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2017 Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase drydock in St. Thomas

Over 90% of the Caribbean’s one million-plus square miles is water. It’s no wonder that boats, everything from pleasure craft and professional yachts to workboats like barges, ferries and cargo ships, are essential to the region’s way of life. Boatyards, …

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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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Our Kook’s Tour of Guna Yala

Our island neighbor in East Lemmon Cays. Photo by Barbara Hart

A ‘Cook’s Tour’ is a ‘guided but cursory tour of the major features of a place or area’. It’s named after Thomas Cook, founder of the British travel agency that bears his name, and a fervent member of the temperance league. …

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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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Fish Panama’s Productive Caribbean Side

Panama is known for offering some of the world’s best sport-fishing. In fact, the International Game Fishing Association has officially recognized over 50 World Records for Sailfish, Black, Blue and Striped Marlin caught in the coastal waters of this Central …

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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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Bocas Yacht Services aka Saint Courtney’s Boatyard!

Lead boats in the Bocas boatyard Photo by Ray Jason

The actual name of the new haul-out facility in the spectacular Bocas del Toro archipelago is: Bocas Yacht Services, but I contend that it should be called: Saint Courtney’s Boatyard. That’s because the owner Courtney Parks has shown more patience …

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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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Las Perlas: Unspoiled Nature Near Panama City

Pitufa anchored off Isla Canas. Photo by Birgit Hackl

Only 35 nautical miles from Panama City the archipelago of the Las Perlas lies in the Pacific. Despite their proximity to the metropolis the 15 islands and countless islets are a relatively untouched wilderness. Only Contadora has regular air and …

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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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Destination Panama: Portobelo – A Taste of History

Alianna at anchor on the quieter northern shore under the shadow of Fort San Fernando. Photo by Rosie Burr

Portobelo is a sleepy town on Panama’s northern coast that is shrouded in superstition, veiled in speculation and runs deep with historical significance. The docile town of today belies the notable past it once held. Portobelo, meaning beautiful port, due …

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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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