Originally Posted by ZERO
I read what I could find about the Rio Dulce in Guatemala
. but there are still a few questions left..
The river bar kinda limits crossing to boats with not more than 6' draft. Above that its mentioned that CAREENING a boat
is necessary. Does anyone has more detailed infos about that and what would be the max draft being able to get careened over the bar? any first hand experiences?
Next is that all the infos about the boat-yards are from 2017 or older.. can anyone give us a more recent update on travel lifts, rules for liveaboards and DIY work
and materials, costs, safety
.. etc.. any recommendations?
Thanks a lot
Re Careening, I know of boats to about 8' that have come across careened. There are some local fishermen who do this. Obviously it needs to be pre-arranged. Bottom is mostly mud, usually minimal wave action, so not a high risk bar run.
The mix of yards/marinas is pretty stable, many have been there for decades. The only relatively recent change was the closure of the iconic Marios Marina.
Very few "rules" on the Rio, most marinas
specialize in off season boat storage
, but I dont know of any who prohibit live aboards. Some have more amenities than others which is better for liveaboards. For most amenities see Catamarans, Tortugal, Nanajuana, RAM, MAR, Brunos ...
All the yards have been around for years now, Abel's for decades. They are Nanajuana, RAM, Abel's. RAM is a more USA grade/scale yard with a travel lift
. Nanajuana is more of a working yard with a hydraulic trailer
. Abel's is an old family
yard with marine
railways and a lift
. Which yard best suits you, depends on the work you need and amenities...Nanajuana for example also has a hotel
, marina, and resturant. Mast
height is also a consideration as you must negotiate the bridge/power lines to get to Abel's...which can be exciting with a tall stick.