a new helm
seat base, SS shackles, SS thimble, 5/16 Spectra, lots of different o-rings & oil seals
filters, a replacement LED anchor
light bulb, 3-strand nylon...
Proprietary stuff, yes likely to need to ship it. Marine
Warehouse is a great resource in that case.
OP: Cruising guides
I expect you will need to ship in. I've seen Bauhaus' Panama Guide randomly in stock a few times, but nothing else (though I wasn't looking).