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Old 06-05-2021, 14:18   #1
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Rio Dulce Guatemala Infos 2021

Ahoy,
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, parts and materials, costs, safety.. etc.. any recommendations?

Thanks a lot
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Old 07-05-2021, 10:07   #2
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Ahoy,

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, parts and materials, costs, safety.. etc.. any recommendations?



Thanks a lot

Aloha

Cris
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.
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Re: Rio Dulce Guatemala Infos 2021

Thanks a lot, do you have any contact details for the careeinig guys. best would be an email address..
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Thanks a lot, do you have any contact details for the careeinig guys. best would be an email address..

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Best to contact Raul for current info. He is an agent who handles clearance so he is a guy you want to know anyway. He makes clearing in/out a breeze.

Raul speaks English, but he is not always in the office, others there may or may not.

502-7947-0888

navieraservamar@gmail.com
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Thanks a lot.. I'll get in touch with him.
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Re: Rio Dulce Guatemala Infos 2021

Hi...very interested in that path under the bridge, and cables. Do you have data on the minimum clearance allowance. ? Our boat , CAL 29, clears just under 42ft, DWL, and will be heading to Agua Dulce from Yucatan in a couple of weeks. Any info or advice will be appreciated.
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Re: Rio Dulce Guatemala Infos 2021

No worries at 42' air draft, just go right down the middle.

More details:

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink/top...ink_source=app


From my "Belize & Guatemala Cruising Notes".

https://www.amazon.com/Curtis-Collin..._cont_ebooks_1
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Thank you for the kind reply! Happy sailing to you!
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Sailing on the Rio...on both my catamaran and Hobie 33.

A nice sea breeze fills in on the Rio every afternoon, so it is also a good place for sailing.

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