A list of sailboats and captians from Panama to Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by cruthas, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. cruthas

    cruthas AdvMotorcyclist Counselor

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    This is just a small list of conacts I touched base with doing my research. Please add more, I will be making a list and adding it to my website.


    Fritz R. Breckner Sailing with the Fritz Cat
    1190 Wien, Krottenbachstr.166, <st1:country-region><st1:place>Austria</st1:place></st1:country-region>
    Tel.,Fax +43(0)1 440 13 08 MOB +43 (0)6991 36 87 999
    www.fritz-the-cat.com <st1:country-region><st1:place>Panama</st1:place></st1:country-region>:+507 67277337 NEU!
    Columbien: +573186683438 skipe: fritz-the-cat50
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    Tony Santos Sailing with the Andiamo<o:p></o:p>
    www.theandiamo.com<o:p></o:p>
    tony@theandiamo.com<o:p></o:p>
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    www.hostelwunderbar.com Sailing with the Seeadler<o:p></o:p>
    silvia@hostelwunderbar.com<o:p></o:p>
    This is a hostel and boat you can contact in order to sail around the gap, very useful and helpful.<o:p></o:p>
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    info.Steelrat@Les-Raisting.de Sailing with the Steelrat
    http://www.stahlratte.org/
    http://www.stahlratte.blogspot.com/ learn about their adventures!
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    Captain Marcos
    freshaircharters@yahoo.com
    Popular boat highly recommend among Motorcyclists.<o:p></o:p>
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  2. j_seguin

    j_seguin Been here awhile

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    We sailed on the Seeadler. It was a good experience. Guido is a great captain (steers the boat by smell at night... and maybe GPS too).

    I´ve also heard good things about the Stahlratte. We ran into an Aussie chick who crossed the gap on it. Said she ate more money in lobster while on board than she paid for the ticket (meals are included in most trips).
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  3. DblDown

    DblDown Northwest GS'r

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    Wanted to follow up with this thread.

    I just completed a successful and pleasant 5-day voyage with Captain Marco of Freshair Charters (from Portobelo, Pan. to Cartagena, Colombia) http://www.freshaircharters.vpweb.com/

    I highly recommend the cruise. Marco takes about 16 big bikes a year, and knows what he is doing. I was able to visit the boat as it came into Panama with two bikes, witnessed the unloading process, and talked to the bikes' owners regarding their experience. Their response sold me. I am now in Colombia with good memories of the trip.

    Here is a short video of the loading process:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PapzzA_CRQs

    Good luck,
    Mike
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  4. HWSNBN

    HWSNBN Banned

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    cool video!
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I'll be heading that direction in a couple of months with a group of 5 including myself. We're pretty dead set on not paying $700 per person to get around the gap. We're pretty intrigued by the rougher route taking a coastal freighter to Puerto Obaldia and then from there to Colombia. With 5 people and five motorcycles would it be possible to basically charter a banana boat down the coast rather than pay one of the sailboats a small fortune? Yes, I'm aware of all the potential problems that people who chose this route can and do encounter and we're willing to take those risks. Does anyone have any leads for making such arrangements? Will we need to go through Colon for this or is there another town farther toward colombia we could try? I read a report of someone riding the dirt road out to Carti Suitopo and taking a motorboat out to an island where he caught a freighter. That would also work for us.
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  6. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    horizons unlimited got a thread where it only cost ~250 but you better be fluent with spanish and tie good knots. I thinking about trying the route maybe just on my way back home.
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  7. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    What about a boat where your bike wont get soaked in salt water? Does that exist? I know, stupid question.......:bash Just wondering...
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  8. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I gonna use me a whole lot of bisqueen and wd:wink:
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  9. candohome

    candohome Notta Poser

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    HU is a navigation nightmare.
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  10. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I don't remember if I've posted this already. It would get you down the Pacific side, from near Meteti in Panama to somewhere in Colombia.

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  11. cruthas

    cruthas AdvMotorcyclist Counselor

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    Igor,

    I am hoping to add more here eventually!

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  12. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    We ended up taking the Meta Comet. Captain Herve and his wife Dag have a 75 ft former fishing boat that can fit 5 bikes. Herve rides and was very attentive to not f***ing up the bikes. He even bought a tarp for each bike to keep most of the salt water off. They took us from Puerto Lindo to Turbo in either 4 or 5 days. They can be found here:

    http://www.sailing-sanblas.com/
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  13. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I'll put a link to this thread in the Ride Report Link Thread, next to Cruthas's other awesome thread. Some day somebody will appreciate it.
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  14. JamesOn2Wheels

    JamesOn2Wheels Banned

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    The Stahlratte easily the largest (huge) most comfortable and fun boat.
    I've taken it and Seeadler.
    I think the Stahlratte is on Karibik cruise til March. Then it's back to Panama but check website. If you are at all worried about seasickness (like me) or room take the biggest boat, especially this time of year.

    Zig
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  15. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Your correct, Steel Rat is out for a few months, thinking it resumes right around March:cry

    Does anyone know if the waters off the Pacific side are less rough than the East side this time of year?
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  16. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    The Pacific is not as rough. There can be big off-shore waves, but navigation is usually much easier, and much less choppy. I've spent a good amount of time on a 42 foot boat on the Pacific.
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  17. JamesOn2Wheels

    JamesOn2Wheels Banned

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    sea flat, very light wind (been this way for days), very light rain squalls, 86F....at least thats the way it looks from the porch where I am currently enjoying a rum and coke.....might even ride down the mountain to hang at the beach a few.....
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  18. Dr. Benny

    Dr. Benny Enjoying the Journey

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    I haven't found any boats going to Cartagena due to the weather this time of year. So I think we'll sail to Sapzurro / Turbo and then maybe ride up to Cartagena to check it out. We're in CR now and will be in Panama tomorrow. Any thoughts?
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  19. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I have been in contact with the captian Dagny of the Meta Comet(sp?) and he is sailing out Isle Carti the 14th of Jan to Sapzurro and then from there you have to pay a launch to get you to Turbo where you can ride on. The cost of going just to Sapzurro is $725 and then another ~$100 to get to Turbo so you can ride on. Does sound like a safe vessel and he knows about bikes.
    Now I'm thinking of trying the Pacific side with the supply boats, I think you could get to Colombia for half the money. I will have to investigate more when I'm in country

    Goodluck and post what you find.
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  20. C5!

    C5! Been here awhile

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    IMHO, I suggest you sail to Capurgana, just a bit further than Sapzurro, or then Acandi, because you might get stuck in sapzurro, not much traffic to turbo from there.
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