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FLEET UPDATE 2019-12-28

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2) Holiday's in Barra de Navidad, MX

Bookshelf sized decorations and lights on LUNA


BTW we have gone to Ramon's in Barra
for most Seahawks games. They have 2 large TVs.
All of the fish dishes I've tried (grilled fish tacos,
garlic mahi fillet dinner, whole snapper dinner, grilled
shrimp tacos, octopus dinner) have been excellent!
Service is good, prices are right with each of the above
less than 200 MXD pesos, and drink selection very good.


Av. Miguel López de Legazpi # 262, Barra de
Navidad, Jal., Mexico

19°12'13.5"N  104°41'02.1"W

Kris & Bob


LUNA3) Bocas del Toro Marina
Parade, Panama 

Xmas Boat

We had a great time participating in the Bocas del Toro
Marina parade on Saturday December 21st.


Free night stay in Marina and party
afterwards also I included the prizes. Just to let you


Happy Holidays

Pati and Eric


for download by Tally from SV Raven

Barra, Tally, Jan


5) SPHERES "bolas"  Isla de Caño
Costa Rica
(a wild goose chase which will be rewarded with a bottle
of rum !)

As requested, I am forwarding some info on the
spheres found on Isla Caño subsequent to
my diving tour there.
There was not a lot of info available, but I did shoot
the attached photos of signage on one of the hiking
trails on the island and I spoke with the park ranger.

Isla Historiacla Chart

Apparently, the island served as a burial ground for
prominent members of a civilization that resided in
western mainland Costa Rica before the Spanish conquest.

The stones were brought to the island by these ancient
, not carved in place on the island. The
significance of the stones is not known.


Bob Ritner


get's an insane amount of ligthing strikes
maybe more than any other place in Central America
Starting from mid April through November

lights out

6) plundered notes about these spheres 
Adrián Badilla
-  Archaeologist,
Department of Anthropology and History

The stone spheres
constitute one of the most unique elements of
pre-Columbian Costa Rica and suggestive of the
archeology of America. The stone spheres have
been found in the southeast of Costa Rica, especially
in the extensive alluvial plain formed by the Grande
de Térraba and Sierpe rivers, but they are also found
in the area of ​​Buenos Aires, Coto Brus, the
intermontane valley of Pejibaye and the coastal area
of ​​Golfito and Uvita including Caño Island.
Its manufacture began in the
Aguas Buenas Period (300 BC-800 AD), but it is in the
Chiriqui Period (800-1500 AD) that the development and
use boom takes place.

Since they began to be reported during the beginning
of the activity of the Banana Company of Costa Rica (a
subsidiary of the United Fruit Company) in the 1930s,
many have cataloged them as a true enigma, generating
various explanations and speculations, which It has
caused an increase in interest in these particular
pre-Columbian artifacts.


Arranged below the surface

On the other hand, various archaeological studies
carried out since the forties relate them to the human
groups that inhabited the area before the arrival of
the Europeans, explaining them within the
sociocultural dynamics that these societies had, and
not as a product of natural formations or as an
element of unknown civilizations.

rocks have been reported in other parts of the world,
such as those known in Hunan (China), Zavidovice
(Bosnia), Hulín (Czech Republic), South Island (New
Zealand), Ahualulco - Sierra de Ameca (Jalisco /
Mexico) ), Onoto (Venezuela), Ischigualasto
Geopaleontological Park (Argentina), Piauí (Brazil).
For some of these, their
cultural affinity is under discussion or simply
studies have grouped them as products of geological

addition, some spherical rocks have been found in
archeological sites in Mesoamerica: Cerro de la Mesas,
San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán and Izapa (Mexico), and
Benque Viejo (Belize). These findings are isolated cases
and have no cultural relationship with those evidenced
in Costa Rica. It
also highlights an isolated group on Easter Island

In Costa
Rica, small boulders have been recorded with some
degree of sphericity at late sites, such as Orosí
(Cartago), Papagayo (Culebra Bay), Platanillo
(Reventazón River Basin), Ta´lari (Chirripó), La
Fábrica ( Greece) and Las Mercedes (Central
Caribbean). They
were perhaps made from contacts or influence of
societies in the South Pacific.
However, the stone spheres of
southeastern Costa Rica have attributes that
differentiate them and make them unique.


A big one ( 10+ tons )

1. Its
size. The size of
the spheres ranges from a few centimeters to 2.5
meters and its weight ranges from a few kilos to 15
tons. Different
sizes would have had different functions. Small spheres are associated with
perhaps ceremonial structures, while those of greater
monumentality were placed in open spaces and at the
entrance of the main characters' homes.

2. Its
almost perfect sphericity and surfaces with a fine
finish. These
finishes were the product of the work of specialists
and not the result of natural events. They are sculptures, and as such
they are identity artifacts

Presence of sets of spheres that sometimes form
geometric figures or alignments. Doris Stone and Samuel Lothrop
reported spheres forming clusters which could have an
astronomical and ritual significance, associated with
natural cycles and their relationship with the
agricultural cycle, or other schedules of the groups
that manufactured them. Currently, only two
alignments with an east-west orientation are preserved
at the Finca 6 site

4. Its association with other cultural elements
(pottery, lithic artifacts, gold, architectural
structures) within a complex system of social
organization. The
spheres were mainly used as rank symbols and identity
elements supported by the contexts in which they have
been found close to artificial constructions, mounds
and squares.
Investigations on the Finca 6 site have evidenced the
use of the spheres: (a) forming two alignments in an
open space, (b) placed at the entrance of artificial
mounds that served as housing for the main characters,
and (c) as an offering within a funeral structure.
These spheres are in
association with a local ceramic and statuary

archaeological research activities carried out by the
National Museum in sites with stone spheres seeks to
exceed the simple descriptive and ordination level
behind such a particular element in order to make
effective a historical apprehension by recent
societies. Stone
spheres are not inert elements, they are heritage,
objects with history


7) Drake Bay and
the nearby location of one of the British pirate's
fabled hidden treasures
Sir Francis Drake

1540 – 28
January 1596
was an English sea captain,
privateer, trader,
naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era.
Drake's exploits made him a hero to the English, but
his privateering
led the Spanish to brand him a pirate, known to them
as El Draque.

- only a stone throw from Drake Bay  isIsla
del Caño
- Howler monkeys and much more
8) The world's
noisiest land animals are
the howler monkeys (Alouatta) of Central
and South America. 
are also
the loudest land animals on Earth,
capable of bellowing at volumes
of 140 decibels, which is on the level of gunshots
or firecrackers. The males
have an enlarged bony structure
at the top of the windpipe which enables the sound
to reverberate, and project their screams up
to three miles
through dense rain forest.

Howler MOnkeys

Drake Bay Costa Rica - Anchor ⌖ 08°
41.807´ N 083° 39.959´ W @ 25 feet


Here is all the info

Watch for breaking waves just south of the entrance –
hence the dogleg to enter this bay via dinghy

Dingnhy drake bay

– Costa Rica dinghy landing area  @ 08°
41.7006 N 83° 40.4448 W

– bring a long non floating line and a
dingy anchor – drop the anchor into the middle of the
river mouth
( there are a lot of tour boats in here ) and you can
tie up to the tour out fit and then push the dingy into
the center
– when you return pull the dingy back to the dock with
the long line
– as always lock it !

Here is a link to a great guide by SV LIquid on
Drake's Bay


Marc & Laura


9) Costa Rica Upper Golfo Dulce
all near Golfito
Several stunning anchorages in the
a pristine deep fjord cruising ground which we will
return to again !

Punta Rincon - Anchorage @ 08° 41.764 N 083°
28.702 W -  24.00 ft - calm and 360 degree protection
( enter from center as the port side with the mangroves is
very shallow  < 5 feet at low tide )

Bahia Rincon - N - In front of a lovely resort
(please get us the contact info) Anchorage @ 8° 43.2163 N 83° 28.7257 W @ 24

Monkey Bay - Stunning - Suzanne's favorite all
year and we found it ourselves !
Saw Capuchin Monkeys on the Beach - Spider Monkeys in the
tree tops  and heard amazing
amounts of Howler Monkeys with squadrons of Macaws flying
by - absolute lovely lush and green backdrop !
Anchorage @ 08° 43.421 N 083° 28.009 W -  12.00 ft
(at low tide )

Monkey Bay

Pargo's Cove - Anchorage
8° 44.014 N 83° 23.713 W in 10 feet at Low
Tide - favor the center and don't go in too deep.
Still nicely tucked away - reefs on both side and
lovely islets - and a flat inner sandy bay which we
could careen our vessel on.

Pargo's Cove

OSA Wildlife Sanctuary - Animal Refuge - 2 hour
tours $25 pp each day at 9 AM with Carol

Anchorage @ 8° 40.653 N 83° 19.5401 W @ 15 feet


Playa Cativo (5 star Eco Resort w/ pool wifi bar
organic farm to table menu)
Anchorage @ 8° 40.2939 N 83° 18.4411 W - 15 feet


Call ahead for Lunch or Dinner reservations - 
GM - Allen Mairena +506 8302-1195 / +506 2200-3131


A neat lounge and lot's of blue butterflies

Keep in mind that the Fjord drops of quickly and deep
with each of these anchorages so you are anchoring on a
shelf near shore.

Suzanne & Dietmar



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SV Carinthia

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Golfo de Fonseca

FLEET UPDATE 2019-12-22

  • Happy Holidays
  • Picture of the week
  • Bocas del Toro, Panama
  • Marina Chahue, Mexico is open
  • Isla el Tigre, Amapala, Honduras
  • Marina Papagayo, Cost
    Rica - Clarification and
  • Drake Bay, Cost Rica
  • Costa Alegre, Mexico
  • Burgees' in Panama @ Shelter Bay
  • Lithium Battery dangers got
    little attention
  • Thermal runway
  • Reply with Pictures and info
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1) Merry Christmas, Hanukkah Sameach and happy Kwanzaa
and Happy Holidays to all !

Please email us your vessel decoration holiday pictures or
put them on

Panama Posse

2) Picture of the week - Cost Rica

Monkey climbs by as sun sets at El Avion Restaurant

Picture of the Week

Dan & Angela



3) Bocas del Toro, Panama

We are in Panama near Bocas del Toro
and took a taxi to The Bluff Beach.

Eat some wonderful food at The View Restaurant it was great

Crewon Board



Mariah with Shearwater


Merry Xmas


Merry xmas

Eric & Pati


4) Marina Chahue is open - 2.3 meters observed !

Reservations VHF 16
or call
+52 958 587 2652


Marina Chahue

Details and comments at

(claimed 3.5m at high tide via call by the Panama Posse
today )

Marina Chahue is open. We got in this morning.
I witnessed 2.2 meters depth at min,
so caution is advised. It is not new but for 11MXN
I guess it is just fine. 


It is full of hidden rules - nobody has a way
to know about - until you have prepaid your stay.
(Municipal Marina) Security is a bit of a pest with
the inforcement of their rules


There is a ‘no night ladies
restriction (really). Also, no hull cleaning in marina.



5) Honduras, Isla el Tigre, Amapala

Avant and Anduril

This is a photo of the Avant and Anduril crew on the dock
at Amapala, El Tigre, with our guide Bob.

Fishing Pangas

Fishing Pangas Leaving from El Tigre


Alice & Greg


6) COSTA RICA, Marina Papagayo Clarification and Update

1. Playa Del Coco is the port of entry.   
Clearing in there has no cost when owners clear in
  To clear in at the marina all boats must
use a clearing agent.   The arrangement for the
clearing need to be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance of
their arrival to Marina Papagayo in order for the agent to
set up the logistics for clearing on site.   The agent fees
range from $450 to $550 depending on size and if the vessel
arrives on the weekend.  

It is important to note the decision to use or not use an
agent cannot be done once they arrive to the marina.   If
the boat arrives to our docks and then decide they do not
want to use an agent it is a real mess because technically
we are not permitted to let the boat sail back to Coco
because they have no paperwork.    If they arrive without
advance arrangement from the agent and decide they want to
pay fee then the vessel is subject to quarantine until the
agent can arrange the clearing.   in some cases this may be
a minimum of 24 hour and could go to 48 hours.  

2.  Bonding:  At Marina Papagayo it is not possible to
Bond a vessel. 
All of the official Marinas were given
the benefit of offering duty exoneration or what is called a
two year MOPT permit in order to populate the marinas. 
 This exoneration process has a cost and we offer a dockage
credit on the cost depending on how long the boat stays.  

Bonding can only be done in Golfito at Banana Bay and
Fish Hook marinas.   These marina were grandfathered in when
the new Marina Law was passed some years back.   Therefore
these locations were given the option to Bond vessels which
essentially freezes the Temporary Import Permit.   But
again, Bonding can only be done at these two facilities in

Best Regards, 

Gerente, Marina Papagayo
t +506 2690-3602


note from Singularity :

We’ve been in Marina Papagayo for about 10 days.  We
rented a car for two days and visited Liberia and stayed in
a lodge at the Cañón de la Vieja park.  Very nice.  The
marina concierge is offering free trips to some locations,
but not a regular thing.  Saturday they took four cruisers
and some of the crew of a big yacht to Tamarindo which was
very cool.  So if you come to Papagayo, ask if they have
anything planned.  Marina Papagayo Costa Rica recently has
been offering free spontaneous shuttle trips.  They hire a
van and driver to take anyone in the marina to a
destination.  The first trip was on 12/14 to the surf meca
of Tamarindo.  It’s about a 90min drive from the marina and
we spent the day walking through shops and lounging in
seaside restaurants.  Witch’s Rock was especially cool with
a live band and great craft beer from their brewery.

The second on 12/18 was to the Rincón de la Vieja National
Park.  Several hiking paths were available from easy/medium
to tougher.  We took the former and our driver, Marco,
doubled as a guide through the park.  He earned a nice tip
from us.

After the excursion on both trips we were offered an
opportunity to stop in a supermarket for provisioning. 

We don’t how often or if this will be a continuing service,
but we sure hope so!

Marina Papagayo

7 ) Drake Bay, Cost Rica
Blue Oasis loves Bahia Drake, on the OSA
Pennisula, CR.
The little town up the hill has 2 small markets plus
Plenty of little restaurants. We took a delightful hike to
the beaches today. Get out your stern anchor.

Drake Bay

note: here is a link to a great summary form SV
Liquid about Drake Bay

Barry & Kathy



JO downwind sailing back to Barra De Navidad from


Phillip Jay & Kelley


9) Burgees' in  Panama @ Shelter Bay Marina


TALIESIN ROSE & SONOMARA got their burgees !

10)  Lithium Battery dangers got little attention from
Coast Guard despite red flags before Conception fire


SANTA BARBARA — (LA Times article)

Nearly a year before 34 people were killed in a fire aboard
the dive boat Conception, a second vessel owned by the same
charter company began a three-day voyage around the Channel
Divers on the Vision charged numerous lithium-ion batteries
installed in cameras, phones, computers and even underwater
scooters with an array of power outlets in the salon area.
At some point, one of those batteries began to smolder as it
was charging. An alarmed crew member quickly tossed it into
the water, preventing the fire from spreading, a witness and
several sources told The Times.
The fire underscored the potential dangers of such
batteries, which have been banned from cargo areas of
commercial planes and become the subject of tighter
regulations by the U.S. Navy.
But the U.S. Coast Guard didn’t sound major alarms about the
fire risk of the batteries until after the Labor Day fire
aboard the Conception, the worst maritime disaster in modern
California history.

Officials are still working to determine the cause of the
fire, investigating whether it was arson, an electrical or
battery fire or some sort of malfunction on the vessel. But
some boat safety experts have pointed to the batteries —
which have become a staple for divers who use them to power
underwater equipment such as lights, cameras and scooters —
as a possible starting point for the blaze.
Coast Guard inspectors in California didn’t know about the
previous fire aboard the Vision until The Times requested
details about it this month.
“In hindsight, it would have been nice to know about it,”
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll told The Times.

After the Conception fire, the Coast Guard for the first
time recommended that owners of passenger vessels
immediately urge crews “to reduce potential fire hazards and
consider limiting the unsupervised charging of lithium-ion
batteries and extensive use of power strips and extension
Glen Fritzler, whose Truth Aquatics firm owns both the
Conception and the Vision, believes the batteries were the
cause of the Conception disaster.
“I’m telling you the batteries are the issue, and we were
never warned,” Fritzler said in an emailed statement to The
Times. “I have had top level professional photographers dive
with me and they did not understand the dangers.”

Conception 2

The smoldering wreckage of the Conception at dawn in
(Ventura County Fire Department)

Fritzler and his attorney declined to comment further about
the fires aboard the Vision or the Conception, citing the
ongoing investigations by the National Transportation Safety
Board, the U.S Coast Guard and the FBI. He also declined to
comment on why his company didn’t report the earlier fire to
authorities. Operators are not required to report fires that
cause less than $75,000 in damage.
A preliminary investigation of the Conception fire found
major breakdowns in required safety procedures on the vessel
owned by Truth Aquatics, including inadequate crew training
and the absence of a roving night watch at all times while
passenger bunks are occupied to alert passengers below deck
of an emergency.
Truth Aquatics has also come under scrutiny for how it
handled battery charging on boats. Divers who used the
Conception previously told The Times that the operator used
numerous extension cords to handle the high demand for power
to charge various devices.
Passengers often angled for limited charging outlets nestled
behind foam-filled, L-shaped benches in the salon areas to
power strobe lights, cameras, flashlights and video power
“Stuff is plugged in everywhere,” said Ben Wolfe, a retired
Los Angeles County fire captain.

Alarm in aviation
Much of the concern about the dangers of lithium-ion
batteries has come from the commercial airline industry.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department
of Transportation have expressed concerns because the
batteries pack large amounts of energy and can overheat or
self-ignite if they are defective, damaged or overcharged,
experts said.
The batteries are used in consumer products such as
cellphones, laptop computers, power tools, cameras and
countless rechargeable electronic devices. Manufacturers
each year make millions of devices powered by the batteries.


Passengers sleeping below deck when the fire on the
Conception broke out were trapped.
The design
of its escape routes has come under scrutiny.

Lithium-ion batteries create heat when they charge. If not
properly vented, the heat from one cell or battery can set
off a chain reaction with other batteries, said Thomas
Barrera, a scientist and consultant who advised NASA on the

To protect against short-circuiting, batteries contain a
thin strip of polypropylene to prevent electrodes from
touching. If they short-circuit, heat can be generated
rapidly, and once oxygen becomes involved, things can turn
bad quickly, Barrera said.

Such fires also burn hot — up to or more than 1,000 degrees
Fahrenheit — and could exceed the capabilities of an
aircraft’s fire-suppression system and lead to a
catastrophic failure of an airplane, the FAA said.
Internationally, regulators have attributed four deaths and
the total loss of three aircraft to incidents involving
fires started by lithium-ion batteries being transported in
cargo, in 2006, 2010 and 2011.

After advising global airlines in 2017 to keep the batteries
out of cargo holds, the FAA and the U.S. Department of
Transportation this year adopted rules allowing passengers
to take them only in carry-on luggage. In cargo holds,
passengers and airline employees cannot see if a battery
fire starts and spreads to other baggage. In the cabin, crew
members and passengers can at least see and smell smoke. 

The number of lithium-ion battery incidents nationwide
remains unknown. But several groups now track the problem.
As of Oct. 1, the FAA had logged at least 252 cases since
2006 in which batteries smoked or caught fire inside the
cargo hold or passenger area of an aircraft.

Among other things, the fires involved laptops, chargers,
e-cigarettes and cellular phones. In at least one case,
headphones have exploded on a plane. Aircraft personnel in
the U.S. have had to extinguish a device with a smoking
lithium-ion battery inside a cabin at least once a month
this year.

Airline employees have taken action to prevent catastrophes.
In September, a passenger’s bag with a portable speaker on
an American Airlines luggage cart caught fire in Dallas. The
fire was extinguished, but it burned several other bags, FAA
records show.


A drone photo shows the 75-foot Conception on May 3.

In August, a passenger’s portable battery charger began to
heat up and would not turn off on a SkyWest flight between
San Francisco and Texas. A flight attendant placed the
device in a battery containment bag and monitored it, FAA
records show.

In June, a fully loaded Southwest Airlines plane was
evacuated and taken out of service after a passenger’s
carry-on bag, with an e-cigarette battery charger and two
batteries inside, started to smoke under a seat. A flight
attendant used a fire extinguisher to douse the device,
according to FAA records.

The U.S. Navy also has severe restrictions on lithium-ion
batteries, and in 2017 it banned all vaping devices from its
vessels after they sparked numerous fires.
In 2008, lithium-ion batteries being charged ignited a blaze
aboard a Navy SEAL mini-submarine in Pearl Harbor. Since
then, the Navy has carefully controlled and vetted
lithium-ion batteries as larger ones have become part of
more equipment on vessels.

The Navy recently established the Navy Battery Development
and Safety Enterprise to advance the fleet’s
lithium-ion-enabled capabilities. The Navy’s research wing
is regarded as among the most advanced when it comes to
developing safer batteries to avoid fires. 

Two trade groups representing battery makers, developers and
suppliers urge caution when transporting the batteries on
airplanes, according to their websites. “The industry
obviously has an outstanding record for safety. There are
millions of electronic devices that people use every day and
the record reflects that,” the Rechargeable Battery Assn.
said in 2017.

But restrictions on devices that use lithium-ion batteries
have not extended to passenger boats.
Until the Conception fire, the Coast Guard had not issued
any widespread guidelines regarding their use, although in
2016, a Marine Safety Alert warned boaters about a recall of
Samsung phones and provided ways to minimize risks from
those batteries overheating.

On Sept. 11, nine days after the Conception fire, the Coast
Guard issued a safety bulletin for passenger vessels
instructing boat operators to — among other things — “reduce
potential hazards from lithium batteries, power strips and
extension cords.”
Asked why it issued the alert, the Coast Guard told The
Times it wanted to “provide an immediate reminder to owners
and operators about regulations related to firefighting,
lifesaving, preparations for emergencies, and means of
A Times review of nearly 20 years of Coast Guard records
found the agency repeatedly rejected some recommendations by
the National Transportation Safety Board for tougher safety
Last week, three California members of Congress introduced
federal legislation to require small passenger vessels to
have at least two escape exits, strengthen standards for
fire alarm systems and create mandatory safety rules for the
handling and storage of phones, cameras and other electronic
devices with lithium-ion batteries.

More batteries on diving excursions
Boats such as the Conception and Vision were built decades
before the boom in personal electronics and high-end diving
gear. On dive excursions, passengers now carry cameras,
computers, lights, underwater scooters and cellphones —
almost all of which are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion
Albert Vogel, a 73-year-old from Durham, Calif., was on an
overnight trip on the Conception the week before the deadly
Labor Day fire. He said the electrical outlets were
“dangerously close to the seat cushions.”

“If one of these devices had overheated … it could have
easily set fire to the cushions,” he said. “We were not told
anything about being careful with charging or any issues
related to that. We were just on our own on that, and people
used them.”
Don Barthelmess, who taught diving at Santa Barbara City
College, said many divers brought power strips to plug in
their devices.
“Anywhere there would be a 110-volt outlet, divers would
commandeer an outlet,” he said. “People pretty much fight.”

Burned Hull

The burned hull of the Conception is brought to the
ocean surface by a salvage team for investigation in

But Barthelmess, who called Truth Aquatics “the Cadillac of
diving operations in California,” didn’t think the charging
setup — or any other aspect of the boat — raised safety
“Being on a boat is inherently dangerous, and these are the
risks that we accept as people that go diving and go on
boats,” he said. “Fires are no exception. No amount of
regulations or laws can prevent accidents.”

Greg Lousignont, 70, a former police officer from Peoria,
Ill., said that he has been taking trips for three decades
on Truth Aquatics vessels and that Fritzler, the owner, is a

When he first started, few divers carted loads of
electronic equipment. But that changed in recent years as
manufacturers flooded the market with cheaper, mass-produced
equipment, he said.
Barrera said these products bring risks, saying that cheaper
knockoff cables and plugs don’t have a power management
system to stop the overcharging of a battery.
Wolfe, the retired fire captain, was aboard the Vision when
the battery caught fire last year. He didn’t see the fire,
but other passengers told him about it. Wolfe recalled
seeing areas around electrical outlets filled with other
He said the batteries and chargers were often stored on seat
cushions crowded with other items.
“The space down behind the cushion often had T-shirts,
towels and bottles of wine because it was a place to store
them and stop them from rolling around,” he said.
That scenario could be problematic, Barrera said.
“If a lithium battery is buried while charging under clothes
and on a surface that does not help dissipate that heat, a
perfect storm of events can come into play,” he said.
Barrera and other experts emphasized that nothing is
inherently unsafe about the batteries as long as precautions
are taken. He said that astronauts on spacewalks depend on
the batteries and that NASA is able to operate them safely
even in the extreme environment of space.

Greater awareness of fire dangers
While divers continue to plunge into the waters off Southern
California, boat owners are taking extra steps to limit fire
dangers aboard vessels.
Andrea Mills, an education coordinator at Island Packers in
Ventura County, said the boating company imposed new safety
rules after the Coast Guard issued the warning about
lithium-ion batteries in September
. Island Packers
never encountered any battery fires, but it banned all
electronics, not just those with lithium-ion batteries, from
gear stored below deck on its four vessels, Mills said. It
went a step further than the Coast Guard warning to create
an additional safety measure for passengers, she said.
“We are way more aware of the problems in cargo holds,”
Mills said. “We did research and read about all the fires in
Ralph Clevenger, who shot photos and videos for Truth
Aquatics, said there needs to be heightened awareness about
charging devices on boats. He said he is part of an email
group with dozens of photographers who have discussed how to
educate boat owners about battery dangers.
We “have said, you have got to change things, it’s too
dangerous,” he said.

from LA Times Dec. 15, 2019 5 AM


11) Thermal runaway of the lithium-ion
initiates an unstoppable chain reaction.
The battery becomes gaseous, and a fire erupts
that can hardly be extinguished by conventional means.
Liithium ion batteries
perform optimally, and will last longer, if they are kept at
temperatures between
-10°C and +30°C. This range is consistent with findings by the
Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy

In very cold temperatures, batteries don’t achieve their
full rated power until the battery cells warm up.

As the accompanying EERE graphic shows, batteries exposed
to hotter average temperatures lose their ability to store
energy; the hotter the temperature the faster they lose
their storing ability. So in the tropics or in hot climates
those whose will likely be looking to replace their
batteries faster than owners living where the thermometer
doesn’t often reach 110°F.

The C (−)
temperature rate and cell voltage of LG HG2 and Panasonic
NCR GA (at 100% SOC) versus C (−) temperature (top).

Temperature rate of C (+) and vessel pressure rate of LG
HG2 and Panasonic NCR GA (at 100% SOC) versus C (+)
temperature (bottom).

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2) 'tis the season for Long Lines

... I trust that sailors will not take my attached sketches
as absolutes, but rather a documentation of my observations:  

After un-charted rocks and lightning, the thing that sends
shivers up my spine is the thought of long lines. We have seen
many, hit 4 or 5 and had to dive on the prop 3 times to cut
loose/unwrap them from the shaft. Unfortunately the marking
standard for these nuisances seems to vary from country to
country. What we learned in one country caused us to hit lines
in another country. For instance in Mexico we would run
parallel to the long precession of spaced flags and do an end
run around the last. When we tried this maneuver in Costa Rica
we consistently hit the lines because in that country, it
turns out, many of the fisherman only mark the middle of the
line with a black flag. There are no end markers.Through our
encounters with the lines and with one with a fisherman whose
long line we had to cut off the prop we think we have learned
a few things about these obstacles that we believe is worth
sharing. I am sure there are other variations and not all
fisherman follow these unwritten standards but it is at least
a documentation of what we have experienced. I have attached
the various marking conventions we have seen on our trip
south. We are only in Costa Rica now so I am sure we will have
more learning to do in Panama !

Mexico Long Line Observation
The long lines in Mexico were anywhere from ½ mile long to 4
miles long but seemed to be pretty consistently marked in the
below manner. We did not encounter any at night. We do not
know if this was dumb luck or if they were pulled in before
nightfall. Perhaps someone else has more insight.


Black Flags at various intervals up to several
hundred yards apart. Last flag indicates end of line.

Intermediate floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles,
fishing floats etc. between flags.

Guatemala Long Line Observation

The long lines in were poorly marked and the black flags at
each end not always easy to see. Any time we saw a floating
plastic bottle ahead we approached with caution and a string
of them indicated the presence of a line. Like Mexico, we did
not encounter any at night. We averaged about 15 miles
off-shore as we passed Guatemala.

Guatemala Longlines

Black Flag at both ends of line.

Intermediate floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles,
fishing floats etc. between flags. Spacing between floats was
inconsistent with sometimes large spacings

Nicaragua Observations

We did not encounter any long lines off the coast of
Nicaragua, however we encountered many fishing pangas both
during the daytime and at night. They seemed to work in groups
and I do not know what type of fishing equipment they were
using. We passed well outside the mouth of the gulf of Fonseca
, so perhaps there were longlines there; we do not know.


note: Here is a long-line marker off the coast of

Costa Rica Long Line Observation#1

The long lines were marked in the middle with a single
black flag and typically extended 1 kilometer in each
direction from the flag (according to a fisherman whose line
we ran over and tangled in our prop.) and there may or may not
be a panga on station at one end of the line. We encountered
quite a few lines, particularly outside the mouth of the Gulf
of Nicoya. We day-hopped between anchorages in CR so we do not
know if they are out at night.

CR 2

Black Flag at center of 2 km long line.
Floats: water bottles, milk juts, oil bottles, fishing floats
etc. with perhaps 40 to 50 meters between floats. The last
float will be about 1 km from the flag. Watch out for a string
of floats cut off from the main flag by another passing boat.

Costa Rica Observation#2
This line is only a couple of hundred meters long and drifts
parallel to the wind. It usually has a large black flag and
small black flag on a float on the downwind side and a small
float on the upwind side. Usually a panga is on station at
some point along the line. We are not sure if this is a net or
line. This was only encountered in bays and close to shore

CR 2

Large black flag and small black flag a few meters
Floats: no observed intermediate floats; just the down-wind
flag and an upwind float, mostly with a panga on station.

Costa Rica Observation#3

This line is only perhaps a hundred meters long and seems
designed to drift perpendicular to the wind. It usually has a
black or some other colored flag at each end and single float
½-way between. We do not know if this is a long-line or net.
This was only encountered in bays and close to islands and

CR 3

Black Flag on each end of line Floats: One intermediate
float between flags.

Bob & Joan


note from Panama:

Beware of entering or exiting Vista Mar Marina, PANAMA  or
sailing in the area at night. Our prop was fouled by an unlit
fishing net cast directly across the entrance 60 meters after

Captain Fabio & Lisa



3) Marina Pez Vela, Costa Rica

FYI, we are a little ahead of the game. They asked for 48 hrs
notice but bent over backwards to assist.
We pulled into Quepos, CR and we're going to have issues until
I mentioned the Panama Posse and the doors flew open.
Received discount at the marina and the agent was great.
Marina Paz Vela was fantastic! 


We had to motor most of the way in 5 knts of wind. 
Quepos,CR and Pez Vella Marina were fantastic-said the magic
words "Panama Pose" and the doors flew open.  Flamenco Marina
was good, but our agent Erick Galvez was tremendous. Made it
so easy. We transited Canal in one day-had to maintain 7 1/2-8
knots and we just made it.  Will also forward the name of a
rigger and sail maker as we had a few minor repairs. Will wait
until they are done to recommend. Saved a few hundred $$ by
mentioning the pose. Tough but great trip. Off to Cayman and
then Ft Lauderdale .
Bruce & Kirk


4) CROSSROADS - Farewell


Thursday was a bittersweet day for us. After 14 years, 3
Nordhavns and many thousands of miles at sea the money hit the
bank and the best of the bunch, our beloved N57, CrossRoads,
was gone and we exited the family of Nordhavn owners. It seems
like the end of an era for us and we are wondering what’s
next. Is there another Nordhavn in our future? Maybe....maybe
not. Is there another boat in our future? Probably.

It’s been a great ride and we have made some incredible
friends and acquaintances from all over the globe along the
way. We’ve met and enjoyed laughs and liquor with folks who
have done incredible things, like the GSSR group who took
three Nordhavns to Russia and beyond, a great young couple who
put their careers on hold and took an N43 around the world,
entrepreneurs that brought their love of boating and their
skills to organize new events like the Panama Posse, a woman
who at nearly 70 years old is completing her single handed
circumnavigation on a vintage 50 ft. sailboat and so many
others who have ventured across oceans or along foreign
coastlines in search of their own kind of adventure on the
sea, with stories to tell and experiences to share.

Over the years, time after time fellow Nordhavn owners have
come to my aid and I have skinned my knuckles more times than
I can remember helping others as well, knowing there was
always something to be learned from a new friend and that
there was a beer and a chuckle around the corner. Such is the
Nordhavn world. I have seen and shared moments of incredible
natural beauty and wildlife while drinking fine wine and
listening to beautiful music with friends in the cockpit of a
Nordhavn. Such is the Nordhavn world. I have pounded on the
hull of a Nordhavn in Charleston belonging to perfect
strangers, demanded that the beautiful woman that appeared
become my wife’s friend and received in return giant smiles, a
hearty laugh, instant compliance and friends for life. Such is
the Nordhavn world.

We have made our way from the Channel Islands of Southern
California to British Columbia, SE Alaska, and across the Gulf
of Alaska to places not oft visited by cruisers, like Lituya
Bay, Yakatat and the far reaches of Prince Williams Sound. We
learned to love the beauty and the people of Mexico in ways
the casual tourist does not have time to appreciate, we
experienced the hospitality of desperately poor El Salvador
and the natural wonders and wildlife of Costa Rica. We were
virtually adopted by some wonderful locals in Panama and heard
of their escape from the chaos in Venezuela and making a new
home in a new country with their beautiful family.

We have been through the Canal three times and visited,
touched and imagined the hopes and the crushed dreams of past
mariners while visiting one of the first operational
submarines abandoned 150 years ago where she still remains
alone on a beach on a very remote Panamanian island. We have
visited far away Caribbean islands, experienced the historic
ports of the East Coast of the US making wonderful friends
along the way and we have even eaten fresh lobster with Milt
and Judy Baker at their summer haunt in Maine. We have visited
many of our Nordhavn friends at their homes around the world
and we had the great pleasure of helping take a newly minted
FPB 64 across the sea from New Zealand to Fiji in what turned
out to be a rather nasty storm.


I could go on but I think you get the point. It’s all been
a great adventure and loads of fun made possible in very large
part by the folks at PAE and their wonderful boats. Is there
life after Nordhavn? Only time will tell but we live on a
mountaintop now and life is pretty snowed
yesterday and the sun is shining today so I’m headed for the
slopes just as soon as I’m done with this post.

To all of you continue to savor the dreams, the people and
the adventures and...........thanks for the memories!


Stan and Diane

CROSSROADS 5)  Marina Chahue

958 587 2652
- due to runoffs and
silting this Marina is currently closed (no word on the
status of the fuel dock )
- when anchoring and waiting for your weather window for
the Tehuantepec  please always lock your dinghy in this
area !

Map of Chahue

As you can see in Good
- there are plenty of alternative anchorages
in the Huatulco
area as you "wait" for the green light to cross the
Tehuantepec - just LOCK your DINGHY !
One of the favorites is La India  @ 15° 42.63 N 96°
11.87 W ( use a stern anchor if anchored behind the reef for
extra comfort )


We are anchored outside Marina Chahue. Seeing small boats
enter. I was told no with my big boat due to dredging. I
plan to scope out the marina tomorrow Marina is a Fonatur
government marina. Took dink in. Docks in poor shape.
Closed to transients. Dredging in progress. Slow due to
debris in marina. Old tires. A motorcycle. Cables.
Restaurant open. Some business open like dive shop. Hope
to be fully open by January. Manager Ezekiel was sad and
frustrated and friendly.

& Dan



6) As always we want to thank all of our

Official Panama Posse  Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors

  • Marina Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta –
  • Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad –
  • 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
  • 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. »



Official Panama Canal Agent


Official Panama Posse Ambassadors

Panama Posse Partners

Panama Posse

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Faces of the 2019-2020 Panama Posse

8) Costa Rica - Carnival of Desamparados
(San Jose, CR - 27th of December  09°53.88 N 084°03.92 "W)
Traditional parade, horse riders and characterized by
colorful state coaches and
costumes of the participants, who dance to the rhythm of big

Desemp 2
Desempa 3

Festival of the Little Devils in Boruca, CR
Dec 30th & Jan 2nd @ 08°59 N 083°16 W


The Boruca put on masks representing devils and do stylized
battle with the invading Spanish.
Their surviving population numbers barley over 2,500 members
and they speak the ‘Brunka’ language.

Less than 40 members of the tribe can currently speak the

Flute and Bull

The game of the Boruca devils  is a traditional festival of
the Boruca culture, indigenous people of Costa Rica, which
takes place between December 30 and January 2 of each year,
in the community of Boruca, and the first weekend of
February, in the town of Rey Curré,


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After a lot of planning, coordinating, and waiting since
last year, the opportunity was upon us, FLARE NIGHT !  


The Panama Posse worked since last year to coordinate an
exercise night of testing distress flares.  After
discussions regarding timing, location and safety with both
Port Captain and Harbor Master, the flare night was a go for
this year.  From the corner of the marina and looking out
towards the empty area of the lagoon, we began launching
flares, one at a time, over the lagoon.

As we were launching from land, we were instructed to aim
out over the lagoon, versus straight up which obviously
would bring hot burning flares falling into the marina full
of boats (there was a lesson here, see below....).  The
first flares being fired were typical 12mm flares, there
were a few people launching 25mm flares and towards the
conclusion of the exercise we had two parachute flares.

Flare Guns

Personally, I was really glad we were able to hold this
exercise.  I've never personally fired a flare, there's no
kick or flame from the initial launch (although you should
look away when firing), and there is a distinct 'cracking'
sound at trigger pull.  The flares actually take much longer
to ignite and light up after launch then I would've imagined
and the flares stayed lit until finding the surface of the
water.  The 25mm were clearly brighter and launched higher
than the 12mm flares.  The 12mm flares stayed visible for
about 6-8 seconds, the 25mm about 8-10 seconds.  But recall
we were launching at an angle to avoid flares falling back
into the marina.  The lesson here: despite
what is likely a natural tendency to aim your flare in an
emergency towards the target rescue vessel, in fact the
better option would be to aim the flare just off directly
overhead and downwind thus increasing the flight time and
decreasing risk of the flare returning to your vessel.

Next lesson learned: admittedly
many people probably brought expired flares for this
exercise, but it was surprising just how many were duds. 
Rough estimate is that 3/10 were duds.  Lesson is, when also
considering the 6-10 seconds flight time, that it would be a
good idea to have a dozen or more flares on hand.

Another lesson learned: the
parachute flare was absolutely amazing.  This launched at
least twice as high as the 12mm and 25mm flares, was much
much brighter, and stayed airborne and visible for 4-5

Lastly, an important reminder and lesson: remember
that with flares you are dealing with extremely hot,
flammable and a potentially very dangerous product.  Take
extreme caution with these.  Our evening concluded with a
misfire of a parachute-type flare which, very shortly after
launch, made a wicked 90 degree turn only 100' off the
ground and flew until it hit something, fortunately for us
it landed in the moist jungle and burned itself out.  


Overall the experience was very educational and I'd like
to thank the Barra de Navidad Port Captain, Marina Puerto de
la Navidad Harbormaster, for the opportunity for this




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Next we’ll check in with weather for the Caribbean

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  • San Blas
  • Cartagena
  • Baranquilla
  • Santa Marta
  • Jamaica SE
  • Jamaica NW
  • Cayman Islands
  • Hoduras Bay of Islands
  • Rio Dulce
  • Belize S
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  • Mexico Yucatan
  • Cuba NW
  • Florida Keys
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Bahamas
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Next we’ll check in with weather going north to south

  •     California
  •     Baja Peninsula
  •     Sea of Cortez
  •     Cabo Corrientes
  •     Tehuantepec
  •     El Salvador Bar
  •     Golfo de Fonseca
  •     Papagayos North
  •     Papagayos Central
  •     Papagayos South
  •     Golfo de Chiriqui
  •     Cabo Malo
  •     Panama Canal
  •     Galapagos


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2) Safe Esteem - personal risk app free for download

Free to try for 6 months for all Panama Posse participants -
safe esteem is a barometer for personal risk and thanks
Van - COO of safe-esteem  who gave a very insightful travel risk
presentation during the safety seminars
- you can use it for free to see how your risk scores change
along the route.

To download go to  
scroll down and use the invite code "PP1920"
This is a private beta release and currently only works on

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4) Tours and info from Marina Puesta del Sol,

        Puesta del Sol

Tours from Marina Puesta del Sol

We took the advice from Vikki of Taliesin Rose and contacted a
local surfing guide for the possibility of a non-surfing tour of
Nicaragua.  Chinto and his Bostonian fiance Drew customized a
three-night, four-day outing that included:

León, Granada, Masaya, Catarina, the beautiful Laguna de Apoyo
and the live Volcán Masaya.  They found great accommodations
with A/C for us at prices ranging from $45 to $60.  We took
their recommendations and we're certainly happy with them.  They
knew we weren't interested in "exciting" adventures but
preferred slow and relaxing days but if you want a more active
tour, Chinto can certainly provide it.

Here's a link to his Facebook page:
Chinto's phone/whatsapp - +505-7727-1305

Chinto's place is a short distance from the marina, next to the
Badaboom hostel/restaurant.  Drew also provides yoga, fitness,
and nutritional training at that location.

It was a huge bonus...


Update on our previous entry for Marina Puesta del Sol.  I wish
we could edit our entries for corrections and updates.

Electricity is NOT included in the slip fee and is a bit on the
spendy side in Puesta del Sol.  When we were there
22Nov19-03Dec19, electric was provided from a generator
0700-1300 and 1700-2200 at a cost of $0.45/kwh compared to
$0.24/kwh at Marina Papagayo.  We ran our "window" style 110v
aircon for about 8 days out of the 12 we were there and we used
88kwh at a cost of about $40.

Water is also metered at about $0.04/liter.  Since we only used
our tanks for drinking and cooking, we used dock water to rinse
the boat and shower with.  Total used for 8 days was about
226liters for $9.00.

The washing machines & dryers are in poor shape.  Only one
washer and one dryer were functioning (for each, the "good" one
was on the left).  $2 per load each in quarters obtained from
Juanita.  We would recommend waiting for the next port for your
laundry.  The laundry room is locked when not in use, so arrange
for it to be open before Juanita leaves for the day.  Keep in
mind the hours that electricity is on.

Juanita is a gem and did all that she could to ensure our stay
was pleasant.  Her Whatsapp #+505-8880-0013, but she may not be
available after hours.

The pool is very nice and one of the few we've used with
convenient shade.

Currently, the restaurant/bar at the marina is only open
Fri-Sun.  Reasonable prices - dinner for one & two beers

Wi-Fi is available at the pool and on the dock, but they're
using an older style transmitter and more modern extenders may
or may not be able to connect to it. 

All-in-all, Marina Puesta del Sol was a very quiet, tranquil and
pleasant stop.

Bob & Carol



5) The 5 most significant cultural celebrations in Panama

Carnaval de Las Tablas Feb 22, 2020 - Feb 25, 2020 @  07°46'10.1"N


Held over four days prior to Ash Wednesday.
You'll see  floats and musicians and fireworks at night.
The queens appear on Saturday night and their coronation is on
Monday is masquerade day and
Tuesday townswomen wear polleras.

Festival de la Mejorana en Guararé September
2020 @ 07°48'57.6"N 80°16'42.5"W -

          Festival de la Mejorana en Guararé

Dance groups from all over Panama – and even from other Latin
American countries – attend this important annual event in late
September. Festivities include a colorful procession in which
decorated floats parade through the streets in oxcarts.

- Fiestas Patrias - Expect heavy traffic.

        Fiestas Patrias
  • Nov 03, 1903 Separation of Panamá
    from Colombia.
  • Nov 04: Flag Day
  • Nov 05 Separation Movement in Colón
  • Nov 10  1821 "El Grito" of
    Independence" in Villa de Los Santos  07°56'25.0"N
  • Nov 28 1821 Declaration of
    Independence from Spain ( 320 years of colonialism)

- Panama Jazz Festival -
Jan 13-18, 2020

- Panama
        Jazz Festival

- Festival de Cristo Negro de Portobelo - October 21st
2020 @ 09°33'15.0"N 79°39'16.6"W 


Cristo Negro is a wooden statue of Jesus
Christ in Iglesia de San Felipe, a Roman Catholic parish
church located in Portobelo, Panama. The statue was
found on the shores of the town's harbour. Life size, it is
adorned with a robe that is changed twice a year, once during
the Festival of the Black Christ and during Holy

6) Costa Rica, Rental Car Theft Incident

Since we covered the Security subject today I wanted to
share my recent experience in Costa Rica. In our time on the
water and in anchorages and marinas we have felt very safe
and have had great experiences, taking the normal
precautions. My wife and I also rented a car and did a
fantastic tour of northern Costa Rica without incident. Most
of the driving was very rural, as were the hotels/motels and
it was very safe. However Liberia are taught us some lessons
about rental car shortcomings. My wife had to fly to New
York to deal with a family emergency so my friend flew down
from Mexico to join me on the trip from Marina Papagayo to
Quepos. I picked him up and dropped my wife off at San Jose
airport. My friend Zolly and I stopped at Walmart in Quepos
for provisioning on the way back to marina Papagayo. The
security at the Walmart parking lot is very good, but we
believe we were identified as a potential theft target there
due to all of our luggage in the car. On our way to the
marina we stopped at the Do-It Center for Coffee and Gas, as
it is the only place to get coffee on the way back to the
marina. We only know this after a detailed review of
security footage, but to make a long story short, a guy
arrived 1 minute before we did with a key fob jammer. We
parked, and he prevented may car from locking with the
jammer in his hand after I pushed the lock function on the
electronic key. In less than a minute he took our luggage
out of the car and left the center before we exited the
coffee shop. Passports, clothes, cell  phone, etc.....all
gone. It is important for people to know to physically check
to see that their doors are locked and that they not just
push the lock button and walk away. The good news is that
the US Embassy in San Jose is VERY efficient and we walked
out of there with new 1 year temporary passports in 2 hours
without any appointment and my wife arrived a few days ago
from New York with a new cell for me. As we have learned,
much of the crime in Costa Rica is petty theft from rental
cars, so always be aware of surroundings, check your lock,
and if possible do not leave anything in the car, and this
will eliminate most of the theft risk. Again, we have had a
great time here and it seems that most of the sharks are on
land in the bigger cities, not on the water!!

Kudos to Marina Papagayo for all of the support they
provided after this incident and for helping me access the
security videos, from Duit Center so I knew what happened.
Thank you Dan!!

Bob and Joan





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.


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


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

    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.


    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

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

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



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

Go to 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.   

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

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

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

    +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
    +505 2252-7100
    Kilometer 5.5 Carreter Sur, Managua, Nicagagua

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

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


press “0” for overseas citizen
emergency services.


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


8)  Download the official Barra de Navidad,

barra guide

Thanks to Tally, Neil, Jan and of course Otter -
this is the best resource guide to date on Barra de
and we wholeheartedly thank Tally and SV Raven for
creating such a detailed guide !

Follow this link and download this 36 page guide !


Neil, Tammy, Jan & Otter


9) Time to decorate your vessels and share your
pictures !

Xmas Lights

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this email with

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knowledge via the gestalt theory...

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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All of this takes place in Barra de Navidad, MX at the Marina Puerto de la Navidad

Panama Posse 2019-2020



Harbormaster Secundino Alvarez 



When: Thu Dec 5th, 2019 @ 13:00 to ~ 15:30

Meet at Manuel Antonio de Mendoza Meeting room on the 3rd floor of the Resort
From the top lobby take the side elevator down to the 3rd floor -
Manuel Antonio
19°11'44.1"N 104°41'05.3"W

Class room style Tables, Chairs, Air Conditioning, Bath rooms Lights, resort wifi, (but no cellphone service),
Power outlets on the wall so bring extension cords if you need power.

Food & Beverage:
We will also have a waiter on standby to order food or drinks from the resort.

What to bring ?
big notepad - pencil - things to write - pads - phones - guidebooks - cameras - laptops - extension cords - a happy adventurers mindset