Searched for more on the Freund's situation. Did not turn up much, but did find a written account of a similar situation from Feb 2014.
This one went about like I would expect. BZ$170K fine assesed at first, but settled for BZ$2K (US$1K). Maybe the officials are being pressed for better return ratios now. ;-) Immediately generating negative publicity may have hurt the Freunds situation also...a lot easier to quietly sort it out in private as the Feb 2014 case did.
Renee (base manager) was involved in helping to settle that one. She's been base manager for years and does an excellent job, but why she stays I can't fathom....Charter Base Manager is truly one of the worst jobs in the world (just in case anyone is considering such a job). For that level of constant crap and stress you could do something much more lucrative.
In the incident above they were anchored at Ranguana with winds from the N-NW...not a good place to be in those conditions. Miles of fetch and the holding is poor. Almost certainly, a cold front was passing. Don't go there in the case of a frontal passage
. Regardless of what the forecast
says, you are likely to get NW winds (no protection from any W quadrant at Ranguana).
He also implies that Freya's chart of Ranguana is not correct. I have not georeferenced and checked GPS references
, but have been to Ranguana innumerable times and her chart is most certainly generally correct. There are some small coral
heads/patches in very close in very shallow water
not shown, but sounds like these folks went up on the charted, and larger, reef/shoals to the SE of the usual anchorage (as it sounds like the Freunds did also).
Both of these incidents do illustrate a strong case for having local knowledge aboard...no better navigation
aid in Belize