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This is a good place to leave a boat to travel overland, especially to Peru. If you are heading to the Galapagos from Panama, coming here first instead of going on the rhum line only adds 130 NM to the passage. There are excellent boatyard and repair facilities here.

Position 2°13.01' S, 80°55.28' W. (marina)

Clearance

See Ecuador Clearance for full details of clearance procedure.

All international vessels coming to Ecuador, by law, must have an Agent. The following agent represents cruisers at the present time: Julia Yturralde NOE SHIPPING (juliayde@hotmail.es). Be sure to get a written quotation beforehand and ask the agent to write down every charge and itemize what it is for. Get an official Factura (receipt) for everything (see comments at bottom of page for latest fees). It is expensive to clear in here.

As you approach the port call the Port Captain on Ch 16. There is very little likelihood that you will get a response, but it is protocol to call.

As soon as the yacht is in radio range, the captain must report directly to Puerto Lucia Yacht Club on VHF Ch19 (08:00 to 18:00hrs). The marina office cannot transmit, however when you are at the entrance to the Marina and call them, they will send out a launch that will guide you to the mooring ball or dock.

The Yacht Club and the agency will arrange for the Authorities to come on board the yacht, having helped with the preparation of the necessary documents. Initial permissions are 3 months for you and your boat.

The various fees to be paid, usually on departure, are collected by the Port Captain.

Last updated December 2016.

Docking

Approach
The peninsula here runs NW to SE and is built up all along its length.

The SE corner is called la Libertad and is a fishing village with many fishing boats anchored off.  Do not be tempted to anchor here!

The NW end is called Salinas and, essentially, is a resort town and home to the exclusive Salinas Yacht Club. Bursting at its seams with 2,500 members, visitors are not able to berth here. However in August 2014 mooring buoys were installed off the yacht club that can be rented.

Puerto Lucia
In the middle is Puerto Lucia, a private development of condos, gym, swimming pool, hotel, restaurant and marina with boatyard run by Stewart Yachts & Services. The marina welcomes visitors and whilst everyone can normallly be accommodated, it is wise to book in advance. Puerto Lucia is easily identified by six apartment blocks, the one in the middle having a distinctive white roof in the shape of a pyramid.

Anchor at the entrance to the marina and call them on 19 Alpha.  If you do not have Alpha channels you will need to call them on your mobile phone - 278 3180.  One of the Marineros will come to fetch you in a dory. Do not be tempted to go alongside the fuel dock as it is frequently used by fishing boats to load supplies, fuel and bulk ice. Beware that remaining at anchoring in the entrance will incur the same charge as berthing in the marina.

The marina is not large and has floating pontoons with water and electricity on both its northern and southern sides. The north pontoons all have short fingers, the south pontoons are much cheaper for berthing but have three short fingers only. Mooring is Med-style. There is surge in this marina (less on the cheaper south side) and so most boats put out long shore lines.

Security in the marina is excellent as there are guards on 24 hour duty, and there is strict control at the main gates that lead into the club and marina. All visitors must pre-resister at the marina office.

Noonsite has received a number of negative reports about this marina in the past which can be found adjacent under 'reports' and below under 'comments'. Topics include high costs, unreliable electricity & Wifi and crude oil pollution in the harbour.

Salinas

There is excellent provisioning here and most services (including a large chandlery) can be found just a short taxi ride from the marina.

See comment below about on-going developments in Salinas.

Last updated July 2016.

Puerto Lucia Yacht Club
Avenida Puerto Lucia junto al Mar, La Libertad
Tel:593.4.278.3190 Fax:593.4.278.3190 Ext. 309 ,VHF Channel 19A (09:00-17:00)
Private yacht club with a public marina (150 berths) and helpful staff. Marina users can use some of the services (restaurant, bar, laundry, ice, fax, telephone, free WiFi, tennis courts, swimming pools) for US$5 per day/per yacht. Internet terminal. Restaurant at members' prices (credit card only), and concierge service.
All facilities, fuel, water will require filtering. Reported to have bad surge in the marina sufficient to break lines. WiFi at the office. If pontoon showers locked use those at the swimming pool or gym.
Boatyard with 50 ton travel lift, 2 ton mast crane and range of repair services. Shore storage.

Andydiver
Andydiver says:
Dec 08, 2016 05:26 PM

I stayed at Puerto Lucia Yacht Club for a week at the end of September 2016 to have some repairs done and refuel before going on to Easter island (Rapa Nui). My Echomax antenna broke off and I lost the VHF antenna, while sailing from Panama to Salinas. Jeremy from Stewart Yacht Services provided an excellent service for the repairs, which included in getting me a VHF antenna on short notice, making new holders for the Echomax and VHF antenna and repairing a hole in the gelcoat of the cabin roof, where the Echomax antenna struck, when breaking off. The work was done very professionally and was very reasonably priced. Jeremy also provided us with a refill for our Panamanian propane gas tank. As my previous experience with repair services in Mallorca, Martinique and Panama have been disappointing, Stewart Yacht Services did excellent work overall.
The fees at the Puerto Lucia Yacht Club are rather expensive but the staff is very helpful. The Internet service is rather slow and has some peculiarities like being unable to send e-mails, except as webmail. The Marina office has VHF contact (Channel 19) and can receive transmissions but their transmitter is not able to send out transmissions. When you are at the entrance to the Marina and call them, they will send out a launch that will guide you to the mooring ball or dock. Diesel fuel is cheap at $2.43 per gallon. The clearing fee for the agent is now $520.00 which is expensive but the officials come to the yacht for the clearing in and clearing out.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 13, 2014 07:37 AM

Posted on behalf of Hans-Rudolf Lehmann, SY IBIS
I have just recently arrived in Ecuador and as Ecuadorian citizen I am in the process of re-establishing myself in the country. Up to now, Ecuador has a very reduced oportunity to cruisers to stay and we are very concerned at this point to change the infrastructure for cruisers.

This is what we have achieved at this point:
1. The new city administration of Salinas has almost finished the public access to the beach in Salinas.
2. The new city administration of Salinas is very open to discuss a project for a Marina with city administration for about 48 vessels between 25 and 60 feet.
3. The new administration of Salinas in cooperation with the National office for tourism will review the procedures to document the boat for tourism and suggest the national administration a different procedure to facilitate a less expensive and more efficient way to visit the country by boating.

In the meantime we are setting 10 mooring buoys in Salinas just outside the yacht club, which can be reserved at the email lehmannhr@gmail.com at a cost of USD 15 a day, or USD 350 monthly. We also provide water service to the boat, electricity provided by 110 V generator and fuel provision to the boat. Our agent will service the boat permit with the custom office, immigration and port clearing. Communication to the e-mail lehmannhr@gmail.com
Best regards and fair winds
Hans

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 24, 2014 03:10 PM

Posted on behalf of SV Legacy
Legacy (40') was in Puerto Lucia in May 2014. $350 a week at a floating dock . Big surge in the marina $5.02 gal of diesel, well guarded marina with sporadic Wifi ( better at the restaurant) if needed for an extended stay , haul out the boat$400 +/- 1000 a month . Agent will charge between $200 and $700 depending how you cleared the previous country. We came from the Galapagos with a zarpe to Callao, Peru, We paid $200 .The marina will not let you in if they don't get the OK from the agent (Julia Yturralde)as you are anchored in front of the marina while you do the process.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 22, 2014 03:00 PM

Posted on behalf of Michael Bland, SY Salamander of Hamble (UK)
We have had some experiences that differ somewhat from the articles already posted.
Agent: Mr. Roque Proano is no longer the agent at Puerto Lucia, the agent is now Julia Yturralde: juliayde@hotmail.es (Feb 2014)
Boat Yard: We had a fair amount of work done by Stewart Yacht Services and were very happy with the quality, cost and timing. The work we had done included: Bottom stripped and repainted. GRP repair, stainless steel work for solar panels and anchor roller, anchor chain galvanised, fabricate awning to cover coach roof, fabricate dingy cover. These were all completed in one month.
All work was done to a high standard and to quoted cost and time. The boatyard manager Jeremy Whalen was on hand and kept us up to date with progress. We would recommend them to anyone needing boat work done in the area.
The marina staff were friendly and efficient and we found the wifi to be good most of the time. The marina and agent fees are expensive though.

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