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Cruising Report On Brazil & Argentina

By doina — last modified Dec 12, 2006 11:59 AM

Published: 2006-12-12 11:59:26
Countries: Argentina , Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Egret's visit to Salvador, Brazil Oct 06 was an eye opening safety issue. Personal safety along the street following the waterfront in front of Bahia Marina is an issue. One boat had a crew mugging and a second a near mugging within a two day period. Take a taxi to the Port Captain early morning then visit the other two close by. The officials are friendly and relaxed about clearance so if you arrive late afternoon simply wait until the next day. Bahia Marina is not cheap but does offer good safety. The marina water is not safe to drink. An inexpensive taxi ride to "shopping", a modern nearby mall with all services, cambio-travel agent (same), large supermarket, etc. Unlike the RCC Cruising Guide 2002 edition says Brazil is considerably more expensive then Argentina except for fresh goods. If you can, wait until you get to Argentina if you are headed south.

Florianopolis, Brazil

Contrary to what is published in the RCC South Atlantic Circuit 2002 edition, Florianopolis is NOT a port for clearing Brazil. This is a recent change. Flor is a N/S island with a very shallow bay between the island and the mainland with no commercial shipping so the Aduana (Customs) has eliminated all private boat clearances. There are two commercial harbors further south which will clear you out.

Mar Del Plata, Argentina

There are four yacht clubs sharing the small yacht harbor noted in the 2002 version of the RCC South Atlantic Circuit guide. None answer the radio. After entering thru the swing bridge look for the docks with yellow stripes down both sides (Yacht Club Argentino). Take any berth. The main E/W dock carries 7' easily and is for larger boats. (side tie - floating docks) Smaller boats may use the slips bow in between the dolphins. The first week is free. The dock water is safe to drink. The YCA restaurant is great and very reasonable. There are many services here and the last good place to provision and refit sailing south. You will love the prices. Currently 1US$ = 3.05 pesos (12-06)

Scott Flanders M/Y Egret