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Old 26-11-2014, 06:46   #1
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Travel Lifts in Central America

I've done a couple of searches for this info, but must not have the buzzwords right. Do any of you know of a good place to haul and store a 40 ft. sailing catamaran on the Caribbean coast of Central America? I'm looking for some place with a travel lift, that can secure a boat on the hard during storm season.

I know about Rio Dulce.
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Re: travel lifts in Cental America?

Shelter Bay Marina, located at Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal, has a 100 Ton travelift that can lift catamarans 28 feet wide.
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Old 26-11-2014, 07:38   #3
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Re: travel lifts in Cental America?

Isla Mujeres, not central but close.
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Re: travel lifts in Cental America?

For storm safe why think anywhere else but rio dulce.




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well, basically because there's no way I'm leaving the boat alone in a river for four months.

Thanks for the leads. I think Panama is further south than we intend to go this season, but Isla might be workable. We're thinking of not bringing the boat back to Providenciales next summer, and planning the trip so that we put the boat someplace else between July and November.

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Re: travel lifts in Cental America?

In regards to the river.....it would be surrounded by lots of other boats stored on the hard for hurricane season.....much better than an island that gets beaten by the wind on a regular basis.


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well, basically because there's no way I'm leaving the boat alone in a river for four months.

Thanks for the leads. I think Panama is further south than we intend to go this season, but Isla might be workable. We're thinking of not bringing the boat back to Providenciales next summer, and planning the trip so that we put the boat someplace else between July and November.

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Well there is a trailer now in the rio. New yard just east of the other one. Looks just right for a cat.
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Re: Travel Lifts in Central America

There are options in Honduras too. New ship yard in Roatan near French Harbor. La Ceiba ship yard. Naval yard in Pueto Cortez.
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well, basically because there's no way I'm leaving the boat alone in a river for four months.
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Huh? If you are going to haul out then you wont be "in" a river.

So, why not?
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I'm wondering if you have been to the rio? This is not a regular river, more a lake. The marinas are mostly on little islands with no road access to town, very secure and they will take good care of your boat. Local labor is $5 hr and it's easy to keep your boat in nice shape. 4 months ain't much.
My info may be off some but about $225 in the water and $275 + haul and launch per month on the hard.
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I kept my boat on the Rio Dulce for 5 years in a marina. It cost me less than 150.00 a month. When I came back it was clean and aired out and my laundry was washed and folded. The people there were more trustworthy than anywhere in the states that I was ever located. I am in love with the place. However. I have not been there since 2009. I imagine just like everywhere else things have changed. But I doubt that the people have changed very much. Mac
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Re: Travel Lifts in Central America

What about Luperon? just south of caicos. i thing they ca haul out cat on the modified trailer
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I kept my boat on the Rio Dulce for 5 years in a marina. It cost me less than 150.00 a month. When I came back it was clean and aired out and my laundry was washed and folded. The people there were more trustworthy than anywhere in the states that I was ever located. I am in love with the place. However. I have not been there since 2009. I imagine just like everywhere else things have changed. But I doubt that the people have changed very much. Mac
Not so much since 2009. Still a great place. Still great people here amd in the rest of Guate too.
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Re: Travel Lifts in Central America

I'm not sure what you think is bad about being up a river vs. inside a bay or on the shore of an island in the middle of a hurricane zone, but if it is referring to the river boatyards themselves being low-quality, that is not the case.

We hauled out in RAM Marina, where they have a modern large and new travelift, paved yard, West Marine store, waste filtering and reclamation system, paint shed, nice bathroom/shower facilities, a convenience store and restaurant, fuel dock, etc.

If you are concerned about security, they have a gated facility with an armed guard posted at the gate. They also have the yard covered with security cameras that feed into a website so you can even watch your boat the entire time you are gone. I am not aware of any boats having been vandalized there.

And prices are 2-3x less than Shelter Bay Marina, which has suffered yard and boat break-ins in the recent past (how this has happened is unclear, since they are on a military base with great security).

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well, basically because there's no way I'm leaving the boat alone in a river for four months.

Thanks for the leads. I think Panama is further south than we intend to go this season, but Isla might be workable. We're thinking of not bringing the boat back to Providenciales next summer, and planning the trip so that we put the boat someplace else between July and November.

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Hello good to hear your still floating...How fixed did you get your Catalac?? by the way-- Isla is dead center for hurricanes -right in hurricane alleytheres a boatyard in rio that can store your boat out of the "dreaded River"
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