FLEET UPDATE 2019-11-24

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  • KICK OF DATES, TIMES & RSVPS
  • NICARAGUA
  • PICTURE OF THE WEEK (RUNNER UP)
  • COSTA RICA
  • PET's AND SUCH - PANAMA
  • LAS PERLAS, PANAMA
  • VISTA MAR MARINA HAUL OUT, PANAMA
  • PICTURE OF THE WEEK
  • Passage from Marina Puesta del Sol Nicaragua to Marina
    Papagayo, Costa Rica 
  • Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and
    Ambassadors

1) Dear 124 Vessels - 
wishing you all a

  • Very Happy Thanksgiving
  • Bountiful Turkey Week 
  • Black Friday

to all in the Panama Posse -please take some
pictures to share !

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The gobble is a loud, rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys. The 
gobble is one of the principal vocalizations of the male wild turkey and
 is used primarily in the spring to let hens know he is in the area. "

"Reflecting on last years Panama Posse Hawaiian dug
out
turkey at Vista Mar Marina Panama
- do not use drift wood to smoke a turkey it
overpowers the flavor of the meat ..."

Turkey

2) Dates & RSVP's for the 2019-2020
KICK OF EVENT at one of the top marinas in the Pacific

PLEASE RSVP by replying to this email if you plan to be
there 

Thu
Dec 5th, 2019 @  13:00  Route planning &
Navigation 

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019 
@  13:00 
Communications, 
Weather, Safety 

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019
@ 17:30  the official Panama Posse Kick off
Party

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019 
@ 13:00
  Satellite Charts / OpenCPN / Good
Nautical

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019 
Evening 
- the official Panama Posse organized Pot Luck
Dinner

with SHOOTING OFF using expired SAFETY FLARES

Sun 
Dec
8th, 2019 
@ 13:00
  Provisioning &
What to see and do - Recap & Q&A

list of RSVP's sofar
Carinthia, Seaglub, Half Moon, Angelique of
Vancouver , Raven, Namahana, Bonzer, Namahana, Stand Down,
Jo, Angelique 11, Sirena, Knot Right, Firefly, Dances with
Winds, Volare, Due West , Sky Pond, Luna, Bonzer, Gargoyle,
Chimera , Bella Sirena, Double Deuce

SPONSORS CONFIRMED to be in attendance   

ULLMAN SAILSADVERTISING-PARTNERSSAFE- ESTEEM ( via video link )
MARINA VALLARTA


OUR PANAMA POSSE HEAD QUARTERS and
you can also anchor out !

3) Nicaragua

Nicaragua, especially the area around Puesta Del
Sol,
is our favorite place in the world. We have been
there 5 years in a row to visit our friends who own a surf
camp and have fallen in love with the area and it's people.
We spent 3 months in Puesta del Sol last year on our
sailboat and we will be back again for January and February
this coming year.

NICARAGUA IN GOOD NAUTICAL

About the Marina, arrive during the daylight hours. The
entrance to the estuary has plenty of water and no bar but
the channel is narrow and winding with many sand bars. The
Chanel markers may have drifted off course a bit. Call on
the radio as you approach. The owner Robert will likely be
the one to hail you back. It's a pretty sleepy operation so
if you don't hear back just keep calling and head on into
the dock. Juanita is the hotel manager and she is
amazing. She will help with check in. Check in is very easy
as the officials come to the Marina. Just a heads up, we did
have a young navy official ask for "possible five dollars?"
... It was the only time we have gotten a shake down. We
gave him five dollars as a Christmas present. We had friends
who had fresh brownies made when they arrived and gave those
to the officials, and others who offered a Coca Cola. I
don't think the officials get paid very much and overall the
country is so welcoming but people are really quite poor. I
just wanted you to know ahead of time, maybe it won't happen
but I would hate for your first impression to be
unexpectedly tainted.

There is a laundry room at the hotel that takes US quarters
but most of the machines were pretty tired. I ended up using
the sink and bucket washing, but there is a wonderful patio
just outside the laundry room with lines to hang dry all
your laundry.

As for renting a car I think there is one in town available
for rent. It's called the Tortuga cause it's a little green
mini car that's available right in the village. Otherwise
you have to get to Chinendega to rent a car. Another option
would be to be to contact my friend Chinto who offers
personalized tours right from town near the marina. I can
connect you through Facebook.

Aserradores, the town next to the marina, is such a
special place if you can get connected with the community a
little bit. There is a free women's workout class run by my
friend Drew (Chinto's fiancée) on Monday Wednesday and
Friday afternoons at 3 I think. It's right next to Badaboom
Hostel on the main road as you walk out of the marina gate.
Next to Badaboom is a house that Tanya served Fritanga BBQ
most evenings (so freaking good, and cheap). Up the road is
Pablo's who rents motor bikes with surf racks. He also
serves really good traditional breakfast and smoothies.
Nearby there are a bunch of great surf breaks... "The boom"
on the beach right near the marina palapa and pool. You can
dinghy or hire a panga to "the point" at the mouth of the
harbor or around the corner to "the island" or "the tree".
If you have a bike or car there is Apposentillo beach. If
you spend some time walking along Apposentillo Beach
you will likely run into some friendly expats who live on
the beach. Just up the road is Nahualapa Bay with
nice peeling waves. Stop for a michelada in the hammocks at
Tapas and Surf. If you want amazing pizza head up the hill
to Al Cielo. If you go right out of the marina gate, ask for
Bodhi at the tienda across from the school. He can arrange
horse back rides and surfboard rentals and panga trips. A
veggie truck will deliver fresh veggies straight to the
marina. Just ask Juanita to tell the security guard to flag
the truck in. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays I think, usually
around noon. On Sundays there are usually community soccer
and baseball games. They are a hoot. A trip to Chinendega
is worth it for the amazing baseball games in the
stadium and the Flor de Caña rum distillery tour. Also
fairly close by is Leon with the beautiful
cathedral that you can got to the top of. Also an awesome
french bakery and at barefoot hostal you can sign up to go
sledding down Cerro negro volcano. The pools at the marina
are lovely. If you walk out to the beach palapas and pool,
there is a security guard who has a fridge with cold beers
and sodas for sale, bring your own snacks and enjoy a lovely
sunset. Being bug spray for the walk back through the
mangroves. The estuary in Puesta del Sol is calm even during
papagayos and the estuary is super fun for wakeboarding off
your dinghy or paddle boarding.

Nearby there is a moderate/ strenuous hike to the rim of Volcan
Consigueña
where you can view the crater lake. It's
beautiful but can be hot. It was a fun outing and when we
did it we also stopped at a hot spring, and a restaurant
with a whole fried fish lunch. It's a very traditional meal
in Nicaragua. Yum.

Also the colonial city of Leon is a nearby hub. The
plaza is neat and the Cathedral is beautiful. Great pictures
from the roof that you can access. There is a French Bakery
and I believe Cerro Negro brewery is in Leon as well. And
the restaurant at big foot hostel had great food as I
remember. My friend Chinto would be a great guide to take
you to all the gems in the City.

Farther afield, would require some over night trips...

Granada is a colonial city on lake Managua.
Beautiful and colorful architecture. Lots of cute shops and
restaurants.

From there I think you can take a ferry to Omotepe
which is an island made of two volcanoes in the middle of
the lake. There are a number of eco hostals on the Island as
I understand.

And San Juan del Sur is a cool surf town that you
definitely don't have to go surf to see. You can anchor
there as well as check out of the country from there but as
the papagayo winds pipe up it can be pretty uncomfortable. 

San Juan del Sur

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

4) PICTURE OF THE WEEK RUNNER UP

Runner up

Sunset two nights ago in the La Cruz
anchorage...untouched

Mike & Jacquie

Mike
Jaquie

ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER

5) Costa Rica

COSTA RICA IN GOOD NAUTICAL

We really loved it because there were so
many cool places to anchor for free. We only ever used a
marina to do a bit of boat work and check in is free, only
cost was transportation to airport for customs, check out
was $25 I think.

Some of our favorite spots were...
Playa Cocos for easy check in and
provisioning and for family to visit. The pizza at Z Bar
is really yummy and the gelateria across the street has
the best lemon sorbet I have ever had.

Playa Samara for the howler monkeys,
iguanas and  a gazillion hermit crabs on the little
island, the lovely Long Beach Walk to town, the ginger
lemonade at Gusto Beach, and the craft beer at the weird
garage pub.

Bahia Ballena for the amazing Farmers
market at 7am on Saturday in the old yacht club and the
bus to Montezuma with the awesome waterfall hike.

Isla Tortuga for the cool island
hike, the people watching, and the rum drink in a coconut

Isla jesusita for a very calm
anchorage and the tiny glamping lodge that you can dinghy
to, super friendly folks, drinks and food on a beautiful
deck

Isla San Lucas for the free access to
the old prison, soooo creepy, and the beach combing at low
tide is insane for colored glass.

Dominical for amazing treehouse Fuego
Brewery.

Drake's bay for hiking and cute
little beach town and access to Osa Peninsula rainforest.

Terrible anchorages at Pilon and Matapalo
but worth it for some of the best longboard surfing in the
world. We anchored outside the swell line and paddled in
for long cruisy lefts and right point breaks.

Puerto Jimenez calm anchorage and
cute non touristic beach town.

We skipped it but friends went way up into
the golfo dulce and found an amazing botanical farm that
you can take self guided tours of. There is also a beach
where the monkeys will come to visit looking for banana
handouts.

Golfito we loved anchoring in front
of Banana Bay. The only cost for using the dinghy dock,
garbage and shower was having a drink at the bar every now
and again. Golfito is sooo calm and protected. We also
love the Mercadito Soda on the main road. Casa Roland will
let you swim at the pool if you get drinks and lunch. The
beach palapas across the water are fun to dinghy over and
have a drink and simple meal.

We had no problems with security. We made
sure to lock up the boat and dinghy whenever we were out
and did not leave the boat unattended at night. Ticos we
met were helpful and welcoming.

A lot of folks get turned off by Costa Rica because of the
expense (compare to Mexico and El Salvador) and the
tourists but  we loved it.

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

6) PET's AND SUCH - PANAMA

We are stoked to be a part of the Counter Posse this
year!

As many people are traveling back from the
states after the summer, a couple folks asked me to
write up our experience bringing our pet cat from and
back to Panama with us. Thought it might be good
information for some folks in the fleet.

I am relaying our experience mostly from
memory so be sure to double check online to make sure
that the regulations have not changed or for your
specific travel plans.

Leaving Panama for the USA.

1. Before you purchase your ticket, make
sure that the airline you choose does not have any
restrictions that would preclude your pet from being
eligible. We flew Delta from PTY to SFO. There are some
breeds that are ineligible to fly, and the cat must
weigh less that 17 lbs and the carrier must be somewhat
rigid and fit under the seat. Be sure to reserve a space
for your pet. They limit the number of pets in the cabin
The cost for most airlines seems to be around $130 USD.

2. Ten days before you travel take your
pet to the vet to get a health check up, update any
vaccines and get a health certificate and a form for
international travel.

3. You must get this paperwork approved
and stamped by the appropriate authorities in Panama
City. You will need to provide the stamped originals at
the airport. You can also pay a fee and have the Vet do
this process for you. The cost is upward of $75 USD.

4. Arrive early on your day of travel,
present documentation and bon voyage! The entrance
requirements into the USA were minimal. Just a current
health certificate and proof of vaccination.

Traveling into Panama from the USA

THIS PROCESS IS VERY INVOLVED, TIME
CONSUMING, AND (depending on how much you love your pet)
PRICEY.

1. READ the information on this website to
get an idea of the process ahead of you...

https://www.choosepanama.com/checklist-for-bringing-your-dogs--cats-to-panama-from-the-us.html
2. Before you
purchase your ticket, make sure that the airline you
choose does not have any restrictions that would
preclude your pet from being eligible. We flew Copa from
SFO to PTY. There are some breeds that are ineligible to
fly, and the cat must weigh less that 17 lbs and the
carrier must be somewhat rigid and fit under the seat.
Be sure to reserve a space for your pet. They limit the
number of pets in the cabin The cost for most airlines
seems to be around $130 USD.

3. Ten days before
you travel take your pet to the vet to get a health
check up, update any vaccines and get a health
certificate and a USDA form for international travel.
Make sure you inform your vet that you are traveling
to Panama 

4.
Send your Health Certificate, Proof of Vaccination,
and International Travel Documents overnight to the
nearest USDA veterinarian. Include payment and return
envelope. Or travel in person. In California the USDA
office is in Sacramento. Check online for your nearest
USDA Veterinarian Office, not all USDA facilities have
Veterinarian Services. Have the forms mailed back to
you and be sure that the raised USDA seal has been
applied to the originals.

5.
Mail the Original Documents with payment and return
envelope to the Nearest Panamanian Consulate or the
Consulate in Washington DC. Have them returned to you
at least three days before you travel to Panama.

6. Three days before you arrive in Panama,
fill out the form from the Panamanian Ministry of Health
to apply for home quarentine. Scan the filled out form
and Scan the entire packet of original stamped papers
you have now acquired from the Vet, USDA and Panamanian
Consulate. And attach them in an email to the Panamanian
Ministry of health notifying them that you are importing
a pet into the country via plane. 

7. Arrive early to check in and present
the original paperwork to the airline agent. When you
arrive at Tocumen Airport you must plan to arrive
between 8am and 5pm when the Airport Veterinarian is on
duty or plan to wait in the baggage claim area until
they arrive. Pay fees for Veterinarian examination and
home quarentine. The home quarentine is 6 weeks you must
keep your pet indoors/away from other animals for the
entire time. 

8. Get your pet back to your Panamanian
home and take a nap!

It's way easier to import a pet to most
other central American countries, or better yet, have
someone petsit while you are away.

Good luck!

Or I guess now I'm the

Crazy cat lady who refused to leave her 14
year old fur baby behind.

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

7) Las Perlas, Panama 


Hola Posse. As
promised some color on our recent 3 night trip to Las
Perlas from Vista Mar.

Anchorage

1st
Night secured a mooring ball in front of hotel at San
Jose. Tried calling on vhf to pay for ball-no answer.
Good secure ball . Used lots if extra scope. Very
rough rolly night but safe spot.

Anchorage

 
2nd
Night between Chapera and Mogo Mogo (TV SHOW
survivor island)
.
Nice spot.sand but good holding. Got down to 9ft at
low tide. No roll but strong tidal currents. Lots of
scope

Anchorage

3rd
night. Sabago. Anchored amongst local boats. Good hard
bottom and calm spot. Plenty of water.
Flagged down nice well groomed local young man in
passenger panga.Brought us ashore for fair local
lunch. Picked us up later for ride to Contadora for
excellent meal at German place called Geralds. He
thenbrought us 50 gallons of diesel in am. Name is
Jaime(Jimmy)
+507-6450-7184. Highly
recommend.

Anchorage

No fuel at private fuel dock
on west side of Contadora despite what Navionics
says.

Hope
this helps. 

Chris & Anne

Chris
Anne

DESTINATION8) VISTA MAR MARINA HAUL OUT, PANAMA

Dad's Dreams
is in Vista Mar Marina on the hard. We're
veraciously attacking the blisters in our bottom. A
total bottom "tear off", new gelcoat, and antifoul
paint is in progress. Hoping to be back in the water
within a month and out visiting the Las Perlas
(where we left off last season with Xenia) before
crossing the Canal and heading to San Blas islands.

Dad's Dream

During last
Wednesday's potluck we heard there are 3 other boats
in the marina with the same intention. Should be a
fun season. 

Brenda

We did hear of
one boat struck by lightning just recently while out
at Isla Contadora (Las Perlas).
He is back in the marina doing repairs.

RICK

A new mechanic
Olie, has taken roots here in the marina and comes
highly recommended. He also has a few small
apartment type rooms for rent only 15 min beach walk
from the marina. Very convenient if you want off the
boat for a few days or even a week.

Good luck and
fair winds to all heading this way.  Miss you
guys!!!

Rick & Brenda

Brenda
Rick

DAD'S DREAM

9) PICTURE OF THE WEEK -
and passage notes from Marina Puesta del Sol
Nicaragua to Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica

the always majestic view of Cabo Santa
Elena

We left Marina Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua on high slack
tide at around 0400 on Thursday the 14th headed for
Marina Papagayo. It was a quick 26 or so hour trip
sailing / motor sailing. Ever since a (probably
innocent) encounter we had with a panga in the bay of
Tehuantepec we have been a little nervous when we see
a panga tracking parallel to us for an extended period
of time and about 15 nm northwest of Corrinto we had
just that. This panga about 1/2 mile out of our
starboard quarter for about 1-1/2 hours as we were
sailing, tracking our same speed. I decided to kick
our speed up a notch and start the motor. We were now
doing about 7 knots for another 45 minutes and he was
still there. Finally as we approached Corrinto, I saw
two or three more pangas from Corrinto join him and
they all stopped at a 4th panga that was already on
station with fishing gear....whew!  As we passed
Corrinto we watched a large thunderhead form off of
our port side. It grew and grew until it resembled
something I have only seen drawings of in weather
books. It had a half-doughnut at the bottom with a gap
then, fingers of clouds curling over the doughnut and
above that a dark, nasty looking, billowing monster.
Finally, all of the moisture being kept in the updraft
came pouring down and completely obscured the
shoreline. We skirted the edge and only got a few
raindrops but as the monster passed astern we had an
amazing lightning show for a couple of hours as night
fell. If not for the panga paranoia, we may have ended
up on the wrong end of the "Chubasco" as Nicaraguans
apparently call them. November is the transition from
the wet to the dry seasons so this was the tail end of
the big storm cells. On the entire Nicaraguan
coastline we only saw one long line and it was well,
unlike the Guatemala long line mine field but saw many
turtles and tons of dolphins! There was a very mild
Papagayo blowing north of the Santa Rosa peninsula and
we swung into Bahia Santa Elena for a quick look just
after daybreak.  This is a stunning, completely
undeveloped bay almost entirely surrounded by steep,
lush hillsides. As we continued around the peninsula
and rounded the south side on the approach to Marina
Papagayo it was blowing a steady 25 knots and gusting
higher. We are glad we poked our head into the Bay as
the Papagayos are blowing for the next week and it
would be very difficult to get back that direction
right now. We are now tucked in a marina slip in Bahia
Culebra and planning a few days of land trips to
explore northern Costa Rica!

Marina Papagayo
sunset

Bob and Joan

Bob
Joan

GREEN FLASH

10) As always we want to thank all of our

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and
Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de
    Navidad –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El
    Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del
    Sol, El Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Golfito Marina Village – Costa
    Rica *
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 

Discounts by marinas
offered to the active Panama Posse roster are at
subject to availability a.m.o. »

  • ULLMAN SAILS PUERTO VALLARTA 

Official Panama Canal Agent

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

Panama Posse

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contenders for picture of the week - your favorite
song for our list -
and we'll include it in the next Fleet Update

The Panama Posse transfer of knowledge and learning
process operates under the gestalt theory
We will not tell you what to do, when or how - we want
you to to figure that out. YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Suzanne
Dietmar

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

Panama Posse BUrgee

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FLEET UPDATE 2019-11-24

  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING
  • KICK OF DATES, TIMES & RSVPS
  • NICARAGUA
  • PICTURE OF THE WEEK (RUNNER UP)
  • COSTA RICA
  • PET's AND SUCH - PANAMA
  • LAS PERLAS, PANAMA
  • VISTA MAR MARINA HAUL OUT, PANAMA
  • PICTURE OF THE WEEK
  • Passage from Marina Puesta del Sol Nicaragua to Marina
    Papagayo, Costa Rica 
  • Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and
    Ambassadors

1) Dear 124 Vessels - 
wishing you all a

  • Very Happy Thanksgiving
  • Bountiful Turkey Week 
  • Black Friday

to all in the Panama Posse -please take some
pictures to share !

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              ^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^
The gobble is a loud, rapid gurgling sound made by male turkeys. The 
gobble is one of the principal vocalizations of the male wild turkey and
 is used primarily in the spring to let hens know he is in the area. "

"Reflecting on last years Panama Posse Hawaiian dug
out
turkey at Vista Mar Marina Panama
- do not use drift wood to smoke a turkey it
overpowers the flavor of the meat ..."

Turkey

2) Dates & RSVP's for the 2019-2020
KICK OF EVENT at one of the top marinas in the Pacific

PLEASE RSVP by replying to this email if you plan to be
there 

Thu
Dec 5th, 2019 @  13:00  Route planning &
Navigation 

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019 
@  13:00 
Communications, 
Weather, Safety 

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019
@ 17:30  the official Panama Posse Kick off
Party

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019 
@ 13:00
  Satellite Charts / OpenCPN / Good
Nautical

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019 
Evening 
- the official Panama Posse organized Pot Luck
Dinner

with SHOOTING OFF using expired SAFETY FLARES

Sun 
Dec
8th, 2019 
@ 13:00
  Provisioning &
What to see and do - Recap & Q&A

list of RSVP's sofar
Carinthia, Seaglub, Half Moon, Angelique of
Vancouver , Raven, Namahana, Bonzer, Namahana, Stand Down,
Jo, Angelique 11, Sirena, Knot Right, Firefly, Dances with
Winds, Volare, Due West , Sky Pond, Luna, Bonzer, Gargoyle,
Chimera , Bella Sirena, Double Deuce

SPONSORS CONFIRMED to be in attendance   

ULLMAN SAILSADVERTISING-PARTNERSSAFE- ESTEEM ( via video link )
MARINA VALLARTA


OUR PANAMA POSSE HEAD QUARTERS and
you can also anchor out !

3) Nicaragua

Nicaragua, especially the area around Puesta Del
Sol,
is our favorite place in the world. We have been
there 5 years in a row to visit our friends who own a surf
camp and have fallen in love with the area and it's people.
We spent 3 months in Puesta del Sol last year on our
sailboat and we will be back again for January and February
this coming year.

NICARAGUA IN GOOD NAUTICAL

About the Marina, arrive during the daylight hours. The
entrance to the estuary has plenty of water and no bar but
the channel is narrow and winding with many sand bars. The
Chanel markers may have drifted off course a bit. Call on
the radio as you approach. The owner Robert will likely be
the one to hail you back. It's a pretty sleepy operation so
if you don't hear back just keep calling and head on into
the dock. Juanita is the hotel manager and she is
amazing. She will help with check in. Check in is very easy
as the officials come to the Marina. Just a heads up, we did
have a young navy official ask for "possible five dollars?"
... It was the only time we have gotten a shake down. We
gave him five dollars as a Christmas present. We had friends
who had fresh brownies made when they arrived and gave those
to the officials, and others who offered a Coca Cola. I
don't think the officials get paid very much and overall the
country is so welcoming but people are really quite poor. I
just wanted you to know ahead of time, maybe it won't happen
but I would hate for your first impression to be
unexpectedly tainted.

There is a laundry room at the hotel that takes US quarters
but most of the machines were pretty tired. I ended up using
the sink and bucket washing, but there is a wonderful patio
just outside the laundry room with lines to hang dry all
your laundry.

As for renting a car I think there is one in town available
for rent. It's called the Tortuga cause it's a little green
mini car that's available right in the village. Otherwise
you have to get to Chinendega to rent a car. Another option
would be to be to contact my friend Chinto who offers
personalized tours right from town near the marina. I can
connect you through Facebook.

Aserradores, the town next to the marina, is such a
special place if you can get connected with the community a
little bit. There is a free women's workout class run by my
friend Drew (Chinto's fiancée) on Monday Wednesday and
Friday afternoons at 3 I think. It's right next to Badaboom
Hostel on the main road as you walk out of the marina gate.
Next to Badaboom is a house that Tanya served Fritanga BBQ
most evenings (so freaking good, and cheap). Up the road is
Pablo's who rents motor bikes with surf racks. He also
serves really good traditional breakfast and smoothies.
Nearby there are a bunch of great surf breaks... "The boom"
on the beach right near the marina palapa and pool. You can
dinghy or hire a panga to "the point" at the mouth of the
harbor or around the corner to "the island" or "the tree".
If you have a bike or car there is Apposentillo beach. If
you spend some time walking along Apposentillo Beach
you will likely run into some friendly expats who live on
the beach. Just up the road is Nahualapa Bay with
nice peeling waves. Stop for a michelada in the hammocks at
Tapas and Surf. If you want amazing pizza head up the hill
to Al Cielo. If you go right out of the marina gate, ask for
Bodhi at the tienda across from the school. He can arrange
horse back rides and surfboard rentals and panga trips. A
veggie truck will deliver fresh veggies straight to the
marina. Just ask Juanita to tell the security guard to flag
the truck in. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays I think, usually
around noon. On Sundays there are usually community soccer
and baseball games. They are a hoot. A trip to Chinendega
is worth it for the amazing baseball games in the
stadium and the Flor de Caña rum distillery tour. Also
fairly close by is Leon with the beautiful
cathedral that you can got to the top of. Also an awesome
french bakery and at barefoot hostal you can sign up to go
sledding down Cerro negro volcano. The pools at the marina
are lovely. If you walk out to the beach palapas and pool,
there is a security guard who has a fridge with cold beers
and sodas for sale, bring your own snacks and enjoy a lovely
sunset. Being bug spray for the walk back through the
mangroves. The estuary in Puesta del Sol is calm even during
papagayos and the estuary is super fun for wakeboarding off
your dinghy or paddle boarding.

Nearby there is a moderate/ strenuous hike to the rim of Volcan
Consigueña
where you can view the crater lake. It's
beautiful but can be hot. It was a fun outing and when we
did it we also stopped at a hot spring, and a restaurant
with a whole fried fish lunch. It's a very traditional meal
in Nicaragua. Yum.

Also the colonial city of Leon is a nearby hub. The
plaza is neat and the Cathedral is beautiful. Great pictures
from the roof that you can access. There is a French Bakery
and I believe Cerro Negro brewery is in Leon as well. And
the restaurant at big foot hostel had great food as I
remember. My friend Chinto would be a great guide to take
you to all the gems in the City.

Farther afield, would require some over night trips...

Granada is a colonial city on lake Managua.
Beautiful and colorful architecture. Lots of cute shops and
restaurants.

From there I think you can take a ferry to Omotepe
which is an island made of two volcanoes in the middle of
the lake. There are a number of eco hostals on the Island as
I understand.

And San Juan del Sur is a cool surf town that you
definitely don't have to go surf to see. You can anchor
there as well as check out of the country from there but as
the papagayo winds pipe up it can be pretty uncomfortable. 

San Juan del Sur

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

4) PICTURE OF THE WEEK RUNNER UP

Runner up

Sunset two nights ago in the La Cruz
anchorage...untouched

Mike & Jacquie

Mike
Jaquie

ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER

5) Costa Rica

COSTA RICA IN GOOD NAUTICAL

We really loved it because there were so
many cool places to anchor for free. We only ever used a
marina to do a bit of boat work and check in is free, only
cost was transportation to airport for customs, check out
was $25 I think.

Some of our favorite spots were...
Playa Cocos for easy check in and
provisioning and for family to visit. The pizza at Z Bar
is really yummy and the gelateria across the street has
the best lemon sorbet I have ever had.

Playa Samara for the howler monkeys,
iguanas and  a gazillion hermit crabs on the little
island, the lovely Long Beach Walk to town, the ginger
lemonade at Gusto Beach, and the craft beer at the weird
garage pub.

Bahia Ballena for the amazing Farmers
market at 7am on Saturday in the old yacht club and the
bus to Montezuma with the awesome waterfall hike.

Isla Tortuga for the cool island
hike, the people watching, and the rum drink in a coconut

Isla jesusita for a very calm
anchorage and the tiny glamping lodge that you can dinghy
to, super friendly folks, drinks and food on a beautiful
deck

Isla San Lucas for the free access to
the old prison, soooo creepy, and the beach combing at low
tide is insane for colored glass.

Dominical for amazing treehouse Fuego
Brewery.

Drake's bay for hiking and cute
little beach town and access to Osa Peninsula rainforest.

Terrible anchorages at Pilon and Matapalo
but worth it for some of the best longboard surfing in the
world. We anchored outside the swell line and paddled in
for long cruisy lefts and right point breaks.

Puerto Jimenez calm anchorage and
cute non touristic beach town.

We skipped it but friends went way up into
the golfo dulce and found an amazing botanical farm that
you can take self guided tours of. There is also a beach
where the monkeys will come to visit looking for banana
handouts.

Golfito we loved anchoring in front
of Banana Bay. The only cost for using the dinghy dock,
garbage and shower was having a drink at the bar every now
and again. Golfito is sooo calm and protected. We also
love the Mercadito Soda on the main road. Casa Roland will
let you swim at the pool if you get drinks and lunch. The
beach palapas across the water are fun to dinghy over and
have a drink and simple meal.

We had no problems with security. We made
sure to lock up the boat and dinghy whenever we were out
and did not leave the boat unattended at night. Ticos we
met were helpful and welcoming.

A lot of folks get turned off by Costa Rica because of the
expense (compare to Mexico and El Salvador) and the
tourists but  we loved it.

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

6) PET's AND SUCH - PANAMA

We are stoked to be a part of the Counter Posse this
year!

As many people are traveling back from the
states after the summer, a couple folks asked me to
write up our experience bringing our pet cat from and
back to Panama with us. Thought it might be good
information for some folks in the fleet.

I am relaying our experience mostly from
memory so be sure to double check online to make sure
that the regulations have not changed or for your
specific travel plans.

Leaving Panama for the USA.

1. Before you purchase your ticket, make
sure that the airline you choose does not have any
restrictions that would preclude your pet from being
eligible. We flew Delta from PTY to SFO. There are some
breeds that are ineligible to fly, and the cat must
weigh less that 17 lbs and the carrier must be somewhat
rigid and fit under the seat. Be sure to reserve a space
for your pet. They limit the number of pets in the cabin
The cost for most airlines seems to be around $130 USD.

2. Ten days before you travel take your
pet to the vet to get a health check up, update any
vaccines and get a health certificate and a form for
international travel.

3. You must get this paperwork approved
and stamped by the appropriate authorities in Panama
City. You will need to provide the stamped originals at
the airport. You can also pay a fee and have the Vet do
this process for you. The cost is upward of $75 USD.

4. Arrive early on your day of travel,
present documentation and bon voyage! The entrance
requirements into the USA were minimal. Just a current
health certificate and proof of vaccination.

Traveling into Panama from the USA

THIS PROCESS IS VERY INVOLVED, TIME
CONSUMING, AND (depending on how much you love your pet)
PRICEY.

1. READ the information on this website to
get an idea of the process ahead of you...

https://www.choosepanama.com/checklist-for-bringing-your-dogs--cats-to-panama-from-the-us.html
2. Before you
purchase your ticket, make sure that the airline you
choose does not have any restrictions that would
preclude your pet from being eligible. We flew Copa from
SFO to PTY. There are some breeds that are ineligible to
fly, and the cat must weigh less that 17 lbs and the
carrier must be somewhat rigid and fit under the seat.
Be sure to reserve a space for your pet. They limit the
number of pets in the cabin The cost for most airlines
seems to be around $130 USD.

3. Ten days before
you travel take your pet to the vet to get a health
check up, update any vaccines and get a health
certificate and a USDA form for international travel.
Make sure you inform your vet that you are traveling
to Panama 

4.
Send your Health Certificate, Proof of Vaccination,
and International Travel Documents overnight to the
nearest USDA veterinarian. Include payment and return
envelope. Or travel in person. In California the USDA
office is in Sacramento. Check online for your nearest
USDA Veterinarian Office, not all USDA facilities have
Veterinarian Services. Have the forms mailed back to
you and be sure that the raised USDA seal has been
applied to the originals.

5.
Mail the Original Documents with payment and return
envelope to the Nearest Panamanian Consulate or the
Consulate in Washington DC. Have them returned to you
at least three days before you travel to Panama.

6. Three days before you arrive in Panama,
fill out the form from the Panamanian Ministry of Health
to apply for home quarentine. Scan the filled out form
and Scan the entire packet of original stamped papers
you have now acquired from the Vet, USDA and Panamanian
Consulate. And attach them in an email to the Panamanian
Ministry of health notifying them that you are importing
a pet into the country via plane. 

7. Arrive early to check in and present
the original paperwork to the airline agent. When you
arrive at Tocumen Airport you must plan to arrive
between 8am and 5pm when the Airport Veterinarian is on
duty or plan to wait in the baggage claim area until
they arrive. Pay fees for Veterinarian examination and
home quarentine. The home quarentine is 6 weeks you must
keep your pet indoors/away from other animals for the
entire time. 

8. Get your pet back to your Panamanian
home and take a nap!

It's way easier to import a pet to most
other central American countries, or better yet, have
someone petsit while you are away.

Good luck!

Or I guess now I'm the

Crazy cat lady who refused to leave her 14
year old fur baby behind.

Rowan, Victoria & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

7) Las Perlas, Panama 


Hola Posse. As
promised some color on our recent 3 night trip to Las
Perlas from Vista Mar.

Anchorage

1st
Night secured a mooring ball in front of hotel at San
Jose. Tried calling on vhf to pay for ball-no answer.
Good secure ball . Used lots if extra scope. Very
rough rolly night but safe spot.

Anchorage

 
2nd
Night between Chapera and Mogo Mogo (TV SHOW
survivor island)
.
Nice spot.sand but good holding. Got down to 9ft at
low tide. No roll but strong tidal currents. Lots of
scope

Anchorage

3rd
night. Sabago. Anchored amongst local boats. Good hard
bottom and calm spot. Plenty of water.
Flagged down nice well groomed local young man in
passenger panga.Brought us ashore for fair local
lunch. Picked us up later for ride to Contadora for
excellent meal at German place called Geralds. He
thenbrought us 50 gallons of diesel in am. Name is
Jaime(Jimmy)
+507-6450-7184. Highly
recommend.

Anchorage

No fuel at private fuel dock
on west side of Contadora despite what Navionics
says.

Hope
this helps. 

Chris & Anne

Chris
Anne

DESTINATION8) VISTA MAR MARINA HAUL OUT, PANAMA

Dad's Dreams
is in Vista Mar Marina on the hard. We're
veraciously attacking the blisters in our bottom. A
total bottom "tear off", new gelcoat, and antifoul
paint is in progress. Hoping to be back in the water
within a month and out visiting the Las Perlas
(where we left off last season with Xenia) before
crossing the Canal and heading to San Blas islands.

Dad's Dream

During last
Wednesday's potluck we heard there are 3 other boats
in the marina with the same intention. Should be a
fun season. 

Brenda

We did hear of
one boat struck by lightning just recently while out
at Isla Contadora (Las Perlas).
He is back in the marina doing repairs.

RICK

A new mechanic
Olie, has taken roots here in the marina and comes
highly recommended. He also has a few small
apartment type rooms for rent only 15 min beach walk
from the marina. Very convenient if you want off the
boat for a few days or even a week.

Good luck and
fair winds to all heading this way.  Miss you
guys!!!

Rick & Brenda

Brenda
Rick

DAD'S DREAM

9) PICTURE OF THE WEEK -
and passage notes from Marina Puesta del Sol
Nicaragua to Marina Papagayo, Costa Rica

the always majestic view of Cabo Santa
Elena

We left Marina Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua on high slack
tide at around 0400 on Thursday the 14th headed for
Marina Papagayo. It was a quick 26 or so hour trip
sailing / motor sailing. Ever since a (probably
innocent) encounter we had with a panga in the bay of
Tehuantepec we have been a little nervous when we see
a panga tracking parallel to us for an extended period
of time and about 15 nm northwest of Corrinto we had
just that. This panga about 1/2 mile out of our
starboard quarter for about 1-1/2 hours as we were
sailing, tracking our same speed. I decided to kick
our speed up a notch and start the motor. We were now
doing about 7 knots for another 45 minutes and he was
still there. Finally as we approached Corrinto, I saw
two or three more pangas from Corrinto join him and
they all stopped at a 4th panga that was already on
station with fishing gear....whew!  As we passed
Corrinto we watched a large thunderhead form off of
our port side. It grew and grew until it resembled
something I have only seen drawings of in weather
books. It had a half-doughnut at the bottom with a gap
then, fingers of clouds curling over the doughnut and
above that a dark, nasty looking, billowing monster.
Finally, all of the moisture being kept in the updraft
came pouring down and completely obscured the
shoreline. We skirted the edge and only got a few
raindrops but as the monster passed astern we had an
amazing lightning show for a couple of hours as night
fell. If not for the panga paranoia, we may have ended
up on the wrong end of the "Chubasco" as Nicaraguans
apparently call them. November is the transition from
the wet to the dry seasons so this was the tail end of
the big storm cells. On the entire Nicaraguan
coastline we only saw one long line and it was well,
unlike the Guatemala long line mine field but saw many
turtles and tons of dolphins! There was a very mild
Papagayo blowing north of the Santa Rosa peninsula and
we swung into Bahia Santa Elena for a quick look just
after daybreak.  This is a stunning, completely
undeveloped bay almost entirely surrounded by steep,
lush hillsides. As we continued around the peninsula
and rounded the south side on the approach to Marina
Papagayo it was blowing a steady 25 knots and gusting
higher. We are glad we poked our head into the Bay as
the Papagayos are blowing for the next week and it
would be very difficult to get back that direction
right now. We are now tucked in a marina slip in Bahia
Culebra and planning a few days of land trips to
explore northern Costa Rica!

Marina Papagayo
sunset

Bob and Joan

Bob
Joan

GREEN FLASH

10) As always we want to thank all of our

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and
Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de
    Navidad –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El
    Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del
    Sol, El Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Golfito Marina Village – Costa
    Rica *
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 

Discounts by marinas
offered to the active Panama Posse roster are at
subject to availability a.m.o. »

  • ULLMAN SAILS PUERTO VALLARTA 

Official Panama Canal Agent

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

Panama Posse

11) Please reply to this email with
any updates - your vessel location -
contenders for picture of the week - your favorite
song for our list -
and we'll include it in the next Fleet Update

The Panama Posse transfer of knowledge and learning
process operates under the gestalt theory
We will not tell you what to do, when or how - we want
you to to figure that out. YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Suzanne
Dietmar

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

Panama Posse BUrgee

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simply reply with "REMOVE"


Hurricane

FLEET UPDATE 2019-11-16

  • Please play ball and email us your head shots
  • Some key 2019-2029 Panama Posse dates
  • Counter Posse ( North Bound ) gathering in Vista Mar
  • Long term planning
  • Deep link into GoodNautical
  • Picture of the week
  • Mosquitoes, Malaria and the Panama Canal
  • Tamarindo, Costa Rica
  • Thanks to all of our Official Panama
    Posse  Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors
  • Replies & the Panama Posse Gestalt Theory

1) PLEASE "PLAY BALL"  & email us your
HEAD SHOTS

the following vessels out of 123 have not submitted their
pictures
-

LUNA, COMPROMISE, RAIREVA, TRUE BLUE, SCOUT, WIND SWEPT,
BONZAI, STAND DOWN, NAMAHANA, ALIZANN, KOUMBA BANG, ENTERPRISE
III, SALPARE, CONTEXT, DOUBLE DEUCE, LILIPAD, SALISH DRAGON,
CYCLADES, SEDNA VI, JOY, KARVI, SEAQUEL, TAKMOANA, STRAY CAT,
SOUTHERN CROSS III, PILIALOHA, ANKYRIOS, HERITAGE, EPIPHANY

Please send in your pictures - some marinas
use your pictures to verify discounts
AND SPEAKING OF HEADS and BALLS 

ULAMA

To the Mayans, the game was known as Pok a Tok, to the Aztec it
was Tlachtli, while nowadays most people refer to it as
Ulama.

In the most common theory of the game, the players struck the
ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of
forearms, rackets, bats, or hand-stones.

The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much
as 9 lbs and sizes differed greatly over time or according to
the version played.

Balgame

The most interesting part, however, is the fact that if
a particular game had a religious purpose
,
the winning team were decapitated and offered as a
sacrifice and this was considered a great honor.

Goalpost

So please give us YOUR HEAD SHOTS  2) Some key 2019-2029
Panama Posse dates

We meet at Marina Puerto de la Navidad, Barra de Navidad,
Mexico

Marina
          Puerto de la Navidad

- for details go to   https://panamaposse.com/start
PLEASE RSVP by replying to this email if you plan to be there !

Thu
Dec 5th, 2019 @ 1 PM
Route planning & navigation

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019 
@ 1 PM 
Communications,  Weather, Safety (with special
video guest VAN to talk about personal safety and
risk from safe-esteem.com)  

Fri
Dec 6th, 2019
Evening  @ 5 PM(ish)
- the official Panama Posse Kick off Party with an
open bar courtesy of
Marina Puerto de
la Navidad

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019 
@
1 PM 
Satellite Charts / OpenCPN / Good Nautical (
please bring yoru laptops and external hardrives with 32
GIG's avail )

Sat
Dec 7th, 2019
Evening  @
6 PM(ish)
- the official Panama
Posse pot luck BBQ Kick off Party  

with shooting of expired
flares ( BRING YOUR OLD FLARES )

Sun 
Dec
8th, 2019 
@
1 PM 
-
Provisioning & What to see
and do - Recap & Q&A

Burgee

3) Counter Posse ( North Bound ) @  Monday's 16:30 UTC  Line

Line

We are looking to organize an event at Vista Mar for the
northbound (Counter Posse) group -
if you are northbound - around 18 vessels are - please
let us know if mid end January works for a little gathering at
Vista Mar.... we know a band ...

We are also adding a northbound line call at 16:30 UTC on
Mondays or immediately following the main call segments

And of course the May 30th, 2020  Vista Mar  Panama
Posse welcome party extravaganza !

Vista Mar
        Marina

4) Long term planning

Several vessels will be heading up the coast from Panama and
parts in between towards Mexico.
Many are working on their Hurricane strategies and are
looking for a safe place for next season.

There are of course several options to consider - please
take all of this with a grain of salt.

www.panamaposse.com/weather/

Pacific Hurricane Strategies run the gamut with some general
markers for you to ponder.

SOUTH ZONE

Panama on the Pacific side stay at Vista Mar
Marina 
(no hurricanes, yes
lighting strikes)

Costa Rica stay at a marina Golfito
Marina Village, Banana Bay Marina
, Marina
Pez Vela
, Marina Papagayo
– several offer the options with a bond which helps
with customs issues
(no hurricanes, yes
lighting strikes)

Nicaragua – stay at Marina Puesta del
Sol 

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes)

El Salvador – stay on Bill &
Jean’s Moorings 

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes)

There are ample electrical storms, thunder and lightning and
each season vessel suffer from lightning strikes in these
places.

CENTRAL  ZONE

Tehuntapec ,MX is the area where the hurricanes usually
originate from

Mexico – Marina Chiapas a great place to haul
out - ask for Memo !
and soon Marina Chahue – dredging is maybe underway

NORTH ZONE

All Mexican marinas above this line on the Pacific side are in
the bona-fide Hurricane Zone
(expect for Ensenda) and vessels also occasionally suffer from
lightning strikes.

Tracks

Here are some visualizations of the historic hurricane
tracks
in the Pacific

and the the lighting strikes map

Lignting

5) Here is the deep link into GoodNautical just choose
the Mexican marina's form the left side selector
   

http://www.goodnautical.com/gma/mexico-pacific?field_gma_value=MX-PAC

Marina
marina details

and clicking on the little icons gives you full
details and info on each including contact info and comments

Good Nautical is our  bonafide 501(c)3 non profit
organization
and any budget left over goes towards development of new
features and data entry.

6) PICTURE OF THE WEEK

PICTURE
        OF THE WEEK

Greg

Greg

SV SIRENA

Mozzies

7) MOSQUITOS, MALARIA and the PANAMA CANAL

Panama

In 1904 the US Army was tasked* with helping construct a
canal
(* there is a bit more to this...) to
connect the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
The US was not the first country to attempt the feat. As early
as the 1840s the British thought about digging a canal across
the Isthmus of Panama, but were deterred by the hostility of
the politics
and geography. In 1881 the French,
buoyed by the successful construction of the Suez Canal in
Egypt, decided to take on the project. But they did not account
for the deadly mosquitoes: 22,000 of the project’s
workers died after contracting malaria and yellow fever. The
loss of life caused construction costs to spiral, leading to the
bankruptcy of the canal’s owners in 1889 after they had
spent $287m on the project ($7 billion at today’s prices). The
canal lay abandoned and incomplete.

The American government bought* (* there is a bit
more to this...) the land in 1904 and quickly realized
that it needed to protect its workforce from the diseases. To do
so, it tried to kill as many of the disease-carrying mosquitoes
in Panama as possible. Thousands of American troops were sent in
with orders to destroy every habitat that could harbor the
mosquitoes.

Swamps were drained. Pools and lakes of still water were tainted
with oil or simply blown up with explosives. Buildings in the
area were fumigated and high-risk areas were doused with
insecticide. The scale of the operation was huge: around 700,000
gallons of oil and 124,000 gallons of insecticide were used
during
the construction of the canal each year. And it was success, at
least in relative terms. The death toll among the workforce was
5,000 by the time the canal opened in 1914.

1914 50
        USD bill
Malaria

 
One of the cruisers from last season met with an infectious
disease specialist in early Dec at the Ochsner Medical Center in
New Orleans so as to address vaccination needs related to
travels. Bottom line – no Yellow Fever in the parts of Panama
and CR that most plan to visit - coastal areas and San Blas. The
guidance document provided for 

Malaria
risk is low throughout the year in all areas
including the Canal Zone and Panama City. Risk is
highest in Darien, Guna Yala, Panam and San Blas Provinces.
No Risk - Cruises along the Panama canal will not
necessitate anti-malarial medication. Adopt bite avoidance
measures.
Transmission does not occur on the San Blas Islands, but it is
necessary to transit areas with known transmission risk en route
to the islands. Daytime insect precautions are essential for
un-vaccinated travelers.”

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/preparing-international-travelers/yellow-fever-vaccine-and-malaria-prophylaxis-information-by-country/panama

Tropical Strength

TROPICAL STRENGTH BUG SPRAY

(note:  each country's requirement and relevant
statistics has been diligently compiled
for review on the official Panama Posse website by Tally
from SV RAVEN ) 

https://panamaposse.com/mexico
https://panamaposse.com/guatemala
https://panamaposse.com/el-salvador
https://panamaposse.com/honduras
https://panamaposse.com/nicaragua
https://panamaposse.com/costa-rica
https://panamaposse.com/panama

Neil
Tally
Jan

Neil, Tally, Jan & Otter

RAVEN

Tamarindo

8)  Tamarindo, Costa Rica 

We finally unglued ourselves from the comforts of Playa El Coco
to begin again our journey southward. We popped up to Marina
Papagayo for some fuel. As we had already checked into the
country there were no issues, but we wouldn’t have been allowed
if we were not already cleared through immigration and customs.

The fuel pumps did their work quickly and as the sport fishing
fleet are the main customers, the fuel was clean, no need for a
baja filter. As we headed out of Bahia Culebra we saw hundreds
of jumping Mabula Rays trying to catch flight in hopes of
catching a mate, apparently. Yet again, the the breezes were
allowing for pleasant sailing.

We pulled into Bahia Portrero for a quick overnight, with the
crew of Shearwater over for dinner on board. The lights in the
mooring field are bright, supposedly to prevent theft. We had no
issues at all in our spot between the two groups of fishing
boats and pangas. We we’re up in the morning to get a head start
and pop around the corner to Playa Conchal. Due to the name we
had dreams of some shell collecting but the shells had already
been ground up to make the beautiful light color sand. A walk
along the beach revealed a few souvenir vendors on the side of
the gravel path. And the beach clubs for two hotels. Not open to
the public, unfortunately. But we had planned to picnic anyway,
and not long after we picked our lunch spot, a man with a cooler
came by, offering ice cold beers and coco frios. It was a
perfect lunch-hook stop-over. The afternoon graced us with more
good sailing weather and we enjoyed snapping pictures of
Shearwater flying full canvas.

We pulled into Tamarindo just as the sun was setting
behind us. We picked a spot near the mooring field. We spent the
next week taking full advantage of all Tamarindo has to offer
with our buddies, Pati and Eric. We took the dink and anchored
outside the lineup at Playa Grande and caught some fun party
waves at the beach break near the river.  We beached the dinghy
and headed into town most days. We found the best landing at the
jet ski launch. We did lock the two dinghies together but never
had any issues. Each time we found our dinks just the way we had
left them. We sampled the microbrews at Witches Rock Surf Camp.
We found a street off the beaten path that had a coffee shop
called Breaking Bread that Walter White would approve of, Nacho
Libre tacos at Little Lucha, and the open air El Mercadito with
lots of options including poke bowls and a bar in a sailboat.
The roadside BBQ skewers near the beach were cheap and
delicious. We had a great meal at the beautiful Bamboo Sushi
Club.

We checked out the funky shops more for the air conditioning
than anything else and came away with some cool shirts from the
five dollar bin. Pati arranged an estuary tour and we saw a ton
of birds and a few crocodiles. If you go at high tide you can
see monkeys as well. The Papagayos were still howling and at one
point we were slowly dragging along the rock bottom and had to
reset at the edge of the mooring field and a little closer to
the beach, but there was no fetch to speak of so it was still
pretty comfortable even in the high winds.

Tamarindo is pretty busy with a lot of crispy gringos escaping
the snow and soaking up some rays. But even with the crowds, the
vibes are mellow and there are plenty of chilled out spots to
find a lounge chair or hammock and an umbrella drink.  We almost
skipped it since we had been before, but from the water,
Tamarindo is a real treat!

Tamarindo Swings for Crew


Pura Vida!

Sunset

http://www.goodnautical.com/costa-rica/anchorage/tamarindo

Anchorage

Victoria, Rowan & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew1
crew2

TALIESIN ROSE (report from last season)

9) As always we want to thank all of our

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
    Mexico 
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad – Mexico 
  • Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 
  • La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico 
  • Marina Chiapas – Mexico 
  • Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador 
  • La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El
    Salvador 
  • Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua 
  • Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica 
  • Marina Pez Vela – Costa Rica 
  • Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica 
  • Golfito Marina Village – Costa Rica *
  • Vista Mar Marina – Panama 
  • Shelter Bay Marina – Panama 
  • Red Frog Marina – Panama 

Discounts by marinas offered to the
active Panama Posse roster are at subject to availability
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  • ULLMAN SAILS PUERTO VALLARTA 

Official Panama Canal Agent

Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

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Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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FLEET UPDATE 2019-11-09

  • Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua
  • The Panama Posse burgee is flying
  • El Salvador - Medical Emergency
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • RSVP for the Panama Posse Season Kick off Party
  • Picture of the Week
  • Download the official Barra de Navidad, Mexico  Maritime and Cruisers Guide
  • Line Calls every Monday @ 15:45 UTC warm up Mics muted at 16:00 UTC
  • Pets in and out of Panama via Airplanes, Panama
  • Offshore Waters Forecasts for the East Pacific Ocean
  • Marina Ixtapa info
  • Keep 'em coming

1) Marina Puesta del Sol - Nicaragua.

This is one of the undisputed relaxing gems along this Panama Posse route and a welcome respite in a serene and tranquil setting.

You can leave your vessel and explore this incredible
interesting country.  If you are a political junky there is
are a lot of geopolitical  layers to explore here.

Visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Leon, Lake
Nicaragua and Granada from here is as easy as renting a car
and driving on well paved roads.

Plus you get to visit the Flor de Caña Rum Factory nearby.

Clearing in is fairly easy - for south bound vessels - its
a short
sail from the Golfo de Fonseca via a well marked entrance
into a lovely estuary.

To check out the 27+ anchorages and UNESCO sites visit Good
Nautical
http://www.goodnautical.com/gma/nicaragua?field_gma_value=NI

Here is the track
http://www.goodnautical.com/route/marina-puesta-del-sol-puerto-sandino-outer-anchorage

Aerial View of Marina Puesta del Sol

Below are the costs to clear in and out of Nicaragua which
can be done at the Marina -
just let them know when you plan to arrive

CHECK IN CHECK OUT
IMMIGRATION U$ 20.00 per boat U$ 20.00 per boat
  U$ 12.00 per person U$   2.00 per person
PORT CAPTAIN U$   FREE U$ 30.00 International Zarpe
    or U$ 20.00 a National Zarpe ( to San
Juan del Sur for example )
CUSTOM U$ 10.00 per boat U$ FREE
AQUATIC TRANSPORT FEE U$ 25.00 per boat U$ FREE

To book ahead and get your 20% Panama Posse Marina discount
contact Juantia Garcia

Tel: + (505) 8880-0013
       +(505) 8880-0019     
       +(505) 8883-0781

email: administracion@marinaps.com

2) The Panama Posse burgee is flying onboard
ANGELIQUE @ Marina Ixtapa, Mexico

A little word of caution to the crocks in the marina ...
Dan is a retired US Navy Captain Nuclear submarine officer
with 9 years Active Duty
and has been cruising with his wife Angela for over a year -
so torpedoes and missiles away
... more at
Adventuresonangelique.com

https://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/how-it-works/watch-crocodile-launches-itself-vertically-out-of-the-water/

Dan & Angela

ANGELIQUE

3) El Salvador - Medical Emergency

A fellow Panama Posse cruiser was seriously hurt while
playing in the pool with other cruiser kids. He is a truly
great guy volunteering to teach English to the locals,
always willing to lend a hand in any projects, and always
playing with the kids. Matt needs the help of the sailing
community right now. Please show your support. Please follow
the link below and contribute if you can.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/e26u4-matts-medical-expenses


Matt & Britt  

MALOLO
wanderlustsailors@gmail.com

4) EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

MEDICAL
REPATRIATION TO U.S.

DAN Boater (boating accident) (take from ship to nearest
hospital/medical facility; limitation on amount but might
get you all the way home). This is an annual membership fee
service.
Emergency +1-919-667-9111
Information +1-919-490-2011

MEDJET Expat 180 Family Membership (any medical
condition)(take from hospital/medical facility in foreign
country to your home in U.S.). This is an annual membership
fee service.
+1 205-595-6626
There are a number of Medical repatriation companies. Check
your boat insurance, policy carefully as some policies do
not contain any or sufficient medical repatriation expense.
Medjet and DAN Boater provide emergency information. There
are a number of companies on the internet that are pay as
you go and do not require that you purchase a membership
that provide emergency information.

U.S. COAST
GUARD EMERGENCY SSB CHANNELS

MHZ UTC time
4.125 2300-11
6.125 24 hr.
8.290 24 hr.
12.290 1100-2300

U.S. COAST
GUARD EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER

001 310 732 2046
HAM SSB NETS
World wide emergency Ham net: 14.313 24 hr.
Central America Ham net: 7.083 UTC time 1300

U.S. COAST GUARD RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER
    Rescue Coordination Center:  (510) 437-3701.  This is
the number for group receiving EPIRB emergency beacon
distress signals.  They will coordinate with local country
Coast Guards if boater is outside of the U.S. and they have
translators, as the numbers at the local country Coast
Guards in Central America will speak Spanish.  They said it
would be ok to call them in emergency.

CENTRAL AMERICA COUNTRY COAST GUARD CONTACT NUMBERS
    These numbers were given to me by the U.S. Coast Guard
Rescue Coordination Center.  The individuals from these
local Coast Guards will speak Spanish when you call them. 
If you cannot communicate with them, the Rescue Coordination
Center can call them, but that will take more time.

  El Salvadore Coast Guard:  (505) 22500210,   Extension
5103
    Nicaragua Coast Guard:      (504)22342507
    Costa Rica Coast Guard:      (506) 22314924
    Panama Coast Guard:           (507) 60451197

CALIFORNIA COAST GUARD OFFICES WHO COULD BE 
called if you cannot reach rescue coordination center,
however the local coast guards will likely just go through
the Rescue Center:
    Coast Guard Sector LA/Long Beach:  310 521-3815
    Channel Islands office:  805 985-9822

VHF EMERGENCY CHANNEL FOR MAYDAY: 16

HAM SSB NETS

World wide emergency Ham net:  14.313    24 hr.
Pacific Seafares Net 14300 @ 0300 UTC 
Central America Ham net:  7.083   @ 1300 UTC

CENTRAL AMERICA EMBASSY CONTACT INFORMATION
Go to www.usembassy.gov/ for further
information.  For Central America embassies, emergency
number is +1-202-501-4444, and press “0”,  from 8 a.m. – 5
p.m. EST.  When dialing embassy numbers below probably start
with “ +” depending on phone service.   

   MEXICO
    +52 55 5080-2000
    Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtenoc,     06500
Mexico, DF
  

GUATEMALA
    +502 2326 4000
    Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10, Guatemala Cuidad,
Guatemala

    EL SALVADOR
    +503 2501 2999
    Final Blvd. Santa Elena,     Antiguo Cuseatlan, La
Libertad,     San Salvador   

    HONDURAS
    +504 2238 5114 (after hours X4100)
    +504 2236 9320 (per embassy website, but not
communications received:  011-504 2236 9320)
    Avenida La Paz,     Tegucigalpa MDC, Honduras
 
    NICARGUA
    +505 2252-7100
    Kilometer 5.5 Carreter Sur, Managua, Nicagagua

    COSTA RICA
    +506 2519 2000
    Calle 98 Via 104, Pavas,     San Jose, Costa Rico

    PANAMA
    +507 317 5000
    Bldg 783, Demetrio Basilio Lakas Ave, Clayton, Panama

REPORT U.S. CITIZEN MISSING ABROAD:  1-888-407-4747

GLOBAL MARINE DISTRESS SAFETY SYSTEM:     
1-888-407-4747,
press “0” for overseas citizen
emergency services.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MARITIME ADMINISTRATION,
OFFICE OF MARITIME SECURITY. 

They provide information on piracy and safety and security,
and you can sign up for alerts by going online.
    Emergency:  1-202-501-4444 (8-8 EST, M-F)

Stan & Diane

CROSSROADS

5) RSVP for the Panama Posse Season Kick off Party @
Marina Puerto de la Navidad

If you plan to attend seminars and the party please RSVP

There is an open bar on Friday
and we are going to organize an amazing Pot Luck BBQ cook
of for Saturday.

Here is who's coming thus-far

CARINTHIA

SEAGLUB
RAVEN
ANGELIQUE OF VANCOUVER

Are
you coming ? Please RSVP !

Marina Puerto de la Navidad our Panama Posse HQ !

GOlf

Barra de Navidad has a world class 27 hole Gold Course !

6) 
Picture of the Week

Juan from Ay Caramaba !  in
the - Lost City / Ciudad Perdida

Top of the world after a 4 day Indiana Jones
hike - way to go !

Ciudad
Perdida is the archaeological site of an ancient
city in Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
It is believed to have been founded about 800 CE,
some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu.

http://www.goodnautical.com/colombia/point-interest/ciudad-perdida-lost-city

Juan & Michelle

AY
CARAMBA !

7) Download the official Barra de Navidad, Mexico
MARITIME & CRUISERS RESOURCE GUIDE

Thanks to Tally, Neil, Jan and of course Otter -
this is the best resource guide to date on Barra de Navidad

and we wholeheartedly thank Tally and SV Raven for creating
such a detailed guide !

Follow this link and download this 36 page guide !

https://route.panamaposse.com/books/BarraResourceGuide.pdf

Neil, Tammy, Jan & Otter

SV RAVEN

8) WEEKLY 2018-2019
PANAMA POSSE
FLEET CHECK IN and MORNING
NET
on MONDAY’S at 16:00 UTC
via LINE  15:45 Warm up

Please download and install LINE  https://line.me/en-US/ 

Works on Android / ios / Windows / MAC OS

– Register using your vessel name as the
USERNAME ie     MY_CROSSROADS

– Next search for dietmarpetutschnig and
befriend us –

– wait and accept your PANAMAPOSSE 2019-2020 GROUP
INVITE

Connect every Monday at 16:00 UTC and send us your
position via the message
system and listen to the vessel check ins
(all
free as long you have IP connectivity
which we now know is pretty much all along the coast)
The LINE system allows for up to 200 live
conference
call participants.

9) Pets in and out of Panama via Airplanes, Panama

This is the link to what you need to do to bring your pet
into Panama: https://www.aphis.usda.go/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/petravel-panama
We did not get the paper work “approved” by a Panamanian
Consulat but we had no problems when we checked into
Pedregal. We DID have email evidence of sending the paper
work to cam@minsa.gob.pa three days
prior. I think that is a must. Our Panamanian Vet indicates
that all you need to pay is $3/day for the 40 days of home
quarantine plus $10 to a Vet for a verification exam. BUT we
also did not do that. We just filled out the paper work and
emailed it and showed the Port Captain that we did so.

This is the link to what you need to do to remove your pet
from Panama: https://wwww.minsa.gob.pa
We used our Panamanian Vet in Coronado (Vista Mar) that we
heavily recommend. He did everything for us. He created the
appropriate certification and dated it for us to have it be
within 10 days of our exit. He also went into Panama City to
get export permit for us, which you need. Our issue was for
some reason the Airline we are using (United) thinks Panama
will not permit pets on a plane and a third party has to be
set up to ship (as cargo) your pet. If we did that, it was
going to cost twice as much as our airline ticket. Our Vet
said we should have used Copa Airlines. Don’t know if that
works or not, but if I had to do it all over I would have
checked their flight schedules first.
Out dogs are 10 and 15 pounds, they have flown with us under
our seat many times. But we had to make them our “emotional
support animals” in order to get them on the plane out of
Panama. For United, they have three forms which you can read
about and download: https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/special-needs/disabilities/assistance-animals.html
The three forms, one for you, one for the vet and one for
the licensed mental health professional.  For the Medical,
We used an online service called CertaPet. After Jeariene
finished her “certification” with them, she referred me and
received a $15 Amazon reward for the referral. So if you
want to go this route, I can submit your email (lol), or
just try them yourselves. This also means you don’t have to
pay the airline for the pet travel, but I would still gladly
fork over the $125, that wasn’t our purpose.  Our Vet is in
Coronado (Vista Mar) Panama on Tuesday, Thursday and most
Saturdays. His English is excellent, and his front desk
staff also is semi fluent in english. Dr. Jorge E. Barriga
F.  +507 240-1468 jbarriga@cwpanama.net Good luck

Walt & Jeariene

KNOT RIGHT

10) Offshore Waters Forecasts for the East Pacific
Ocean

Offshore Waters Forecasts for the East Pacific Ocean within
250 NM of Mexico,
Central America, Columbia, and Ecuador to Operational
Effective April 16, 2019

Yay!
Get em here -https://www.weather.gov/media/notification/scn19-24east_pac_offshore_waters.pdf

Rob & Debra

AVANT

11) Marina Ixtapa, Mexico (Report from 02/2019)

Entrance was the lowest at 7.3ft (calculated to zero tide)
over three different passages. Sometimes there may be swells
hitting the bar, so you’ll want to enter at full cruising
speed to prevent losing steerage from a following wave.  One
place you don’t want to end up sideways in.  The marina is
to the right at the channel Y.
Ixtapa is a very large marina and has many slips that
appeared to be open.  It appears that transients are
assigned slips on ‘F’ dock, which is the farthest dock to
the right, two docks past the fuel docks. 

Slips 1-27 are between F & G,
28=end tie,
29-52 nearest the shore.

Paseo de la Darsena S/N, Interior Casa Club Boulevar Paseo
Ixtapa.
C.P. 40880, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.

+52 (755) 55-32180
(755) 55-30222

contacto@marina-ixtapa.com

No bottom work in the marina due to crocodiles.  For hired
bottom cleaning, contact the team of Memo and Sonya.  They
can be contacted directly at +52-555-127-7446 or
+52-755-128-5302 or the marina office can contact them.  You
can take the boat and them out to the anchorage at La Isla
Grande to clean and then return to the marina afterward.  If
you’re already at anchor, either in Zihuatanejo or La Isla,
so much the better.  They’ll arrive at your boat.  Cost was
a VERY reasonable $25mx per foot.
Wi-Fi – Marina office has power and wi-fi, but fairly slow. 
Marina restaurants also have wi-fi available, but also
slow.  The General Bar in Ixtapa (to the right of Señor Frog
store, one block back) had excellent free wi-fi, but no
power.  Cuattro Cycle coffe shop in Zihuatanejo had
excellent wi-fi and power available.  One of the restaurants
on the beach in Zihua had wi-fi with good speeds at times,
but of course no power.

Laundry: Take to the office for pickup and next-day
return.  Very reasonable price.
Buses:  Very frequent and reliable.  $14mx pp each
way to either Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo.
Diesel was a bit spendy at $25.25mx per liter after taxes,
etc.

Groceries:  tiny tienda in Marina.  Small grocery
(Merza) in Ixtapa. 
Two large groceries in Zihuatanejo – the first, Bodega
Aurrera
is a green building on the right as the bus
arrives downtown. 
The other is a Mega-Soriana some blocks away,
located behind the large bus station where the 14peso
bus/vans do a U-turn after leaving the downtown to go back
to Ixtapa.
AutoZone is in Zihuatanejo, across the highway and 4
blocks up from the main bus station (behind the Mega
Soriana). 

Bob & Carol

SINGULARITY

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SV Carinthia

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