Panama Canal, Panama

Panama Canal Transit Tips: What You Need to Know

Panama Canal Transit Tips

In March, Allison and Derek Parkes transited the Panama Canal on their Tayana 47 Arielle. Allison offers no-nonsense advice for those following in their wake. Use an Agent or DIY? That is the key question many cruisers are discussing. Agents’ …

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Panama’s Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser’s Paradise

Panama's Bastimentos Islands: A Cruiser's Paradise

Nature and nurture combine on Bastimentos Island, a lush 24-square mile island bordering the Caribbean Sea in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro Province, Panama. Everything from a national park with scenic beaches and hiking trails, cute two-and three-toed sloths, …

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The Chicken Bus

The chicken bus is also a work of art. Photo by Barbara J. Hart

With five years of cruising under our keel—mostly in the Caribbean—we’re old hands at riding the local buses and safaris, and used to small island countries where we can travel from one end to the other in an hour. Panama …

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Bocas Del Toro Boat Yard, Panama

Bocas haulout slip

Many sailing aficionadas refer to Bocas del Toro, Panama, as ‘The Undiscovered Caribbean’. Recently, this little-known but greatly appreciated archipelago became even more cruiser friendly with the addition of an American owned and operated boatyard.  It is a full-service facility …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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The East Lemmon Cays, Kuna Yala

Sunset in the East Lemmon Cays. Photo by Liesbet Collaert

What’s your favorite anchorage in the Caribbean? This is a question that’s as difficult to answer as: What’s your favorite country in the world? The Caribbean has a lot of anchorages we love, and they all stand out for different …

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Top Ten Anchorages in the Caribbean

1. St. Pierre, Martinique: Impressive Mont Pelée volcano, a black sand beach and the historic waterfront comprise this number one view

We asked long-time Caribbean cruiser and All At Sea contributor Liesbet Collaert to put together a photo-essay of the ten most scenic anchorages in the Caribbean. Liesbet says: “Prep your boat, lift anchor and sail to one of these Caribbean …

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Panama: Atlantic to Pacific with the Corina IV

Panama City from the Amador Causeway overlooking the north anchorage

Approaching Panama, the winds tend to die and the sea becomes still, even glassy. This is what we experienced 60 miles off the Panamanian coast after three days close hauled from Jamaica. The winds had been south of east the …

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The Darién: In the Wake of Discoverers and Pirates

Outer San Blas Islands. Photo by Birgit Hackl

  After Columbus’ discovery of the ‘new world’ in 1492, the Spanish conquistadores subjugated islands in the Caribbean and then focused on South and Central America. The first colonies were founded in the Darién—a region between today’s Panama and Colombia. …

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The Horror of Designated Anchorages

Carolyn with Heebi, Prince of the Red Sea, and Sayeed

Every port authority in the world has a few sadists, and the meanest and cruelest of these maritime professionals are often put in charge of the Designated Anchorage for Yachts. Exactly why this is internationally so, I am not sure—but …

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There’s a Boat in My Yard!

Surgery on the boot of one of the saildrives; Mark is sewing a little rip – a new skill! Photo by Liesbet Collaert

Boatyard! This unpopular word in the cruisers’ vocabulary evokes thoughts of hard work, uncomfortable living conditions, busy, long days and short, mosquito-rich, nights. It is a reminder of sweaty work-outs and being sore and dirty. It promises extra trips to …

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News – Lyman-Morse Opens Service Yard in Panama

Lyman-Morse Opens Service Yard in Panama Yachts visiting the western Caribbean can now enjoy the services offered by Lyman-Morse. The new facility, located in Shelter Bay, Panama, is strategically located near the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal and will …

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Red Frog Beach Marina Joins the IGY Family

Red Frog Beach Marina, Panama Joins the IGY Marinas Network of Premier Yachting Destinations   IGY Marinas is pleased to announce its most recent addition to its network, Red Frog Beach Marina in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Resting in a protected bay …

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A New Boatyard in Bocas del Toro

A bulldozer levels the ground where the Bocas del Toro travel-lift pad will be located. Photo: Ray Jason

Bocas del Toro, Panama, which many sailors consider the Undiscovered Caribbean, is about to become even more alluring, and I’m not referring to the streamlining of their clearing-in process and their affordable, full-year cruising permit. What has many sailors so …

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Tips and Costs for Transiting the Panama Canal

Motoring into Pedro Miguel Lock amongst the biggest ships in the world

After years in the Eastern Caribbean and finally sailing west, many cruisers find themselves in Panama where they face an important decision: do we go to the other side or not? Others have planned their Panama Canal transit months or …

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