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Old 08-05-2016, 12:55   #1
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Miami to Panama

Change of plans-

Miami to Panama.
Must have references for safety purposes only but does not need fancy qualifications. What skills do you have? I could use someone with mechanical (engine) or electrical or navigational or sailing or ssb communication skills.
Myself- sailing for 46 years from an 8' Sabot to 38' C&C Landfall. Owned about 20 different keel boats of several makes, raced some (1st. in the club for the year once), sold them. Sailed the Erie Barge canal from St. Clair Lake, Michigan to Havana, Cuba, from Hopetown, Bahamas to Jacksonville, Fl., Lake Ontario, and Erie.
Share in food and cruising fees only. Must prove funds available to fly out of Panama and passport acceptable for countries going through, valid of at least 7 or 8 months.
I plan to have at least 3 persons and possibly 4. So you would pay your share of the expenses as 1/3rd or 1/4.
Hope to leave around May 21st, 2016 or when I line up crew.
1st leg- Miami Fl., to Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Work my way the Atlantic coast to Belize, Honduras islands etc... and working south to safe stops on the way, maybe Rio Dulce, Limon, Costa Rica, to Panama. Must have funds to fly out of Panama.
I expect it to take a minimum of 3 weeks up to 7 weeks or more depending on winds.
If, however the crew wants to stop for a while, and all are agreeable, then no problem.
I plan to use a weather forecaster, and route planner, Chris Parker out of Florida. He is considered the guru of Caribbean sailing and is used by delivery captains, and cruisers and sailors alike. Very reliable.
Boat- Westerly 32, Fulmar sailboat, fin keel, good reputation English boat.
Installed a new Symrad Nav. System (not yet calibrated) with radar (gimbaled) including a depth sounder.
-New auto pilot.
-A new arc or tower to support 2 solar panels and inflatable dingy.
-A new wind generator with special quiet blades
-A new Ritchie bulkhead compass
-A new dodger
-Replaced most interior lights with LED lights
-A new Fortress #23 anchor.
-New Rocna anchor
-New traveler
-To keep in touch with Chris Parker
New Sat Phone
New Sony SSB receiver
Regarding Equipment:
1. liferaft for 6 persons but it has not been re-certified.
2. inflatable tender with oars.
3. new EPIRB-
4. Marine VHS with GPS and AIS receiving only, several handhelds.
5. weather reports and routing- Chris Parker.
Overall Sailing Matters:
1-I like to go the cheaper way. Anchor if possible with less fees to pay.
Email me at with your email address with your sailing resume and other skills, your name, address, references (2) of your skills and character (lawyer, doctor, pastor, priest, rabbi, psychologist, teacher, etccc- people reputable in the community).
Are you interested?
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Old 08-05-2016, 13:08   #2
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Re: Miami to Panama

I came the opposite direction you are proposing through the Western Caribbean from Panama to SW Florida...

Going the other way sounds tough!

We used Chris Parker, via SSB and Email. Chris was always spot on in his reports...

One thing I would suggest is that you plan for bad weather layovers.. We were held up 10+ days in Providencia, Roatan and the Yucatan, due to weather delays... Of course we were traveling in March to May, so it may be different for you.....

Good Luck!
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