Originally Posted by Guy
What does that mean, "Late in the season"? Seems like the big problem with checking out of BZ is where? I would not spend much time anchored at Punta Gorda with a storm on the way.
"Late" being well into the summer months and beyond (I used to live in Belize
so was there year round). Weather
is typically quite nice, but can be squally at night.
The biggest risk in late hurricane
season is those storms that form right off Honduras
(like Mitch). Watch the weather
closely and run early.
When a 'cane is coming, Guatemalan officials can be quite understanding (Belizeans...maybe not so much). I once made multiple runs moving charter
boats to the Rio without clearing in or out. The Guatemalan officials did know I was doing this though and we sorted out the paperwork later.
I have specifically skipped clearing out at PG before because it was untenable...weather was already deteriorating.
Most of the time though, you will have enough lead time to clear out properly. Watch weather fax synoptic charts
...a tropical wave crossing a closed low off Honduras
is a formula for instant tropical weather. Get gone before they converge.