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Civil War Era Submarine in Panama?

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Did you know that there is a rusting hulk of a submarine on a beach in the Las Perlas Island that’s been there since the 1860’s! How cool is that? Check it out on San Telmo Island. Read all about it here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub_Marine_Explorer Cheers, Stan M/V CrossRoads (more…)

Panama Posse Launch Party

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And we are off.  After a wonderful and stunning  Panama Posse Launch Party the fleet is heading south. We will post Pictures of the Party here and in our Facebook group for all to see !    See you down the coast !   (more…)

Open CPN

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We held our opencpn seminar yesterday and shared ( thanks to Marc from Liquid ) most satellite kap files of the coast between Barra de Navidad and Panama ! If you missed it you can download opencpn for free from https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/downloadopencpn.html     ( mac / pc / android  versions  )  Download Google earth pro v6.2 or later ( use license key GEFREE) v6.2 for Windows https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/ge6/release_6_2_2/googleearth-win-pro-6.2.2.6613.exe v6.2 for Mac https://dl.google.com/dl/earth/client/ge6/release_6_2_2/googleearth-pro-intel-6.2.2.6613.dmg 3. Here is how to get satellite image chartlets into open CPN the satellite images are now on the server – so download them all  ( 2.7 GB !! ) http://route.panamaposse.com/kap/ge_chartlets.zip place them into their own directory – create a directory  (folder) with a unique name example (c:\ge_charts ) launch / open OpenCpn and add the charts – click on Options ( little wrench) -> Charts -> Add Directory -> Select the Folder you just created ->  example (c:\ge_charts ) Click [x]  Scan Charts and update Database – Apply  – wait and voila ! Seminar attendance in Barra de Navidad Shearwater Interlude Respite Crossroads Raven Annapurna Easy Volante III Liquid Carinthia Kea (more…)

Tehuantepec

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So it’s time to start our long range planing and regardless of when you and your vessel plan on crossing the Tehuantepec – it is best to proceed with caution – Here are the Pilot Chart excerpts – for December – January and February. This Post will evolve over time to give everyone a good overview and document best practices and lessons learned from fellow mariners. First – here is how pilot chart’s wind roses work. Tehuantepec’s historical data for December Tehuantepec’s historical data for January Tehuantepec’s historical data for February   And here is windy’s current state of affairs . More to come – so ponder away ! Below is an image of  – Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning  – let’s learn to respect this area     (more…)

Save the date

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Dear Panama Posse participants;   Below are the dates for seminars here in Marina Puerto de La Navidad and the Panama Posse Launch Party. Tuesday 21st at 3 PM – OpenCPN – Free route planning and navigation tool –   2 hours* Monday 27th at 3 PM   – Route planning & Weather  – 2 hours* Tuesday 28th at 3 PM  – Weather – concepts and best practices  – 2 hours* Wednesday 29th 3 PM  – Q&A Wednesday29t following the Q&A  the official launch party – (stay tuned for details – for panama posse participants only) *in the air conditioned marina office confrence room at Marina Puerto la Navidad / Barra (more…)

SSB Radio Net Script

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PANAMA POSSE NET 8.294  MHz USB @ 15:15  UTC  ( 09:15 Panama Posse Time ) Is this frequency in use? Is this frequency in use? This is  [YOUR VESSEL NAME] _____  [YOUR CALL SIGN] _________ This is the PANAMA POSSE NET for today   [WEEK] day, [NUMBER] of [MONTH]  201[7/8] Before we open the net, is there any emergency, medical, or priority traffic? Are there any relays for emergency, medical, or priority traffic? Once again this is the PANAMA POSSE NET Operating on this frequency, 8.294  MHz USB (which may move to 8.297  mhz in case of interference) We meet daily at 09:15 local (Panama Posse) time or 15:15 UTC Let’s start with Check ins of vessels underway Please respond with: POSITION COG SOG WIND SPEED WIND DIRECTION % overcast if at anchor or marina please respond with: POSITION – WATERDEPTH – WIND SPEED WIND DIRECTION % overcast Weather forecast (NW to SE) – Tide Report  (NW to SE) Lost, Found or Services Needed or Offered Local Report Fish Report Mishaps of the Day Announcements Vessels with Traffic, please come back now THANK YOU This completes today’s PANAMA POSSE Net. This is VESSEL NAME ___ CALLSIGN ____ Tomorrows net control will be _________ Many thanks the Panama Posse Net is now closed. This frequency is now clear for traffic Days and NET HOSTS Monday – Volante III Tuesday  – ANNAPURNA Wednesday – EASY Thursday – CARINTHIA Friday – INTERLUDE Saturday – CROSSROADS Sunday – RESPITE (more…)

First Burgee is flying

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Dear fellow Panama Posse vessels ! SV Carinthia is proudly flying the Panama Posse Burgee. Please pick up your burgee or drop by SV Carinthia. Our tentative schedule for deliveries is Sun 11/5 – Wed 11/8 in La Cruz, Nayarit Mon 11/13 -> forward in Barra de Navidad (more…)

Last day for T shirt and Burgees

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THIS IS IT – LAST CHANCE TO ORDER YOUR T-SHIRTS and BURGEE’S LAST DAY TO ORDER October 16th ! The Panama Posse burgee will be a high quality doubled-sided sewn burgee that will last well beyond its actual time in use.  We are having them made this way because we know that folks will want to keep and display them as a memento and reminder of the great times we all will, surely, share.  The cost of each burgee to Panama Posse members is $25.00 – which is less than the actual cost Thanks, Suzanne and Dietmar !   Also available, but certainly not required, are T-Shirts and Tank Tops in both Men’s and Women’s styles.  Each shirt will have the Panama Posse Logo printed on the front as well as the names of each vessel (the fleet) and a smaller logo on the back.  The garments are a white cotton/poly blend which tends to be more comfortable in the heat and wears better for longer.  The cost of the shirts is $20.00 each – which should pay for the shirts, shipping to us, and IVA.  If there is anything left over, we will use those funds to purchase libations for our send-off party in Barra de Navidad.   You are not required to purchase a shirt in order to have your vessel’s name printed on the back, but those who don’t purchase a burgee will, of course, not be listed.   Please respond to this email with a filled out order sheet today – there will be no extra shirts !   Please submit this order form specify sizes for shirts via email and pay your grand total via PAYPAL (link below)    VESSEL NAME   Current Location   ITEM QUANTITY Unit Price USD Size (S M L XL XXL) (more…)

Captain Pat Rains

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Ahoy Capt. Pat WE LOVE YOUR BOOKS  & thank you for your email ! Attached are a few docs to help your readership’s adventure quest and future stories. We are a self organized group of mariners – we are sized from 27 – 225 feet as you can see from https://panamaposse.com/vessels Next years posse group is  getting ready too at https://panamaposse.com/2018-vessels IT’s FREE to SIGN UP – with title sponsor marina  providing 50% slip fee discounts – and more to come – title sponsor BARRA DE NAVIDAD – all we ask you by a burgee  for your vessel. Our mission is on the front page https://panamaposse.com/ Our tentative route is thus far @ (LEAPFROG TIMELINE) under https://panamaposse.com/route Our specific ports are under http://route.panamaposse.com/ Several vessel will run communications  on a voluntary basis. Several vessel will update WEATHER & VESSEL  tracking on a voluntary basis. THERE ARE NO SET DATES – we hope to leave late Nov – early Dec 2017 and get to Panama in 2018 ( June ) We are NOT governed by time BUT by weather – government regulations –  safety – fun and fellowship. We will post party and journey pictures as they occur. Our concept is one of “organized leapfrogging” THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS ROUTE EASIER CAPT PAT ! Warm regards, captain   |   yachtmaster d i e t m a r     (just one of the posse) SV CARINTHIA             From: Pat Rains Sent: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:20 PM To: ****@panamaposse.com Subject: Media request for graphics   Hola, Panama Posse, Congrats on your new cruisers rally. I’m the author of “Mexico Boating Guide” and “Cruising Ports: the Central American Route,” so I’m all excited for your new venture. Buena Suerte, yatistas. I also write lots (more…)

The time has finally arrived.

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The time has finally arrived. It’s time to make the preparations to join the Panama Posse’s inaugural trip South.     In order to get an idea of who is committed to joining us, we are asking that you please reply to this email with the number of burgees you would like to purchase (at least one is required for each vessel), as well as any T-Shirts or Tank Tops.   The Panama Posse burgee will be a high quality doubled-sided sewn burgee that will last well beyond its actual time in use.  We are having them made this way because we know that folks will want to keep and display them as a memento and reminder of the great times we all will, surely, share.  The cost of each burgee to Panama Posse members is $25.00 – which is less than the actual cost Thanks, Suzanne and Dietmar !   Also available, but certainly not required, are T-Shirts and Tank Tops in both Men’s and Women’s styles.  Each shirt will have the Panama Posse Logo printed on the front as well as the names of each vessel (the fleet) and a smaller logo on the back.  The garments are a white cotton/poly blend which tends to be more comfortable in the heat and wears better for longer.  The cost of the shirts is $20.00 each – which should pay for the shirts, shipping to us, and IVA.  If there is anything left over, we will use those funds to purchase libations for our send-off party in Barra de Navidad.   You are not required to purchase a shirt in order to have your vessel’s name printed on the back, but those who don’t purchase a burgee will, of course, not be listed.   Please respond to this email with a filled (more…)