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Guatemala, Rio Dulce: Channel Entrance Sea Buoy Missing

By Charlie Freeman — last modified Mar 15, 2013 12:09 PM
Our thanks to Charlie Freeman of SY Kamaloha for reporting this navigation warning.

Published: 2013-03-15 00:00:00
Countries: Guatemala

Securite:

The sea buoy marking the channel entrance to the Rio Dulce in Guatemala was missing on our exit from the river on March 6, 2013. Several other boats have reported the same on the NW Caribbean net this week.

We followed GPS coordinates to the spot.

Note that we were able to cross at a +1.50 tide with our 5'9" draft, but touched several times (mud bottom). A boat with us who drew 6'6" went hard aground.

Charlie Freeman
s/v Kamaloha
Currently in Belize

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kairos48
kairos48 says:
Mar 14, 2014 09:29 PM

I arrived on March 3, 2014. I have a 6'3" draft and used Raucher's waypoints on a 1.7ft high tide. I never had less than 6' under the keel. I plotted Rain's waypoints and briefly deviated toward her recommended route and swa the depth steadily decrease so I went back to Raucher's. I will be following my track back out on March 18 with a 1.5 high tide. will update on my results after arriving in Utilla.

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