SEVENSTAR PARTNERS WITH THE PANAMA POSSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Feb 25 2020

SEVENSTAR PARTNERS WITH THE PANAMA POSSE

Sevenstar is proud to be the logistics partner of choice for
the PANAMA POSSE fleet, and will be providing tailored
solutions from Golfito in Southern Costa Rico, Manzanillo, La
Paz to Ensenada, Mexico and Victoria,Canada.  They also
provide services in Papeete/Tahiti,  Auckland/New Zealand,
Sydney/Australia as well as East Coast ports and the
Caribbean.

Sevenstar Yacht Transport is the world’s leading provider of
yacht shipping services, with a global network of destinations
and a fleet of over 100 independent carriers. The company is
headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and runs a
worldwide network with offices in the United States, the UK,
Monaco, Australia and Turkey, together with agents in Germany,
Russia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Mexico, Gibraltar and the Caribbean. In October 2013 Sevenstar
assimilated with DYT Yacht Transport which manages two
semi-submersible vessels dedicated to float-on, float-off
yacht transport, making it a complimentary fit with
Sevenstar’s specialization in lift-on, lift-off yacht
transport.

The Panama Posse, started in 2017, has grown from 15 boats to
a fleet of 170 motor and sailing vessels from North and South
America, South Pacific and Europe.  The fleet, that travels to
seven countries between Mexico and Panama, has an online
network that receives 24/7 updated info on weather,
anchorages, marinas, check-in and clearing processes, boat
services, fuel stops, provisioning, cultural shore excursions
and group events.

“Our partnership with Sevenstar Yacht Transport adds a
tremendous options for the Panama Posse fleet in Mexico and
Central America who want to ship their boats back to their
home ports or to their next dream destination. For example if
you have sailed from Seattle, WA all the way down to Panama
you can now ship your vessel back to Victoria, BC and avoid a
long uphill beat.” says Dietmar Petutschnig, a founding member
of the Panama Posse.

Supporting the PANAMA POSSE locally is Sevenstar’s San Francisco representative Kris Caren, “We are excited to add the Panama Posse fleet to our rooster of partners including TransPac and other vessels interested in moving around the world aboard our transport ships.   We will provide Panama Posse members the top-level service that we are known for. “

For more information about how Sevenstar can help your extend your plans or return you back to home base for the transport of your yacht, please contact Kris Caren kris@sevenstar-usa.com & mention the Panama Posse and you'll get your discount as well

For more information about PANAMA POSSE and Sevenstar Yacht Transport BV please visit the below websites:

https://panamaposse.com/
https://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com/

SevenStar


FLEET UPDATE 2020-02-23

  • PUERTO ARMUELLES, PANAMA CLOSED
  • Catching up in Mexico 
  • Counterposse Woes, Panama
  • Trouble in Jimenez, Costa Rica
  • Lot's of whales @ Banderas Bay, Mexico &
    South
  • Reminder to join Panama Posse via LINE.me

  • Picture of the Week
  • Runner up - Picture of the week
  • Panama Posse Gathering at Marina
    Chahue, Mexico
  • Save the date - March 30th -
    Panama Posse 2020-2021 Presentation at Vallarta
    Yacht club, MX
  • Uninvited Visitor(s) Contest -
    Winner of the week
  • El Salvador, Nicaragua
    Update
  • OpenCPN
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
  • Please reply 
  • Opt-Out

1) PUERTO ARMUELLES, PANAMA closed
and is no longer a POE Port of Entry / Exit for Panama -

Omar

Here is the last picture of Omar with MV Stand Down

CLOSED

Picture by Context

2) Catching up in Mexico

Thisldu
Garrett
Audrey

Garrett & Audrey
THISLDU

3) Counterposse Woes

We were on the hard in Vistamar, Panama for over 2 months due
to a fuel injection pump, that needed to be rebuilt.  We were
given a $600 estimate, and it ended
up being triple the cost.  The local mechanic installed the pump
and after testing it in the bay, we made our way to Costa Rica. 
After the first day, we noticed two lines were leaking diesel
fuel from the newly installed pump. We pulled into Golfito,
Costa Rica and found Fernando and his son at Banana Bay Marina. 
They did a wonderful job and saudered the cracks in the line for
only $100!  We left the sweltering
bay of Golfito the next day. Unfortunately, we noticed a 3rd
line leaking, but this time it was spraying deisel all over at
an alarming rate! We had just pulled into Manuel Antonio and
thought we could fix it, so we anchored in the bay and enjoyed
the park while the engine cooled.  After many attempts, we
couldn't stop the leak, so we motored the few miles north to
Quepos.  We are staying the night at Marina Pez Vela for
$120/night...(thank you Panama Posse rate!). We just got a quote
here to fix the leak for $690! 
Yikes! Sooo, needless to say, my Husband, who is not a diesel
mechanic, will be bringing the line into town tomorrow to a
machine shop to have the work done for $30, we
hope!  Crossing fingers! Despite the heat and engine issues, we
are enjoying every minute in between! 

Eleven

 We were just in Golfito at Banana Bay.  We stopped off at
Manuel Antonio ....a really pretty Anchorage.  If you find
yourself there on a Monday, the park is closed, no one is
there!  So, no fees to anchor.  We arrived Sunday late and went
to the office to pay our anchor and park fees, but they require
you to do it all via the bank just outside the gates, which
closes at 3...the lady said, you're all good and didn't charge
us for our stay. It's only $8 to anchor and $16 pp.  Saw monkeys
and lots of people! Beautiful place, bit we enjoyed the privacy
of anchoring on Monday. 🙂. Not sure where you are now, bit we
hope to leave Quepos for Puntareas soon!

Eleven

We are in Quepos now getting one of our hard lines soldered.

Eleven

Marina mechanics wanted $690 to repair this crack. Yikes...
My Husband is getting it soldered right now at a machine shop in
Quepos.  Crossing fingers this does the trick!!

Tim
Kim
Crew
Crew
Crew

Tim, Kim & Crew

ELEVEN 11

4) Trouble in Jimenez, Costa Rica

Anchored in Playa Arenita next to Jimenez. I went with the
kids to run on the beach and
this small fishing boat told my husband that we couldn't anchor
here that the bay and the beach were private and belonged to
this sport fishing club!
Seriously? They even threatened him to calli the Coast Guard.
He knew they were talking nonsense and he was feeling sick. Now
they are walking up and down their dock shinning a strong flash
light onto us.
My understanding is that there are no private beaches in Costa
Rica. (A bit of a laugh about the private bay!!).... This is an update on the anchoring area east of
Jimenez, east of the Private Sportfishing club dock that belongs
to Hotel Cocodrilo.
The anchorage is calm and safe in fine sand/mud. The beach
slopes nicely like shown in navionics and is empty and wide in
low tide. 
The owner of this hotel has claimed ownership of a big chunk of
the bay
(basically all the length of beach and maybe a quarter mile from
the water line to a red buoy that is not on the navigation
charts and could be a hazard to mariners. Even locals are
harassed when coming here.
So they have guards and they come to ask you to leave and
threaten to call the Coast Guard. I asked for legal documents
that say I can not anchored there but of course there  are none
and all they sowed me was a  sketch map of the property that
actually pointed free access to the beach!!
They indeed called the coast guard that told us the hotel pays
for some rights like a marina. Yes of course, their dock and
moorings but the whole bay???
I insisted I wanted to see a legal document that stated that I
could not anchored there.
We ended having a chat and left.
You may wonder why I didnt move 1/2 a mile west! Well my husband
was sick in bed and they kept flashing is all night and waking
us up at 4 am. It was about principles. This is why we live this
way isnt it? Not ethical with locals to close a whole bay so
they can estate on their brochure that the bay is exclusive for
guests and make $$$$$ out of a resource that belongs to all
human beings ...

DIsputed
        Anchorage

Nick, Gema & Crew
MOIRA

Whale

5) Lot's of whales @ Banderas Bay & Tenecatitia Bay
Mexico

This is the season for whales

Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & SuzanneCARINTHIA

Line


6) Reminder to join Panama Posse  via LINE.me

the fastest way to get answers is via LINE.me - be sure to
post your questions here

Rowan

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK - Nicaragua

Rowan says "Nicaragua getting even better!"

Victoria, Rowan & Crew

Rowan
Victoria
Crew
Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

8) Runner up - Picture of the Week

At
        Anchor



John
(need your pictures)CONTEXT

9) Panama Posse Gathering at Marina Chahue, Mexico

Malolo

Jessica & Adam - Chelsea & Steve - Britt &
Matt

Jessica
Adam
Chelsea
Steve
Malolo
Malolo

VOLARE, JEAN ANNE & MALOLO

Yacht Club

10) March 30th - Panama Posse 2020-2021 Presentation at Vallarta
Yachtclub, MX

 
T
ime: 15:00 - 17:00
Location:  
Paradise Village Marina Paseo De Los
Cocoteros N°001, 63732 Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit MX
Who: Captain Dietmar, Suzanne & Captain Chris and
surprise guests
20°41'35.2"N 105°17'36.1"W

Panama
        Posse
Neshuma

11) Uninvited Visitors Contest - Winner of the week

Santa
          Maria

and in utter irony speaking of  uninvited visitors

Christopher Columbus discovers Marina Chiapas feb 2020 aboard
Santa María

Carl & Cynthia
(need your pictures)
NESHUMA

12) El Salvador, Nicaragua Update

Exit

Following a brief layover in El Salvador,
Gargoyle and her crew braved the bar crossing, led by Bill and
the pilot boat. After a night spent dodging the largest
commercial fishing fleet we've seen since Oregon, we were forced
to tuck into Isla Meanguerra' anchorage to wait out Papagayos.
Seeing a brief weather window, Gargoyle then made a mad early
morning dash across the Gulf of Fonseca with 35 to 45 knot plus
winds on her beam making short but wild & wet work of the
open water. Finally back in the shelter of the shoreline, we
completed the journey down a scenic coastline to the delightful
marina at Puesta del Sol with its amazing infinity pools.

Rum

Here we've
enjoyed tours of Leon as well as the hospitality of the locals.
Badaboom for the cheap beer and surfer vibe, Pedro's for the
smoothies and of course Joe's for the barbecue with rice and
plantains. A definite highlight of the trip has been the Flor de
Caña tour. Thanks to new Counter-Posse friends Carl and Cynthia
aboard SV Neshuma for the tip on the VIP tour, we now have
engraved SV Gargoyle 18 year old Flor de Caña bottles in our
collection. We can't wait to share when our paths cross again in
the future! 

Flor
Carla
Kevin

Kevin & Carla

GARGOYLE

13) OpenCPN

Get satellite chartlets from www.panamaposse.com/open-cpn/  

Make chartlets https://panamaposse.com/opencpn-5-0-mbtiles/

OPenCpn

14)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

Stan & Diane

CROSSROADS

15) Please reply to this
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– your updates
contenders for picture of the week
links to your favorite SONGS
– relevant blog posts – and of course your valuable
suggestions

and we’ll include it in the next FLEET UPDATE
– Keep em ‘coming

Dietmar
Suzanne

The Panama Posse philosophy is to pass on nautical knowledge
via the gestalt theory...

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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Sunset

FLEET UPDATE 2020-02-16

  • Head shots reminders
  • Huatulco, Mexico
  • Picture of the Week & Ordeal report of the week
  • Sail repair tip from Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 
  • Marina Pez Vela, Haul-out, Quepos and Facilities, Costa
    Rica
  • El Salvador Bar Crossing, El Salvador 
  • Treasure Map of Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Shelter Bay Marina, Panama 
  • Uninvited Visitors -  Hitchhiker
  • Uninvited Visitors  -  Marine Leach 
  • Safety reminder
  • Line App Reminder every Monday live call at 16:00 UTC
  • Submit reports - As always - keep 'em coming
  • Opt Out

1) Head shots reminder

Debra
        !

Please email us your headshots :

AD ASTRA, BAD BUNNY, CONTEXT, CONVERGENCE, CYCLADES, DOTTIE SUE,
ELSKA, EMMY KATE, ENTERPRISE III, EVIE,
EVOLIAS,HERITAGE,IMPOSSIBLE DREAM, KJALOHA, KOUMBA BANG, LEILANI,
MAKANI, MANUREVA, MAR Y SOL, NESHUMA, PILIALOHA, SALPARE, SEAQUEL,
SEDNA VI, SHAZAM, SOL GOOD, SOUTHERN CROSS III, STAND DOWN,
SUSIMI, TIDAL DANCER, TIVOLI, TRYST, WISHLIST, WOLFHOUND, ZARZAGAN

2) Huatulco, Mexico

Volare’s in Marina Chahue awaiting the 2nd window for TPec
crossing so that we can explore the local area. 

Jean
      Anne

Here’s a picture I took of s/v Jean Anne as the sun rose over
Jicaral anchorage. We were the only boats here.

Jessica & Adam

Adam
Jessica

VOLARE

3) Picture of the week

Annita in Marina Chahue hugging the used engine oil

so - we completed the last leg without incident and are now safely tied up in Huatulco.
This is a picture of Anita standing alongside the four barrels of engine oil Moonrise
requried to keep the engine lubricated for a little over 100 miles.
Quite the trip!

Thank-you again for the call out to the fleet and for your support,

Moonrise now holds the official Panama Posse record now for most engine oil used on a 100 nm trip
I thought that the fleet would appreciate some feedback on what we learned from our experience:
1. The Port Captains are no help. We presented ourselves at the Puerto Angel Port Captains office and advised them that we were mariners in dificulty and they essentially replied "not my problem". We pointed to their mission statement (on a poster on the wall), that suggested otherwise but they responded "maybe in the past but not now". Their job today is simply to 'control' who comes into the port.
2. Panga operators told us they have no respect for the Port Captains and expect no help from them. When one of them is in trouble they organize their own rescue (much in the tradition of volounteer lifeboat crews in the UK). Recently, a panga was swamped off Puerto Angel and they had thirty boats out all night looking for the crew (who were never found). They said the military will occasionally come out but mostly when it is too late and/or the story has made it into the newspapers.
3. Panga operators will extend assistance to cruising boats but most do not carry radios. One approached us and asked if we needed assistance simply because they saw our radar reflector twinkling in the sunlight and thought we were signaling them. Later at anchor, we waved one down and they gave us a ride through the surf to the beach. That same operator then drove us into town in his pick up to buy some oil and return us back through the surf. We would never have been able to carry that large a quantity of oil in our dingy nor would we have ever have been able to land safely (it was a surf resort). With local knowledge and a 50HP outboard, they had mastered how to safely transit the breaking surf zone.
4. None of the panga operators we asked was prepared to consider towing us, regardless of distance. They believe it is damaging to their outboard, which for them is their livelihood. The one single offer of a tow we had was for an eye watering sum and was not entirely credible as it was questionable whether they could safely carry that much fuel (for the round trip).
5. Most pangas never travel further than 12 miles from home (fuel is expensive and there is no need). Their local knowledge is therefore limited to a small radius and there are large gaps along the coast where no pangas operate.
6. We had a dingy, 6 HP outboard and plenty of gasoline and we have successfully side towed Moorise before. But, that was in calm conditions - in reality, we didnt feel comfortable doing so in a heavy swell and/or at night, so looked for alternatives. After this experience we may consider buying a larger, rigid floor dingy.
7. Obviously, we would have prefered to sail out of trouble but the winds were fickle. Leaving a safe anchorage to rely on marginal winds is a tough call, as you then place yourself at the mercy of local currents (which we never got to understand). Luckily, we were able to devise our limp home strategy, which gave us a margin of safety.
What might we do differently? Obviously, having a buddy boat with us would have made a world of difference. Otherwise, we have always been believers in simplicity and preventative maintenance but not everything can be foreseen. It looks as if our problem was a failed oil cooler (ie a break down of the wall, seperating oil from raw water). It so happens, we had examined our oil cooler only a month previously (shining a flash light through the tubes), without seeing anything troubling.
The mechanic here in Huatulco said he could weld up our oil cooler and get us on our way within days but we told him that, after this experience, we will opt for removing the engine and changing out every gasket, oil seal and vulnerable part - we do not want to go through a similar experience ever again!
Hope this summary is helpful.

Stephen & Annita

Stephen
Ana

MOONRISE

4) Sail repair tip from Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta

Offshore Emergency Repairs

Be sure to have some of the basics onboard.  The new stitch-less systems
are quite good and reliable. They save a lot of time and make
repairs easier to do.

The best on the market is Dr Sails.  It is a 2-part flexible
epoxy that sets in 20 minutes or less.  It comes with multiple tips
so that you do not have to use entire container each time.

After following the manufactures
instructions, I found an easier better way to use the product.

It is always a great idea to dry and clean
the surfaces first.  We
recommend rubbing alcohol since it will evaporate the salt water
off of the surface. Dr Sails claims that it will stick to wet
sails but I have not tested this theory.

Next layout as much of the repair as you can
carefully aligning it as close to original as possible.  Tape this together as you
go. 

Once tear is taped on one side, flip sail so
that you are working on the side without the tape.

Cut your piece of Sailcloth that you are
using for the repair.  Lay
it out on top of tear making sure it fits properly and is
trimmed to the size you need.  We
recommend overlapping each side of the tear by 2”.

Tale the repair cloth, dispense the Dr Sails
adhesive onto the piece in a zigzag pattern.  Using spreader (supplied
with Dr. Sails) evenly spread adheasive over entire repair cloth
piece.

Lay the piece over the tear pulling sail
tight, press repair cloth down, using a long arm stapler staple
in many places.

After approximately 20 minutes, remove
staples , flip over remove tap, and your repair is complete.

Keys to have a long lasting and effective
stitch-less repair.

  1. Take
    time to align as close as possible to original.  The better the alignment
    the better it will look when finished
  2. Keep
    sail as smooth and tight as possible when laying repair cloth
    down
  3. Do
    no more than 5’ at a time unless you are doing shore-side with a
    lot of room
  4. Set
    everything up ahead of time and work fast as adhesive will start
    to set if you take too much time
  5. Rub
    adhesive all the way to the edge of repair, even slightly more
    to keep edges from peeling up
  6. If
    tear goes to edge of sail wrap repair cloth around edge, this
    can be done in a second step
  7. Be
    sure to pull every staple, they rust and rust fast
  8. Have
    something to lay under repair while using adhesive, it will
    stick to your deck
Jason
Chuck
Sabine

Jason, Chuck & Sabine

Ullman Sails Puerto Vallarta
Av Estaciones 1099 Bucerias, Mexico, CA 63732
pv@ullmansails.com
+52-329-298 2558
https://puertovallarta.ullmansails.com

5) Marina Pez Vela, Haulout, Quepos and Facilities

On a windless overnight passage from the Gulf of Fonseca to San Juan del Sur back in November, the port engine on our Lagoon 380 cat suddenly made an odd sound and we lost propulsion. We spent a few weeks in San Juan del Sur and were able to determine the problem was somewhere in the lower unit of our saildrive which, unfortunately, required a haul out. With our 21.4’ beam there are only a handful of places that can haul us. Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, CR is one. They couldn’t schedule us until Jan 2 because they do not work for two weeks over Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

We had already checked into the country in Playas del Coco but if we hadn’t, Pez Vela charges a large agent fee ($400 I think I heard). Our initial impression of the shipyard was clean, professional, and very helpful as we were pulling in with little ability to maneuver at slow speeds. This was the first shipyard we had been to that actually put a diver in the water to verify the placement of the slings before hauling. The managers, Justin and James, were easy to work with. We spent 3 weeks in the yard. We opted not to do the work ourselves because they charge a daily fee if you do your own work or hire your own mechanic. But they also charge another daily fee just to be in the shipyard whether work is being done or not, and they were slow! They also do not allow you to live aboard while in the yard so there’s another expense of somewhere to stay. Once the necessary parts were determined, it was actually cheaper and much faster for Dennis to fly back to the US to pick them up.

We ended up having a few other preventative maintenance items taken care of as well, since we were waiting for the parts. We had the bottom paint done - completely stripped to the gelcoat, new barrier coat and a couple of layers. The workers damaged the diaphragms around the sail drives (which had been inspected immediately after haul out and determined they were in good condition). The diaphragms had gouges and chunks out of them, but Justin had no problem taking responsibility and covered the cost for the new diaphragms and labor. We had the rudders removed and bearings replaced. We also had a few cracks in the fiberglass repaired.

Pez Vela Haul out

Haul out Once Dennis came back with the parts it should have only taken a day or two to have everything back together. It was another week before we were back in the water. The days we sat there and no work was done were so frustrating. Thankfully Justin saw this and did not charge us for those days in the shipyard.

Bottom

New bottom paint. Waiting for final rudder placement just before splashing.

Quepos is a nice, little town and we met some wonderful people. If you make it to town, we highly recommend Zamir Pizza. They sold it by the slice or a whole pizza for a reasonable price and it was the best pizza we’ve had in a long time! El Santuario zip line tour was fabulous and they’ll even pick you up from the marina. There’s also a non-denominational church service at 9:30 on Sundays on the beach in the bay by Manual Antonio NP.

Manuel Antionio

Exploring Manuel Antonio NP

The anchorage just a few miles south of the marina was nice with a decent beach landing on the south side. It was a bit rolly in the early morning and evening when boats were leaving/returning to the marina. The marina wasn’t dinghy friendly though, so it’s not all that easy to replenish supplies from the anchorage. All in all, we were pleased with the work done at the shipyard, and we enjoyed our time in Quepos.

Church on the beach

Church on the beach

Dennis, Brandy & Crew

Dennis
Brandy
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew

ANKYRIOS

Dennis
Brandy
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew

ANKYRIOS

6) El Salvador, Bar Crossing

El
        Salvador Bar Crossing

Nobody mentioned that we would be surfing our sailboat over the bar! Yeaaa for Bill n Jean!

El
        Salvador Bar Crossing

Entering the Estuary

Anchored
Margie

Bob & Margie

Bob
Margie

BLESSED

Golfito

7) Treasure Map of Golfito, Costa Rica

Bob & Marisol(need headshot)
MAR Y SOL

Sunrise

8) Shelter Bay Marina, Panama

Bob & Margie

Bob
Margie

BLESSED

Caribbean Sunrise

Bob

View
          from the dock

View from the Dock of the Breakwater and Panama Canal Entrance

Dan
Angela

Dan & Angela

Dan
Angela

ANGELIQUE

9) Uninvited Visitors - Hitchhiker (this is a prize category this season)

Hitchhiker
Nick
Gemma

Nick & Gemma

Nick
Gemma

MOIRA

10) Uninvited Visitors - Marine Leach (this is a prize category this season)

Uninvited Visitors
Garreth
Audrey

Garreth & Audrey

Garreth
Audrey


THISLDU

11) Safety reminder

A strong dinghy lock and thick long cable

Season One of the Panama Posse took the brunt and we have identified areas which are prone to dinghy and outboard theft-

Garreth
Audrey

Lock

but as always bring your dingy and outboard up at night and
lock it with a hard lock !

ABUS 92/65 Mono-block Brass Padlock
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005UMBCDW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_kUZODbHH915CZ

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Audrey

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SV Carinthia

Dietmar
Suzanne
Dietmar
Suzanne

Dietmar & Suzanne

Panana Posse

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Set Breaks in Central America

FLEET UPDATE 2020-02-09

  • Marina Chahue Update
  • Gualdalajara & Tequila, Mexico
  • Offshore medical supplies
  • Panama Posse Gathering @ Marina Chiapas
  • Punta Mala, Panama
  • Tehuantepec
    Crossing
  • Picture of the Week 
  • Panama Posse Gathering in La Cruz, MX
  • Bahia del Sol, El Salvador
  • Cabeza Negra, MX
  • Updates
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1) Marina Chahue, MX

Jessica
Adam

UPDATE

Volare just entered Marina Chahué. We draw 7’.

 We entered at high tide which was +1.8’.

In the channel our depth gauge read 9.5’ at the lowest.
After the channel, approaching the marina we saw 8.5’.

The marina is charging our 44’, MX$396p a day, MX$2728p per
week, MX$7040 per month.
These prices are without power or water. To add those would be
15% more.

No possie discount... but at $20 USD per day ....
(note:
municipal marina ...)

Jessica & Adam

VOLARE

2) GUADALAJARA LAND EXCURSION:

While our alternator and mast stays are
being replaced, and we wait on parts from the USA, we rented a
car for a week and drove 5 hours from Puerto Vallarta through
the gorgeous and very safe mountains to Guadalajara…

Day 1 – we stopped on the way for lunch in
Tequila. The meal at Solar des las Animas was set your hair on
fire outstanding! The restaurant is on the main square and
part of the Solar des las Animas hotel, which is pretty fancy
5-star-ish.  Anyhoo, we
made a reservation of a room for later in the week. After
lunch, we did a recce around d town in preparation for later
in the week when we would take the Tequila Train from
Guadalajara back to Tequila, and then another day/overnight
visit on the way back to PV.  It’s
too hard to taste Tequila for 3 days in a row, so we broke it
up and that was just fine… Evening meal was at La Chata and
superb.

Day 2 – after checking into the historic
Hotel Morales, we took the hop-on-hop off bus around
Guadalajara. 
Great decision.  Cocktails
and dinner in Tlaquepaque neighborhood at Café Luna was YUM.

Lake

Day 3 – drove out an hour to Lake Chapala.
Visited the towns of Chapala and Ajijic.  Wonderful – think Lake
Tahoe meets the Chilean Lake District. Not too crowded, clean
and just nice. Cocktails in the church square was fun. We
stumbled into a Mexican funeral where half the people were on
horse, plus a marching band, and for every one shovel of dirt
onto the casket, there was a shot of tequila poured over the
casket. I wanna go like that!!!

Lake
            2
Tequila Train

Day 4 – took the 90-minute Herradura
Tequila Train to the Herradura Hacienda for a full 10-hour day
of education, touring the fabrication facility, tastings, a
sit-down fabulous meal for 1000 beautiful guests and the best
mariachi band I’ve every seen, plus some very talented and
sexy dancers.  The
train was a party train filled with
Mexico’s finest citizens and dressed for a very elegant
affair. Sexy.

Day 5 – rented bikes and rode out to Santo
Coyote restaurant for a big fat Mexican Brunch that cannot
be beat. Hit the MUSEO
DE LAS ARTES UNIVERSIDAD and caught
a brilliant Diego Rivera and Jose Orozco exhibit.  Had a late-night meal
at some taco joint that was overrated. Then we dialed in a
Tequila Bar on my TequilaMatch I-phone App. This turned out
to be the grooviest bar I’ve been to with a bunch of
hipsters, and a cool DJ spinning LPs. We got out of there
just barely before the sun came up.

Agave

Day 6 – Shopping for boat stuff. Dinner was
at El Diablo for thin pizza in the fancy neighborhood of
providencia, which we loved.

Cooking

Day 7 – drove back to Tequila and did a
private 3-hour tour and Fortaleza. Just an amazing old factory
that still can make some excellent juice. Sunset at the Solar
des las Animas hotel Sky Bar overlook the town of Tequila and
smelling the tequila cooking in the factory ovens was just
unforgettable. Our hotel room was a large gorgeous junior suit
for $165 USD and worth every penny.

Press
Oven
Burned
Process
Tequila

Day 8 – drove back to PV with nothing to
report, but just 8 tasty bottles of Tequila in the trunk😊

Lisa
Lucky

Lucky Chucky & Lisa

HO’OKIPA

3) Attached is a grid for offshore medical
supplies. If you like it, please post it

BRAND /
COMERCIAL NAME
INGREDIENTS USES AND DOSES NOTES / WARNIGS
PAIN KILLERS AND RELATED
BROSPINA
0.3 MG VIAL W/6
Buprenorphine (Sinthetic Morpine) injectable PAIN KILLER. Acute and severe pain like
Kindney stone, broken bones, extensive burns. 1 vial
intramuscular every 6 or 12 hours
Narcotic, may cause drowsiness. Caution if
patient is allergic to Codeine or Morphine
TYLEX
CD CAP.  30
capsules
Codeine / Paracetamol (like Tylenol III) PAIN KILER. Moderate to severe pain. Dose;
one e/ 6 or 8 hours
Narcotic, may cause drowsiness. Caution if
patient is allergic to Codeine or Morphine
ACTRON
600 MG CAPS
Ibuprofen 600 mg soft-gels  PAIN KILER. Mild to Moderate pain like
Headache, Sore throat. Dose; one e/ 6 or 12 hours. Also
effective for FEVER and Inflammation.
Non-narcotic pain killer, soft with stomach.
MOTRIN
JR JARABE INFANTIL
Ibuprofeno Childrens Liquid form PAIN KILER. Mild to Moderate pain like
Headache, Sore throat. Dose; one e/ 6 or 12 hours. Also
effective for FEVER and Inflammation.
 
NORFLEX
PLUS TAB 
Orfenadrina - Paracetamol Pain Killer and MUSCLE RELAXATIVE. Dose 1
tab 3 or 4 tabs a day
Well tolerated. May cause sleepiness
TYLEX
750 MG C/20 TAB.
Paracetamol (Acetaminophen, apap)
Extra-strengthened
PAIN KILER. Mild to Moderate pain like
Headache, Sore throat. Dose; one e/ 6 or 12 hours. Also
effective for FEVER
Best option for people allergic to Aspirine
and derivates)
       
ANXIETY AND SLEEP DISORDER
RIVOTRIL GOTAS Clonacepam liquid form ACUTE ANXIETY, Panic Atacks. Dose: 3-8 drops
en half-glass of water, 1 to 3 times a day 
Works fast. May cause drownisess and
sleepiness. May cause adiction
RIVOTRIL
COMPRIMIDOS 2 MG
Clonacepam con 30 o 100 por caja ANXIETY, INSOMNIA. Dose one tab. One-half
tablet to one full tablet one or 2 times a day
May cause drownisess and sleepiness. May
cause adiction
       
INFECTIOUS DISEASES
ACICLOVIR
TAB 400 MG
Acyclovir tablets for adults Antiviral Medication, usefull for all type
of Herpes infections like; Chiken Pox, Shingles,
Genitale Herpes and Mono. Dose: One tab. 3 or 4 times a
day
It is recommended for 5 to 14 days.
ACICLOVIR
CREMA
Acyclovir Topical cream Antiviral Medication, usefull to treat the
skin affection for Herpes Virus Infection like Mouth
Cold-Sore and genital lesions. Dose: Apply 3 or 4 times
a day direct in the skin lesions
 
GABIROL
CAPSULES. c/14
Rimantadine cap 100 mg  Antiviral Medication for all types of FLU.
Dose; one capsule 3 times a day for 5 dias
 
GABIROL
SOL. 120 ML
Rimantadine liquid form 120 ml Antiviral Medication for all types of FLU.
Dose; 5 cc, 3 times a day for 5 dias
 
GREMILTAL
CAPSULES
Oseltamivir 75 mg Best Anti-Flu medicine. Kills all infuenza
and seasonal flu. 
 
AMOBAY
CAPSULAS 500 mg
Amoxiciline capsules Bacterial Infections like Upper Respiratory
Infections like SINUS, PHARINGITYS and simple SKIN
INFECTIOUS skin infections. Dose: one capsule 3 times a
day
Peniciline Type. cautiion if allergic
AMOBAY
SUSP 250 mg  
Amoxiciline liquid form Bacterial Infections like Upper Respiratory
Infections like SINUS, MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS,
PHARYNGITIS and simple SKIN infections. Dose: 5 cc 3
times a day
Peniciline, cautiion if allergic
BACTRIM-
F COMPRIMIDOS
Trimetoprim / Sulfametoxazole tablets Bacterial Infections like Upper Respiratory
Infections like  MEDIAL
EAR INFECTIONS, PHARYNGITIS and simple SKIN infections
and UTI. Dose: One tab 2 times a day
Sulfa Type antibiotic. Good choice for
allergic to peniciline but not for those allergic to
Sulfa
BACTRIM
SUSPENSION
Trimetoprima / Sulfametoxazol liquid Bacterial Infections like Upper Respiratory
Infections like MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, PHARYNGITIS and
simple SKIN infections and UTI. Dose: 5-10 cc 2 times a
day
Sulfa Type antibiotic. Good choice for
allergic to peniciline but not for those allergic to
Sulfa
AUGMENTIN
12H Jr SUSP 400 MG
Amoxiciline + Clavulanic Acid Children
liquid form
MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS AND BEGINING
BROCHITIS, UNRINARY TRACT INFECTIOUS. Doses one every 12
hours for 10 days: (calculate 40 mg of Amoxicillin per
kilo, per day divided in 2 doses) 
Penicilin type, caution if allergic. Always
must be taken with food. Never with stomach empty.
AUGMENTIN
12 H TABLETAS (875/125 MG)
Amoxiciline + Clavulanic Acid Tablets MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS AND BEGINING
BROCHITIS, UNRINARY TRACT INFECTIOUS. Doses one every 12
hours for 10 days
Penicilin type, caution if allergic. Always
must be taken with food. Never with stomach empty.
AZITROMICINA
TAB 500 MG
Azitromicine 3 tab 500 mg MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS AND BEGINING
BROCHITIS, Traveler diarreha. Doses: One every 24 hours
for 3 days
Non-penicilin antibiotic, good choice for
those allergic to peniciline.
ADEL
SUSP 250
Claritromicine liquid 250 mg for Childrens MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS AND ACUTE
BROCHITIS, WHOOPING COUGH, SKIN INFECTIONS Doses: One
dose every 12 hours for 5-10 days. (Calculate:15 mg per
kilo per day divided in 2)
Non-penicilin antibiotic, good choice for
those allergic to peniciline.
ADEL
TABLETAS 500 MG
Claritromicina tab. 500 mg co 10 MEDIAL EAR INFECTIONS, SINUS AND ACUTE
BROCHITIS, WHOOPING COUGH, SKIN INFECTIONS Doses: One
dose every 12 hours for 5-10 days. 
Non-penicilin antibiotic, good choice for
those allergic to peniciline.
CIPROFLOX
CAPS 500 MG w/12 TABS
Ciprofloxacin 500 mg tabs For infections in URINARY TRACT AND
DIGESTIVE TRACT. Dose: 1 every 12 hours
DIARREHA 3-5 DAYS  FOR UTI 10 DAYS
TREATMENT
PIRIMIR
TAB 100 mh
Phenazopiridine  Antiseptic for the UTI. Controls the burning
- semsation. Dose; one tab 3 or 4 times a day
 
EVOCS
III TAB 500 MG w/7 unit
Levofloxacin tabs. Wide spectrum antibiotic for severe
infections like: BRONCHITIS, NEUMONIA, SALMONELLA,
INFECTION ON BONES, KIDNEY, UTI, INTESTINE. Dose: one a
day for 7 to 14 days
Non-penicilin antibiotic, good choice for
those allergic to peniciline. Restricted before 18
year-old.
SOPHIXIN  OFTALMICO   GTS Ciprofloxacine oftalmic / eye drops For mild to severe BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS.
Dose; 2 drops every 4-6 hours. 
Avoid to be used in childrens if possible
INFALIN
DUO GTS
Ciprofloxacine otic / ear drops (plus
cortisone)
For EXTERNAL EAR CHANEL INFECTION including
SWIMERS EAR. Dose; 15 drops 3 times a day
 
POLIXIN
GTS OFT
Polimixin-Bacitracin-Neomicin / eye drops For mild BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS. Dose; 2
drops every 4-6 hours. 
Specialy Usefull in childrens
MAXITROL
GTS OFTALMICA
Dexametasona / Fenilefrina / Neomicina For mild to severe BACTERIAL CONJUNCTIVITIS
that requires Cortisone as an anti-inflammatory and
anti-allergic. Dose; 2 drops every 4-6 hours. 
Avoid use in childrens. Never extend the
treatmente more than 2 days.
MUPIROCINA  UNG Mupirocina ointment / topical Antibiotic for all type of SKIN INFECTIONS.
Dose; apply 1 to 3 times a day as needed
 
GYNO-DAKTARIN
- DUAL OV Y CRA 3 DIAS
Miconazol / Clotrimazol (cream y vaginal
supositories)
for YEAST INFECTION. Directions; one
supository a day for 3 days, cream in for external areas
 
       
COLD AND COUGH SYMPTOMATIC
HELPS
AMBROXOL
SOL.
Ambroxol  Sol
100 ml
Powerfull expectorant for PRODUCTIVE COUGH,
like in bronchitis. Dose: 10 cc 3 times a day
Very safe, no side effects
ALIREN
CAPSULES
Amantadin, clorpherinamine and paracetamol Antiviral Decongestant for COLD AND SINUS
symptoms. Dose; one tab 2 times a day
May Cause Sleepiness. Caution in Patient
with High Blood Pressure and heart conditions.
TESALON
CAPSULES
Benzonatato caps Effective Cough Supresant for DRY COUGH.
Dose; one o two capsules 3 times a day
 
SENSIBIT
D NF TAB 
Loratadina-paracetamol-fenilefrina Combination to kill all syntoms of FLU.
Dose: 2 tabletas 2 times a day
Safe for patients with high blood pressure
       
ANTIALERGIC, CORTISONE,
ANTIHISTAMINIC
DIPROSONE
CRA
Betametason cream Topical Cortisone for ECZEMA, REACTIVE
DERMATITIS. Dosis; apply in the affected areas 2 times a
day 
Caution in childrens
ELOMET
UNG OR LIQUID
Mometasone ointment and lotion Most Effective topicall Cortisone, with
minimal side effects. Ointment is for small areas,
lotion for extensive areas or hairy skin. Dose: apply 2
times a day
Safe in children
TRIDERM
CREMA
Betametason-Clotrimazol-Gentamicin Topical combination of Anti-inflammatory,
antibiotic and antifungal cream. For INFECTED
DERMATITIS, BURNS (1st and 2nd DEGREE). Dosis; Apply 2
or 3 time a day  
 
CETIRIZINA
TAB. 10 MG
Cetirizine tablets Oral Anti-histaminic for ALL TYPE OF
ALLERGIES. Dose: One a day by mouth 
Do not cause sleepiness. Safe for adults
with High Blood Pressure
BENADRYL
JBE
Difenhidramine Jbe. 120 ml Oral Anti-histaminic for ALL TYPE OF
ALLERGIES, also as a SLEEP AID and COUGH SUPRESANT.
Dose: One a tablet 3 times a day by mouth 
May Cause Sleepiness. Caution in Patient
with High Blood Pressure and heart conditions, Do not
use in children under 2 years-old.
BENADRYL
TAB
Difenhidramine tab 25 mg Oral Anti-histaminic for ALL TYPE OF
ALLERGIES, also as a SLEEP AID and COUGH SUPRESANT.
Dose: One a tablet 3 times a day by mouth 
May Cause Sleepiness. Caution in Patient
with High Blood Pressure and heart conditions, Do not
use in children under 2 years-old.
PREDNISONE
5 MG TAB
Prednisone tab Oral Steroid for SEVERE ALLERGIES. Dose: 4
tabs a day and reduce 50% of dose every 3 days. Never
extend the use of this for more than 25 days
 
       
STOMACH, AND DIGESTION
ISSUES
BUSCAPINA
DUO TAB, 
Butilhioscine / Paracetamol Abdominal Cramps reliever, usefull in
DIARREHA, MENSTRUAL CRAMPING. Dose: one 3 times a day
FOR 3-5 DAYS MAX
 
PLASIL
ENZIMATICO TAB
Methoclopramide,
Dimeticona/Pancreatina/Bilis de buey/Aspergilus Niger
grageas
Digestive enzymes for BAD DIGESTION
syndrome. Dose: one o two before every meal
 
FLEET
ENEMA RECTAL ADULTO
Fosfato de Sodio Enema In case of severe CONSTIPATION. Dose:
Intoduce the fluid by the rectum. Repeat in necessary
case
 
NOPAL
& LINAZA POWDER
Nopal Fiber and broken flat seed Natural Laxative with fiber to prevent and
treat CHRONIC CONSTIPATION. Dose; one or 2 spoons at bed
time every day
 
SENOSIAIN
SUPOSITORIOS ADULTO C/5
Glicerine Glicerine Supositories in case of
constipation. Dose; apply by rectum as need it. No
medicated
 
IMODIUM
GRA
Loperamida To reduce bowel movements like in DIARREHA.
Dose: one tab 3 or 4 times a day
Do not use if 
diarreha contens blood or there are fever.
RIOPAN
GEL FCO
Magaldrato / Dimeticona Effective Antiacid in case of ACIDITY AND
ACID REFLUX. Dose; 1-2 tablespoons
 
OMEPRAZOL
CAPS 20 
Omeprazol cap 20 mg  To reduce acidity production in case of
GASTRITIS OR STOMACH ULCERS. Dose; one capsules 2 times
a day for 2 weeks
 
BONADOXINA
GTS
Meclizina tab. 25 mg For NAUSEA, VERTIGO AND VOMITING. Dose; one
tab 3 times a day
 
BONADOXINA
TAB
Meclizina / Piridoxina For NAUSEA, VERTIGO AND VOMITING in
children. Dose; 10-20 drops 3 times a day
 
WOUND CARE SUPPLIES
MICRODACYN
60 SPRAY
Hiperoxidant 
Antiseptic
Kills all type of bacteria in skin and any
surface. Apply gently gets skin sterile for procedures,
prevent wound get infected. Does not requires rinse it
and can be used to rinse other antiseptics.
Perfect for people with allergy to iodine. 
YODOPOVIDONA
SOL.
Iodine in soap formulation To clean deeply severe wounds, Kills all
type of bacteria. 
Needs to be rinsed. Do not use in allergy to
Iodine
STERI-STRIP  Strips for wound closure Apply over clean and dry skin.   
STERILE
WATER FOR IRRIGATION
Sterile water 500 ml To clean and rinse wounds Once the bottle is open must be used within
one week. Sterile condition gone when is opened
AGUA
OXIGENADA 500 ML
Hydrogen Peroxyde To irrigate wounds   
STERILE
GAUZE 10 X 10
  To clean wounds and make wound dressing  
TRANSPORE
TAPE
Plastic porous tape Multiple uses  
MICROPORE
TAPE
Paper porous tape Mutiple uses  
ELASTIC
BANDAGES
Cotton Elastic Bansages in several sizes Multiple uses They are abvailabe in size (width): 5 cm,
7.5, 10 cm, 15 cm. 
WHITE
VINAGER  LT
Acetic Acid Use it as an organic solvet to treat
JellyFish bites
Use it diluted in 5 parts of plain water
ALCOHOL
GEL
Ethanol on gel Use it as an organic solvet to treat
JellyFish bites
Use it direct of affected area.
HOJAS
DE BISTURI
Esterile Surgical Blade Multiple uses VERY SHARP
GUANTES
ESTERILES LATEX
Esterril Latex Gloves Multiple uses they come in 3 sizes: small, medium and big
ARGENTAFIL  Silver Sulfatiazine (Silvadene) Antiseptic for wounds, burns, instruments
and surfaces
It is available is spray and cream.
XYLOCAINA
SPRAY OR PISACAINA SPRAY
Lidocaine Local Anesthetic for mucoses (mouth, nose,
ear, vagina, anus)
 
PISACAINA
2% VIALS 10 cc
Lidocaine Injectable local anesthetic  
PONTI
OFTENO SOL. GOTAS OFTALMICO
Tetracaine Local anesthetic for eye  
Lisa
Lucky

Lucky Chucky & Lisa

HO’OKIPA

4) Panama Posse Gathering @ Marina Chiapas

Panama
          Posse group
Sharon
Riley
Crew
Malolo
Malolo
Margie
Bob

Riley, Sharon & Crew | Matt & Britt  | Bob and
Margie

Azaya, Malolo & Blessed Life

5) Punta Mala, Panama
Punta Mala is well named. Beware
14 hours of crap head seas to make Vista Mar into the teeth of
the wind. It rarely relents.
Many waves over our 10’ deck. One green over the Flying
bridge. 80’ Hatteras.
We still were able to make 6 knots. Not fun.
Angelique is now at Flamenco. 5 power outages so far. $2.50 a
foot a day.

Punta
          Mala
Dan
Angela

Dan & Angela

ANGELIQUE

6) Tehuantepec
Crossing

Blessed Life
Blessed Life
Blessed Life
Blessed Life
Margie
Bob

SV Blessed Life in Marina Chiapas! A very good crossing.

Bob and Margie

BLESSED LIFE

Picture of the Week
Chris

7) PICTURE OF THE WEEK

Surf at Tenacatita, MX

Chris

SEAGLUB

La
              Cruz
Nicole
Keenan
Audrey
Garrett
Lisa
Lucky
Bob
Sarah
Suzanne

8) Panama Posse Gathering in La Cruz, MX


Keenan & Nicole, Garrett & Audrey, Lisa
& Lucky,
Sarah & Bob, Suzanne

MAISON DE SANTE, THISLDU,
HO’OKIPA, RHAPSODY,
Carinthia

Bahia del Sol

9) Bahía del Sol, El Slavador

Sunrise this morning   from Neshuma in Bahía del Sol.
Hanging with fellow Posse members Gargole and Wave Dancer.
Beautiful stopCarl & Cynthia

NESHUMA

10) Bahia Cabeza Negra, Mexico

Cabeza Negra

Heading South and anchored in Bahia Cabeza Negra last night,
49 NM South of Manzanillo.
Set main + stern anchors and had a smooth and calm night. 
After we set both anchors, a small fishing boat came up to us
from shore,
welcomed us and asked if we needed anything.
He spoke excellent English and he said to call on VHF channel
10 or 12 if we needed anything.

Our anchorage @ Cabeza Negra = 18°36'N 103°42'W

Jay
Kelley

Phillip Jay & KelleyJO

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Suzanne

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via the gestalt theory...

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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FLEET UPDATE 2020-02-02

  • Thanks to our Marinas Sponsors, Partners and Ambassadors
  • Picture of the Week - Sunrise in Chamela, MX
  • Additional Pictures - Amapala, Honduras
  • Fishing for the Dorado off Costa Rica
  • Watch out for Large Fish Pens near Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic
  • Costalegre, Mexico
  • Puerto Vicente, Guerrero, MX
  • Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua
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  • DANGER Marina Chahue, MX  - not dredged completely
  • Puerto Angel, MX
  • Anchoring in the dark with the help of Good Nautical, Acapulco MX
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2) PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Sunrise in Chamela, MX

Sunrise in Chamela

Gary Picture by Julie Burch
ROSA-LEE

3) Additional PICTURES
Amapala, Honduras

AZAYA

SV Azaya, traveled to Amapala, Honduras from Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua such a lovely welcome to Honduras


Riley, Sharon & Crew

Riley
Sharon
Crew

AZAYA
4) SMOOTH WATERS - Fishing for the Dorado off Costa Rica.

Angelique

Got a big one. Yummy

Dan
Angela

Dan & Angela

ANGELIQUE

5) WATCH OUT for Large Fish Pens near Quepos, Costa Rica
Transiting IVO Quepos CR note: large fish pens 9 25.2’N 84 16.8’W. Marked on Navionics but only at highest zoom.

Transiting IVO Quepos CR note: large fish pens 9 25.2’N
            84 16.8’W. Marked on Navionics but only at highest zoom.

note: Dangers are highly visible in Good Nautical at any zoom level

Dangers

Dennis, Brandy & Crew

Dennis
Brandy
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew

ANKYRIOS

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6) Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic

AY
            CARAMBA !

Yesterday we visited the Caves in the Haitises National Park
It was cool! The anchorage here is good. Very pretty, excellent swell protection.
There is a short fetch for the prevailing easterly, so not a problem holding put,
but I'm looking forward to the wind laying down tonight. 

Ay
          Caramba

Only issue is too many jelly fish to swim,
and a skipper too lazy to take the dingy out to check out the Caño Hondo.

AY CARAMBA !

Juan & Michelle

7) Costalegre, Mexico

Chris

Look MOM - single-handed spinnaker run
Chris
SEAGLUB

8) Puerto Vicente, Guerrero, MX

JEAN
          ANNE,Steve & Chelsea
JEAN
          ANNE,Steve & Chelsea

JEAN ANNE

Steve & Chelsea

9) Good morning from Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua.  So good to see lots of Posse Boats here!

Talisien Rose
TALIESIN ROSE

Rowan Victoria & Crew

TALIESIN ROSE

10) IMPORTANT SECURITY REMINDER

 The state department has a new system to track US citizens:

"We encourage all U.S. citizens who are traveling abroad to
enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to
receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
https://step.state.gov/step/

Kind regards,

US EMBASSY

American Citizen Services Unit (ACS)

Always lock your dinghy - especially if you go on shore.
Tie it to a sturdy pole or tree and remove any valuables.

Thieves are opportunists may swim out to cut your dinghy's painter and
then use rocks on the beach to break off locks.
Please use a (PAD) lock with a difficult point of attack and a heavy chain

or re-in-forced stainless steel  wire - see a sample lock below.

 

Stan
Diane

CROSSROADS ( from last season )
SAFETY/SECURITY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Diane last season actually called every number)

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

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

HAM SSB NETS

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

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.   

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

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

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

    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

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

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

    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 ADMINISTATION, 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

11) LONGLINES - what's your plan ?

Picture of a Long Line @ 19° 04.435' N,  104° 42.369 W - they move from 100 feet off shore to up to 40 nm

Longlines

12) PANAMA POSSE - NEED CREW - SIGN UP AS CREW

We will email every crew to those vessels who have added themselves to
the "vessels looking for crew" list

To request crew go here https://panamaposse.com/crew

Crew
Crew 2

Results may vary ...


We will forward every email every of crew looking to join vessels to those who signed up looking for crew - if you know folks who want to become crew - send them to this link to sign up ->

https://panamaposse.com/crew-looking-for-a-vessel

YOUR VESSEL YOUR CREW YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Panama Posse
Line

13) Line.me
weekly Panama Posse conference calls on MONDAYS
@ 15:45 UTC   warm up
@ 16:00 UTC  all mikes on mute
@ 16:30 UTC  counter posse ( northbound )

Pending Line

Remember to practice muting and un-muting your mike

GREENIS MUTED - White mike is OPEN

MUTED
OPEN

– Register using your vessel name as the USERNAME (example Carinthia or CARINTHIA_Dietmar)
– the LINE system allows for up to 200 live conference call participants  !
Search for dietmarpetutschnig and send a messagewait and accept your panamaposse20192020 GROUP INVITEsend us your position via the message system and listen to the vessel check instab
>

Location 

Adjust the blue marker

tap the grey box 

14)  Free .mbtiles for all Panama Posse participants which work deliciously with OpenCPN 5.0

Thanks to the incredible work by Rob from Avant we now have 20+Gig of mbtile satellite charts for the entire coastal route available -

Download the whole chart enchilada from http://route.panamaposse.com/charts/mbtiles_central_america/

opencpn

If you are lucky to see Rob or Debra - buy 'em a beer / ice cream sundae
- they deserve it having spend weeks compiling this info  !

Rob
Debra

SV AVANT

Rob & Debra

15) Marina Chahue - Dredge is not complete !!!

Pilialoha was aground in Marina Chahue - Bottom Line up front: marina is serviceable to 6 ft keelboats if you come in at high tide. Wed 29 Jan - Immediately upon entering marina chahue basin from the access canal our 39 ft boat with 6 ft keel came to a soft stop. Depth gauge indicated 4 feet. After powering back and forth, left and right, we became unstuck and were able to proceed. In earlier calls to marina we were reassured first that there was 8 ft and then 3.5 meters throughout at low tide. So we went in confidently. Later saw that we went in 1.5 hour after low tide and depth was 2 ft 4 inches from mean. Depth gauge indicated 4 ft.  Marina staff shared that dredging company did not meet 3.5 meter requirement and there are several low spots. They are working with the company to address the issue at some unknown time.

Marina Chaue

Anchorage at Puerto Escondido, MX

Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido
Puerto Escondido

Pilialoha anchored today in Puerto Angel on our way to Huatulco, after 45 hours of good winds.
Puerto Angel is gorgeous. We had to check in with Capitania de Puerto.

Lat 15 39.874 N
Lon 096 29.655 W
@ 30 ft

Rick & Maria

PILIALOHA

16) Anchoring in the dark with the help of Good Nautical, Acapulco MX

Pictures from Blessed LIfe

Yeaaa Good Nautical!
We are anchored in Acapulco at a lat /long spot posted in 2015. In the dark!

Yeaaa Good Nautical! We are anchored in Aculpulco at a
            lat /long spot posted in 2015. In the dark!

Bob & Margie

Bob
Margie

BLESSED LIFE

17) SAVE THE DATE
Panama Posse 2019-2020 Finale Party 
Saturday May 30th, 2020 

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

Vista Mar Marina
Suzanne
Dietmar

18) HAPPY SAILING Please reply to this email with any 
updates
and we'll include it in the next Fleet Updates.
Please take pictures of your celebrations and excursions

Dietmar & Suzanne
SV Carinthia

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