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March 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 06, 2016 01:29 PM
A summary of all of March’s new information can be found below. Cruising reports, port updates, news, recommendations, comments and other interesting titbits added to noonsite by both the noonsite team and you our readers.

Published: 2016-04-06 13:29:58

Thank you to everyone who found the time to contribute comments, updates and cruising reports to noonsite during March.

As always, a very big thanks to all our readers who made a donation in March (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers - whose decision to promote their marine business through noonsite helps keep it free for our users.

All the latest information posted on noonsite.com last month can be found below.

WORLDWIDE PORT UPDATES & COUNTRY CRUISING REPORTS

Caribbean

Bahamas: Rum Cay Update

Bahamas, George Town: Hazard in the Barraterre Channel

Bonaire: Cruising Tips

Dominican Republic: Anchoring Policy

Dominican Republic on a budget? Skip it and go straight to Haiti

Grenada, St Davids: Boatyard Recommendation

Grenada: Uncharted shoal

Puerto Rico, Fajardo: Nice anchorage off Isleta Marina

Puerto Rico, Ponce: PYFC no longer welcome yachts at anchor

Saint Lucia: Vet recommendation

Trinidad: Our Experience with Trinidad Customs

Trinidad: Tips for sailors approaching or leaving

Turks and Caicos: Tips if visiting South Caicos

USVI: Most peaceful anchorage in St. Thomas

USVI: Coral Bay St. John

North America

USA: Science and Solitude on the Chesapeake's Crowded Waters

South America

Brazil, Salvador, Maragogipe: Not what it used to be . . .

Chile: Quarantine Fees

French Guiana: A great stopover in St Laurent du Maroni

Suriname Information for Cruisers

Central America

Panama, Almirante: Only visit for haulout

Panama, Colon: Warning - Reef just outside Shelter Bay Marina

Panama: LPG Gas tips

Panama, Portobelo: Sailmaker recommendation

Panama: Arriving with our dog on board

Panama: Recent transit, tips & recommendations

Mediterranean

Croatia Boat Driver's License: Make sure you have your ICC

Spain: Almerimar Marine Services

Turkey: Warning for Izmir and Mugla provinces

West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

Ascension Island: More Cruising Information

Namibia Clearance & Cruising Information

Passage Notes: Namibia to St Helena

South Africa, Port Owen: Recommendation for hauling-out a catamaran

St. Helena for Cruisers

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Azores, Horta: Mid Atlantic Yacht Services

Madeira: Marina recommendations

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: The Sail Maluku Rally on again for 2016

Indonesia: Formalities update from SV Migration

Indonesia; Sabang Marine Festival

Japan, Okinawa: Tips for clearing-in

Malaysia, Borneo, Sarawak: Voyaging up the Regang River past Sibu to Kapit

Malaysia: Engine problems in Malacca

Malaysia: Harassed by Fishermen at anchor

Thailand: Detailed report on costs of getting work done on your boat

Thailand: Phuket Premier Boatyard - Multihull Friendly

Thailand: Leaving your boat in Thailand, paying a bond and visa extensions

Thailand: Yacht owners shooed off from Birds' Nest Island

North Pacific

FSM: Kosrae Updates

South Pacific

Galapagos: Important if arriving without an Autographo

PNG, Alotau to Madang: Routing

Rapa Nui: More boats are visiting Easter Island

WORLDWIDE CRUISING NEWS

Fiji - TC Winston Aftermath: Customs Regulations Adapted for Damaged Yachts

Indonesia: NEW CIQP Procedures now in place for visiting yachts - well almost . . .

Mexico, Sea of Cortez, San Carlos: Singlehander loses yacht when struck by whale

Pacific, Kon-Tiki2: Pacific raft expedition abandoned

Philippines, Surigao del Sur, Barobo: Decomposing body found on drifting yacht

SSCA Radio Station "KPK" Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

USA: Coast Guard removes Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from Cuba

WORLDWIDE PIRACY & SECURITY NEWS/REPORTS

Bahamas, Nassau, Harbor Club Marina: Night time burglary - May 2015

French Guiana, Saint Laurent du Maroni: Robbed on dinghy excursion

Mexico, Mazatlan, Stone Island: Boarded & Robbed at Night - January 2016

Panama, Caribbean, Panamarina: Burgled Twice - November 2015

Saint Lucia, Soufriere: Thefts around the bat caves have stopped for some months

Saint Lucia, Soufriere, Hummingbird Dock: Armed Assault & Robbery

St. Vincent, Wallilabou Bay: Masked gunmen kill German man on yacht

Yemen, Southern Red Sea, Hanish Islands: Yacht shot at from ashore

Noonsite.com Summary of Yacht Security & Piracy Reports 2015

Increasing Safety at Sea for Cruisers: Worldwide DSC calling strategy for recreational vessels

Caribbean Yacht Security: New protocols and arrangements for your safety when transiting near Trinidad and Tobago

OTHER NEW CRUISING-RELATED REPORTS & INFO.

Books,Charts and DVDs

Free Cruising Guides announce newly updated Caribbean Island Guides

Cruising Information

The Cost of Cruising

Dinghy Bottom Cleaning

Coping with Hot Weather on a Boat

Cruisers Websites

The Retirement Project

From Australia slowly around since 2004

Sailing With Bloom

Global Yachting Services

TransEurope Marinas

Medical & Safety

Man Overboard - Could your crew cope?

Routing

Weather & Routing for a 2016 Pacific Ocean Passage East to West: March to June 2016

FastSeas

NOONSITE TWEETS (and RETWEETS) YOU’LL WISH YOU HADN’T MISSED

Wondered about in a ? Check this out - There’s this boat:

The sobering story of yacht Magritte, which went down in 9 hours

Solar Desal units (clean drinking water) for the remote islands of Fiji.

Cruising On Less Than $15,000/Year, Including The Boat—What It Takes

10 top causes of engine breakdown - and how to avoid them - Practical Boat Owner via

CSSN HAS GROWN AND NEEDS YOUR HELP: Volunteer as Associate Webmaster or Associate Editor -

Atlantic Spain and Portugal The latest supplement with new information and correction is now available for free...

the NEW guide on Kindle by who has cruised the Philippines since 2012

Tested: Pip Hare tries out five of the latest weather routeing packages

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See previous monthly report summaries here

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