FLEET UPDATE 2024-03-31

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE 

sunset turtle Cay marina

Bahia Muertos, Mexico 

photo Courtesy SV DAWN PATROL

MARCH 31, 2024

A tourist remains an outsider throughout (their) visit, 

but a sailor is part of the local scene 

from the moment (they) arrive. 

– Anne Davison  

TOP NEWS  

PANAMA POSSE Season 7

276 Yachts are signed up 

 

vessels's ensigns

 

WHAT IS OUR MISSION ?

  • Make traveling for yacht owners easier, transparent and better informed
  • Generate group buying power with discounts in marinas and with service providers
  • Pass on relevant information to help fellow participants in a timely manner  
  • Identify, document and reduce risks
  • Allow for flexibility and remove pressures due to schedules
  • Focus on owner operators of yachts who explore and go places   
  • Have fun and enjoy 
Boca Chica

PANAMA POSSE 
 SEASON 8
REGISTRATION
OPENS  
MAY 15  2024

1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

sea lions in puerto refugio

Sea Lions Puerto Refugio in the northern reaches of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico 🇲🇽 

SY OKISOLLO 🇺🇸 Dan & Jeanne – Island Packet 52’

 

OKISOLLO
OKISOLLO

sunrise of nicaraguan coast

Sunrise off the coast of Nicaragua 🇳🇮 

MV PAUSE 🇺🇸 Beth & Larry - Nordhavn 55′

PAUSE
PAUSE
PAUSE Willie
PAUSE Pebbles
Jubel motoring in glassy water

Motoring for 3 days now, glassy calm halfway from Columbia to Puerto rico  🇨🇴 

SY JUBEL 🇨🇦 Leah & Kyle - Gulfstar 44'

JUBEL Kyle

2) SAVE THE DATE : 

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 

@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W


RSVP NOW 

CONTACT

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FRIENDLY 

Beat & Caroline>

We,
Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January
2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this
treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

 

SAFE APPROACH

 

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

 

Placencia yacht club belize

 

Placencia has restaurants, waterfont activities and the Placencia Yacht Club

 

BELIZE

 

Placencia

3) EPIC SKIES THIS WEEK

SUNSET OVER PANAMA CITY

In Casco Viejo looking towards Panama City at sunset 🇵🇦 

SY BOUNDLESS 🇺🇸  Daniel & Naiby - Shannon 43′

BOUNDLESS
WATERSPOUT PANAMA

Waterspout seen from Coiba Island, Pacific Panama 🇵🇦 

That spout passed about 1/2 miles from us. We got about 45 minutes of fairly hard rain and winds of 20mph. Nothing too crazy.

SY WANDERLUST 🇺🇸 Marcie, Damon & crew – Leopard 45’

WANDERLUST
WANDERLUST
moon over water san blas panama

Full moon beaming  over San Blas, Panama 🇵🇦

SV STRAY CAT 2 🇨🇦 Derick & Barb – Lagoon 38’

STRAY_CAT
STRAY_CAT

4)  THREE NEW SEASON 7 AWARD NOMINATIONS:

MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR ONBOARD ENTRIES

bee on a line

Bee out at Sea

booby on the bow

Booby on the Bow

SV PILIALOHA 🇺🇸 Rick & Maria - Beneteau 37'


PILIALOHA Rick
booby on the bow

Another booby hitches a ride.  This one for four hours!

MV MARTINI 🇺🇸 Mary & Bryan - Nordhavn 64′

MARTINA - Bryan
MARTINA - Mary
bird on shroud

Kiskadee unwanted and persistently making her next in the anchor roller.

Walt
says: The Wildlife in Panama is a beautiful sight.  This bird is
gorgeous. BUT she has been building a nest in my anchor roller for the
past week. I hated to be the bad guy, so I removed the nest material and
laid it on the dock. I did this three times. I put one of those stupid
looking balls up. But that only delayed her one day. This time I tossed
her nest into the water. She was buzzing me the whole time. Don't get me
wrong, I would love to have Knot Right be the nursery of such a
beautiful bird. But laying the eggs, hatching the eggs, and waiting for
the little ones to fly away is a pretty long time that we would have to
stay here. It's bad enough that my boat projects are holding me back,
but baby birds preventing me from anchoring is not on the schedule. Does
anyone in Shelter Bay have a free-standing owl that I can borrow for a
while?  

SY KNOT RIGHT 🇺🇸 Walt & Jeariene - Beneteau 47′

KNOT RIGHT WALTKnot Right Jeariene
Flor de Caña Centenario 18 Year Old

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse 

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

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

Dreamer

BARRELS of Flor de Caña being sampled at the source in Nicaragua 🇳🇮

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

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

Share the adventure

5) PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

sunset

! Sunset in Bahia Honda west of Buenadventura Marina  🇵🇦 

where the Season 7 Finale party will be!

THERE IS A LOT MORE IN THIS FLEET UPDATE 
IN GMAIL BE CERTAIN TO LOAD IT ALL  

OR READ ONLINE

 

CLIPPED

(1) PANAMA POSSE 

BELIZE YACHT FEST 

APRIL 6 2024

PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

🇧🇿 BELIZE

 

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

 

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

 

Beat & Caroline

 

Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181


RSVP FOR PLACENCIA
 

Shelter Bay

 

(2) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

 

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

 

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama.
The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City
and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast
of Panama.

Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Cesar Buenaventura Marina

Cesar - Marina Manager
cesar@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507 6411 5597


RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
 

Buenaventura

 

6) SV QUE VENDRA AND SV BRIGADOON 

JOURNEY FROM THE OCEAN 

OVERLAND

TO LAKE NICARAGUA 🇳🇮

 

buggy ride nicaragua

 

When you cannot go by water then go in style.

Last week, SY BRIGADOON III and SY  QUE VENDRA rented a car in Puesta del Sol and toured Nicaragua.

 

Trip report:

We
arranged for a car through Juanita at Puesta del Sol marina. It costs
us $500 for a week, including full insurance. It was a small car but
sufficient for the four of us, and it drove very well. One of the
surprising things about Nicaragua is its road conditions. They have the
best roads in the whole of Central America. I'm not sure why, given how
poor the country is overall. But it was a much better driving experience
for me compared to Mexico. Still, you have to deal with all sorts of
"things" on the road - "chicken buses", cars, motorcycles, bicycles,
horse carts, an occasional cart pulled by cows, or just herds of cows
walking the rural roads.

There
are many police checks, and we were told that sometimes police may
demand money. We were stopped once, and they just checked our papers and
let us go.

Our
first stop was the Flor de Cana distillery. It is impressive. You can
get drunk just by breathing the air there, as barrels of rum are
everywhere. We tasted a lot of rum, including a 37-year-old special
batch, and bought some more. It was a great stop.

Then
we drove to Leon. The city is much less touristy and much more rundown
than we expected. And it was hot, very hot. It somehow took away from
the joy of experiencing it. Still, we saw the main cathedral, where you
can climb to the top and walk on its roof, taking in the views of the
city and a chain of volcanos. It's best to do it before sunset. We also
did an excellent food tour centered around the local mercado. Also,
there are some good restaurants, like for example Mañana mañana.

rooftop view nicaragua

View from the top of the Cathedral

 

Hokipa's Track

 

The food  fresh, delicious, and colorful

The
next stop was the Mombacho volcano. This was an on-a-whim decision. We
opted to sleep on the mountain in a Mombacho Lodge. It's not so much a
lodge as just cabins in the jungle. For the first time, we saw and heard
howling monkeys. They are impressive! The accommodations were basic,
and we literally slept in the middle of the jungle. Well, we slept about
4 hours, as it was a bit hard to fall asleep with all the jungle noises
around, the wind blowing above us, and knowing that some unwanted
guests may be coming into the cabin (see the pictures). The lodge
provides nets around beds, which we naively thought were against the
mosquitoes. Not really, they are against spiders and all sorts of other
insects. Well, we will remember that experience.

walk in the treetops nicaragua

Elevated trail through the treetops

The
rest of the tour was in Granada, which we truly enjoyed. Granada is
colorful and clean, and it is where we see the most tourists in
Nicaragua. It was also a few degrees cooler there. We stayed in Casa San
Francisco, close to all the attractions. The food was exceptionally
good. The two places we recommend are The Garden Cafe and Pita Pita. We
had an excellent guided walking tour, including a lesson on Nicaragua's
history. Let me tell you, it is pretty complicated.

 

Our
hotel recommended a tour of "Isletas" on Lake Nicaragua. On the last
day, we chose to do it. It was a very enjoyable tour. A volcanic
eruption 2000 years ago threw a vast amount of rocks into the lake and
created a small archipelago on the lake. Today, some islands have homes,
and others only host groups of monkeys. All those islands are connected
by a maze of waterways, with lush vegetation and hundreds of birds of
various kinds, monkeys, and other animals. The tour took us slowly
through all this, finishing at sunset at remnants of a fort that
defended Granada from pirates of the Caribbean.

cathedral nicaragua

Cathedral standing tall

group in sunset

Big Lizard prints going overland between the ocean and the estuary.

lake nicaragua

Tour boat on Lake Nicaragua

Lily pads in lake nicaragua

Lily pads blooming in a small waterway in Lake Nicaragua

Overall, it was an enjoyable tour. We learned and saw a lot. Nicaragua is an interesting country.

SY QUE VENDRA 🇺🇸 Olena & Maciek – Outbound 46’

SY BRIGADOON III  🇨🇦  Doug & Patty – Saga 43’

QUE VENDRA- Maciek
QUE VENDAR Olena
BRIGADOON III
BRIGADOON III 

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

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

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

courage in paradise

John and Kristine soaking up another day in Paradise

8) POSSE PERK: INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
  

 

 

SY DAMMAD CAT  a very special encounter with a manatee in the Bahamas  

FLARE TESTING
Marinas

9) TURTLE CAY MARINA 🇵🇦 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

09° 35.935′ N  079° 26.3233′ W

marina

We are excited to Sponsor the Panama Posse with the following discounts !

  • 15 % discounts on slips; or stay 4 nights, pay for 3
  • Long term discounts of at least 15 %, depending on length of stay
  • 15 % discount on metered electric service
  • free delivery service to your yacht from Panama City
  • unlimited use of our large shower- change- bathrooms and full coin operated laundry
  • unlimited use of our covered social area and B-B-Q
  • free unlimited use of our beaches, beach huts and bath rooms
  • free unlimited use of our fresh water swimming pools except Saturdays or Sundays. (Unless you’re a hotel guest).
  • 15 % discount on food and drinks at our restaurants
  • 15 % discount at our hotel
  • exclusive personnel transfer service to or from Panama City or airport for $50. (Max. 3 persons)
group from turtle cay marina

CONTACT US:

Cell/Whatsapp  +(507) 6671-6625

Office +507 302 2100

info@turtlecaymarina.com

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AMENITIES

  • Slips up to 120 feet
  • 100 amp pedestals
  • 30 miles away from San Blas
  • Fresh water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fuel dock
  • Yacht club
  • Beach bar
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry room
  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • White sandy beaches
  • Taxi service
  • 24-hour security
  • Services
  • Fuel Service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bottom Jobs
  • Haul out
  • Stands
  • Blocks
  • Pressure wash
  • Light scrape
  • Temporary letter

SY YO-D-YO captures the sunset at the entrance to Turtle Cay Marina

10) LAND TRIP TO AN EMBERA VILLAGE IN THE DARIEN 🇵🇦 :

AN AMAZING ADVENTURE AND EXPERIENCE!!

Many
Panama Posse members find themselves in Panama sometime along their
voyage.  Robin and Tad share an experience they had visiting an
Embera Village in the Darien Region of Panama.  The Darien Region
is Panama's easternmost frontier bordering Columbia.  The jungle is
very dense there and home to one of Panama's many indigenous
communities, the Embera. 

embera village entrance

Village entrance flanked with wooden carvings

embera village by canoe

Arriving by long wooden canoe to the Embera Village

Trip Report:

(From
Shelter Bay Marina, we took) a full day trip starting with a 90 minute
drive to the river where you board a motorized canoe and head upriver to
a beautiful waterfall for a swim. Then another 15 minutes or so to the
village where you are welcomed with music and singing. In the village
you will be guided around and shown their daily life and then served a
delicious lunch of fried fresh caught fish with plantain and a fresh
fruit platter. There will be more traditional singing and dancing and an
opportunity to buy some of their beautiful crafts (beadwork, carvings,
basket work). It’s a magical day and worth doing. These people rely on
tourism to meet their financial needs as they have very few ways of
earning a living outside of their village due to the remoteness of their
home.

embera men

Two men from the village

embera village flowers

Beauty is acheived with natural plants and lots of colors

Basket weaving is a tradition among many Panamanian indigenous communities

baskets

The designs are often very symmetrical

Robin getting a 'tatoo''

SY BISOU 🇦🇺 Robin and Tad - Fountaine Pajot 44′

BISOU Robin
 

11) CELEBRATING SEMANA SANTA IN 

CENTRAL AMERICA:

A MIX BETWEEN FAITH, TRADITION, AND LOCAL CULTURE

🇲🇽 🇨🇷 🇳🇮  🇸🇻 🇵🇦 🇩🇴 🇭🇳 🇬🇹 

Semana Santa in Guatemala

Semana Santa in Guatemala

Catholicism
in Central America is in many places a syncretism (or blending) of
Christianity and Indigenous Faiths.  As such, there is variation in
the ways in which different communities and countries on a whole honor
the same traditions.  

Semana
Santa is one such tradition that is celebrated throughout Central
America with  rituals are similar and different.  Semana Santa
or Holy Week (or two)  is celebrated to remember the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.  It is common for the week leading up
to Easter Sunday to be marked with processions, church ceremonies, and
time off of work.  The length of time that Semana Santa is observed
varies.  Some places Semana Santa may be observed for a few days
and others up to two weeks.  

In
Panama, where the majority of the population lives in Panama City,
Semana Santa marks a mass exodus to 'the country' area east and west of
the city where many families enjoy time together in rural more natural
areas.

Procession in Panama during Semana Santa.

A Procession in Panama during Semana Santa.

Seamana Santa in El Salvador

Procession in El Salvador

Semana Santa procession in Costa Rica Photo via Third Eye Mom

Procession in Costa Rica

Semana Santa in Mexico

Semana Santa in Mexico

To read a bit more about the different ways Semana Santa is observed in Central Ameria clink on this link:

https://www.visitcentroamerica.com/en/experiences/holy-week/

CELT
CELT

12) GOOD NAUTICAL: 

HOLANDES CAY, SAN BLAS, PANAMA  🇵🇦 

GOOD NAUTICAL

Multiple
vessels have been visiting Holandes Cay recently.  All Highly
recommend the W anchorage in Holandes cays, San Blas Islands, Panama.
There is great snorkeling/healthy coral circled in yellow marked 1 and
multiple warm/hot thermals circled in red marked 2. 

Good Nautical GPX Routes
Calm Beach in Holandes Cay

Calm Beach in Holandes Cay San Blas Panama 

Anchorage Report:

We
moved to East Holandes Cay today to a nicely protected anchorage behind
a barrier reef and between two islands, known as the “swimming pool.”
Really nice protected anchorages all around here. One island has a
restaurant, “Ibin’s,” in a thatched hut over the water, run by the
indigenous Guna Yala tribe, which we tried tonight with s/v yo-d-yo.
dinner was great! everyone else had mahi with potatoes and zucchini in
mild curry sauce with rice. I had a pepperoni pizza (had a craving lol).
$10 plates, $2 drinks. Location can’t be beat over water.

ibin restaurant san blas
John and Kristine on the swings

John and Kristine enjoying the swings before their night out

plate of food

A colorful presentation of a fish dinner

courage and yo d yo meet up

Mini Posse party at Ibins Restaurant in E Holandes Cay San Blas Panama 

SY COURAGE 🇺🇸 John & Kristine – Tartan 4100

SY YO-D-YO 🇺🇸  David & Mary – Hunter 45’


COURAGECOURAGEYO-D-YO David 


SIGN UP FOR THE 23-24 PANAMA POSSE  

13) IGY MARINA CABO SAN LUCAS  🇲🇽 

 SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

 

igy marina cabo san lucas

 

Utilities will be metered and billed depending on consumption.

October through April is very busy for us but will gladly berth anyone when available.

Take care, be safe, stay healthy and we’ll see you soon.

Saludos,

Jesus A. Esquitel

 

IGY MARINA CABO SAN LUCAS CHUY_JESUS_ESQUITEL PANAMA POSSE

 

CONTACT IGY MARINA CABO SAN LUCAS

VHF  16   &   88A

Lote A-18 de la Darsena

Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. Mx 23450

Tel +52 (624) 173-9140

CSL@IGYMarinas.com

www.igy-cabosanlucas.com    

AMENITIES

  • Full Crew Facilities
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • Fitness Center
  • Crew Lounge
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Private Shower Facilities
  • On-Site Shopping & Dining

 

igy marina cabo san lucas

 

14) PANAMA YACHT BROKER

TEAMS UP WITH THE PANAMA POSSE

Thrilled to announce that Panama Yacht Broker
has teamed up with the one and only Panama Posse! As a leading cruising
resource, Panama Posse brings a world of sailing knowledge and
resources to the table. From route planning and local intel to
connecting with other cruisers, Panama Posse has it all. We are honored
to join that list of resources thanks to our partnership.

 

Our
clients have exclusive access to complementary yacht brokerage
expertise, and discounts on listing agreements. Whether you’re a
seasoned sailor or just setting sail for the first time, Panama Yacht
Broker has a boat for everyone and can also help you sell your boat when
the time is right.

 

boat for sale

 

CONTACT

 

Charles Badoian

Cell/WhatsApp/Telegram/Signal:

PA +507 6378-8345

US  +1 305-735-1661

Skype: badoian

E: charles@panamayachtbroker.com

15) MEET THE FLEET  

SY MATADOR

Steph & Stuart

SY MATADOR 3 point anchor setup

wingfoiling

Wingfoiling in the anchorage

We are Steph and Stuart Morton of Matador of Hamble. We are sailing a British vintage classic: a 1979 Rival 41.

 

We
left England in 2006 with a 3 year plan to sail to New Zealand but
discovered the world is far more interesting than we thought so we've
spent 17 years living aboard and visiting fascinating places. We
travelled all over the Mediterranean for 5 years, including the Black
Sea and all the Middle East countries, Greece, Turkey and Italy. To
prove to ourselves that we were indeed real sailors we crossed the
Atlantic in 2011 and sailed the Eastern Caribbean, cycled in Cuba,
threaded the ICW and all the way to Maine and back to Bahamas and
Guatemala. We based ourselves there for 3 years and then broke free and
spent 7 years based in Panama, San Blas and Bocas del Toro. Last year we
escaped through the Panama Canal and we look forward to exploring the
Pacific coast of Mexico and Sea of Cortez. We play Celtic folk music
wherever we go and have recently taken up wingfoiling to stop us getting
older!

 

Look out for our celestial blue hull and come and say hello. 

sy matador

Celestial Blue hull of SY MATADOR

STEF AND STUART WITH STRING INSTRUMENTS

Stef & Stuart love to play music together and with friends

SY MATADOR 🇬🇧 Stef & Stuart – Rival 41’

MATADOR Stu
 

16) POSSE SWAG

 

SHOP

 


 GET A PANAMA POSSE  HAT ! 
ORDER ONE NOW 

 

 

17)  SAFETY: THE CAPE INDEX: 
WATCH THE NUMBERS 

AS LIGHTENING SEASON APPROACHES 

SQUALLS ON RADAR

Squalls and Thunderstorms on display 

PREDICT WIND CAPE

CAPE stands for Convective Available Potential Energy
and is the amount of fuel available to a developing thunderstorm.
More specifically, it describes the instability of the atmosphere
and provides an approximation of updraft strength within a thunderstorm.
CAPE is used by weather officials to understand what the
potential might be for thunderstorms and how powerful those storms might
become if they do materialize.

The
standard measurement of energy is represented as Joules Per Kilogram. A
high CAPE value might also be expressed by weather experts by using the
term “high instability”. When we talk about a highly unstable
atmosphere, CAPE values are usually in excess of 2500 J/kg’s which would
supply ample energy for strong updrafts and violent thunderstorms,
should they develop.

How to Interpret CAPE values using a table and relative text forecast terms.

Severe
thunderstorms require high CAPE values and the higher the CAPE value,
the more energy available to promote thunderstorm growth. However, the
CAPE variable is not a “magic number” that will predict the certainty of
a thunderstorm. But if a thunderstorm does develop, and the CAPE value
is high, then there is a good chance for an “explosive storm”. Below is a
typical CAPE Map in the Caribbean. The Yellow/Orange areas show high
CAPE values.

CAPE index on predict wind site
cape index chart

SHIPPING TO PANAMA JUST GOT EASIER AND CHEAPER 

 

https://oceanposse.com/panama/

 

18)  MUST SEE: 

CASCO VIEJO, PANAMA 🇵🇦 

Casco
Viejo (Old Quarter), also known as Casco Antiguo or San Felipe, is the
historic district of Panama City. Completed and settled in 1673, it was
built following the near-total destruction of the original Panamá city
by Governor Juan Perez de Guzman who had it set on fire, before the
attack and looting by the pirate and fellow seafarer Henry Morgan.
Casco Viejo is in the process of being completely revitalized.
The architecture is being preserved as old buildings are being
given a new breath of life

 

CASCO VIEJO PANAMA

 

Casco Viejo Panama

 

Plaza de la Independencia and Catedral Metropolitana

 

Plaza de la Independencia  and Catedral Metropolitana 

 

Canal Museum in Casco Viejo

 

Museo del Canal and the gentrification of Casco Viejo read more about it here

 

http://salttrails.com/the-gentrification-of-casco-viejo-panama/

 

 

Convento Arco Chato Casco Viejo Panama

 

Convento Arco Chato Casco Viejo, Panama

 

American Trade Boutique Hotel

 

American Trade Boutique Hotel

 

Lounge and Reception at American Trade Hotel

 

Humpback Whales

CASCO VIEJO PANAMA

Casco Viejo framed with blooming tree

 

19)  FOR SALE: SY BISOU

BISOU ON ANCHOR

After
10 wonderful years of cruising, it’s time for our beautiful Fountaine
Pajot Helia 44 catamaran (2014)  to find a new owner.  “BISOU” is
the Maestro version (owners’ layout with three queen-sized cabins) and
has been meticulously maintained. She is fully equipped for offshore
cruising and ready to go. North, south or across the Pacific. “BISOU” is in Paradise Village Marina, Mexico and can be viewed by appointment.

For a full listing follow this link

https://www.vallartayachts.net/boats-for-sale/2014-fountaine-pajot-helia-44-puerto-vallarta-mexico-9307596/

 

20)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

 

Marinas

 

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista, USA

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor Ventura Isle -  Ventura, USA

🇲🇽 Cruise Port Village - Mexico

🇲🇽 IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas  – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Puerto Escondido – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Palmira Topolobampo – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina y Club de Yates Isla Cortes – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico  

🇲🇽 PANAMA POSSE HQ  – Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 

🇲🇽 La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Vicente’s Moorings, Acapulco – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina Chiapas – Mexico  

🇬🇹 Marina Pez Vela – Guatemala  

🇸🇻 Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador  

🇸🇻 La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol - El Salvador

🇳🇮 Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua  

🇨🇷 Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica  

🇨🇷 Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica  

🇪🇨 Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇵🇦 Buenaventura Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 PANAMA POSSE PACIFIC HQ Vista Mar Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇵🇦 Bocas Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Linton Bay Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 La Playita Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Flamenco Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Solarte  Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Turtle Cay Marina – Panama

🇨🇴 ClubNautico Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Club de Pesca Marina Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Manzanillo Marina Club – Colombia

🇨🇴 Marina Puerto Velero – Colombia

🇨🇴 IGY Marina Santa Marta – Colombia 

🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica 

🇯🇲 Errol Flynn Marina – Jamaica  

🇯🇲 Montego Bay Yacht Club –Jamaica 

🇰🇾 The Barcadere Marina –Cayman Islands 

🇭🇳 Barefoot Cay Marina – Roatan – Honduras 

🇭🇳 Fantasy Island Marina – Roatan – Honduras

🇭🇳 Jonesville Point Marina -Roatan – Honduras  

🇬🇹 Marina Nana Juana Resort & Boatyard – Guatemala 

🇧🇿 Thunderbirds Marine – Placencia – Belize 

🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club – Belize 

🇲🇽 Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico  

🇨🇺 Marina Marlin Nautica Cayo Largo – Cuba 

🇹🇨 South Bank Marina & Boatyard – Turks and Caicos  

🇧🇸 Romora Bay Resort and Marina – Bahamas  

🇧🇸 Elizabeth on the Bay Marina – Bahamas 

🇧🇸 Great Harbour Cay Marina – Bahamas

🇧🇸 Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina – Bahamas  

🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina – Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia – Dominican Republic    

🇺🇸 Marathon Marina – Marathon Keys 

🇺🇸 Pier 66  Hotel & Marina – Ft. Lauderdale, USA

🇺🇸 IGY Marina at Ortega Landing – Jacksonville, FL , USA 

🇺🇸 Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina – FL , USA  

🇺🇸 Morningstar Marinas Golden Isles St. Simons Isl. – Georgia, USA  

🇺🇸 Windmill Harbour Marina – Hilton Head South Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff Marina – Savannah Georgia , USA  

🇺🇸 Hazzard Marine – Gerogetown, North Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Holden Beach  – Town Dock, North Carolina , USA 

🇺🇸 Portside Marina – Morehead City, North Carolina USA  

🇺🇸 Tideawater Yacht Marina – Portsmouth,  USA  

🇺🇸 Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, USA  

🇺🇸 Yorktown Riverwalk Landing – Virginia USA  

🇺🇸 Regatta Point Marina – Deltaville, Virginia USA 

🇺🇸 Regent Point Marina – Topping, Virginia USA 

 

Coffee Bluff Marina Savannah GA Sponsors the Panama Posse

 

Coffee Bluff Marina SAVE APPROACH and AMMENITIES
  • Coffee
    bluff marina is effectively positioned on the southside of Savannah in a
    scenic, historic and quiet setting far from visitors and congestion.
    Coffee bluff marina is a full service  marina. Fueldock with marine
    gasoline, diesel,  bait,  fishing tackle, hats, t-shirts, ice
    and concessions. The newly constructed marina has a modern boat hoist
    rated for 20,000 lbs and today’s greater-wide cement floating docks. Our
    jetty additionally has trendy aluminum ramps for clean dock access
    together with a handicap ramp that offers very comfy slopes at all
    tides. 
Coffe BLuff Marina

21)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
  • CHRIS PARKER - MARINE WEATHER CENTER
  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
  • DOWNWIND MARINE
  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES  
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS  
     
 

SEVEN STAR YACHT TRANSPORT

 

 

https://panamaposse.com/sevenstar

 

22) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
Panama Canal Map

23) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

Waypoint Yacht Services

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

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

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Jaguars: Panama's Apex Predators

Panama
has a wide range of ecosystems including cloud forests,
wetlands, mangroves, mountain ranges to tropical rain-forests. The
apex predator in the Panamanian jungle is undoubtedly the jaguar.

24) STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

SSCA

Park Avenue Villas – San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Coconutz – Playa Cocos – Costa Rica

Abernathy – Chandlery – Panama

Pacific Posse 

Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware


SIGN UP FOR THE 23-24 PANAMA POSSE  

25) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

 

atlantic posse

 

ATLANTIC POSSE  
SIGN UP NOW

 

CANARY ISLANDS

 

Canary Islands  🇮🇨 

Atlantic Posse 24

Atlantic Posse '24

 

Sign up now

 

Atlantic Posse Routes
voyage between the  Mediterranean  and  the Caribbean 

CARTAGENA SPAIN
 

south pacific posse

 

26) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4 UNDERWAY 

 

The South Pacific is vast

 


SIGN UP FOR SEASON 4 UNDERWAY NOW 
At ease inFiji

 Monoriki Island in Fiji ( "Wilson !!! )

 

https://pacificposse.com/tracking

 

The Pacific Posse Season is underway check the tracks  
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South Pacific Posse BUrgees

South Pacific Posse burgees available now FRENCH POLYNESIA 

Marquesas

The iconic Anchorage in Bay of Virgins (Baie de Vierges) Fatu Hiva

Nawi Island PArty

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

At Anchor

French
Polynesia is beautiful and unfortunately with limited marina space -
additional visa requirements. Join the Pacific Posse to look beyond Bora
Bora and discover the whole of the South Pacific not just 130 islands
of  French Polynesia

WE OPERATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL MARITIME LAW

YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Mission

 OUR MISSION

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

SIGN UP FOR NEXT SEASON ON MAY 15 
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FLEET UPDATE 2024-03-24

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE · FLEET UPDATE 

Capuchin Monkey

MARCH 24, 2024

“Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn 
unless it achieves results.”

― Ernest Shackleton 

T O P   N E W S   

PANAMA POSSE Season 7

273 Yachts are signed up from 23 Ensigns 
  JOIN THE POSSE 

 

vessels's ensigns

 

1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Smiling group at the beach

Posse beach hangouts: All Sunshine and Smiles in Costa Rica!  🇨🇷 

Possee hangouts with @SummerDreams and @Serenity (the power boat)

MV SERENITY 🇺🇸 Kurt & Kylie - Horizon 77′

MV SUMMERDREAMS 🇨🇦  Greg & Farah – Selene 55’

MY NEXT CHAPTER 🇺🇸 Chris & Shawna & crew - Selene 59′

SUMMERDREAMS Greg
SUMMERDREAMS Crew
SUMMERDREAMS Farah

SERENITY

SERENITY

NEXT CHAPTER - Shawna
NEXT CHAPTER - crew
NEXT CHAPTER - Crew

 

top of santa ana volcano el salvador

 Top of Santa Ana Volcano: Tallest Volcano in El Salvador and still active.  🇸🇻

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

tidings of joy
Tidings of Joy
sunset near Mazatlan

Night sail to Mazatlan, Mexico 🇲🇽

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

DAWN PATROL - Mark
DAWN PATROL - Laney

2) YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE 

BELIZE YACHT FEST 🇧🇿  PANAMA POSSE 

@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

16° 30.471’ N  088° 21.7216′ W

FREE MUSIC, FOOD, RUM AND FUN 

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W


RSVP HERE 

CONTACT

Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FRIENDLY 

Beat & Caroline

We,
Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January
2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this
treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

 

SAFE APPROACH

 

SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

 

Placnencia yacht club belize

 

 

BELIZE

 

3) MORE PICTURES THIS WEEK

Panama Canal Line Handlers

Successful Panama Canal Transit with a great group of Line handlers 🇵🇦

SY BOUNDLESS 🇺🇸   Daniel & Naiby - Shannon 43′

BOUNDLESS
birds on solar panels

Birds on solar panels off Linton Bay, Panama  🇵🇦  

SY CARINTHIA 🇺🇸  Dietmar & Susan - Lagoon 44′

Dietmar
CARINTHIA suzanne
CARINTHIA Maxi
sailboat in sunset

SV PILIALOHA setting sail in Costa Rica 🇨🇷

SV PILIALOHA 🇺🇸 Rick & Maria - Beneteau 37'


PILIALOHA Rick
PILIALOHA Maria

4) SEASON 7 AWARD NOMINATION:

MOST UNWELCOME (TURNED MOST WELCOME) GUEST

gecko

Most unwelcome turned most welcome guest: 

a gecko (as) the constant assortment of insects is now gone.🦎 

SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY KathrynSERENITY - mARK

FLOR FASHIONED

Flor de Caña Centenario 18 Year Old

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse 

Recipe


Smoke the glass with herbs and citrus skins, then add the ice
cubes and pour the ingredients in the order indicated by the recipe.

    Decorate with orange peel and a red cherry.

Ingredients

1 1/2 parts Flor de Caña 12 Year Rum

4 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 tbsp Sugar

Splash of Premium Mineral Water

Orange Peel & Cherry (Garnish)

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

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

feeding a toucan

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

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

Share the adventure

5) PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

PEOPLE EATING

Enjoying Granada, Nicaragua with QUE VENDRA, BRIGADOON III, & CAIA

(1) PANAMA POSSE 

BELIZE YACHT FEST 

APRIL 6 2024

PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

🇧🇿 BELIZE

 

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

 

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

 

Beat & Caroline
 

 

Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181


RSVP FOR PYC
 

Shelter Bay

 

(2) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

 

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

 

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama.
The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City
and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast
of Panama.

Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Cesar Buenaventura Marina

Cesar - Marina Manager
cesar@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507-6616-7531  


RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
 

Buenaventura

 

6) WESTERN PANAMA:

IT'S AMAZING!

 

Surf in Venao

 

Surfing and sailing @ Playa Venao

The Western Pacific side of Panama   
a highlight along the Panama Posse Route.

There
are multiple pristine archipelagos that offer solitude, breathtaking
scenery, and expansive wilderness.  Cruising through this area is a
highlight for everyone that gives themselves time to enjoy it!

SV GALATEA recently took a trip to explore these Panamanian waters west of Punta Mala.  Here Mark and Sarah share their trip report:

Quick
recommendation if you’re looking for your next sailing excursion. A few
weeks ago we set out to explore western Panama. The trip has been
wonderful. We just left
(Isla) Coiba and are currently in the
Islas Secas. We had an incredible week in Bahia Honda (Domingo and his
family are SO nice and they are *dying* for more sailors to come visit
their bay.)  Weather has been outstanding, sailing has been good,
and anchorages have been calm. Do not skip over this part of Panama—it’s
amazing.

 

Naranjo anchorage

 

SV GALATEA & SV TEULU on anchor in Naranjo

Dinner with Diego and family in Bahia Honda

Dinner with Diego and his family in Bahia Honda

enjoying the beach at isla canal de Afueras

Enjoying the beach at Isla Canal de Afueras

beach walk on Isla Cebaco

Afternoon beach walk on Isla Cebaco

Isla Granita de Oro in Coiba

Isla Granita de Oro in Isla Coiba National Park

Dog on Winlass

Juneau checking on the windlass

Beach on Islas Secas

Beach on Islas Secas

Sunset in Boca Chica

Sunset in Boca Chica

SY GALATEA 🇺🇸 Sarah & Mark - Morgan 46'

GALATEA Sarah
GALATEA Mark

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

NGA Nautical Chart - 21580 Cabo Metapalo to Morro de Puercos

Chart - 21580 Cabo Metapalo to Morro de Puercos  Cabo  
the amazing cruising grounds of western Pacific Panama 

 7) SHARING YOUR EXPLORATIONS
is the heart and soul of the Panama Posse 

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

SUNSET

Sunset over Drake Bay, Costa Rica from SV SERENITY

8) POSSE PERK: 
SHIPPING TO PANAMA WITH EMILIO@OCEANPOSSE.COM 

 

OCEAN POSSE SHIPPING

 

 $ 3.50 x Pound airfreight delivered to your Marina once a week  

$ 9.00 x cfut ocean freight delivered to your Marina once a week  


SET UP YOUR FREE ACCOUNT NOW 

l My name is Emilio 
We are introducing exciting new shipping services tailored specifically for participants of the Panama and Pacific Posse.

As
fellow enthusiasts of the sea, we understand the challenges and
logistics involved in transporting goods and supplies during your
journey. That’s why we are thrilled to offer a seamless and reliable
solution to ensure that your packages arrive safely and on time,
allowing you to focus on enjoying your adventure ahead.

Here’s how our service can benefit you:

1. Convenience: Say
goodbye to the hassle of carrying extra provisions and supplies on your
yacht. With our shipping service, you can send everything you need
ahead of time, directly to your destination in Panama.

2. Reliability:
We pride ourselves on our commitment to reliability. Rest assured that
your packages will be handled with care and delivered promptly to your
specified location in Panama, allowing you to plan with confidence.

3. Competitive Rates:
Enjoy competitive pricing without compromising on quality or service.
We offer transparent pricing with no hidden fees, ensuring that you
receive the best value for your shipping needs.

4. Peace of Mind:
With our track record of excellence and attention to detail, you can
have peace of mind knowing that your shipments are in good hands. Focus
on enjoying the Panama Posse Yacht Rally experience while we take care
of the logistics.

I
would love the opportunity to discuss how our shipping service can
enhance your experience in Panama - by air or by sea. Please feel free
to reach out to me directly with any questions or to request a quote.

Thank
you for considering our service, and we look forward to the possibility
of working together to make your journey to Panama as smooth and
enjoyable as possible.

Fair winds and following seas!

 

Warm regards,

EMILIO 

emilio@oceanposse.com

Emilio Lau

About Emilio:
Seasoned Industrial Engineer with a career in the marina and yacht
industry. Fluent in English and Spanish I provide top level customer
service,  vessel know-how including maintenance needs, logistics,
customs commitment to delivering a superior yachting experience.


SET UP YOUR FREE ACCOUNT NOW 

Contact Emilio  

Cell / Whatsapp +507-6616-7531

emilio@oceanposse.com

MORE PANAMA POSSE PERKS 

✔️ Up to date and verified information by fellow yachts

📊 Communications focused on facts, not opinions or unsolicited advice

💰 Save real money at 75+ Marinas with discounts * 

💰 Save  money at sponsor haul-out locations

🛰️ Free vessel and fleet tracking courtesy of Predict Wind

🚩 Free Burgee ( while they last ) 

💰 Save with service providers and chandleries

🕵️ Dedicated, experienced and discounted Canal and clearing in  agents

🗺️ Free aid to navigation 150 Gb OpenCPN satellite charts (mac/pc/android) immediately

💰  Save Money on parts with a Westmarine Pro Discount

💰 Save Money with a Predict Wind Pro Discount

🗺️ Free Printable Reference Charts emergency backup to your electronics

📹 Free Video Seminars on destinations from those who are there

🌩️ Top weather routing avail by Marine Weather Center Chris Parker

⛵ Community of voyagers all are welcome, kids, single-handers, pets

⚓ Peer support in emergencies with escalation procedures

🛈  Fleet Updates via email – free ✔️  Prior Fleet immediately

🏆 Fun Award Categories

📍 Free access to GOOD NAUTICAL and Anchorage  reports

☎️ Free Weekly live calls on Mondays via dedicated LINE.me group 

💬 Free 24/7 LINE group channel 

🌊 Benefit from the latest information and prior experience participants 

🔭 Be part of a fleet of sensor for those who come behind you or meet 

🚷 Always priority traffic – for participants by participants 

9) FEATURED MARINAS 

Marinas

We
are constantly adding benefits for the participants of the Panama Posse
- if your marina wants to sponsor the Panama Posse please let us know
we'd love to add them >>

LINTON BAY MARINA 🇵🇦 

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

09° 36.8566′ N   079° 34.8383′ W

marina linton bay

 HAUL OUT SPECIAL @
Puerto Lindo, Portobelo, PANAMA 
   09° 36.86'N   079° 34.8' W 

APRIL AND MAY 
50% off Haul-out and Splash for 
Panama Posse Participants 

HAUL & SPLASH (Full Service)

Lifting, Jet-Washing (fresh water), Run to yard position, Supports Change Position and Back to Water. Rates  x LOA

Monohull Fglass  $ 14.80   -50%

Multihulls Fglass  $ 18.60   -50%

Monohull Fglass   $ 16.30  > 60 feet   -50%

Multihulls Fglass  $ 20.10 > 60 feet   -50%

LONG TERM STORAGE - LOA x Day  

Monohulls   $ 0.48    -50%
Multihulls
$ 0.66    -50%

 

HAUL OUT FACILITY

ASCOM  TRAVELLIFT 160 tons / 39 foot beam - 8 Straps /  Jetty - 15 foot depth

GREETINGS ALL Panama Posse MEMBERS !

It
is our pleasure to have our beautiful marina as station for all sea
adventurers. Located in Puerto Lindo, Colon, Panama, we have a
strategical geographical position for hurricanes safe haven and last
stop heading to or from the San Blas Islands.

Our
Marina offers 80+ slips with 7+ moorings with enough depth for shafts
up to 5 meters, fuel station, restaurants, 24 hr. security, dry storage
and the biggest Travel Lift in Panama with a capacity of hauling out up
to 160 tons!

We
will give all Panama Posse members a discount of 15% for daily and
weekly rates in our slips as well as a 50% discount in haul outs and 30%
off work areas in our yard. Just remember to mention your membership
when arriving.

Excited to meet all voyagers,

Brian Davis

brian@lintonbaymarina.com

brian@lintonbaymarina.com

OFFICE CONTACT Kenisha. +507 6833-7211

Linton Bay Haul Out
linton bay
window

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10) SY DIVERGENT VISITS

AMAPALA, ISLA TIGRE 🇭🇳  HONDURAS 

AMAPALA, ISLA TIGRE 🇭🇳 HONDURAS SIGN

SV DIVERGENT framed by the letter 'P' & anchored just off the town of Amapala

Isla
Tigre is In Bahia Fonseca.  Bahia Fonseca is uniquely shared by
three countries: El Salvador (to the north and west), Honduras
(generally in the center), and Nicaragua (to the south and east).
Isla Tigre is part of Honduras. Visiting vessels are required to
check into the country at their first port of call.

Trip Report from SV DIVERGENT:

Amapala,
Isla Tigre, Honduras! We had a short but wonderful time there and would
definitely go back if we were headed south again.

There are no mooring balls or marina, but we anchored with good holding and plenty of room near the historic Amapala pier.

It
was easy to check in and out with the port captain and immigration
office, both located on the pier. We recall the cost being less than 20
USD.

The
port captain told us they only get a few cruisers each year. There is a
lot of panga traffic to and from the island. As a result, we received a
lot of viewing attention, and people were very friendly.

There is easy dinghy landing next to the pier at low tide.

 All the streets we walked on or saw were cobblestone.

 Local transportation is mainly via tuk-tuks. We also saw locals on motorbikes and quads.

There were several small tiendas suitable for provisioning.

There is an ATM on the main street near the pier.

Our
exploration and experience were only within the town of Amapala. We did
not get a chance to see the rest of the small island. Amapala is a
no-frills, authentic working village; there are not many tourist
amenities (restaurants, etc.). It was all about the experience for us –
some of the highlights were:

-
The main street connected to the pier has a colorful canopy of
umbrellas, which was fun to have as a backdrop for pictures. (The pier
itself is also quite colorful!)

-
Taking a tuk-tuk ride through town to several tiendas for provisioning.
Our driver was a friendly young man who was all smiles and eager to
suggest where we could shop.

-Seeing interesting historical architecture.

-Watching the locals at work, at play, or at their homes.

UMBRELLAS OVER COBBLESTONE

Umbrellas offer shade and bright colors along the cobblestone paths 

TUK-TUK

Three wheeled Tuk-Tuks are the taxis in Amapala

GARY AND ENA

Ena and Gary enjoying Amapala on their way north along the coast.

SY TIAMAT 🇺🇸 Stephanie & Owen – Fountaine Pajot 44’


Gary

11) MUST SEE:  
MANUEL ANTONIO PARK

COSTA RICA 🇨🇷 

manuel antonio park

Manuel
Antonio National Park – Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, is a
quintessential Costa Rican National Park in the Central Pacific
Conservation Area.  This national treasure is located on the
Pacific coast a few miles south east of Quepos and Marina Pez Vela.
The park is along the seaside and is rich in flora and fauna.
There are many local and knowledgeable guides that lead nature
walks through the park although the park can also be enjoyed along the
easy walking paths by visitors on their own.  The diversity of
wildlife in its 6.83 km2 (3 sq mi) is unequaled with 109 species of
mammals and 184 species of birds.

looking through scope in nature

Most guides carry high powered viewing scopes for spotting animals up-close.

bird

There are about 184 bird species in the Park.

dragonfly

Among the thousands of insects, this Delicate Dragonfly perches on a stick

Antonio

There are Reptiles and Amphibians adding to the diversity in Manuel Antonio. 

iguana

Large Iguanas patrol the beach and love eating Machineel fruits.

There are more shades of green than one can imagine.

There are more shades of green than one can imagine.

green plant

Some plants create vessels that hold water.

Manuel
Antonio was established in 1972. It is well known for its beautiful
beaches and hiking trails. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes
as among the world’s 12 most beautiful national parks.  Best of all
this National Park can be visited along the Panama Posse Route along
the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  Cruisers often visit the park
while anchored nearby or tucked into a slip in a very proximal marina.

Manuel Antonio Park is in Good Nautical

12) GOOD NAUTICAL: 

PLAYA BIESANZ - PUNTA QUEPOS, COSTA RICA  🇨🇷 

GOOD NAUTICAL

Playa
Biesanz lies just north of Punta Quepos which protects the anchorage
from most of the southern swell. The small bay has a crescent of white
sand backed by dense jungle and, lying so close to Manuel Antonio
National Park, is a good place for spotting a variety of monkeys and
even sloths if you are lucky.

 

https://goodnautical.com/costa-rica/anchorage/playa-biesanz-punta-quepos

 

Playa Biesanz - Punta Quepos

Anchorage

The
bottom is sandy with some rocks so choose a nice sandy patch in 5-10m
to drop anchor. The holding in sand is good. If the swell is wrapping
around the point in to the bay, use a stern anchor to reduce the roll.
Take the dinghy ashore at the southern end of the beach and one of the
locals will offer to keep an eye on it.

Facilities

A
steep, muddy path from the east end of the beach leads up to a track
which will eventually bring you out on the main road where you can take a
bus or taxi to Quepos (5km) or to Manuel Antonio National Park (3km).
In the small village where the track joins the road there is a bank, a
couple of grocery stores and plenty of restaurants and hotels.

POSSE TIP from SV SERENTITY:

If
you have dinghy wheels you can enter on the left side of the beach as
you face it. Make sure to drag the dinghy high on the beach. We simply
anchored our dinghy off the shore (understanding tidal moves first). No
problems.

It
is always wise when leaving your dinghy ashore to bring it well above
the high tide line, lock the motor and the boat whenever possible.

Playa Biesanz - Punta Quepos

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Sunsets

15) MEET THE FLEET  

 SV VINGATHOR

Dino and Maja

dino and maja

We
are Dino (Captain and boat yoga master) and Maja (first mate/Admiral
when needed and a self-proclaimed galley goddess), a Slovenian couple
from sailing yacht Vingathor - a Tayana 42 Vancouver.

We
owned different boats all our lives and are always happiest at sea. We
have been dreaming of crystal-clear waters, (sometimes not so) gentle
breezes, and stunning sunsets.

Three
years ago, when winters in Europe got too much to handle, we decided to
buy a sailboat in La Paz, Mexico and set on a journey to find the best
wind, chrystal clear water, interesting people, amazing food, music and
cocktails.

Since
then we have sailed through Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama.
We crossed the Panama Canal last year and visited San Andres,
Providencia, Cayman Islands and Cuba.

We are currently in Isla Mujeres, Mexico on our way to Guatemala for hurricane season.

As it comes to next season plans, we are unsure which way the wind will take us.

If you see us somewhere feel free to stop and say hi, there is always plenty of food and drinks on board!

sailboat
palm trees and ocean

SV VINGATHOR 🇸🇮 Dino & Maja - Tayana 42′


VINGATHOR
VINGATHOR
VINGATHOR

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17)  SAFETY ALERT:

DENGUE FEVER ON THE RISE IN PANAMA

MOSQUITO

Dengue
fever is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female
mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito. 

BE AWARE: DENGUE FEVER ON THE RISE IN PANAMA

 The
Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in Panama
confirms 2,745 accumulated cases of Dengue throughout the country.
The regions with the most positive cases are: Panama Metro with 612;
Panamá Oeste with 456, Colón with 311, Chiriquí with 273 and Panama Este
with 332.
 

Caution in San Blas

Higher
than usual dengue fever reported, approximately 1% of the population
with symptomatic dengue (with often a 1:4 ratio of symptomatic to
asymptomatic, it could be over 5% of the population is capable of
spreading dengue). Outer islands with less bugs safer than those close
to the coast, use bug spray, be extra careful near sunrise and sunset,
etc.  
https://www.minsa.gob.pa/noticia/minsa-reitera-la-poblacion-eliminar-criaderos-de-mosquitos-para-evitar-mas-casos-de-dengue-0

The
World Health Organization cautions people to know that Dengue is a
viral, mosquito borne infection most common in tropical and sub-tropical
climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.  Dengue
Fever symptoms can be mild to sever or even fatal.  Dengue is most
often treated with pain medication.

The
best way to avoid getting Dengue is to not get bitten by mosquitos.
Mosquitos are most active in the morning and in the
afternoon/early evening when the sun is on the horizon.
Thankfully, most people that get infected with Dengue do not have
symptoms.  However, people infected more than once get symptoms
progressively more severe.

Symptoms

Most
people with dengue have mild or no symptoms and will get better in 1–2
weeks. Rarely, dengue can be severe and lead to death.  

If symptoms occur, they usually begin 4–10 days after infection and last for 2–7 days. Symptoms may include:

  • high fever (40°C/104°F)
  • severe headache
  • pain behind the eyes
  • muscle and joint pains
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • swollen glands
  • rash.

Individuals who are infected for the second time are at greater risk of severe dengue.

Severe dengue symptoms often come after the fever has gone away:

  • severe abdominal pain
  • persistent vomiting
  • rapid breathing
  • bleeding gums or nose
  • fatigue
  • restlessness
  • blood in vomit or stool
  • being very thirsty
  • pale and cold skin
  • feeling weak.

People with these severe symptoms should get care right away.

After recovery, people who have had dengue may feel tired for several weeks.

DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS
DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS

18)  LONG TERM PLANNING: 

PACIFIC COAST 
🌀
HURRICANE SEASON 2024 

 La Niña suppresses hurricane activity in the central and eastern Pacific basins, and enhances it in the Atlantic basin

La Niña suppresses hurricane activity in the central and eastern Pacific basins, and enhances it in the Atlantic basin 

Panama
Posse vessels are beginning to have more and more discussions about
Hurricane strategies where they want their vessel and crew to be come
hurricane season.  Some vessels are heading up the coast from
Panama and parts in between towards Mexico.  Others are heading
south along the coast to Pacific Costa Rica and Panama.  While
others still are on the Caribbean side of the route making their way to
their 'spot' in Colombia - north to Rio Dulce and further north - or
sail to Grenada / ABC's. We are going to discuss the Pacific in this
segment.

There are, of course, several options to consider.

We’ll touch on these in one of the upcoming weekly LINE calls but just as a baseline here is some info.

Please take all of this with a grain of salt.

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

 

HISTORIC HURRICANE TRACK

 

Historic hurricane paths

On
the Pacific Coast of the Panama Posse Route there are many options for
Hurricane season.  Each with different pros and cons to consider.
In general, between June and November, the further south or north
you go there is less to no change of a hurricane.  However,
lightening becomes more of a real risk the further south you go.  

SOUTHERN  ZONE

ECUADOR  

  • Puerto Amistad Marina

PANAMA on the Pacific side:

  • Vista Mar Marina 
  • Buenaventura Marina
  • Boca Chica ( near working dock ) 
  • La Playita Marina
  • Flamenco Marina

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes except for Buenaventura Marina and Red Frog Marina no strikes )

COSTA RICA

  • Golfito Marina Village
  • Banana Bay Marina
  • Marina Pez Vela
  • Marina Papagayo

*customs issues can be ameliorated with a bond

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes except for Marina Papagayo no strikes )

NICARAGUA

  • Marina Puesta del Sol

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes)

EL SALVADOR

  • Bill & Jean’s Moorings
  • Marina Bahia del Sol 

(no hurricanes, yes lighting strikes)

CENTRAL  ZONE

Tehuntapec, MX is the area where the hurricanes usually originate from on their path north .  

Southern Mexico   

  • Marina Chiapas (no hurricanes, no recent strikes)

NORTHERN ZONE

Central to Northern Pacific Mexico &Sea of Cortez

All
Mexican marinas on the Pacific Side except for Ensaenda and Puerto
Peñasco in the Sea of Cortez are in the bona-fide Hurricane Zone and
vessels also occasionally suffer from lightning strikes.

 

pacific hurricane paths

 

Hurricane Paths on the Pacific coast specifically

Here are the 2024 named storm and their pronunciation from 
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac

  • Alberto         al-BAIR toe
  • Beryl             BEHR-ril
  • Chris             kris
  • Debby           DEH-bee
  • Ernesto        er-NES-toh
  • Francine      fran-SEEN
  • Gordon        GOR-duhn
  • Helene        heh-LEEN
  • Isaac           EYE-zik
  • Joyce          joyss
  • Kirk              kurk
  • Leslie           LEHZ-lee
  • Milton          MIL-ton
  • Nadine         nay-DEEN
  • Oscar           AHS-kur
  • Patty            PAT-ee
  • Rafael          rah-fah-ELL
  • Sara              SAIR-uh
  • Tony             TOH-nee
  • Valerie          VAH-lur-ee
  • William          WILL-yum
 

Surviving a HURRICANE...at ANCHOR! - Onboard Lifestyle ep.228

 

To
see what you can expect in anchorages in the Sea of Cortes during a
hurricane watch this enlightening first hand account  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AehRP9GSts

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Large capibara male in Panama

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and marshes, as well as seasonally flooded grassland and savanna and
near the Panama Canal. They are, they are normally easy to spot thanks
to their large size, social groups and very relaxed nature.

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San BLas

FLEET UPDATE 2024-03-17

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE 

COMBOMBIA SKY

March 17, 2024

“At the end of the day, we can endure 

much more than we think we can.”

-Frida Kahlo

TOP NEWS  

  • Season 7  Posse Seminars and Events Past and Future
  • Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets along the Route This Week
  • Season 7 Awards
  • A Photo Tour of Isla Isabel, Mexico 🇲🇽
  • Posse Perk: Navigational Aides for entering Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua 🇳🇮
  • Crab Eating Fox of South America
  • Good Nautical: Agua Verde, Mexico 🇲🇽
  • Meet the Fleet: MV INVICTUS
  • New 12 VDC Air conditioning for those hot nights  5,000 BTU < 15 Amps 
  • MUST SEE: Tulum, 🇲🇽 

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PANAMA POSSE Season 7

272 Yachts are signed up - JOIN YOUR POSSE 

 

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1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Puente Atlantico, bridge over the Panama Canal on the Caribbean side 🇵🇦

SY BOUNDLESS 🇺🇸   Daniel & Naiby - Shannon 43′

BOUNDLESS

Brigadoon lll and Qué vendrá got to Puesta del Sol in Nicaragua 🇳🇮 

SY BRIGADOON III 🇨🇦 Doug & Patty - Saga 43'  

& SY QUE VENDRA 🇺🇸 Olena & Maciek – Outbound 46’


BRIGADOON III
BRIGADOON III
QUE VENDRA- Maciek
QUE VENDAR Olena
image

Baby Frigatebirds are hatching on Isla Isabel in Mexico right now 🇲🇽

SY PRIYA 🇺🇸  Brandt - Ericson 38,′

PRYIA

2) SAVE THE DATE : 

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 

@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W

 

Panama Posse Placencia Belize Event

 

PANAMA POSSE 🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST 
@ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

BELIZE PLACENCIA YACHT FEST 🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club

Saturday April 6, 2024

16:00 – 21:30

Placencia Yacht Club

16° 30.471’N 088° 21.7216′ W


RSVP NOW !

CONTACT

 Beat,  Caroline, dogs & Heyson Garcia - 
YES PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB IS UBER DOG FRIENDLY 

Beat & Caroline>

We,
Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich are running this place since January
2021. We moved from Switzerland to Belize in 2019 and found this
treasure while looking for a dock for our yacht.

Simplicity on a high level is our aim and to make our guests happy.

 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MOORINGS @ PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

info@clearwaterexploring.com

www.placencia-yacht-club.com

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181

VHF 68

SAFE APPROACH 

 

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SAVE APPROACH   @ 16° 29.9333′ N 088° 20.9266' W

 

Placencia yacht club belize

 

 

BELIZE

 

3) SPECTACULAR SUNRISES AND SUNSETS

 ALONG THE PANAMA POSSE ROUTE  

ROUTES

Classic Caribbean routes to and from Panama 

Pacific Routes

Classic Pacific route to and from Panama 

Sunrise southbound off the coast of Costa Rica 🇨🇷

Sunrise southbound off the coast of Costa Rica  🇨🇷  

MY MUIRGEN 🇺🇸 Scot & Laura - Beebe 50′


Scot
Sunrise over Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panamá 🇵🇦

Sunrise over Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panamá 🇵🇦 

MY SUNDOWNER 🇺🇸 Jeffrey & Lynn - Californian 50'

SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
Sunset - Bahia Biesanz, Quepos, Costa Rica 🇨🇷

Sunset - Bahia Biesanz, Quepos, Costa Rica  🇨🇷 

SY SERENITY 🇺🇸 Mark & Kathryn – Antares 44′

SERENITY KathrynSERENITY - mARK
Niundup

Sunset - Niundup, San Blas, Panama  🇵🇦 

SY CARINTHIA 🇺🇸 Suzanne - Dietmar & Maxi – Lagoon 44′

DietmarCARINTHIA suzanneCARINTHIA Maxi

4) SEASON 7 AWARD NOMINATIONS:

Flor de Caña Centenario 12 Year Old

Flor de Caña sponsors the Panama  Posse Awards

*Each winner in every category receives a commemorative bottle of 12 year*

ANNUAL AWARDS INCLUDE:

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

Shark

Nominate yourself, a crew member, or another boat   

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

Share the adventure

5) PANAMA POSSE EVENTS 

SHelter Bay Dancer party

Dance Performance at Panama Posse event in Shelter Bay, Panama 🇵🇦
Next Shelter Bay Event Feb 1 2025  

(1) PANAMA POSSE 

BELIZE YACHT FEST 

APRIL 6 2024

PLACENCIA YACHT CLUB

🇧🇿 BELIZE

 

SAT Feb 3, 2024 Sheleter BAY 🇵🇦 PANAMA

 

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 

 

Beat & Caroline
 

 

Caroline Imfeld and Beat Rettich

T: +501 639 8555

Whatsapp   +41 78 605 5181


RSVP FOR  BELIZE 
Shelter Bay

(2) PANAMA POSSE AWARDSFUN ACTIVITIES, GOLF, POOL, DJ LOUNGE, + MARINE EXPO 

SAT. MAY 11 '24 BUENAVENTURA MARINA  🇵🇦  PANAMA

 

SAT May 10-12, 2024 BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 PANAMA YACHT FEST

 

This is a very exclusive signature event in the Hamptons of Panama.
The upscale resort Buenaventura is just 80 minutes west of Panama City
and is one of the most charming and reserved places on the Pacific coast
of Panama.

Only 60 nm from the Las Perlas.

FOR RESERVATIONS CONTACT:

Cesar Buenaventura Marina

Cesar - Marina Manager
cesar@bv-marina.com 
Tel: +507-6616-7531  


RSVP FOR YACHT FEST
 

Buenaventura

 

6) SY PRIYA SHARES SHOTS FROM 

ISLA ISABEL, Mexico 🇲🇽 

 

PANAMA POSSE at anchor at Isla Isabella

 

South side Anchorage of Isla Isabel of the Pacific Mainland coast of Mexico

Sitting
south of the Sea of Cortez just inside of the ocean proper, Isla Isabel
is considered by some the be the Galapagos of Mexico.  SY PRIYA recent time there highlights the beauty and bounty of wildlife there.

 

BIrds

 

Male Frigate bird attracting its mate and protecting its nesting area

Panama Posse Lizzard

Large lizard 

Panama Posse Sunset

Sunset on the hook

SY PRIYA 🇺🇸  Brandt - Ericson 38'

PRYIA

Thank you for Sharing your Adventures on the water !

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

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

Marteen from SY PINTA sailing his Van de Stadt Caribbean 40′

Marteen from SY PINTA sailing his Van de Stadt Caribbean 40′

8) POSSE PERK: INTEL 

 ENTERING PUESTA DEL SOL 🇳🇮 NICARAGUA  

Puesta del Sol Nicaragua course from Rob on SV AVANT

Buoy Coordinates in the entrance are very helpful.


BUOY               Lat

Long

0
12°
36.125' N            87° 22.805' W
SAFE OUTER MARKER 

1                  12° 36.855' N            87° 20.945' W

2
12°
36.750' N            87° 20.882' W

3
12°
36.736' N            87° 20.580' W

4
12°
36.699' N             87° 20.539' W

5
12°
36.926' N             87° 20.503' W

6
12°
36.905' N             87° 20.458' W

7
12°
37.176' N             87° 20.394' W

8
12°
37.128' N             87° 20.326' W

9
12°
37.294' N             87° 20.364' W

10                12° 37.312' N             87° 20.329' W

11                 12° 37.331' N            87° 20.408' W

12                 12° 37.359' N            87° 20.374' W

13                 12° 37.363' N            87° 20.488' W

14                 12° 37.395' N            87° 20.451' W

15                 12° 37.451' N            87° 20.530' W

16                 12° 37.459' N            87° 20.483' W

Cruisers
entering northern Nicaragua through Puesta del Sol enjoy many
adventures on and off the water.  There is a surf break close by,
distilleries, volcanoes, old colonial towns to visit.

SY FIREFLY visited Panama Posse Sponsor, Flor de Cana, headquartered near Puesta del Sol

Masaya Volcano on the panama posse route

Trip report from SY SUNDOWNER:

Entering
the bay for Puesta del Sol, Nicaragua there are very few navigation
buoys in place. Here is a list of way points for the entrance to the
estuary. You start 5 miles off shore at the black way point. Put the
additional waypoints on your chart plotter in Red and Green and they
represent the missing buoys and guide you right in. 

MY SUNDOWNER 🇺🇸 Jeffrey & Lynn - Californian 50'

SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
SUNDOWNER
Marinas

9) THUNDERBIRDS MARINE 🇧🇿  BELIZE

SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

marina

THUNDERBIRDS MARINE is pleased to be part of the Panama Posse

and will offer discounts to members for various services

15% off for nightly rates

15% off weekly Rates

30% off monthly rates

20% off Haul Out services- Vessels up to 13 tons

Our facility is situated on 10 acres in Placencia Village and located on the lagoon side.

It is approximately 2 miles north of the opening to the lagoon. There is 7 feet of depth available the entire way.

FULL SERVICE MARINA AND YARD SERVICES OFFERED:

  • Full Service Marina with water and shore power available
  • Liveaboard is OK but we prefer No pets
  • Vessel Haul Out and storage up to 13 tons. Heavier haulouts can be arranged with some coordination.
  • Mercury Marine Dealer and Service center
  • Inboard services
  • B&G/Lowrance/SIMRAD dealer. Sales, installation, service
  • We are the largest supplier of marine supplies in the country. We can distribute around Belize.
  • Indoor and outdoor storage
  • Fuel Station and Convenience Store
  • Fishing Tackle
  • Fiberglass repairs
  • OEM Boat Builder
  • Barge and Salvage services
  • Access to our Organic Garden
  • Wifi Access
  • 24 hour security and video surveillance

window

Doug Ingersoll

CEO-Managing Director

doug@hardnine.net

THUNDERBIRDS MARINE

A Hard Nine Company

(916) 253-3700 US Office

(916) 257-6700 US Cell

(916) 626-4434 VOIP

+(501) 670-3737 Belize Office

+(501) 624-1411 Belize Cell

VHF 12 loosely monitored

10) CRAB EATING FOX OF SOUTH AMERICA 

By Josea Descheemaeker  age10

Crab eating Fox

Facts:

  1. Crab Eating Foxes eat crabs, grass, fruit, to name a few.  They are omnivores.
  2. No one knows how many Crab Eating Foxes exist.
  3. Crab Eating Foxes grow to 24-28" long PLUS a 12" tail and 11-18lbs in weight.
  4. The Crab Eating Fox is called many names such as: Forest Fox, Savannah Fox, Wood Fox, and Mekong.
  5. Crab Eating Foxes can run up to 30 mph and jump 3' vertically.
  6. These foxes mate for life and care for their cubs equally.
  7. Females give birth to up to 6 cubs after up to 59 days of pregnancy.
Crab eating fox territory

Crab Eating Fox range.

The Crab Eating Fox is in the dog family.

Why do you like the Crab Eating Fox?

11) Sun Powered Yachts ☀️⛵ 

Sponsors the Panama Posse

 

https://panamaposse.com/sun-powered-yachts

 

We are exited and pleased to sponsor the Panama Posse with a special 10% discount off SunPower solar panel bundles.

Just
use promocode PANAMAPOSSE at checkout www.sunpoweredyachts.com/shop and
start enjoying clean & quiet solar aboard your boat.

We also offer free consultations so please email or call and let us help you go solar today.

Katie & Lyall Burgess

Katie and Lyall Burgess

Sun Powered Yachts 

CONTACT AVENUES:

W: sunpoweredyachts.com

T: +1 808 825 2670

E:  lyall@sunpoweredyachts.com

E: katie@sunpoweredyachts.com

  • Lyall
    is from the UK and has travelled to 50 countries backpacking and
    sailing.  With a background in Hospitality and Event Management he
    found sailing in 2004 has logged over 55,000 miles and qualified as an
    RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.
  • Katie
    is from Maine and has been working in the solar industry in Hawaii for
    over a decade, most recently for Rising Sun Solar.  Her knowledge
    of solar products and system design will be an asset to your yacht’s
    system.

 

https://panamaposse.com/sun-powered-yachts

 

PRODUCTS

  • SUNPOWER
  • VICTRON
  • MAXEON
  • AERL
  • CABLES CONNECTORS SLEEVES

Based
on our time and experience sailing, on short trips and living at sea,
we have created a Power Usage Chart below.  You can see more
details on what each system could power on your weekend or live aboard
sailing adventure.  Create your own power usage table and see what
your power needs are aboard your own yacht then choose the number of
solar panels accordingly

Voyager live aboard calculations

12) MEET THE FLEET

 SY INVICTUS

  Jeff & Lyndsey 

 

He left me all alone (almost) in Costa Rica

 

I
have lived in Costa Rica for 22 years and owned the first charter
catamaran business on the Gold coast here.  I currently own the
Costa Rica Sailing Center that we started on the beach in Playa Potrero
almost 10 years ago.

In
2021 my fiance, Lyndsey, and I purchased Invictus a 60’ power catamaran
in Jupiter, Florida.  This cat was built with the intention to be a
sailing catamaran and is completely rigged and ready to go minus the
mast, boom and sails.  Our intention upon purchase was to finish
her capability to sail.  Although we are sailors at heart, we
quickly realized the ease and efficiency of running this boat as a
powercat.  We have been running surf and dive charters with
Invictus for the last couple of years here on the Pacific side of Coast
Rica for the last few years.  We leave for Panama in about 10 days
to haul out for bottom paint and maintenance, and then hope to do some
more exploration of this beautiful part of the world.

Thats about it for now.

Pura Vida

Jeff and Lyndsey

INVICTUS  as a powercat taking people on coastal adventures

MV INVICTUS 🇺🇸 Jeff & Lyndsey - Simpson 60′


INVICTUS Lindsey
INVICTUS Jeff

@SailingInvictus on youtube

13) GOOD NAUTICAL: AGUA VERDE 🇲🇽 MEXICO

GOOD NAUTICAL
Agua Verde

View out to Sea from the village beach

Agua Verde is north of San Evaristo and south of Loreto, Mexico.  

Depth

35.0 ft

10.5 m

Bottom Composition

S - Sand

Sh - Shells

Good Nautical AGUA VERDE

Agua Verde Anchorage is a great refuge from wind in the Sea

Bahia
Agua Verde is a lobate bay located on the north side of Punta San
Marcial. The bay faces northeast, it is beautifully protected from wind
and swell from the south and is very popular during the dry season. If a
northerly is blowing the anchorage behind the islets at the foot of
Punta San Pascal provides reasonable shelter for two or three boats.

The
dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and aquamarine water make Bahia Agua
Dulce a stunning anchorage. There is some panga traffic to and from the
small settlement on the south side of the bay but there is plenty of
room to anchor further away if it is bothersome.

Anchorage

Anchor
at the northern end of the bay close to the sand spit in 10.5m on
shelly sand with good holding. At the southern end of the bay pangas
anchor off the settlement west of Pyramid Rocks but there plenty of
space to drop the pick in 5-10m on sand. Chose your beach to dinghy
ashore depending where the waves are breaking.

Facilities

The
settlement has a couple of tiendas (small shop) for basic needs.
Snorkeling around the reefs and islets at the foot of Punta San Pascal
is excellent and diving the walls of Roca Solitaria is remarkable.

Agua Verde is known for spectacular turquoise water.

Agua Verde
is a nursery for many different species of marine life in the Sea of
Cortez.  Here baitfish cool off in the shadow of our hull.

Agua Verde

Free
range Goats that are raised in the village for their milk rest in the
shade of a palm tree.  Fresh cheese is sold in tiendas.

flowers

Walking ashore for light provisioning.

Fish on the beach on the wall

Red Snapper are a part of the art and livelihood in Agua Verde

SY WHIRLWIND 🇺🇸 Maurisa, Mike, Russell & Josea – Alajuela 48’

WHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWINDWHIRLWIND

SIGN UP FOR THE 23-24 PANAMA POSSE  

14) PLEASE SUPPORT MARK 

 

RUM TRUFFLE

 

15) BUENAVENTURA MARINA 🇵🇦 

SPONSORS DE PANAMA POSSE  

08° 20.5166′ N   080°09.7683′ W

 

Buenaventura-Marina-

 

Welcome to our amazing Buenaventura Marina

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

 

Cesar Ramos

 

Cesar

 

CONTACT:

Marina Manager

cesar@bv-marina.com

Mobile: +507-6411-5597

www.bv-marina.com

Buenaventura Marina

 

Buenaventura Marina

 

SPECIAL PANAMA POSSE RATES

FIRST NIGHT FREE !!

 Five restaurants

Two Beach Clubs with pool area

Marriot hotel with discount thru marina(depend on availability)

Golf (marina discount)

Zoo to look at wildlife in a safe zone

events every month to motivate social life

Very protected boat basin

Buenaventura Marina

Lovely grounds and water sport activities

NOTE

A 10 foot tide is needed to cross the sandbar at the entrance (6′ keel).

Emilio, the marina manager, speaks perfect English and is very friendly.

Please call  VHF 10 before entering. so we can assist at the dock.

Buenaventura Marina

Venture inside a 340 Acre luxury resort with tons of amenities including an equestrian center, golf course and endless pools .

 

https://panamaposse.com/bmrsvp

 

16) OFF THE BEATEN PATH 
LOS ROQUES 🇻🇪 VENEZUELA

Los Roques

Covering
a total area of 40.61 km2, the Los Roques archipelago comprises more
than 350 uninhabited cays, islands, and islets and is situated about 128
km to the north of the La Guaira in Venezuela.

Los Roques


Los Roques is scarcely populated, having about 2,000 permanent
inhabitants mostly in its main Island, El Gran Roque. 

Los Roques

It
is clean and popular among foreign tourists and Venezuelans alike.
Colorful lodges and private houses are the main constructions. No cars
and streets of sand, is part of its charm.

Los Roques

All
are welcome to visit but US citizens are subject to extra fees and
scrutiny. If you are active or retired military best to avoid the place.

To enter contact an agent hoanns@hotmail.com +573168529048

Los Roques Imray D222

17) POSSE SPONSOR: 

SHARK SHAFT DOES ITS JOB

Cruising vessels traveling north or south along the Panama Posse route will be hard pressed not  to come in contact with a long line.  SY TIAMAT installed a Shark Shaft before heading south and recently reported:

We
cut a line somewhere between Barra and Papanoa, probably at night.
Shaft shark did its job, I removed the remnants (A few meters of wrapped
up line) from the shaft by hand

 

 

Ahoy Panama Posse

As the show days went by we met a number of your posse (Posse Shirts & stickers!!)

For an order thru your Panama Posse group we can offer your group a special discount of below trade –

30% off the List pricing plus shipping.

Cheers,

Geoff Prior

AB Marine

Ph: 401.847.7960

Cell: 401.578.3447

Skype: geoffprior

 

Longlines

 

PARTICIPANTS OF THE PANAMA POSSE HAVE DOCUMENTED OVER 120 LONG LINE LOCATIONS 

BRAVO ZULU

 

 

18) SLEEPING COOL IN THE TROPICS AT ANCHOR  
12 V DC AIR CONDITIONING < 15 AMP per hour draw 

       

Hot nights at anchor

Meeting summary for OCEAN POSSE – & Archer Power Solutions  

KINGFISHER AC

Quick recap

The
meeting primarily focused on the technical aspects of a 12-volt system,
with discussions about its efficiency, cost, and specifics. The team
also introduced a new air conditioner system, King Fisher, and discussed
their current locations and upcoming plans. Later, Tom and Mark
introduced a fully DC powered marine air conditioner system,
highlighting its features and efficiency. The conversation ended with a
discussion about the benefits of a variable speed compressor and
concerns about the unit’s installation and performance.

Technical Aspects of 12-Volt System and New AC System

The
meeting primarily focused on the technical aspects of a 12-volt system.
Archer clarified its efficiency and cost, and suggested signing up for
their email list for updates. The team also discussed the specifics of
the system, including the need for a continuously rated pump and the
potential use of existing AC pumps. Chris raised a question about power
draw from the water pump, with the team noting the need for a dedicated
12-volt pump. Later in the meeting, the team introduced a new air
conditioner system, King Fisher. They also discussed their current
locations and upcoming plans, including a journey across the Pacific to
Marquesas

12 V DC Powered Marine Air Conditioner  

Tom
and Mark discussed the latest version of their marine air conditioner,
which is fully DC powered and operates at 12 volts. They emphasized its
features such as an all-plastic drain pan for condensation, a removable
drain pan, and a number of features to enhance its efficiency. Tom noted
that the system incorporates an electronic expansion valve and a
variable speed, fully DC powered compressor for optimization and
efficiency. They also highlighted the unit’s serviceability and its
compact electronics box with two to four connections, DC power, and a
fully adjustable blower port. The new version of the system aims to run
without generators or backup power other than a solar system, reducing
power load on the battery bank and extending run times. Archer then
discussed the unit’s design and efficiency, emphasizing its ability to
cool specific areas on a boat, and demonstrated the unit’s user
interface.

 

Variable Speed Compressor and New Fan Unit Discussion

Archer
discussed the benefits of a variable speed compressor for energy
efficiency. He demonstrated its usage, highlighting its ability to
maintain a 20-25 degree Fahrenheit difference between incoming seawater
temperature and the air coming out. Archer also introduced a new fan
unit with three speed levels and a sleep timer function. He clarified
that the unit’s cooling and humidity removal capabilities depend on the
volume of air it needs to cool. Chad raised concerns about the unit’s
installation and performance, suggesting potential improvements for
future models. The conversation ended with an open invitation for
further questions via email or phone and a special discount for this
5000 BTU unit for PP .

GET THE DEAL HERE >>

 

Archer Power Solutions

 

19)  MUST SEE: 

       TULUM 🇲🇽 

 
YEAH YOU CAN ANCHOR THERE !

Tulum
is the site of a Mayan walled city which served as a major port for
Cuba, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. These magnificent ruins are
situated on 40foot tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán
Peninsula. The site might have been called Zama, meaning City of Dawn,
because it faces the sunrise.

Tulum
was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya at its
height between the 13th and 15th centuries.  Tulum managed to
survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying what is now
Mexico .

 

Anchorage off of Tulum.

 

Tulum
is one of the best-preserved coastal Mayan sites and you can see it
from your own vessel.  Anchor just south or to the north of Tulum.
The ideal conditions for this day anchorage are: noon, non cloudy,
not too windy.  Accessing the anchorage requires entering a path
though a reef.  This is best for vessels that draw less than 6
feet.  The bottom is compacted sand.  

 

Anchorage off of Tulum.

 

Anchorage off of Tulum.

Tulum’s
massive wall was thick and 1,300 ft long parallel to the sea.
This would have taken an enormous amount of energy and time to
build, which shows how important defense was to the people of Tulum. On
the southwest and northwest corners there are watch towers demonstrating
a well defended city.

 

Anchorage off of Tulum.

 

Structures along the beach

 

Anchorage off of Tulum.

 

Tulum is considered by archeological experts one of the most well-known fortified sites of the Mayan Civilization

 

 

aerial video of the Tulum archeological site.

Since
Tulum had access to both land and sea trade routes it was an important
trade hub, especially for volcanic glass called obsidian used for tools,
decorative objects.  Obsidian was also made into a type of sword
with obsidian blades mounted in a wooden body called a macuahuitl.
This weapon could inflict terrible injuries, combining the sharp
cutting edge of an obsidian blade with the ragged cut of a serrated
weapon.

 

manta ray

 

Sword called macuahuital with Obsidian blades

 

 

 

20)  75+ PANAMA POSSE MARINA SPONSORS 

 

Marinas

 

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor South Bay – Chula Vista, USA

🇺🇸 Safe Harbor Ventura Isle -  Ventura, USA

🇲🇽 Cruise Port Village - Mexico

🇲🇽 IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas  – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Puerto Escondido – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Palmira Topolobampo – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina y Club de Yates Isla Cortes – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina el Cid – Mazatlan – Mexico

🇲🇽 Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta – Mexico  

🇲🇽 PANAMA POSSE HQ  – Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Marina Ixtapa, Ixtapa – Mexico 

🇲🇽 La Marina Acapulco, Acapulco – Mexico  

🇲🇽 Vicente’s Moorings, Acapulco – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina Chiapas – Mexico  

🇬🇹 Marina Pez Vela – Guatemala  

🇸🇻 Marina Bahia del Sol – El Salvador  

🇸🇻 La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol - El Salvador

🇳🇮 Marina Puesta del Sol – Nicaragua  

🇨🇷 Marina Papagayo – Costa Rica  

🇨🇷 Banana Bay Marina – Costa Rica  

🇪🇨 Marina Puerto Amistad – Ecuador  

🇵🇦 Buenaventura Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 PANAMA POSSE PACIFIC HQ Vista Mar Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Shelter Bay Marina – Panama  

🇵🇦 Bocas Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 Linton Bay Marina – Panama 

🇵🇦 La Playita Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Flamenco Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Solarte  Marina – Panama

🇵🇦 Turtle Cay Marina – Panama

🇨🇴 ClubNautico Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Club de Pesca Marina Cartagena – Colombia 

🇨🇴 Manzanillo Marina Club – Colombia

🇨🇴 Marina Puerto Velero – Colombia

🇨🇴 IGY Marina Santa Marta – Colombia 

🇯🇲 Royal Jamaica Yacht Club – Jamaica 

🇯🇲 Errol Flynn Marina – Jamaica  

🇯🇲 Montego Bay Yacht Club –Jamaica 

🇰🇾 The Barcadere Marina –Cayman Islands 

🇭🇳 Barefoot Cay Marina – Roatan – Honduras 

🇭🇳 Fantasy Island Marina – Roatan – Honduras

🇭🇳 Jonesville Point Marina -Roatan – Honduras  

🇬🇹 Marina Nana Juana Resort & Boatyard – Guatemala 

🇧🇿 Thunderbirds Marine – Placencia – Belize 

🇧🇿 Placencia Yacht Club – Belize 

🇲🇽 Marina Makax – Isla Mujeres – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina V&V – Quintana Roo – Mexico 

🇲🇽 Marina El Cid – Cancún – Riviera Maya – Mexico  

🇨🇺 Marina Marlin Nautica Cayo Largo – Cuba 

🇹🇨 South Bank Marina & Boatyard – Turks and Caicos  

🇧🇸 Romora Bay Resort and Marina – Bahamas  

🇧🇸 Elizabeth on the Bay Marina – Bahamas 

🇧🇸 Great Harbour Cay Marina – Bahamas

🇧🇸 Blue Marlin Cove Resort & Marina – Bahamas  

🇩🇴 Ocean World Marina – Dominican Republic

🇩🇴 Marina Puerto Bahia – Dominican Republic    

🇺🇸 Marathon Marina – Marathon Keys 

🇺🇸 Pier 66  Hotel & Marina – Ft. Lauderdale, USA

🇺🇸 IGY Marina at Ortega Landing – Jacksonville, FL , USA 

🇺🇸 Oasis Marinas at Fernandina Harbor Marina – FL , USA  

🇺🇸 Morningstar Marinas Golden Isles St. Simons Isl. – Georgia, USA  

🇺🇸 Windmill Harbour Marina – Hilton Head South Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Coffee Bluff Marina – Savannah Georgia , USA  

🇺🇸 Hazzard Marine – Gerogetown, North Carolina , USA  

🇺🇸 Holden Beach  – Town Dock, North Carolina , USA 

🇺🇸 Portside Marina – Morehead City, North Carolina USA  

🇺🇸 Tideawater Yacht Marina – Portsmouth,  USA  

🇺🇸 Ocean Yacht Marina, Portsmouth, USA  

🇺🇸 Yorktown Riverwalk Landing – Virginia USA  

🇺🇸 Regatta Point Marina – Deltaville, Virginia USA 

🇺🇸 Regent Point Marina – Topping, Virginia USA 

 

https://panamaposse.com/marina-puerto-bahia

 

 

Marina Puerto Bahia 🇩🇴 Sponsors the Panama Posse 19° 11.6383′ N 069° 21.3283′ W

 

ON SITE RESORT & MARINA AMENITIES

  •     On-Site Customs & Immigration
  •     30 and 50 amps, 125 and 250 volts, 60 Hz
  •     Water
  •     High Speed Pump Fueling Pier
  •     24-Hour Security
  •     Restrooms and Showers
  •     Laundry Room
  •     Mini-Market
  •     Garbage Pickup
  •     Free Internet Access
  •     Bars and Restaurants
  •     Infinity Pools
  •     Gym
  •     Spa and Beauty Salon
  •     Taxi and Car Rental
  •     Water Taxi to Cayo Levantado Island
  •     Parking
SAMANA

21)  PANAMA POSSE SPONSORS 

  • BELIZE TOURISM
  • CHRIS PARKER - MARINE WEATHER CENTER
  • DELTA MIKE MARINE SUPPLY PANAMA
  • DOWNWIND MARINE
  • FLOR DE CAÑA
  • HERTZ RENTAL CARS  MEXICO
  • HOME DEPOT PRO MEXICO
  • LATITUDES AND ATTITUDES  
  • PANAMA YACHT BROKER
  • PREDICT WIND
  • SAFE HARBOR SOUTH BAY MARINA EVENT CENTER  
  • SAN DIEGO MARINE EXCHANGE
  • SEVENSTAR YACHT TRANSPORT
  • WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES
  • WESTMARINE PRO
  • YACHT AGENTS GALAPAGOS  
     

PANAMA YACHT BROKER

 

Panama yacht Refit & Customization

 

 CONTACT Charles Badoian Cell/WhatsApp/Telegram/Signal: PA +507 6378-8345 US +1 305-735-1661 Skype: badoian E: charles@panamayachtbroker.com

CONTACT 

Charles Badoian

Cell/WhatsApp/Telegram/Signal:

PA +507 6378-8345

US  +1 305-735-1661

Skype: badoian

E: charles@panamayachtbroker.com

 

Panama Yachts for sale as of March 2024

 

22) PANAMA CANAL AGENT 
CENTENARIO CONSULTING ERICK GALVEZ

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

Erick Gálvez

info@centenarioconsulting.com

www.centenarioconsulting.com

Cellphone +507 6676-1376

WhatsApp +507 6676-1376

Erick
Panama Canal Map

23) WAYPOINT YACHT SERVICES

Waypoint Yacht Services

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

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

 Contact us today through panama@waypointyacht.com

Panama Birds

The
Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole near the center of
Lighthouse Reef in Belize. The hole is over 1,000 ft in diameter and ~
400 ft  deep. It was formed during several phases of glaciation
when sea levels were much lower. Analysis shows that formation took
place between 153,000 to 15,000 years ago.


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24) STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

SSCA

Park Avenue Villas – San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

Coconutz – Playa Cocos – Costa Rica

Pacific Posse  & Atlantic Posse

Advertising Partners – Las Vegas

Safe-Esteem.com – Delaware

 

SSCA & PANAMA POSSE

 

 

SSCA & PANAMA POSSE

 

25) MORE POSSE NEWS FROM 
AROUND THE OCEANS

 

atlantic posse

 

ATLANTIC POSSE  
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Medina of Essaouira

 

Madeira Natural Park 🇵🇹  Madeira 

Atlantic Posse 24

Atlantic Posse '24

 

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Atlantic Posse Routes
voyage between the  Mediterranean  and  the Caribbean 

Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

 

south pacific posse

 

26) SOUTH PACIFIC POSSE SEASON 4 


REGISTER NOW 
 

SPP

 


SIGN UP FOR SEASON 4 
Relax in the SP

The Amazing 🇨🇰  Cook Islands just a quick sail west from French Polynesia 

South Pacific Posse BUrgees

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

Suwarrow

The impressive Cook Island Suwarrow Atoll in the South Pacific  

Nawi Island PArty

Nawi Island 🇫🇯 Fiji 
Meet the Cruising Fleet Event August 31 2024 - come party and mingle  

Nawi ISland Event

New Caledonia 🇳🇨 at it's finest 


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SEASON 4 

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YOUR VESSEL · YOUR CREW · YOUR RESPONSIBILITY 

Mission

 OUR MISSION

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

ABERNATHY SPONSORS THE PANAMA POSSE

 

https://abernathypanama.com/


FLEET UPDATE

FLEET UPDATE 2024-03-10

 

Panama Posse

 

PANAMA POSSE 
 
FLEET UPDATE 

Souht Water Cay reversed

MARCH 9, 2024

“You see yourself as a shipwreck, but we see your treasure glowing inside, beneath the oceans in your eyes.”

― Curtis Tyrone Jones 

TOP NEWS  

  • April 6 2024  🇧🇿 BELIZE YACHT FEST
  • Season 7 Award Entries:  Most Unwanted Guest Entry
  • EXCLUSIVE LOW POWER AC PRODUCT DEMO   
  • Careening in Costa Rica 🇨🇷
  • Canal Crossing Report 🇵🇦
  • Posse Perk: Sharing Intel on Chart Accuracy
  • Water Maker Membrane Care
  • Good Nautical: Isla Tigre Gulfo Fonseca 🇭🇳 
  • Meet the Fleet: SY PINTA
  • BAHIA EL SOL 🇸🇻 EL SALVADOR ⚠️DO NOT ENTER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • MUST SEE: Cocos Island, Costa Rica 🇨🇷
  • Join the South Pacific Posse 
  • Join the Atlantic  Posse 

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PANAMA POSSE Season 7

271 Yachts are signed up - JOIN YOUR POSSE 

 

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1)  PICTURES OF THE WEEK

Beach view from Red Frog Marina, Bocas del Toro 🇵🇦 Panama 

SY RAMBLE ON ROSE 🇺🇸 Don & Rosalind – Caliber 40’

 

 RAMBLE ON ROSE Don

 

Live on the water, Play on the water

image

....and watch the sunset over the water.

SY BOUNDLESS  🇺🇸  Daniel & Naiby - Shannon 43′