el valle de anton

EL VALLE DE ANTON 🇵🇦 PANAMA

EL VALLE DE ANTON 🇵🇦 PANAMA

The isthmus we know of as Panama is said to have formed over millions of years with the collision of two tectonic plates in the deep ocean creating a chain of volcanoes that later emerged above the sea surface.  El Valle de Anton is a village in the crater of one such ancient volcano surrounded by mountains and clouds just north of Vista Mar Marina and Buenadventura Marina.  For many Panamanians that live and work in Panama City, El Valle is the 'country' where they visit their family, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables, and/or spend time on the weekends in nature.

el valle de anton
The community thrives in the crater of an ancient volcano.

The town is located in the flat wide caldera of the 6 km wide El Valle volcano that is inactive; there is evidence that it erupted as recently as about 300,000 years ago. Because of its elevation (600 m), it is cooler than the Panamanian lowlands.  This cooler climate is a welcome respite from the heat at lower elevations.

windswept trees
Windswept trees hi above El Valle de Anton with a view of the Pacific Ocean

Natural attractions near El Valle include the Chorro El Macho waterfall, Las Mozas waterfall, the “square” trees behind Hotel Campestre, and a group of small natural thermal pools. There are many developed hiking trails to walk on.  Birding is phenomenal.  The area around the town is also known for being one of the last habitats of the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog. Some of the forests around the town are protected areas.

panamanian golden frog
Critically endangered Panamanian golden frog
butterfly
Butterflies are abundant in El Valle in part due to the efforts of the Butterfly Research Station.

The valley is very fertile and produce grows in abundance.  There are many people living in and around El valle that sell fresh produce at an open air market in the center of town.  In July we found a very wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Some I had never even seen before like this red spikey fruit sold on a branch or by the bushel.

rambutan
Mamon Chino or Rambutan is considered the national fruit of Panama
rambutan fruit
Inside the odd, soft spiney skin is a white, juicy fleshy fruit with a huge seed in the middle.

There are two museums in El Valle de Anton as well.  Both highlight the history, culture, biodiversity, and uniqueness of this special place in and of itself, and as it relates to Panama at large.  One museum is older, one is quite new; while both tell the same general story, they tell it in very different ways.

A visit to El Valle de Anton is well worth the trip.


southern costa rica

Northbound: Along the Pacific Coast with SV Aeeshah

Northbound:

Along the Pacific Costa Rican Coast

with SV AEESHAH

southern costa rica
Southern Costa Rica

SV AEESHAH entered Costa Rica from the south and checked in at Golfito, Costa Ricas southernmost port of entry.  While awaiting parts they explored the area by dinghy and by car.  Their photos and descriptions below capture their experience and the natural beauty in abundance in Costa Rica.

costa rican blues
Costa Rican blues

We went across to the peninsular opposite Banana Bay had a look around the bay with its amazingly, green, foliage, from the mangroves at the shoreline to the mammoth trees covering the hillsides.

costa rican greens
Costa Rican greens
banana bay sunset
Costa Rican purples and pinks

To break the week up and relieve the boredom: we again rented a car. 

The first destination:

Wilson Botanical Gardens

The Robert and Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden has a rich, internationally recognized collection of tropical plants from around the world. Over 1,000 genera in more than 200 plant families form the unique collection that is an integral part of the Las Cruces Research Station. There are hundreds of bromeliads and orchids; dozens of philodendrons and other aroids of all sizes; scores of heliconias; plus ferns, gingers, marantas, giant bamboo and close 500 species of palms well represented on the 12-hectare (30-acre) site.

The Wilson Botanical Garden is part of “La Amistad Biosphere Reserve” that encompasses 472,000 hectares of park land and buffer zones centered in the southern Talamanca mountain range in Costa Rica’s South Pacific.”

Ferns
Not surprisingly all ahead was greens or every hue and shade as far as one could see.
Bamboo
Bamboo is part of the grass family.
Agouti
On our way we saw a few Agouti. They were hunting through the brush for berries and nuts to eat. Such cute animals, looking like a huge Guinea pig but with the legs of a short deer.
The gingers flowers were very impressive, with so many varieties and all under the huge, shade, trees which made for a lovely, walk.

To continue reading about this road trip inland or other adventures with SV AEESHAH visit: https://www.aeeshah.com/2024/06/golfito-area-wilson-botanical-gardens-piedras-blancas-national-park-where-are-you/

Want a photo tour instead?  Visit: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMJkD0xR29D02xiu5efL4CyJpGvLZbkdGiRHmTNx8-HDRcI-nHYPP9Iibrw1X6zHQ?key=V3VRRWpoaTJRUkpYVjQ5Zm1rcVoyR0hUNjVzTVNB

SV AEESHAH 🇧🇲 Jen & John – Gulfstart Hirsh

THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR ADVENTURE!

 


puerto refugio

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Good Nautical: Puerto Refugio

in the Northern Sea of Cortez, Mexico

29° 32.3883' N  113° 33.5799' W

isla angel de la guardia
Isla Angel de la Guardia

Many say that in the Sea of Cortez you can be where the desert meets the sea.  This is truly the case in Puerto Refugio.

puerto refugio
Puerto Refugio has many lobes to explore on and off the water
puerto refugio
Where the desert meets the Sea
puerto refugio
Sunset in Puerto Refugio

Puerto Refugio is a small cove within the wide bay at the northern tip of Isla Angel de la Guarda. Isla Granito, the 1km long skinny island lying at the entrance to the bay, blocks some of the northerly swell but the anchorage is still very rolly when a norther is blowing. The western cove is very well protected from all other directions.  In the summer months this bay is a calm place to anchor and spend time exploring.  There is a sea lion rookery and a pelican rookery in different parts of the bay.  Many people will visit this bay as their last stop on the way to Puerto Penasco.

Anchorage

Rocks extend from the western point towards the boney finger of rock that juts out from the south side of the cove. Anchor in the northwest corner of the bay in 4.5m on a sandy bottom. The southern part of the bay is scattered with rocks and islets and a lookout on the bow is recommended if trying to enter this part of the cove. Dinghy ashore to the beach and be careful when landing if waves are breaking.

sea lion rookery
Visit this Islet to see sea lion rookery
puerto refugio
Expansive desert surrounded by the Sea.  3 sailboats anchored on the right with plenty of room to swing.

Photos taken in July and contributed by SV ARROW and crew

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE ANCHORAGE

YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THE POSSE?

Send photos and description to Maurisa at editor@oceanposse.com
 29° 32.3883' N 113° 33.5799' W

 


BOW POINTING AT SHORE

PICTURES OF THE WEEK : SEASON 8: 2024-07-17

BOW POINTING AT SHORE
SV BETHANIA making landfall in French Polynesia after 32 days at sea. BRAVO ZULU

SV BETHANIA 🇨🇱 Wolfgang & Paulina - Irwin 54'

 

 

Fresh Produce Delivery at Buenadventura Marina, Panama.

MV TIDINGS OF JOY 🇺🇸 Jeff & Joy - DeFever 52′

fireworks buenadventura
Fireworks in Panama on the Fourth of July.

SV SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

In Bocas del Toro, the primary mode of transport is by water and for the local kids, this means taking their dugout canoes and paddling to school...

SV DULCINEA ?????Lerouge Wildcat 65


MOSQUITO

SAFETY ALERT: RAINY SEASON IS DENGUE SEASON

MOSQUITO
Dengue fever is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.

About Dengue:

Mosquitoes Spread Dengue.  Dengue is caused by any one of four related viruses (dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4). The same type of mosquitoes can also spread chikungunya, Zika, and other viruses.  If a person is infected with different dengue viruses during their life, it increases the chance of severe disease.  Dengue viruses are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Mosquitoes come out to feed around sunrise and sunset, but people can be bitten by an infected mosquito at any time.  Aedes mosquitoes often like to rest in closets or other indoor locations near humans.  Aedes mosquitoes typically lay eggs in containers with standing water, like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flowerpots, and vases.  During the rainy season mosquitoes have many many places to lay eggs and reproduce which is why Rainy season often sees a higher incidence of Dengue.  Presently, all members in locations experiencing the rainy season are wise to be aware and cautious.  Avoid mosquito bites by whatever means works for you.

Avoiding Dengue:

  • Wear repellent to reduce mosquito bites. Repellents with DEET or picaridin give the longest protection, but there are many less toxic and non toxic effective options available.
  • Mosquitos are most active in the morning and in the afternoon/early evening when the sun is on the horizon.  Be more vigilant during these hours.
  • Remove standing water where mosquitos may lay eggs, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Check indoors items that hold water, such as vases or flowerpot saucers.
  • Close windows and doors or install screens. Consider using an indoor insecticide if you have mosquitoes in your home.

Dengue Symptoms and Warning Signs

  • Infection with dengue virus can result in no symptoms, mild, or severe illness. Severe dengue can be life-threatening within a few hours and requires care at a hospital although this is very rare.
  • The most common symptom of dengue is fever with any of the following: nausea, vomiting, rash, aches, and pains (including muscle, joint, or bone pain or eye pain, typically behind the eyes).  There is no specific medicine to treat dengue virus infection.
  • About one in 20 people who get sick with dengue will develop severe dengue. Severe dengue can result in shock, internal bleeding, and even death.  If you have had dengue in the past, you are more likely to develop severe dengue when re-infected with a different serotype, though severe disease can also occur on the first infection.  Infants and pregnant women are at higher risk of developing severe dengue.
  • Watch for signs and symptoms of severe dengue. Warning signs usually begin in the 24-48 hours after your fever has gone away.  Immediately seek medical evaluation if you have any of the following symptoms:  belly pain or tenderness, vomiting (at least three times in 24 hours), bleeding from the nose or gums, vomiting blood, blood in your stool, or feeling tired, restless, or irritable. Do not delay seeking medical attention.

dengue symptoms in the body

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE THIS LINK: 

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dengue-and-severe-dengue


Wolfgand and Pauline from SV Bethania

MEET THE FLEET: SV BETHANIA Wolfgang & Paulina

chilean vessel crossing panama canal

SV Bethania coming through the Panama Canal flying their Chilean Flag

Wolfgand and Pauline from SV Bethania
Wolfgang and Pauline from SV Bethania

We are Wolfgang Schulze & Paulina Troncoso.

Wolfgang began sailing when he was 12-13 years old.  5 years later we met and I soon started to sail with him.  We had our first sailboat after we married: an old wooden 32 ft.  Our second boat was a Morgan 38ft sloop.  We sailed from Florida to Chilean Patagonia. We sailed 15 years along the Chilean coast.  Then we decided to sail out of Chile and started from Valparaiso to Galapagos, through de Canal, Cartagena de Indias, San Andres, Providencia, Roatan, Rio dulce, Riviera Maya Mexico, Guatemala, USA, Bahamas Turcs and Caicos, Dominican Republic and BVI.  We loved this boat and all the places we went.  Unfortunately our lovely boat sank in hurricane Irma in St Maarten on 2017.  We began our new adventure rebuilding a Irwin 54 ft monohull sloop for 18 months in St Peterburg, Florida.

We named this vessel Bethania.

Aboard Bethania, we recently crossed the Panama Canal with our friend, Marco.  We went out the the Perlas Archipelago to prepare for our ocean Crossing.  The journey from Isla Contadora to Hiva Oa, in the Marquesan islands of French Polynesia took us 32 days without any problems. We really enjoyed every day; every day was different. The wind , the sea, the sky were different. Not one of us wanted to get to the islands; we were so happy and relaxed.  We had sailed long before, but never such a long distance.

SV Bethania Crew

left to right: Marco, Pauline, & Wolfgang: Their Chilean flag signed and their Pacific Crossing Complete.


FLEET UPDATE 2024-05-01

OCEAN POSSE 🗿 SOUTH PACIFIC FLEET UPDATE

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

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Raroia, Tuamotus 🇵🇫 FP 

 

Kaua e mate wheke mate ururoa

Don't die like an octopus, die like a hammerhead shark 

- Whakataukī / Maori Proverb

 

SOUTH PACIFIC 
FLEET UPDATE 

2024-05-01

TOP NEWS

 

1) A FLEET OF 64 YACHTS

 

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE

15 Ensigns are part of the South Pacific Posse



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2) PICTURES FROM THE FLEET

 

RAROIA

RAROIA- E Thor Heyerdahl' landfall in Polynesia 

SY O2  🇧🇪  Luc & Viviane -  Fountaine Pajot 42′

OS VivianeO2 Luc

Thor

Thor
Heyerdahl came ashore in Raroia French Polynesia. He'd sailed all the
way across the Pacific, setting out from Peru by himself on a 4,300-mile
journey — in a homemade raft made only with balsa logs and hemp rope.
Heyerdahl's intent was to prove that pre-Columbian South Americans could
have made this same journey using their own primitive seafaring
technology several centuries before, allowing them to spread their
culture to the remote islands of the Pacific. After 101 days alone at
sea, Heyerdahl completed his so-called Kon-Tiki expedition, leaving the
world in awe.

https://www.kon-tiki.no/en/about-the-museum

 

3) IN THE RUNNING FOR THE SPEEDY AWARD 

 

LANDFALL IN PARADISW

Welcome to the Marquesas - fresh french baguette anyone ?  

THE ROUTE

SY TIAMAT 🇺🇸 Stephanie & Owen & Crew-  Fountaine Pajot 44′

TIAMAT - Owen

 

4) BORA BORA 🇵🇫 FP

 

BORA BORA

The
land entrance to the Bora Bora Yacht club which offers food pool
moorings and dinghy docks and an eclectic crowd of sailors visitors and
honeymoon couples .

Bora Bora Yacht Club

The
original Yacht Club was built by Americans in 1974. It's safe position,
in a little bay, was carefully selected because it is sheltered from
winds, has no underwater hazards, and is close to the only pass into the
lagoon.

BOAR BORA WWII battery

WWI CANNONS @ BORA BORA was an key refueling base for American Navy convoys on their way to the South Pacific.
Eight
7 inch cannons in total were installed, with seven still remaining,
around strategic coastal areas. Their locations are the hills above
Matira Point to the south of the island, Fitiiu Point to the east and at
Farepiti and Tereia Points to the north of the main settlement of
Vaitape.

BOBCAT was the secret code that the Americans had given in 1942 to the project of a military base in Bora Bora. 

WWII INSTALLATIONS

(1)
Motu Mute airfield (2) Motu Mute dock (3) Tupua seaplane base (4) Point
Tuahora battery (3 o’clock) (5) Point Matira battery (6 o’clock) (6)
Povai Bay anchorage area (7) Seven-inch barrel from Point Tereia and
mooring anchors from Povai Bay (8) Povai Valley ammo bunkers (9) Vaitape
town, dock, and church (10) Teavanui Pass (entrance to lagoon) (11)
Point Pahua battery (9 o’clock) (12) Cargo Landing No. 3 (13) Water dams
and ammo bunkers at Faanui Valley (14) Large ammo bunker (15) Refueling
dock (16) Oil storage tank (17) Point Tereia battery @ 11 o’clock (18)
Faanui Bay anchorage area and cruiser moorings (19) Faanui town

BOAR BORA

Amongst
other reasons, the island of Bora Bora was chosen because of its
enormous interior lagoon which could only be entered through a single
pass that could be easily controlled, especially when considering the
threat of submarines. 

SY TARTARUGA 🇺🇸  Scott & Tami , Custom  46′ Cat


 

5) ENTRY INTO BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT

 

BIG FISH CAUGHT

SY COMO 🇨🇭 Mark Beneteau Oceanis 55′

ENJOY NinaENJOY Don

 

6) CROSSING THE LINE 
🧭 
SLIMY POLLYWOGS NO MORE 

 

wayfianding

The
line-crossing ceremony is an initiation rite that commemorates a
person's first crossing of the Equator. The tradition may have
originated with ceremonies when passing headlands, and become a "folly"
sanctioned as a boost to morale,  or have been created as a test
for seasoned sailors to ensure their new shipmates were capable of
handling long, rough voyages. Equator-crossing ceremonies, typically
featuring King Neptune, are common in the Navy and are also
 carried out by the Pacific Posse.  

Wayfinding

By
the eighteenth century, there were well-established line-crossing
rituals in the British Royal Navy. On the voyage of HMS Endeavour to the
Pacific in 1768, captained by James Cook, Joseph Banks described how
the crew drew up a list of everyone on board, including cats and dogs,
and interrogated them as to whether they had crossed the equator. If
they had not, they must choose to give up their allowance of wine for
four days, or undergo a ducking ceremony in which they were ducked three
times into the ocean.  

SHELBACKS

 CONGRATULATIONS  WHIRLWIND

Sailors
who have already crossed the Equator are nicknamed Shellbacks, Trusty
Shellbacks, Honorable Shellbacks, or Sons of Neptune. Those who have not
crossed are nicknamed Pollywogs, or Slimy Pollywogs, or sometimes
simply Slimy Wogs.

SY  WHIRLWIND   🇺🇸 Maurisa & Mike & crew - Alajuela 48′

WHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWIND

 

7) MEET THE FLEET  

ZIGANKA III 
 

 
⛵️Sailing around the world since 2022. Always on the hunt for the next
kite- and climbing spot, while enjoying that perfect sail. Our pacific
route will hopefully be: Panama City to Galapagos to French Polynesia,
New Zealand. But you never know, what detours we‘ll take on our journey.

 

https://www.instagram.com/sailing_ziganka/

🪁Always on the hunt for the next kite and climbing spot, while enjoying that perfect sail.

SY ZIGANKA III  🇩🇪   Anna & Stig  -  Reinke 12S 41′

ZIGANKA IIIZIGANKA III

 

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9) GOOD ANCHORAGE  ⚓  GOOD NAUTICAL 
LAMEN BAY - EPI  🇻🇺  VANUATU 

 

LAMEN BAY

Lamen Bay North West anchorage. 30 fet . Jumping off point for heading north to the Espiritu Santo

Lamen Bay

EPI

Bank and local Stores 

Lamen Bay

Local bread baking

Beatifule gardens on Epi

Bennington showing her garden  to Suzanne 

Local Lush Gardens

Volcanic soil makes for lush vegetation 

Spoils

The fresh vegetables from Lamen Bay / Epi

DietmarCARINTHIA suzanneCARINTHIA Maxi

 

10) SAVE THE DATE 

SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE 
MEET THE CRUISING FLEET
 
 AUGUST 31 🇫🇯   NAWI ISLAND FIJI 
 

celebration

PARTY

RSVP REQUIRED - FULL ITINERARY 

    09:00 – 12:00 SWAP MEET / TREASURES OF THE BILGE 
 FJ$ 2 DONATION FOR LOCAL CHARITY )

    12:00 – 18:00 MARINE EXPO &  trade show

    14:00 – WEATHER SEMINAR

    15:00 – SAILING TO NZ

    16:00 – VANUATU / NEW CALEDONIA

    17:00 – OPEN SUNSET RUM BAR

    18:00 – DINNER & BRING A DISH TO SHARE + WIN A DELUXE BOTTLE OF RUM

              ( if you do not bring a dish to share you do not get to taste the food )

    20:00 – MEXICAN TRAIN / TEXAS HOLDEM TOURNAMENT  

FREE FOR SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE PARTICIPANTS AND MARINA GUESTS

  FJ$ 50 PP  for those anchored out

NAWI

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11) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE AWARDS
 

RIDE ALONG

HERE ARE THE  AWARD CATEGORIES 

  •     BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT* ✔ 
  •     PICTURE OF THE YEAR ✔  
  •     SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD ✔  
  •     THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD ✔ 
  •     MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ✔ 
  •     HIGHEST WIND RECORDED ✔ 
  •     SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION ✔ 
  •     GALLEY GOD(ESS) ✔ 
  •     GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR ✔  
  •     NEWLY ADDED – BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR ✔

*no bill-fish

 

To submit your entries simply email registration@pacificposse.com

AWARD ENTRIES

 Las season's winner of the Picture of the Year Award 

 

12) FLOATING THE ANCHOR CHAIN

🫚

WHEN ANCHORING IN CORAL

 

 OPEN CPN  TRACKING

PROTECT  VIBRANT CORAL 

Where
and why we float the chain: At anchorages with (lots of) coral heads to
avoid the chain tangling on those coral heads. If the chain would
tangle on the coral heads it would have a couple of adverse effects: the
catenary effect of the chain is reduced (or even eliminated if tangled
very close to the bow of the yacht), lifting the anchor might be
difficult or even impossible without diving, the galvanization of the
anchor chain chafes off faster, more coral gets destroyed. The adverse
effect of floating the chain is obviously to loose the friction of the
part of the chain which is floating. The way we position / deploy the
buoys we end up with some 10m chain on the seabed. There is obviously a
residual risk of even that chain tangling, but less likely given of the
length of the chain thereafter and rather stable wind direction of the
trade winds.

 When
we arrived in the Tuamotus we started off with fenders as we did not
carry anything else. The disadvantage of fenders is that they compress
if they submerse, one gets growth on them, etc. Those hard plastique
pearl farm buoys are much better. Some people say, they are washed
ashore everywhere in the Tuamotus as part of the operations of the local
pearl farm operations 

Pearls

 Kauehi
was our first atoll and in any reasonable distance from the village the
shore line was cleaned by the locals. Nevertheless, many villagers have
their stash of pearl farm buoys in their gardens. So we simply walked
to one obviously very friendly fellow and asked whether we could have
four of them. He actually picked the four nicest he had, of the same
color, including lines attached to them and did not even want to have
anything in return. We put on clips/little carabines to the ends of the
lines for fast attachment / detachment to/from the anchor chain and were
ready to go.

What
kind of clips we use: We use little stainless steel carabiners, the
size is basically driven by the diameter to fit through a chain link,
i.e. it needs to be sufficiently thin (we have a 10mm DIN chain, so
carabiners end up being like 4-5cm in length), we use different sorts,
i.e. whatever we found in our related spare part bag.

FLOATING

 Where
we position the buoys: Our approach is to put the first buoy typically /
normal conditions at 10m plus water depth from the anchor, then a buoy
every 5m of chain, after the fourth we let out another 7-8m of chain and
then hook the bridle. There are other recommendations which take a
multiplier to water depth (like 1.5x or 2x water depth), but we just
find that not suitable to accommodate for all ranges of water depths.
The 10m basically decides how much chain ends up on the seabed, one
could do less if the sandy patch is really small or more if there is a
larger sandy patch to anchor (in case one sees that at all).

With
this approach we end up with a few meters more chain out than based on
our non-floating chain length rule under normal conditions (we apply
waterdepth plus 30m) – in bad conditions we obviously deploy more in
both cases (non-floating and floating).

 

FLOATING

How
we deploy the buoys: First we explore to find the spot we want to
anchor as usual. If possible we would look for a sandy patch for the
anchor itself, but despite the clear water, when anchoring in deeper
water we are not able to see for good and/or be able to drop the anchor
that accurately. We put out as much chain as we feel comfortable to
“drive in” the anchor. Then we pull up the chain again to the first spot
for the first buoy (the 10m + water depth), then put out 5m chain,
attach a buoy, etc. (lifting the anchor is as usual, just stopping at
every buoy and unclipping it, it does not really delay the process once
one gets the hang of it).

How
we clip on the clips: For us it is exactly the same as putting the
chain hook / bridle on. So in our case we have to bend over the pull pit
and downward to clip them on, but as said, that’s the same as we do
with the bridle as well and “normal procedure” for us. If we had a
set-up where the chain hook would come through the bow roller, the clips
could go through as well as they are way smaller than our chain hook
and in our case it would be easy to get a clip and line from the front
through the bowroller back on deck. Difficulties I could only see
arising if it was – due to bow design / set-up – tricky to get to the
chain outside of the bow or the clip from the front through the
bowroller back on deck or into the chain locker, but that’s set-up
specific, hard to comment in general (in the worst case I would deploy
by dinghy).

Right click on the track

General
experience: In general, the boat swings easier than with a non-floating
chain, due to the missing friction of the chain length towards the
yacht. In places where the wind is dominant anyways and is stable trade
wind from the same sector all the time, that’s no issue at all. In
places, where swinging is dominated rather by current or tide, one
obviously has to check for the space.

In
our case only the buoy closest to the yacht is floating on water level
in a low wind situation, the others are submersed. We actually measured
in one instance the depths of the clips on the anchor chain on an
anchorage where the anchor was at 11.5m depths: the clips of the buoys
were at 7m, 4m, 2m and 0m water depth respectively (starting from the
anchor) at low wind.

Fleet of 22 ' SV IBEX 🇦🇹 Florian & Vicky - Sunbeam 42′

IBEX VickyIBEX Florian

 

 13) MO’OREA  🇵🇫 WINDWARD ISLANDS 

FRENCH POLYNESIA

 

Cooks Bay

SOME OF THE HISTROY OF MO'OREA 

HISTORY

According to recent archaeological evidence, the Society Islands were settled from Samoa and Tonga around 200 AD. 

Nine
tribal principalities emerged in the enclosed valleys, which in turn
were subdivided into individual clans. The stratified society was
characterized by a hierarchical leadership whose elite combined both
political and religious power. The leading families of Mo’orea remained
linked by marriage and kinship for centuries with those of the
neighboring island of Tahiti. These connections led to important
alliances, but at other times were also the source of bloody
conflicts. 

The
marae, a stone platform, was where the gods communicated with the
Polynesians and political, social and religious decisions were made. The
marae was tapu—sacrosanct. To violate it was to call down the gods’ wrath.

 

On
Mo‘orea  the largest collection of maraes is in the Opunohu
Valley. More than 550 structures have been uncovered, including more
than 100 maraes

Stone Mare

One
of the most visited sites in Moorea is the marae of ‘Opunohu. It is a
collection of almost 500 different structures: marae, dwellings,
agricultural terraces and archery platforms. You can discover the
different sites on the ‘trail of the ancestors’, which takes you through
the forest from site to site. 

One of the most visited sites in Moorea is the marae of ‘Opunohu. It is a collection of almost 500 different structures: marae, dwellings, agricultural terraces and archery platforms. You can discover the different sites on the ‘trail of the ancestors’, which takes you through the forest from site to site. This ethnological and archeological trail provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who once lived in the valley, and the environment in which they lived.

This
ethnological and archeological trail provides a fascinating insight
into the lives of the people who once lived in the valley, and the
environment in which they lived.

Hiking Mo'ore'a, French Polynesia,

Hiking Mo'ore'a 🇵🇫 French Polynesia 

 

 14) LOOKING FOR SPONSORS  
HOW TO SUPPORT THE 🗿SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE  

 

Benefits

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MARINAS & SERVICE PROVIDERS 
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OCEAN POSSE MISSION

  • Make traveling for yacht owners easier, transparent and better informed
  • Generate group buying power with discounts in marinas and with service providers
  • Pass on relevant information to help fellow participants in a timely manner without personal opinions
  • Identify, document and reduce risks
  • Allow for flexibility and reduce pressures due to schedules

SEAGLUB IN BORA BORA

MEET THE  GROWING LIST OF 
PACIFIC POSSE  SPONSORS 

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16)  FREE FLEET TRACKING '24 🛰️ 

WITH PREDICT WIND  
 

TRACKING

About Tracking:

Designed
to give interesting parties  an overview.  For specific
vessel details including their float plan, latest updates, changes,
positions and specific location related questions please contact each
vessel directly.  If you are on passage let us know and the fleet
can monitor your progress.

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Vessels signed up for tracking  

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  •  ASPRO
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  •  CIRCUITOUS
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  •  ELVIRA
  •  GERTY
  •  HALLEY
  •  KAHSI
  •  KAIKOA
  •  LORRAINE_MARIE
  •  MAKAE
  •  MERSOLEIL
  •  MONSOON
  •  MV_KARIWA
  •  MY DESTINY
  •  NANOOK
  •  PACIFIC WIND
  •  SAILING YACHT O
  •  SEAGLUB
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  •  SPEED QUEEN
  •  SUNRISE
  •  SV KISKADEE
  •  SV_ANDANTE1
  •  SV_ENJOY
  •  SV_ISLA
  •  SV_O2
  •  SV_WHIRWIND
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  •  SY_ YAGHAN
  •  SY_SAUVAGE
  •  TIAMAT
  •  VIVA
  •  VLINDER
  •  WALKABOUT
  •  WANDERLUST-SY
  •  WARRIOR
  •  WHIMSICAL IV
  •  WINDSONG

 

17) FIJI 🇫🇯 SAVED TRACKS   

Location

Good Nautical

  With many fresh tracks in the Fiji Lau Group

PICTURES OF THE WEEK & 🇫🇯  FIJI TRACKS OF THE WEEK

Fulaga Lagoon – Lau Group 🇫🇯 Fiji 

https://goodnautical.com/route/fulaga-lagoon-malokua-anchorage

  Fulaga Lagoon – Lau Group Fiji –   Malokua anchorage  with GPX download link  https://goodnautical.com/route/fulaga-lagoon-malokua-anchorage

SY SEAGLUB   🇺🇸 Chris - Hylas 46′

 

 

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 We are exited to welcome the Pacific Posse to Australia and offer a 5%  discount off marina fees and no live-aboard fee.

Lisa de Ruiter Gulf Harbour Marina

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SERVICES

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  •     24/7 on-water high-speed fuel facility and fuel bunkering
  •     Single and 3 phase power up to 400 amp
  •     Secure gated site monitored by patrols, CCTV cameras & floodlit at night
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AMENITIES

  •     Concierge service 7 days a week
  •     Service berths with vehicle access
  •     Free Wi-Fi
  •     Laundry
  •     Washrooms
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CONTACT

 

M  +61 (0) 4 5226 3318

T   +61 (0) 7 3907 1600

E   marketing@rivergate.com.au

7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie QLD 4172 Australia

rivergate.com.au

 

MArina

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19) L’ÎLOT AMÉDÉE

🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA

 

22°28'38.8

22° 28.6466' S 166° 28'07833 "E    Amédée Lighthouse  NEW CALEDONIA

The Amedee Lighthouse, located near Noumea, New Caledonia has some fascinating facts.

Construction:
The Amedee Lighthouse was constructed in France in the late 1860s and
was shipped in pieces to New Caledonia. It was designed by French
engineer, Henri Becquerel, and stands as a testament to 19th-century
engineering.

Tower
Height: The lighthouse stands at a height of 56 meters (184 feet). It
is one of the tallest lighthouses in the Southern Hemisphere and offers
panoramic views of the surrounding ocean and islands surrounded by white
sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters with sea turtles nearby.

The
lighthouse is made of cast iron plates, which were riveted together to
form the cylindrical tower. It features a spiral staircase with 247
steps leading to the lantern room at the top. The lighthouse’s
distinctive red and white stripes make it easily recognizable.

 

The Amedee Lighthouse is not just a historical , it is still an active lighthouse. It serves as an essential navigational aid, guiding ships through the coral reefs and marking the entrance to the Noumea harbor.

The
original lense was made up of a series of prismatic segments and known
as a Fresnel lens. It was made in Paris in 1862 by the Société des
Etablissements Henry-Lepaute and was replaced in 1985.

NEW LENSES

Conservation
Efforts: Due to its ecological importance, Amedee Island and its
surrounding waters have been designated a marine protected area. This
designation aims to preserve the diverse marine ecosystem and promote
sustainable tourism practices includes local free moorings

Amedee

⚓ Good Anchorage & Mooring Balls @ 22° 28.55 S 166° 27.93 E Ilot Amadee 🇳🇨 NEW CALEDONIA

 

 

20) MEET OUR SPONSORS 

 

John Martin principal of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with weather and passage planning in the Pacific  for many years is now an official sponsor  of the Pacific Posse.  JOHN MARTIN

John
Martin principal of Ocean Tactics has been assisting skippers with
weather and passage planning in the Pacific  for many years is now
an official sponsor  of the Pacific Posse.

 

 

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  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS
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  • OCEAN TACTICS | PACIFIC WEATHER ROUTING
  • SHELTER BAY MARINA PANAMA
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7) OPEN CPN  TURN ON TRACKING 
AND SHARE TRACKS 

 


Fleet Update 2024-04-21

FLEET UPDATE 2024-04-21

OCEAN POSSE
 
FLEET UPDATE

howler monkey

Howler Monkey, Costa Rica

APRIL 21, 2024

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. 
It’s all a question of how I view my life.” 

– Paulo Coelho

TOP NEWS  

🇲🇽 🇧🇿 🇨🇷 🇳🇮 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇪🇨 🇸🇻 🇵🇦 🇩🇴 🇭🇳 🇯🇲 🇧🇸 🇹🇨 🇰🇾 🇬🇹 

279 Yachts are signed up –
NEXT SEASON SIGNUP AND RENEWALS 
START MAY 15 

 ⚠️
1)  SUSPICIOUS VESSEL ENCOUNTER 
IN PIRATE ALLEY 

Attempted Piracy ?
Caribbean Sea, enroute from San Blas Islands, Panama to Florida.

20 April 2024, 1830 cst. Vicinity of Thunder Knoll, (Lat/Long: 16 21.197N 081 26.630W) , approximate 175 nm SSW of Grand Caymans

Incident Location

  lawless area  with many reports of suspicions activities drug & human smuggling and piracy  

We were heading 319 degrees true, enroute to Yucatan Channel, 8.2 kts SOG.

We were on a course to pass East of Thunder Knoll by about 5 nm.

We
observed a vessel on radar in the vicinity of Thunder Knoll (Lat/Long:
16.21.197N, 18.26.630W), heading 225 degrees true, 0.9 kts to 2.4 kts
SOG. Vessel was a 50’ to 65’ fishing vessel, white hull, beige
superstructure.

As we approached to within about 1.8 nm of the vessel, the vessel changed course to 020, and increased speed to 8.5 kts.

On the radar, the vectors appeared to indicate we were on an interception course.

We
turned right 20 degrees to 340 degrees, the vessel turned right to
roughly 040, still on an interception course according to the radar. We
turned further right 75 degrees, to 055 degrees.

The vessel turned right to about 050, which now placed him in our port quarter.

We increased our speed over ground to 8.8 kts, monitoring RPM and EGT. We weren’t maxed out yet, but close to it.

It
was getting dark, and we turned off our NAV lights, and AIS. The other
vessel was silhouetted in the sunset on the Western horizon. We were due
East of the other vessel, against the darkening horizon.

After
about 25 minutes, with several additional course changes which the
other vessel mimicked, we had opened the range to about 2.3 nm (from 1.8
nm). At that point, the vessel turned around and headed back to the
SSW, decreasing speed to about 3 kts, and eventually to between 0.7 to
1.5 kts, generally back to where he had originally been when we first
saw him.

Chart

 As
I write this, he is now 8.4 nm distant, back on a course of 253 degrees
at 2.6 kts. Our intent is to clear the area for at least another two
hours, then turn our NAV lights and AIS broadcast back on. We still have
AIS receive, as well as radar reflectors.

We warned another vessel, SV Courage,
who we are in contact with, and who is about 45 nm behind us, and he is
changing course to 360 to stand clear to the East of the Thunder Knoll
by 30 nm.

For
what it’s worth, we got out 4 flare guns, large and small, with about
25 total cartridges, 3 parachute flares, and a Hawaiian Sling. We
prepared to lock all the windows, and further prepare to be boarded.
Details aren’t important.

I also had United States Coast Guard Sector Key West on my phone ready to call them via wifi calling over Starlink.

We
were also prepared to activate two PLB’s and an EPIRP that we would
place out of view in various locations. We were also prepared to
activate DSC on the VHF as well. None of this may have helped us, but
might assist in the individuals being apprehended if things went bad.

We
have no way of actually knowing the other vessels intentions, but given
our location 140 miles off of the border between Nicaragua and
Honduras, and given reports over the Panama Posse and other websites of
problems encountered, with recommendations to remain a minimum of 125 nm
off land in this area, we were in a state of, shall we say, heightened
awareness.

End result is that we are unmolested, and continuing on our way, but it was an interesting situation.

I
guess my takeaway from this is that it is better to think through these
type of situations before hand, so that if, God forbid, they come up,
you already have a basic idea of how you are going to respond.

Fair winds and following seas to all!

Incident report # 3292 uploaded to CSSN 20 April 2024, 2226 cst.

Thunder Knoll

MY MUIRGEN  Scot & Laura – Beebe 50′

Scot

2)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Priya in Honeymoon cove

Priya is all by her lonesome in Honeymoon Cove, Isla Danzante 🇲🇽 Mexico  

SY PRIYA 🇺🇸  Brandt – Ericson 38′

PRYIA
blue green water in san blas

Shades of blue in Elliott Key, San Blas 🇵🇦 Panama   

SY FIDO 🇺🇸  Yolanda – Leopard 44’

rounding punta mala

Poised to round Punta Mala 🇵🇦 Panama  

SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY KathrynSERENITY - mARK

3) PANAMA POSSE SEASON 7 AWARDS 

Flor de Caña 12 Year Old

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse 

Award winners each get the gift of Flor de Caña

SEASON FINALE AND AWARD CEREMONY 

MAY 11 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦  PANAMA

Marina
RSVP FOR THE SEASON FINALE EVENT

Welcome to our amazing Buenaventura Marina

We welcome the participants of the Panama Posse with an outstanding offer and a free first night if you have never been here before – we know you may never leave !

Cesar Ramos

 meet CESAR the Marina Manager 

cesar@bv-marina.com

Mobile: +507-6411-5597

www.bv-marina.com

Buenaventura Amenities

Visit
Buenaventura Marina inside a stunning and private 340 Acre development
with many amenities on the sunny Pacific Coast of Panama 

https://buenaventura.com.pa/amenities-en/
  • The Buenaventura Resort Panama – Autograph Collection
  • Spa 
  • Gym
  • Parks
  • 5 Restaurants 
  • Sushi Bar 
  • Shops & Boutiques
  • Gran Deli Gourmet  
  • Felipe Mota Wine and Deli 
  • Equestrian Center 
  • Golf 18-hole golf course by Nicklaus 
  • Beach Clubs with multiple  Pools
  • Children’s Park
  • Events
  • Sports Club 
  • 3 km of Private Beach 
  • Culture Center 
  • Chapel
  • Real Estate Services
  • Rental Units 
  • Marina
  • Dry Stack 
  • Zoo 
  • Local Clinic
  • Dentist
  • Golf Cart Friendly 
  • Candy Store
  • Bike Lanes 
BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 SPONSORS DE PANAMA
Rio Hato

High Tide entry and exit into the calm Marina Bay 

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR !

END OF SEASON 
ZOOM CELEBRATION CALL  
Sunday  May 12 ’24 

  • Sunday, May 12 2024 14:00   CALIFORNIA 
    15:00   MEXICO CITY 
    16:00   PANAMA TIME 
    17:00   EAST COAST 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Passcode: 630281

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • BIGGEST FISH CAUGHT*
  • PICTURE OF THE YEAR
  • YODA OF THE YEAR
  • SPEEDY AWARD – SEVENSTAR AWARD
  • THE CAPTAIN RON AWARD
  • MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD
  • HIGHEST WIND RECORDED
  • SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
  • GALLEY GOD(ESS)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN OF THE YEAR
  • BOAT YOGA POSE OF THE YEAR
  • COURAGE AWARD

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Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

SUBMIT ENTRIES ON THE LINE AP OR EMAIL TO EDITOR@PANAMAPOSSE.COM

Share the adventure

4)   OCEAN POSSE 
🦺
INSURANCE SEMINAR 

Panama Posse Exit

Marine
Insurance can be challenging with the appearance of few to no options
available at times, policies riddled with exceptions, and most insurance
agents simply not having solutions.  We are going to have a zoom
meeting with an Marine Insurance Specialist Steve Bonner who not
only has 33 years of experience in writing marine insurance for
worldwide sailors but Steve also has two circumnavigations to his
credit.

Because of his background with both mariners and insurance carrier he can bridge the gap perfectly between insured and carrier.

Marine Insurance

5) SUNRISES AND SUNSETS
☀️

THIS WEEK

SUNRISE COSTA RICA

Good morning 🇨🇷  Costa Rica 

SY DARK HORSE 🇺🇸 Brian & Angela – Beneteau 49’

DARK HORSE Angela DARK HORSE Brian
sunset san evaristo

Sunset San Evaristo, Baja Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY DAWN PATROL 🇺🇸  Laney & Mark  – Outbound 46’

DAWN PATROL - Mark DAWN PATROL - Laney
SUNSET SAN BLAS

Sunset in San Blas, Panama 🇵🇦  

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

DAWN PATROL - Mark

6) PANAMA POSSE GATHERINGS 
PPP

posse meet up chiapas marina poolside

 Panama Posse members meet up in the cruisers loung at Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica 🇨🇷  

7) ON THE WATER THIS WEEK:

SAILING FROM PANAMA TO FLORIDA

Sunsets

Sunset in San Blas before departing for new horizons

SY COURAGE & SY MUIRGEN are buddy boating from San Blas, Panama to Sarasota this week.  

The Plan:

Our backup plan is Cayman islands if rounding Cuba looks less favorable as we go.

The Progress:

Day
1 of the caribbean sea crossing complete. 140 nm for first 24 hours .
Not too shabby for the confused state of seas coming out of San
Blas. Winds have yet to turn to beam, so our sailing avg speed of 5.8
knots is best we can do on a close haul with currents mostly not in our
favor.  Muirgen is 34 nm mostly east of us taking a more northerly
course due to motoring.  We hear they are having to address a cat
mutiny, but so far no meow maydays. We are still on the predictwind
ecmwf track. It continues to be very accurate with AI polars via
datahub. 

COURAGE SAILING TO COLUMBIA

Kristine is pleased to see the weather reality in line with the forecast

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

MY MUIRGEN 🇺🇸 Scot & Laura – Beebe 50′

COURAGECOURAGE Scot

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

ROUTE TO FLORIDA

Route A ~ 1,250 nm to Key West Classic Route via the Yucatan Channel using the Gulfstream
– or –
Route B ~ 1,550 nm threading the needle through the Windward Passage 

Gulf Stream Route

The Gulfstream provides a 2- 3 knot LIFT on Route A

GULFSTREAM LIFT FROM PANAMA

 8) SHARING YOUR ADVENTURES  
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

Please
share pictures of your adventures, your award entries/nominations, your
breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque anchorages on our group
communications platform for others to enjoy in real time and/or email
Maurisa at
editor@panamaposse.com
to share in the upcoming newsletter.  Maurisa is a sailor among
us.  She is part of the Ocean Posse crew and enjoys writing fun and
helpful updates to the Panama Posse.
 

goats in sea of cortez

SV WHIRLWIND flying their kite out to the Perlas to write this week’s newsletter

Ocean Posse

 

9) LAYING UP OUR VESSEL

AS CRUISING SEASON IN THE EASTERN PACIFIC AND WESTERN CARIBBEAN WIND DOWN 

by Rob Murray SY AVANT  BENETEAU FIRST 435 SLOOP 

avaNT LAYING UP

SY AVANT laying up for hurricane season.

We’ve
had Avant offshore for a few years now and have developed a routine for
laying her up for the off season. It’s a fair amount of work, but pays
dividends in letting us come back to a vessel that’s not suffering from
mold or mildew, and hasn’t degraded (much) from the weather when we’re
away. We have set Avant up to wait for us on the hard and in the water,
and each has its unique requirements.

Sailing
in Mexico and Central America we have rarely seen rain in the cruising
season (October to May) but we know the rainy season (June to September)
is a different story. We have never ‘enjoyed’ a storm aboard, but we
know that hurricane season will bring them in our absence. Preparing the
boat takes a few days, but the effort pays dividends on our return.

Mold

Mold
is perhaps the most pernicious hazard for a laid up boat in the
tropics. If it gets a foothold, the warm, moist interior of the boat is
the perfect environment for it to grow, and it will grow everywhere, on
any surface. To forestall its growth, we clean the interior aggressively
and then spray all surfaces with a mixture of straight vinegar mixed
with a drop of dish soap per litre/quart (the dish soap is a surfactant
and stops the vinegar from beading), wipe them with a cloth wet with the
same mixture and allow the vinegar to dry in place. The ph value of
vinegar is antithetical to mold growth, and it simply won’t start where
there is vinegar on the surface. The smell is overwhelming on
application, but fades in an hour or so, and is undetectable on our
return. We also mist curtains and cushions with the same mixture, spray
liberally in the bilge, and leave a few bowls filled with just vinegar
(no soap) in various places around the boat to evaporate while we’re
away. We use at least a couple for gallons for this process.

We
prop cushions on their sides/edges just before we go to allow maximum
air circulation, and leave all cupboard doors ajar as well. Clothing and
bedding is dried in the sun and then plastic bagged before stowing
below so it can’t get damp.

If
we’re on shore power, we leave a cheap 110 volt fan below to circulate
the air, and if not we leave our Nicro day/night solar vents running.
One year in El Salvador we were able to leave an air conditioner
running, which was great, and where Avant is now (Panama) we have a
dehumidifier running 24/7 to control the moisture.

If
you choose ‘electronic remediation’ (dehumidifier or air conditioning)
for mold control, you need to plan for power outages and recognize that
at the dockside or in the yard shore, power will likely be somewhat
unreliable and will suffer multiple outages over the season. Fancy new
style microprocessor controlled units will usually not restart after a
power outage or voltage drop; old style, bog-simple units with
mechanical switches usually will restart after an outage (and as a
bonus, they’re usually cheaper, too). A dehumidifier or stand alone AC
will need a drain point, such as a galley or head sink drain, while a
window style AC can be set up to drain overboard or through cockpit
drains.

Tarps

Tarps
are used for a couple of things: to keep sun off the decks and thus
control heat, and to keep the rain off portions of the deck. We use
them, but under the tarps we do get algae on deck. There are cheap tarps
and not so cheap tarps, and the cheap blue type last mere days or at
best weeks in the intense sun and can’t withstand summer squalls and
storms. We buy ‘good ones’ (usually they’re not blue, and sometimes are
silver on one or both sides), get them double the size we need, and put
them on doubled up. The side exposed to the sun will rot and fail in the
UV, but the second layer will usually last out the season. We don’t use
the grommets on the tarps, but instead gather the fabric of the tarp
around a ping pong ball and secure that with a constricting loop knot (a
topsail sheet bend tied back on the bight). The grommets are the first
point of failure. After a season, the tarps are garbage.

Run the tarps as low as possible so they have the lowest windage and cover the most deck area.

We
also have fitted sunshade material awnings that ride low to the decks
and are secured to the toe rails and cover the decks. They shade the
decks where we don’t have tarps, and where they ride over the traps they
add UV protection for the tarps. Sunshade material is widely available
at Home Depot and other DIY shops, usually in the garden department.
It’s easy to sew on any machine, and the plastic grommets they sell for
it are easy to apply and seem to last well. As with tarps, grommets are
the first potential point of failure, but as we have them every foot
along the edge, they spread the load well.

avant under tarps

SY AVANT covers much of their boat to protect it from the heat and the dust.

Bugs

Of
course, we live in fear of a bug infestation of some sort while away.
We buy cockroach bait (apparently the kind that comes in a tube like
toothpaste is best) and roach hotels and place them around the boat. We
use the whole tube, as this is not the place for half measures. We have
found two dead roaches and no live ones aboard on our return in the 14
years we’ve been laying up. We shudder to think how many we might have
found without the poison set out.

Food

The
temperatures in the interior of the boat will be extreme: in the Sea of
Cortez, interior temperatures of 140°f/60°c are typically reached daily
for a boat on the hard for weeks at a time, and 120°f/49°c for a boat
in the water. We have had cans of food explode from the heat, and an
unopened bottle of ketchup left aboard cooked in the heat to turn the
rich dark brown color of bbq sauce. For unopened food we want to try to
keep, we get small plastic bin liner bags and after emptying and dosing
the interior of the lockers with their vinegar wipe-down, we double bag
the food in small batches and stow back in the lockers. If a can
explodes it will do so inside the bag and the mess will be contained to
the ½ dozen or so items sharing the bag with it.

Plastic

Items
made of plastic do not fare well. The heat and UV bake them. For items
below decks, we wet out a cloth with Armor All, Aerospace 303 or a
similar plastic treatment (easily found at auto stores) and wet wipe
them down. For items on deck that can’t be removed and brought below, we
treat them with protectant, wrap them in a layer of paper towel, wrap
aluminum foil over that (two layers of cheap tin foil seems to work
better than a single layer of thicker expensive stuff) and then secure
the tin foil with liberal amounts of duct tape (being very careful the
duct tape only adheres to the tin foil and not to anything under it). On
our return we find the duct tape has usually been reduced to a skeleton
of the reinforcement fabric and is easily removed.

We
also wrap winches, blocks and all other deck hardware in a similar
fashion. UV will destroy the ball bearings in ball bearing blocks.

Zippers and Snaps

Zippers
and snaps like to corrode shut while the boat is laid up. We rub them
with cheap dollar store Chapstick or lip balm (cheap lip balm is usually
a mix of waxes and petroleum oils like Vaseline) to increase the
chances they will work when we return.

Elastic

Elastic
will no longer be after a season of baking in the heat. Shock cords
should not be used to secure anything as they will perish. Elastic in
clothing and swimming suits may not be elastic on your return.

Lightning

Grounding.
Most vessels are poorly grounded, and their grounding is ineffective
when hauled (yes, you can be struck by lightning when on the hard). You
can ground your boat quickly and simply with a set of jumper cables (or
add these to increase the grounding)

If
in the water, we buy a set of cheap but fairly thick jumper cables.
Separate into two wires. Remove one clamp from each wire, strip back a
couple or six inches of insulation and ‘fray’ the end (or keep the clamp
and clamp it to a 1’x1’ metal plate) to make a better ground connection
with the water. We attach remaining clamp to a top shroud or other bit
of metal that connects to near the masthead and throw the frayed/plated
end in the water. One cable on the port side, one cable on the starboard
side.

If
on the hard, separate cables and attach one to the top shrouds and Jack
stands on the port side, the other to the same points on starboard

In
either case, the cables will be trash at the end of the season, as they
are not designed for continuous outdoor use. Brushing clamps with wax,
Vaseline or any other topical protectant helps them rust less and look
better longer. Even if you *think* your boat might be/is well grounded,
these jumper cable tricks will ensure/increase the protection.

We
gather up all portable and easily de-mounted electronics (hand held VHF
and GPS units, EPIRBS, led flashlights, portable radios, etc.) and wrap
them in paper towel, then in tin foil, then in plastic food wrap
(secured with masking tape), and then place them in the oven as a kind
of double faraday cage. We disconnect all antennas and easily unplugged
items like chartplotters, AIS, VHF, etc. and leave them disconnected and
just hanging to disrupt possible paths for lightning.

Batteries

Small
batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, silver cells like A76, CR2025 and CR2032,
etc.) are removed from whatever they are powering, gathered,
inventoried and given away. They won’t be any good when we come back,
and we need to know how many and of what type we will need to bring when
we return.

The
ships batteries (house and starting) we leave connected to our solar
array for charging while we’re away, to make sure power is available to
our bilge pumps. We disconnect (switch off at the panel) the shore side
charger as superfluous.

Bilge Pumps

We
inspect and test our bilge pumps. Avant will take on a bit of water
through the mast, and other leaks may appear over the season. We want a
bone-dry bilge to keep interior humidity down. We know of several
cruisers who have had a battery die due to bilge pump pumping, and
another couple who lost their boat to flooding while on the hard (their
cockpit drains blocked and water flooded in the companionway in a
tropical storm). If your boat has a garboard plug, you can leave it out
if you’re on the hard, and if it doesn’t and the concept works for your
hull form you can consider adding one.

Through Hulls

We
close all through hulls and tank vents and stuff stainless steel
scrubbies or rolled up green scrubbies in them if we’re on the hard. The
scrubbies prevent bugs from nesting in the holes. Some cruisers use
bromine tablets (for hot tubs) in their raw water strainers to
discourage growth there.

Head and Holding Tank

We
empty the holding tank and pump in 1 – 1½ gallons or so of vinegar and a
liberal amount of Pinõl or Lysol type cleanser. Better to have that
bake in the heat than what was in there before, and a completely dry
tank will form concrete-like deposits.

Sails and Canvas

Sails and canvas are removed, inspected, repaired, cleaned, and neatly folded to be stowed below.

Engine

Our
engine enjoys an oil change, fluid top up and wipe-down with an oily
rag before we go, and we leave the compartment door ajar so air can
circulate there too.  Many cruisers do a freshwater flush of the
exhaust as well, but we don’t bother.  Outboards are freshwater
flushed, given their annual service, and run dry of fuel before stowing
below.

Fuel Tanks

Diesel tanks are filled to the top and treated with biocide (BioBore or
similar). Gas tanks are emptied, the gasoline given away, and the
plastic tanks are treated with Armor All or similar. We don’t bother
trying to ‘stabilize’ gasoline for storage, the quantity doesn’t justify
it. Jerry cans are emptied and treated with Armor All or similar. The
empty jerry cans and gas tanks are stored below.

Propane

We simply shut off the propane at the tanks.

Water Tanks

Water
tanks are emptied. When we return, we treat them as if contaminated as
recommended in this article. The water pump (and all other breakers save
the bilge pumps) is shut off.

Mooring Lines and Fenders

If
we’re in the water, we double all mooring lines and add chafe guard (we
use fire hose) at all chafe points. We buy cheap children’s T-shirts
and slip them over our fenders as extra chafe guard/ UV protection,
securing them at the top end with small line or zip ties.

Even
if you have a hired ‘boat watcher’ they’re unlikely to be 100%
available to come to your aid in a storm. They may be looking after
multiple boats, or the roof may be blowing off of their house (or their
mother’s house) in the same storm that threatens your boat. You need to
be secured for a storm.

Dinghy

We
have a RIB inflatable dinghy, and some years we have been able to
secure covered storage for it at the marina or yard we’re at, which is
best. Other years we secured it to the deck upside down, inflated to
about ¾ normal pressure, spaced off the deck with dollar store pool
noodles and covered with a tarp. Protection from the sun while ensuring
its wrapping can’t hold water against the fabric are the keys to
success. If you can deflate yours and stow it below, that’s even better.

Bottom Cleaning

If
you store in the water, you will need to arrange for regular bottom
cleaning. The interval will be determined by local conditions. Make sure
the cleaner is reliable, has references, and sends pictures or other
proof the job is being done: we know cruisers who found their cleaners
simply cashed the payments and didn’t do any cleaning until just before
their return.

Contact Info

Post
a card in the window with local contact information for your
boat-watcher (if you have one) and your contact info back home: name,
email, phone numbers.

When
we return, we find Avant fresh and dirty, needing a good wash after we
enjoy a Christmas-like morning: like an unwrapping party of all her
tinfoiled appurtenances. After some reassembly, we’re ready to cruise
another season.

SY AVANT 🇨🇦 Rob & Debra – Beneteau 43.5′

 

AVANAT DebraAVANT Rob

10) PLANNING TO TRANSIT THE PANAMA CANAL?

AS RAINY SEASON APPROACHES

CANAL AUTHORITIES PLAN TO INCREASE DAILY TRANSITS

sailboat with Lightening in the sky

In
Panama there are two main seasons: Rainy season and dry season.
Rainy season is typically from May to October plus or minus and
dry season is from November to April plus or minus.  This wet
season in 2023 was unseasonably drier and cause a bit of alarm among the
authorities regulating canal transits.  Water levels in Lake Gatun
were low so transits were lessened in the second have of 2023 to insure
water levels would hold through dry season.  Now as a new wet
season approaches Canal Authorities are announcing plans to “Add Back
Daily Transits as Rainy Season Approaches”.  

panama canal from above

The
water level in the canal is highly monitored for the sustained movement
of vessels from one side of the Isthmas that is Panama and the other
side. 

Ever
wondered what it would be like to go through the Panama Canal, or
dreamed of doing so one day?  Below is a time lapsed film of a
cruise ship transiting the Canal.  The Panama Canal is a fabulous
engineering feat that took hundreds of years and thousands upon
thousands of people to execute.  It has changed the course of
history for Panamanians, commerce for the world, and navigation
possibilities for the saltiest of mariners. 

LIGHTNING DENSITY DECEMBER

fact page about the panama canal

While
the ground was first broken by the French, the idea and the footpaths
across the isthmus were in place for hundreds of years prior to the
French Initiation.

 

11) QUICEAÑERA IN LATIN AMERICA

with help from Josea Descheemaeker, SV Whirlwind

frida kahlo

A
Quinceañera is both the birthday and coming of age celebration for 15
year old Latin American girls.  A Quinceañera marks the time when a
girl becomes a woman in her family and her community.  Celebrating
this switch from girlhood to a womanhood is very common and important
in all of Latin America from Mexico all the way down to Panama.  It
is celebrated in the Caribbean and Latina families in the United
States.

The
tradition of honoring a child’s assent to adulthood can be observed in
different religions and cultures all over the world.  In the case
of the Quinceañera, the roots of this celebration can be traced back to
the Incas, the Mayas, the Toltecs and the Aztecs.  All of these
ancient civilizations had ceremonies to honor the movement of their
young adults into the roles of adulthood in their community.  With
the Spanish conquest came changes to the rituals in the Quinceañera
ceremonies. While the ceremonies and celebrations have evolved greatly
over the years the celebration continues to be of a great significance
into modern times reflecting the mindset of different eras and spiritual
influences. 

Marley

A Quinceañera in church 

 At
first Quinceañeras were adorned with flowers, dancing for, and making
offerings to gods and goddesses.  The Spanish Conquest brough
Catholicism and with that a change in certain rites and rituals that
merged into the church.  With modernity, while the ceremonies and
celebrations have evolved greatly and withing different communities the
honor is still a formal part on many young girls lives.

quinceanera dresses often pictures are taken in exquisite locations

Girls often wear very fancy dresses with tafeta skirts today

PANAMA POSSE & PLACENCIA YACHT CLUBBELIZE YACHT FEST CLUB RECAP

Today, the party goers are often coordinated in their dress and dance

Quinceañera

 Different
customs today include her dad Change her flat shoes to her 1st pair of
high heels or going to a catholic mass in her Quinceañera dress
Sometimes the church will be adorned with flowers or a red carpet.
The priest will bless some items that the Quinceañera girl brings
Such as Bible or She will wear a tiara

he White Duchess is a life sized oil-on-canvas painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya, completed in 1795

The White Duchess is a life sized oil-on-canvas painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya, completed in 1795

In
18th Century Spain, there’s documentation that the Duchess of Alba
threw a palace party and invited teenage girls to attend, dressing them
up in formal clothing for the very first time. The following century,
the Empress Carlotta of Mexico did the same for the teenage daughters in
her court, presenting them to society.

Xochiquetzal

For
the Aztecs, the quinceañera ritual centered around the goddess
Xochiquetzal, whom represented love, beauty, and the arts. 

A ceramic artifact depicts Ixchel with a rabbit, representative of the moon in Mayan culture.

The ancient Mayans had a similar rite at age 15 to commemorate their journey into adulthood. Mayan “quinceañeras” offered thanks to the corn goddess Ixchel here seen with a rabbit .

Marinas

12) CABRALES BOATYARD, PUERTO PEÑASCO, MEXICO

🇲🇽  SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE 🇲🇽

cabrales boatyard

Cabrales
Boat Yard Sponsors the Panama PosseCabrales Boatyard is very excited to
support the voyages of all the participants of the Panama Posse with a
15 % discount of all services

Cabrales
Boatyard is a full service facility that offers Marine Travelift and
haul outs up to 150 tons.  They also have a large capacity dry
marina. Puerto Peñasco has historically been the safest harbor from
hurricanes in the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy proximity to major hubs like San
Diego, California, which is located to the Northwest 230 miles away or a
quick drive to Phoenix, Arizona is 170 miles due North.

CONTACT

Tel: +52(638)112-0204

email: scabrales@cabralescorp.com

Address: Astilleros Cabrales SA

Calle de las Rosas,

Recinto Portuario,

83554 Puerto Peñasco, Son., Mexico

13) SPINNER DOLPHINS

ACROBATS OF THE SEA

By Russell Descheemaeker of SV WHIRLWIND

Spinner
dolphins have a life span of about 20 years. They spend the night in
deep waters hunting for fish they spend the day playing and resting in
the shallows. if a spinner Dolphin goes fully to sleep it will drown so
they sleep with half of there brain asleep and half awake. they love to
play and have been known to push humans to the surface so they can
breath.  

They are also the kind of dolphin depicted in Minecraft. 

MINECRAFT DOLPHIN

 even Minecraft features spinner dolphin  

We
don’t know why the spinner dolphin spins.  Some say they do this
to impress possible mates, other say to communicate certain emotions
such as anger, fear, and joy.  Still others say it is to rid
themselves of parasites.  

spinner dolphin mega pod

Mega Pods
Spinners travel in pods of 5 to 30 dolphins.  Sometimes pods will group into super pods of up to 1000 then super pods will group in to one mega pod
of 4000 or more. Many mariners have probably seen a super or even mega
pod because in a pod that big only 30 or 40 dolphins will be on the
surface at once.  The rest will be 100-200 feet underwater in
search of food.  On special occasions the whole pod will surface
for no apparent reason.  The is  an incredible spectacle.

Spinner Dolphins underwater

Sometimes there are more dolphins of the pod swimming under water than visible from above.

14) GOOD NAUTICAL: 

Bahia Guacamaya 🇨🇷 Costa Rica  

GOOD NAUTICAL
Bahia Guacamaya

Bahia
Guacamaya is located just north of Punta Zapotal about 8nm west of
Playas del Coco. The calm anchorage, secluded beaches and crystal clear
water make this a enjoyable spot to linger for a few days or shelter
from papagayos.

Approach

◬ 10° 31.4185 N 85° 47.7178 W

Depth

18.0 ft

5.7 m

Bottom Composition

S – Sand

ANCHORAGES Bahia Guacamaya
sunset bahia honda

Great Anchorage: ‘X’ marks the spots

Approaches

Reefs
extend off the NW point at the entrance to Bahia Guacamaya and should
be given a wide berth. Enter the bay on the northeastern side to avoid a
reef reported in the center of the bay. The charts on both OpenCPN and
Navionics are reported to be inaccurate in this area.

Anchorage

The
western shore of the bay is rocky but tucking up in the NE corner of
offers protection from the wind and waves from almost all directions.
Anchor in 5.7m on a sandy bottom with good holding. Shore access by
dinghy to the beach.

SY MAISON DE SANTE REPORTS:

One
of our favorite hideouts from the wind was Guacamaya. Just a few miles
SW of coco. It doesn’t look sheltered until you get right into the
anchorage and then it’s very pleasant. Something to consider if you want
a reprieve. Should be a downwind sail from coco too. If conditions are
still nautical, sail just past the anchorage and then motor upwind to
set the hook so you don’t take it on the beam as you enter.

The
closer you get to the smaller beach to the east, the more protected it
gets. The bigger beach that faces north is mostly private property. The
owner actually keeps several fancy fishing boats at marina Papagayo.

SY MAISON DE SANTÉ 🇺🇸 Nicole & Keenan –  Cal 46′

MAISON DE SANTE KeenanMAISON DE SANTE Nicole
ANNOYANCES There was something biting or stinging in the water as we were swimming or snorkeling. It did get a little rolly at night when the winds shifted.
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15) FANTASY ISLAND MARINA ROATAN 🇭🇳 HONDURAS   WELCOMES THE PANAMA POSSE   

Fanatsy Island Marina

Hello Panama Posse !

Thanks for thinking of us as a stop on the “Panama Posse” route.

At FANTASY ISLAND MARINA, FRENCH HARBOR, ROATAN,

we
are able to accommodate about 30/40 vessels and would usually have
unoccupied side tie or Med mooring slips on 5 different docks (dinghy
assisted docking for the Med mooring).

Boats docked at the marina have:

  • Full Access to the privately owned FANTASY ISLAND RESORT !
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Scuba dive facilities
  • Dive courses on site
  • Excellent reef snorkeling just off the beach,
  • Internet in the hotel,
  • Tiki palapa bar with
  • Gas and charcoal BBQ facilities in the marina
  • Weekly bus to ELDONS SUPERMARKET & ACE HARDWARE STORE
  • Laundry pick up service
  • Diesel delivered by truck to your boat,
  • Propane top up in the marina,
  • Daily cruisers net on Channel 71 (which is also the hailing channel for arriving boats)
  • many other services.

Boats
docked at the marina will be offered a 20% discount on meals at the
hotel and also on dive courses and/or dives or exciting night dives.

The FANTASY ISLAND RESORT
is a privately owned island resort and would be a good place to get
family & friends to meet up with the “Posse” participants as the
resort offers fully inclusive packages with all that’s required for a
wonderful holiday and the marina is part of the hotel.

fantasy island marina French Harbor

Vessels
using the French Harbor anchorage (but not our dock) are welcome to use
the marina facilities and Tiki bar but are not permitted onto the beach
or into the hotel.

Any
sailors needing to go to the Port Captain and Immigration Dept in Coxen
Hole would be able to use our friendly, English speaking taxi service,
who will take you to each office and stay with you for the whole
process. We have several contacts with air conditioned mini tour buses
who will tailor make your ideal tour.

Our docking fees are

  • Daily US$0-90c per foot per day Plus 15% tax
  • Weekly US$0-55c per foot per day Plus 15% tax
  • Monthly US$8-00 per foot per month Plus 15% tax (1st November to 31st May)
  • Low Season US$6-00 per foot per month Plus 15% tax (1st June to 31st October)

We  gladly welcome all the sailors and their families !

Tony & Robyn

FANTASY ISLAND MARINA

16° 21.4383′ N  086°26.3066′ W

+504 9944 1496

VHF Channel 71

dockmaster@roatanfantasy.com

http://www.fantasyislandresort.com/marina-en.html

roatan marina

16) LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES 

& PANAMA POSSE

“The Journey is the Destination”

PANAMA POSSE PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE: 

 $5.00 off per subscription

Hello, Please use the coupon code upon checkout : panamaposse

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#1 Cruising Lifestyle publication on the planet just keeps getting
bigger and better! Incredible destination articles and features by the
cruisers themselves, including how-to’s, DIY and exciting new products!

CALL FOR PANAMA POSSE ARTICLES:

Latitudes
and Attitudes is working on their new issue, deadline for materials is
10-May.  They have space reserved for a Panama Posse branded
article. 

Panama Posse members are welcome to submit directly to Latitudes and Attitudes at david@latsatts.com

17) MEET THE FLEET  

SV DO THE THING

Marjolaine & Francois Charles, Victor (B13) and Paul (B9), and dog Chihiro

do the thing

Doing their thing presently

More
than two years ago, we decided it was time to put in place our wishes
to take the kids out of their comfort zone and change our life! So, we
quit our jobs, sold our house and our two cars and all our winter stuff
in Montreal.  We moved down to Costa Rica where we fell in love
during our family vacations a while ago.

Therefore,
we found a house in CR, sent the boys at the local school where they
learned very well Spanish for a year and where actively looking for a
sailboat until we found one in Panama Shelter Bay marina. With our dog,
Chihiro, and two boys, Victor (B13) and Paul (B9), we started our
sailing adventure by crossing the Panama Canal with our Dufour Gib’sea
43. We sailed back to Costa Rica, prepared our liveaboard journey and
sailed north to Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico up to the Golfo of
California where we are now.  We are intent to reach Puerto Penasco
before the hurricane season (and the too hot weather).

In
every place we`ve visited, we`ve met generous local people, an
incredible kind sailing community and discovered magnificent landscapes
which combined all together will give us memories that will shape who we
are and will be forever.

Sailing
with the dog, doing “boat schooling” and living all together 24/7 comes
with some challenges, but will thigh up our family for good 😊. It
doesn’t seem to stop us making sailing plans because we intent to sail
back the Pacific Central America coast to visit places we missed or we
loved in 2025, enjoy Costa Rica for few months, and potentially cross
the South Pacific Ocean in Spring 2026.

Looking forward to continuing meeting some of you on our way and sharing this great voyage together!

do the thing family

A new boat calls for a Toast!

victor at the helm

Victor at the helm

paul playing violin

Paul playing his Violin in the Sea of Cortez

SY DO THE THING 🇨🇦 Marjolaine & Francois – Dufour 43′

AHOY DO THE THING Francois AHOY DO THE THING - Marjolaine

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19)  SAFETY ALERT:

EMERGENCY NUMBERS 🇵🇦 IN PANAMA  🇵🇦 

108

emergency numbers in panama

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DIAL 108 to SPEAK WITH AERONAVAL

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belize gladden spit

20)  MUST SEE:

PLACENCIA  🇧🇿   BELIZE 

belize

Placencia
Village is truly a hidden gem tucked away in southern Belize. Its
stunning natural beauty, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the
Placencia lagoon on the other, offers a diverse range of experiences for
visitors. The village has evolved from a fishing community to a vibrant
tourism destination while still maintaining its charm and authenticity.
The friendliness and warmth of the villagers add another layer of
allure to the place.

The
name “Placencia” itself, originating from the Spanish “Punta Placencia”
or “Pleasant Point,” adds a historical touch to the area, reminding
visitors of its colonial past. The small population of just over 3,000
people gives it a cozy, intimate feel, and is situated at the very tip
of the peninsula must offer breathtaking views of the surrounding
Caribbean Sea and Placencia Lagoon. And with neighboring beachfront
areas like Maya Beach and Seine Bight, visitors have even more options
for exploring and enjoying the coastal beauty of southern Belize.

Placencia
offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural
experiences, making it a paradise worth exploring. Placencia Village is
truly a unique destination with its narrow peninsula setting and vibrant
community. The fact that the main street is a sidewalk adds to its
charm and character, especially being recognized by the Guinness Book of
World Records as the narrowest street in the world!

It’s
fascinating how such a relatively small area can offer so much in terms
of natural beauty, culture, and community. Placencia is the kind of
place where visitors can truly immerse themselves in the laid-back
Caribbean lifestyle while experiencing the warmth and hospitality of the
residents.

The
art festival held in February also sounds like a fantastic event,
bringing together talented artists from all over Belize to showcase
their work along the picturesque Placencia sidewalk. It serves as a
treat for visitors to admire and purchase unique pieces of art while
soaking in the coastal atmosphere. Placencia’s festivals are vibrant
celebrations of both its culture and natural resources! The Placencia
Lobster Fest in June or July is an exciting time for locals and visitors
alike, celebrating the bounty of the sea with delicious lobster dishes
and lively entertainment. It’s wonderful to see communities come
together to honor their traditions and showcase the culinary delights of
the region.

sidewalk art belize

Sidewalk Art

Placencia’s
role as the center of sustainable seaweed farming is impressive.
Seaweed farming not only provides economic opportunities for local
communities but also promotes environmental sustainability by harnessing
the nutritious benefits of seaweed as a superfood. Initiatives such as
these prioritize both economic development and environmental
conservation. Placencia’s festivals and initiatives highlight the rich
diversity and natural abundance of the region, making it a truly special
destination for cultural experiences and eco-friendly practices.

Placencia
Village is the epitome of laid-back Caribbean charm! You can choose to
spend a day leisurely wandering along the tiny sidewalks, taking in the
sights, sounds, and smells of life along the seaside. From beach bars to
gift shops, and taco stands to ice cream parlors and fine dining to art
galleries, there’s something for everyone in Placencia Village. The
perfect mix of attractions ensures that visitors can enjoy a diverse and
fulfilling experience as they explore the village at their own pace.
And what better way to take a break from wandering than to indulge in a
cup of coffee at one of the excellent coffee shops scattered throughout
the village? It is the ideal way to recharge and soak in the laid-back
atmosphere of Placencia.

Overall,
Placencia Village is the perfect destination for those seeking a
relaxed and authentic Caribbean experience, where every corner offers a
new delight to discover. It’s incredible to see how Placencia has
transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a bustling hub for sports
fishing and marine adventure! The opportunity to swim, kayak, snorkel,
or dive with giant whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve is an
unforgettable experience. The months of April to June are particularly
thrilling, as this is the prime time to encounter these magnificent
creatures. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to Placencia during this
time, seeking out the thrill of encountering whale sharks in their
natural habitat.The Gladden Spit Marine Reserve is a conservation
success story, providing a protected environment for whales and other
fish species. Placencia’s evolution into a world attraction for sports
fishing and marine adventure highlights the importance of sustainable
tourism practices and the preservation of natural ecosystems.

The
opportunity to dive alongside whale sharks near Gladden Spit and Silk
Caye Marine Reserve is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The
expertise and safety measures taken by dive operators ensure that
visitors can enjoy this incredible experience responsibly, while also
contributing to the conservation of these magnificent creatures and
their habitat. There is also an impressive range of activities and
educational opportunities available for visitors who may not be able to
dive during peak whale shark season. From PADI Whale Shark Specialty
courses to in-house seminars and local research projects, there are
plenty of ways for visitors to learn about and appreciate these majestic
animals.

belize whale shark

Whale Shark 🇧🇿 Belize

Whale
Sharks aside, Silk Caye, also known as Queen Caye, offer a truly unique
and solitary experience amidst the vast expanse of the ocean. These
deserted islands, with their sugar-white beaches and occasional coconut
trees, provide visitors with a sense of serenity and seclusion unlike
any other. One of the highlights of visiting Silk Caye is the
opportunity to witness a vibrant underwater world teeming with life.
From vividly colored fish to eagle rays and stingrays, the waters
surrounding the caves are home to a diverse array of aquatic creatures.
Scuba divers and snorkelers will be particularly enchanted by the rings
of coral reefs, including varieties such as Staghorn, Fire, Star, and
Elkhorn, which offer a glimpse into the earth’s earliest natural aquatic
formations.

belize silk Cayes

Silk Cayes 🇧🇿  Belize

Despite
its remote location, reaching Silk Caye is surprisingly accessible.
Located east of Placencia Village on the Placencia Peninsula,
approximately 20 nautical miles from shore, visitors can reach the caye
via a 45-minute boat ride. While there are no docks, boats can be
piloted directly onto the sandy beach, adding to the sense of adventure
and isolation. The best time to visit Silk Caye is whenever you’re ready
for an unforgettable adventure. Whether rain or shine, the beauty and
tranquility of the caye are sure to captivate visitors. For those
planning a visit during the rainy season, bringing a tent for picnicking
is recommended.

To
make the most of your experience, consider joining a guided tour that
includes picnic lunches and gear rental. Whether you choose to explore
the caye on your own or with others, spending time on these pristine
islands is a truly magical experience. As you relax on the beach,
surrounded by gentle breezes and the soothing sound of water lapping at
the shore, take a moment to appreciate the efforts to preserve the
natural beauty and ecological significance of these remote yet serene
islands for generations to come.

belize beach bar

Colorful Laid Back style Beach Bar 🇧🇿 Belize

M. Goodin

References

Belize Hub

Caribbean Lifestyle

Mybeautifulbelize.com

Anchorage

Many Anchorage spots and local services in and near Placencia 🇧🇿 Belize

 

21)  CRUISING YACHTS FOR SALE

Boat For Sale
https://www.panamayachtbroker.com/

Selling the legacy

Whether
you’re seeking an upgrade or charting a new course, your yacht holds a
treasure trove of memories. But selling it can sometimes feel like
navigating uncharted waters. From appraising and showcasing its value to
dealing with tire kickers, we’re here to be your compass on this
journey.

Selling
your yacht is about finding a committed buyer who shares your sense of
adventure and ensuring a gratifying return on investment. Let’s market
your boat better and make it a breeze together.

1. Setting a smart course

By
understanding market conditions and current trends, we align your
aspirations with the ideal asking price for your yacht. The sweet spot? A
price that neither undervalues your yacht nor deters potential buyers.

2. Crafting a compelling story

Every
yacht has its own unique story, and first impressions are pivotal.
We’re here to spotlight its charm with captivating ads and top-notch
visuals. These not only forge an emotional bond but also establish
trust. Our mission? To ensure your yacht’s tale reaches the right
audience.

3. From local docks to global shores

Whether
it’s bustling yachting events across the Americas or the vast digital
realm, we’ve got you covered. Personally overseeing showings and
surveys, we ensure your yacht shines in the spotlight. Online, we
strategically place your yacht on specialized platforms, setting the
stage for a swift and standout sale.

4. Navigating the deal

The
intricacies of yacht sales can be overwhelming. From addressing buyer
inquiries to orchestrating contracts, permits, and insurance, we aim for
a smooth sailing transaction. Committed to transparent governance, we
ensure you’re well-informed every step of the way.

5. Embarking on new horizons

With
the deal sealed, it’s time for a fresh start. And remember, whether
you’re dreaming of navigating to distant shores or just seeking
maintenance and management services for a new yacht, we’re always here,
ready to guide you in the vast world of yachting.

 

22)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

Marinas

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We are pleased to sponsor the Panama Posse with a special 15% discount on Winter rates (High Season) !

MARINA PUERTO BAHIA APPROACH

ON SITE AMENITIES

  •     On-Site Customs & Immigration
  •     30 and 50 amps, 125 and 250 volts, 60 Hz
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  •     High Speed Pump Fueling Pier
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  •     Restrooms and Showers
  •     Laundry Room
  •     Mini-Market
  •     Garbage Pickup
  •     Free Internet Access
  •     Bars and Restaurants
  •     Infinity Pools
  •     Gym
  •     Spa and Beauty Salon
  •     Taxi and Car Rental
  •     Water Taxi to Cayo Levantado Island
  •     Parking
Marina Puerto Bahia 🇩🇴 Sponsors the Panama Posse 19° 11.6383′ N 069° 21.3283′ W

MUST SEE

    Samana- Levantado Key  Limon Waterfall 🇩🇴  Dominican Republic

waterfall

23)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
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  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
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  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES
  • OCEAN POSSE SA   
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WESTMARINE PRO
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24) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

To
arrange for transit with the Panama Canal Authority please contact Eric
Galvez our dedicated Panama Canal agent and sponsor of the Panama Posse
and the Pacific Posse

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
Panama Canal Map

25) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

“Our
vision is to provide a top tier service to our customers while covering
every potential need they may have when approaching shore. 

Small
yachts (up to 38.1 meters LOA) are expected to experience substantial
delays, and in the meantime, we will be able and willing to help you
mitigate this impact and serve you.

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Waypoint
Panama Posse party dogs

Panama Posse Boat Dogs – Meet Maximilian 
a stern defender of access rights to his vessel Carinthia

26) STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

SSCA

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27) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

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 along the way

Atlantic Posse 24

Atlantic Posse ’24

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Atlantic Posse Routes
voyage between the  Mediterranean  and  the Caribbean 

Guadeloupe
south pacific posse

28) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4 

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The Amazing Suwarrow Atoll Anchorage 🇨🇰 Cook Islands 
 only way to get there is by private yacht 

South Pacific Posse BUrgees

South Pacific Posse burgees available now in Panama & soon in FP 

Easter Island

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Kiskade II
Nawi Island PArty 2024

Nawi Island Event August 31 2024 
– come party and mingle with the Cruising Fleet

  • 09:00 – 12:00 SWAP MEET / TREASURES OF THE BILGE ( JD $ 2 DONATION FOR LOCAL CHARITY )
  • 12:00 – 18:00 MARINE EXPO &  trade show
  • 14:00 – WEATHER SEMINAR
  • 15:00 – SAILING TO NZ
  • 16:00 – VANUATU / NEW CALEDONIA
  • 17:00 – OPEN SUNSET RUM BAR
  • 18:00 – DINNER & BRING A DISH TO SHARE + 
    WIN A DELUXE BOTTLE OF RUM
    ( if you do not bring a dish to share you do not get to taste the food )
  • 20:00 – MEXICAN TRAIN / TEXAS HOLDEM TOURNAMENT 
    + WIN A DELUXE BOTTLE OF RUM

FREE FOR SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE PARTICIPANTS AND MARINA GUESTS FJD $ 50 for all others 

French Polynesia

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Mission

 OUR MISSION

  • Make traveling for yacht owners easier, transparent and better informed
  • Generate group buying power with discounts in marinas and with service providers
  • Pass on relevant information to help fellow participants in a timely manner without personal opinions
  • Identify, document and reduce risks
  • Allow for flexibility and reduce pressures due to schedules
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