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  • Mexico/Central America: Pacific Weather Resource Update

    Date Published - October 16, 2016

    (October 17, 2016) – In 2014 the highly anticipated NOAA forecasts for the coastal East Pacific became available on an experimental basis. These products went... Read More
  • Panama: Good News about Immigration Fees – with Update

    Date Published - May 09, 2012

    UPDATE ON CURRENT IMMIGRATION/VISA FEES IN PANAMA Posted 9 May 2012 The Immigration Officer at Shelter Bay Marina is telling yachts that they now do... Read More
  • Eastern Caribbean and now the Pacific: The Coconut Telegraph SSB Net extends its reach

    Date Published - February 28, 2014

    The Coconut Telegraph, the premier SSB net for the eastern Caribbean has extended its reach to the Pacific Ocean. This posting from the Yahoo Group:... Read More
  • Visiting the Galapagos? Reduce your Human Footprint

    Date Published - May 18, 2012

    We are working very hard on the Galapagos Islands to reduce the human footprint on this unique environment. Below is some information about the correct... Read More
  • Honduras: Doublehanders Boarded and Robbed by Pirates

    Date Published - June 14, 2012

    On Saturday 2nd June, an American husband and wife team were quietly sailing off the coast of Honduras, bound for Utila, when their boat was... Read More
  • Saint Lucia: World ARC 2019-20 Sets Sail

    Date Published - January 15, 2019

    The World ARC 2019-20 set sail from St. Lucia on 12 January. This is the ninth edition of this rally and the eleventh round the... Read More
  • SSCA Net from Nova Scotia to South America: Volunteer Net Controllers Needed

    Date Published - December 05, 2018

    December 2018: The SSCA are seeking volunteers to assist with relays on the SSCA Net. This is one of many ways to contribute to the... Read More
  • SSCA Radio Station “KPK” Teams With Chris Parker and MMSN to assist Solo Circumnavigator Donna Lange

    Date Published - March 10, 2016

    Seven Seas Cruising Association Radio Station “KPK” has teamed up with the Maritime Mobile Service Network and Chris Parker’s Marine Weather Center to help track... Read More
  • Caribbean: Chances of a Dengue Fever Outbreak increases in all Caribbean Islands

    Date Published - January 29, 2019

    Dengue Fever has been on the Increase in Southern America for many years and in 2018 there was a significant increase in confirmed cases in... Read More
  • A Dedication to Karsten Staffeldt – a great friend to the cruising community

    Date Published - December 10, 2018

    Friend to cruisers, weather router, the source of local knowledge – Karsten provided invaluable advice to thousands of sailors and will be greatly missed. Every... Read More
  • Galapagos Restrictions

    Date Published - November 03, 2006

    Yachtsmen visiting the Galapagos Islands will be limited to a 5 day maximum stay under new rules imposed by the new Port Captain at Wreck... Read More
  • Panama, Portobelo: Violent Armed Robbery

    Date Published - January 18, 2019

    A group of armed men in a panga terrorized anchored yachts in Portobelo last Sunday evening, 13th January. Portobelo is a popular stop-off point for... Read More
  • Panama: Good News for Yacht Crews

    Date Published - February 16, 2018

    Yet another change in the visa requirements for yacht crews, but this time for the better. As of 15th February, yacht crew is now eligible... Read More
  • Panama: Backward step for Immigration

    Date Published - October 05, 2017

    Feedback from a number of land-based and cruiser sources in Panama indicates that a backward step in Immigration Regulations was initiated by the Colon Branch... Read More
  • Panama, San Blas: Port Captain & Immigration Offices closed until further notice

    Date Published - May 03, 2016

    Clearing into Panama in the San Blas Islands is currently in a state of flux. Due to an on-going disagreement between the Kuna Congress and... Read More
  • Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Sail Loft needs Sailmaker!

    Date Published - October 27, 2015

    Shelter Bay Marina’s 800 sq.ft sail loft (with long arm machine), needs an operator. Loft comes with a slip for your boat. Shelter Bay Marina... Read More
  • Panama, Balboa: Amador fire destroys three moored boats

    Date Published - June 19, 2017

    Fire destroys 3 boats – Balboa Yacht Club services temporarily suspended. As reported by AN INVESTIGATION is underway into fires that destroyed three boats... Read More
  • Panama, Balboa, Taboga Island South: Cruising yacht at anchor attacked by armed gunmen – March 2014

    Date Published - April 24, 2014

    This nasty incident occurred over a month ago, on March 15th, 2014, however, it’s taken some time to get the facts clear and verified before... Read More
  • Panama: Tightening up of how Cruising Permits are issued

    Date Published - January 29, 2014

    Cruising Permits can only be issued against a valid ship (yacht) registration. Lately, we have received a lot of reports and comments from cruisers in... Read More
  • Panama season starting soon

    Date Published - December 03, 2013

    Noonsite’s Panama contact Karsten Staffeldt (also contact for DOCA, OSK, and JRSK) reports on the start of the season in Panama. We are now getting... Read More
  • Panama, Balboa: Diablo Heights now the only official Immigration Office

    Date Published - July 09, 2013

    Balboa Yacht Club and Flamenco Immigration now only classed as Branch Offices. For yachts arriving in Panama from the Pacific and clearing in at Balboa,... Read More
  • Panama, Shelter Bay Marina: Boatyard Manager Vacancy

    Date Published - March 18, 2013

    Communication skills in both English and Spanish necessary as well as an understanding of Panamanian culture. Dave Jerling, the current boatyard manager at Shelter Bay,... Read More
  • Panama, Balboa Yacht Club: Pacific Puddle Jump Party, March 9, 2013

    Date Published - January 18, 2013

    Latitude 38, the San Francisco sailing Magazine (www.latitude38. com), Tahiti Tourism, and the Balboa Yacht Club in Panama will be hosting the 4th Annual Pacific... Read More
  • Panama, Colon: Protests over land sell-off

    Date Published - October 23, 2012

    Latest Update: This new Law has now been canceled by Assembly. Consequently, the situation should now be under control. Update posted 23 October 2012 The... Read More
  • Panama: Increased Canal Tolls Effective from October 1st 2012

    Date Published - August 18, 2012

    The previously announced toll increase has been approved by the Panamanian Cabinet and will take effect on October 1st, 2012. See the Panama Canal Authority... Read More
  • Panama: Dinghy Licence for Local Residents

    Date Published - July 18, 2012

    See the Panama Guide for a more detailed report on this Licence. There has been some confusion recently in Panama amongst the cruising community regarding... Read More
  • Panama, Bocas del Toro: American Couple Brutally Assaulted And Robbed On Their Sailboat Near Isla Colon

    Date Published - July 09, 2012

    Posted Sunday 8 July 2012, from a report by Don Winner for the Panama Guide, plus extra information reported to noonsite by cruisers in the... Read More
  • Panama Canal: ACP Announces Delay in Implementation of Toll Increase

    Date Published - June 30, 2012

    The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced on Friday that it has published a revised tolls proposal that defers the implementation... Read More
  • Panama Immigration: If going to Panama, find out first the best place to clear in.

    Date Published - June 26, 2012

    Since 6 March of this year, when Ronaldo Mendoza Tapia – Regional Manager of Immigration service in Colon – sent a circular requesting a tightening... Read More
  • Panama: Row over Proposed Toll Increases

    Date Published - May 30, 2012

    From La Prensa May 28th, – translated from Spanish. As per the press release of 28 May, the Administrator of The Panama Canal Authority,... Read More
  • Caribbean Bound? Some Useful Noonsite Articles and Links

    Date Published - November 16, 2018

    For any cruisers planning a passage to the Caribbean this winter, here is a round-up of some useful articles, advice and links from Noonsite. Before... Read More
  • New NOAA East Pacific Experimental Forecasts now available

    Date Published - March 27, 2014

    (March 27, 2014) – The highly anticipated NOAA forecasts for the coastal East Pacific are now available on an experimental basis. As reported by the... Read More
  • Confusion in the San Blas Islands

    Date Published - September 17, 2008

    There appears to have been some confusion of late, amongst cruising sailors regarding a resolution recently passed by the Kuna Indians, restricting the movements of... Read More
  • Is the Panama Canal back to Normal?

    Date Published - June 20, 2008

    June 17, 2008 Because of the jam in the canal, waiting time 6 to 8 weeks, you gave the advice to make the transit next... Read More
  • Panama: Latest Transit Information – Further Updates

    Date Published - March 20, 2012

    Latest Update from Shelter Bay Marina Posted 20 March 2012 I just wanted to inform you that the canal delays appear to be behind us... Read More
  • Panama: Waiting Time for Canal Transits Increases

    Date Published - March 01, 2012

    A number of sources in Panama have informed noonsite that the current waiting time for a Panama Canal transit (after transit arrangements have been made... Read More
  • Panama: Marine Scene Marina – New Mega Facility in the Planning

    Date Published - May 04, 2011

    Visiting Cruisers often bypass Panama, or get out of there as quickly as possible once through the Canal, because of the lack of support available... Read More
  • Panama: Skipper Killed and Crew Wounded in Yacht Attack – Further Updates

    Date Published - July 11, 2010

    Update Received 10 July 2010 Local press in Panama is now reporting that the person killed in the attack on the yacht Altares was a... Read More
  • Panama: New Regulations Covering Cruising Permits – Effective July 1st 2010

    Date Published - July 02, 2010

    As reported by The Log Newspaper and confirmed by Karsten Staffeldt. Panama’s new administration has passed new laws allowing foreign-registered pleasure boats to stay in... Read More
  • Panama – Warning of ACP Canal Toll increase 2011

    Date Published - April 30, 2010

    Taken from Press Release issued April 28, 2010 (Brief translation from Spanish). ACP Canal Toll Increase 2011 From 1 January 2011 the Panama Canal Tolls... Read More
  • Panama Canal – Official Agent Listing Available Soon

    Date Published - October 21, 2009

    The Panama Canal Authorities will be publishing a list of authorized ship agents on their website on October 30th, 2009. Yachts who wish to use... Read More
  • Transit Fees for the Panama Canal

    Date Published - June 02, 2009

    Life has just (as of 19 May 2009) become more difficult for yachts wishing to transit the Panama Canal. Citibank N.A. in Colon, to which... Read More
  • The Panama Cruising Permit – “Permiso de Navegacion”

    Date Published - May 18, 2009

    Reports coming into noonsite from Panama indicate that there is a great deal of inconsistency relating to the Permiso de Navegacion (Cruising Permit). It seems... Read More
  • Update on the Panama Canal

    Date Published - March 13, 2009

    As of today, there appears to be a four to five day waiting period for boat transiting from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This is... Read More
  • Panama Canal Transit Season – Update on Waiting Times

    Date Published - February 21, 2009

    Update on waiting time for the Panama Canal Transit for yachts in the 2009 Season Monday, February 19th, 2009 Waiting time for yachts arriving at... Read More
  • Panama: All Visiting Yachts Now Required to Pre-Register Arrival Information

    Date Published - February 11, 2009

    A new law has been passed in Panama concerning visiting yachts, both motor and sail. The Panamanian Authorities now require that all vessels pre-register their... Read More
  • Panama Canal Transit Season – Current Waiting Times

    Date Published - February 09, 2009

    From: Karsten Staffeldt (Scandinavian Ocean Cruising Associations: FTLT/DOCA, OCCD – Denmark, and OSK – Sweden) February 9th, 2009 Update on waiting times for the Panama... Read More
  • Panama, Colon, Club Nautico: Skipper tied up and Robbed

    Date Published - April 08, 2012

    In the first serious incident involving yachts in Colon this year, the sailing vessel “African Seawing”, anchored at the Club Nautico facility in Colon, was... Read More
  • Panama Canal Transit – Limited Advisors creates Backlog

    Date Published - April 21, 2012

    Dear Sailors, Please be advised that we are confronting delays of 10-15 days after admeasurement to get a transit (limited advisors). You may want to... Read More
  • Panama Canal Authority Tightens Screws On Yachts

    Date Published - September 16, 2005

    Noonsite has received a report from the owner of a yacht that had just transited the Panama Canal and is now moored at the Balboa... Read More
  • Panama, Guna Yala, Isla Surdub (Isla Mono): New Zealand Cruising Family Attacked and Father Fatally Injured

    Date Published - May 03, 2019

    (May 6, 2019) – On May 2, 2019, the MV Aqua Lobo was attacked by masked and armed robbers while anchored off La Isla Surdub... Read More
  • East Pacific Offshore Waters Forecasts

    Date Published - April 14, 2019

    (April 16, 2019) – The East Pacific offshore waters forecast is issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC)/Tropical Analysis Forecast Branch (TAFB). East Pacific Offshore... Read More
  • Panama: Important Clearance Procedures to Remember

    Date Published - May 08, 2019

    (May 8, 2019) – Russell Goedjen of Shelter Bay Marina, Panama, sends a timely reminder of the do’s and don’ts when heading to Panama. What... Read More
  • Panama: Increased Canal Tolls – Public Consultation Period until July 15

    Date Published - July 11, 2019

    (Published June 17, 2019 – updated July 11, 2019) – The Panama Canal Authorities have announced a proposed change in tolls, bringing the transit rate... Read More
  • Panama Canal: Toll Increase Approved as of 1st of January 2020

    Date Published - September 12, 2019

    After seven years of no increase and a public consultation period that ended on July 15th, Panama’s Cabinet Council have approved the modified Panama Canal... Read More
  • Panama Canal: Small Boat Transits to Resume Tomorrow

    Date Published - April 08, 2020

    Panama Canal transits for small vessels (under 65ft) are to resume on 9 April. Everyone on board (including 4 line handlers) must have Ministry of... Read More
  • Panama, Linton Bay: US Cruisers Abandon Ship and Lose Boat to Fire

    Date Published - June 01, 2020

    On their way from San Blas to Linton Bay, liveaboards Liz Lepkowski and Alan Johnson aboard their catamaran Kokopelli were forced to abandon their home... Read More
  • Atlantic and Caribbean Cruising: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 04, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Caribbean as well as Canary Islands. This is the second... Read More
  • Western Mexico to Panama: Free SSCA Webinar

    Date Published - September 29, 2020

    Join SSCA for a free, interactive session with their Cruising Station Hosts (CSH) of the Western Caribbean and East Pacific. This is one of a... Read More
  • National Hurricane Center adds new experimental weather forecast elements for “Blue Water” Mariners

    Date Published - February 05, 2021

    The National Hurricane Center is now providing several new experimental weather forecast elements for mariners that travel the open oceans of the tropical North Atlantic,... Read More
  • Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Satellite AIS Tracking Service

    Date Published - February 11, 2021

    The Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) HF Radio Service Net, FCC Call Sign KPK, has announced a new service for cruisers in the Gulf of... Read More
  • Panama Canal: 2021 Update

    Date Published - February 12, 2021

    With less than half the number of yachts going through the Panama Canal in 2021 in comparison to 2019, current waiting times for a transit... Read More
  • Panama: Latest on Transit Waiting Times

    Date Published - April 05, 2012

    Erick Galvez of Centenario Consulting reports: Transit queues are changing on a weekly basis. For this week we had a shortage of advisors sign up... Read More
  • Panama Canal: Proposal to Modify Toll Structure and Measurement Regulations

    Date Published - April 19, 2022

    The Panama Canal Authority has issued a proposal for a new simplified toll structure that it says will provide price stability for the next few... Read More