Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Trip Planning > Americas
User Name
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-31-2012, 04:59 AM   #16
out riding...
rtwpaul's Avatar
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: round the world
Oddometer: 2,281
i've sent an email to Ludwig for a real on the spot repot, but like you i don't see an issue, simply different palms may need a little grease
rtwpaul is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2012, 01:57 PM   #17
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Okie near Muskogee
Oddometer: 3,907
Why bother Lulu with questions that are already been answered by just checking the website


sailing to SAN sailing to CARTAGENA10th SEP (10 days tour via sapzurro)

we left cartagena yesterday 10am with 21 souls on board plus 4 motorcycles.

Here's the link to the ship's logbook
Throttlemeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2012, 02:35 PM   #18
out riding...
rtwpaul's Avatar
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: round the world
Oddometer: 2,281
it was already sent before i posted here

this is the response

"hi paul! absolutely no problems with customs in cartagena and no change of
plans..everything runs like it is planned;) cheers, ludwig"

so i guess the OP facts were not 100%
rtwpaul is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2012, 08:12 PM   #19
Guero con moto
jimmex's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2003
Location: West Texas
Oddometer: 2,898
I really want to experience the Stahratte. That sounds like an adventure in itself.

jimmex screwed with this post 09-01-2012 at 10:25 AM
jimmex is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 02:55 PM   #20
Sea Gypsy
Stahlratte's Avatar
Joined: May 2012
Location: Panama/Colombia, sometimes Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico
Oddometer: 35
Originally Posted by Aussie Gringo View Post
Hi Stahlratte,

I hear what your saying, and know your boat , ( its about the same size as the independence but in better condition) but the fact is that customs and the port authorities are trying to make and example out of what happened to Fritz the Cat by not allowing any more motorcycles to be shipped by any vessels which are not authorised to carry cargo, regardless of the size.

Im not saying that I agree, just relaying the message that they made very clear to me. They actually mentioned that your boat left with 4 motorcycles about 6 days before I left with the Independance, and said that this would be the last.

For your sake, and for the sake of other motorcyclist, I hope they get it sorted out soon.

cheers from Panama
We just unloaded 4 bikes on the 27th of August in San Blas/Panama coming from Cartagena/Colombia. We did NOT encounter any problems and don't expect any in the future

Stahlratte screwed with this post 09-04-2012 at 03:07 PM Reason: Wrote September instead of August...ooops.
Stahlratte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #21
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Oddometer: 1
Recent sail (April 2013)

Guys, I have been following this thread with interest because this was an obstacle that I needed to overcome on my own trip ( recently in order to cross the Darien.
My routing was south to north so I had to get on a boat from Cartagena to Panama and had heard stories like the one in this thread however, you will be pleased to note that as of a week ago I managed to put my bike on a catamaran called Jacqueline and the crazy old German (Manfred who works out of an internet café at the back of a supermarket) got the bike stamped out of Colombia by customs on the 25th of April 2013 and I have the paperwork to prove it. Like so many things in third world countries the reaction was overblown and things have once again settled down into "normality"!!
Rui is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2013, 12:56 PM   #22
Kind of a Big Deal
RandyReider's Avatar
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Oddometer: 163
Anyone know where there's more info on the sinking of Fritz the Cat? It took my GSA and me to Cartagena a few years back and I was shocked to hear it sank!!!

RandyReider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2013, 05:34 AM   #23
Joined: Apr 2013
Location: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Oddometer: 45
Manfred contact

Originally Posted by Aussie Gringo View Post
Agreed that it will most likely continue for a while longer, but just wanted to stress how difficult it is becoming. Like I said, we wasted three full days between customs and the port authorities before they finally decided to sign our customs exist form. We even had Manfred (the well known German who is a customs broker in Cartagena) accompany us to customs and they told him no. I can tell you, we only got in finally approved after a lot of begging , bullshit and persistence.
Do somebody have the contact information of Manfred (well know German customs broker in Cartagena) ?
DustDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2013, 12:49 PM   #24
Joined: May 2013
Oddometer: 2
Thumb Manfred?

Manfred is extremely rude German, the immigration officers don't like him;
1. He is not from Colombia
2. He is rude
That is why Manfred has problems, the best agent for motorbike is David 313 523 0742

I recommend Stahlratte , Fritz the Cat aka catamaran Jacqueline has many bad reviews:

colombiana screwed with this post 05-26-2013 at 12:57 PM
colombiana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2013, 03:44 PM   #25
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Maplewood, NJ US
Oddometer: 9
Smooth sailing

I can confirm from personal experience that the Stalhratte is transporting motorcycles out of Panama AND Colombia. I sailed with Ludwig from Panama to Colombia in October 2012, then from Colombia to Jamaica > Cuba > Mexico in April/May 2013. Lulu runs a good ship, I highly recommend the Stalhratte.

The Independence and Jacqueline Catamaran (a.k.a. Fritz the Cat) are both mentioned on websites are currently offering motorcycle transportation services. I cannot provide a recommendation for these boats. The reviews are mixed, some like it, some have complaints. Your mileage may differ.

However you do, just do it. Crossing the Darien via a sail boat is a lot of fun. Chance are you will meet other riders and a several backpackers. Riding South America is an amazing experience. When its described as a trip of a life time, the label fits.

Check out for photos and stories.

Peter B
Exit142 is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:43 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015