Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
The global site for cruising sailors
Sections
You are here: Home / Countries / Mexico / San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary - December 2012

San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary - December 2012

By Southbound Group Report — last modified Jan 18, 2013 08:23 PM
Matanchén Bay is located just south of San Blas, Nayarit, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. This security report was taken from the Southbound Group Forum.

Published: 2013-01-18 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2012
Countries: Mexico

This theft happened on Dec. 30th 2012.

There were a total of 3 boats anchored in the bay. In the middle of the night 3 men and a teenager in a panga were presumably attempting to steal the dinghy which was raised, with motor, on davits off the back of the catamaran. The teenager was dropped off aboard to cut it loose, but he was not equipped to deal with the chain.

The screen door to the main cabin was closed but not locked, as we all had never heard reports of anything beyond dinghy theft. The person entered the cabin and quickly grabbed everything he could, including the backpack which was packed with cameras, wallets and money for the early morning jungle tour.

The sound of footsteps on deck awakened the owners who came out yelling. The thief jumped into the water and swam back to the panga waiting close by. Using a strong flashlight the owners got a good look at the white panga with black motor, and the teenager, but the men's faces were covered with hoods.

A full report was given to the police in San Blas the following day. The folks at Fonatur/Singlar marina in San Blas could not have been nicer or more helpful, going out of their way to help with reporting the incident. This is where I would leave my boat if for some reason I felt the need to stop in that area again - though as a result of this we will probably bypass the area entirely. If you do need to stop at Matanchen, just don't leave the boat unattended, have good chain on your dinghy, and lock yourself and your belongings inside at night.

The jungle tour operator lost out on 5 customers.
The town and bay restaurants lost out on New Years Eve revenue from 5 hungry, thirsty cruisers.
It is sad that a few bad people hurt so many besides their intended victims. The no-see-ums didn't help either.

Share |
Countries
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Azores
BIOT (Chagos)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Bosnia
Bouvetoya
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verdes
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos Keeling
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor Leste)
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Subantarctic Territory
Galapagos
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hawaii
Heard, McDonald & Macquarie Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Juan Fernandez Islands
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macau
Madagascar
Madeira
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marion & Prince Edward Island
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Norway
Oman
Palau (Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Island
Romania
Russia
Saba
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Spanish Virgin Islands
Sri Lanka
St Barts
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Statia
Subantarctic & Southern Ocean Islands
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
US Virgin Islands
USA
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Add/Update Your Business
If you would like your business to be listed, or the details are wrong, please update your business