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December 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 08, 2017 04:48 PM
The start of a New Year and new cruising grounds for many noonsite users. Hopefully you are finding some great up-to-date information on noonsite to help with your cruising plans.

Published: 2017-01-05 00:00:00

As always, drop us a short e-mail if you find out something has changed or any new information for the ports you visit. It is you, our users, who help us keep noonsite up to date and current.

After all the Christmas parties and idyllic cruising “un-plugged”, you can find out what you missed with our round-up of all the new information, port and country updates, comments and reports from the cruising community that were posted on noonsite in December. There's also a selection of new tweets, security reports and cruising news.

Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite over the festive season.

As always, a very big thank you to all our readers who supported noonsite with a small donation last month (making a small donation) and also to our new advertisers – all of you are helping to keep noonsite a valuable and free service for the cruising community.

A summary of all the new information posted on noonsite during December can be found below.

Editor's Note - Our apologies, many of the links in this report were broken - however all have now been corrected and open in new windows (8 February 2017).




Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Scam against yachts reported


North America

The Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Loop

USA, Florida: Fort Lauderdale Marine Directory


South America

Ecuador, Puerto Lucia: Stopping for repairs before going on to Easter island (Rapa Nui)

Malvinas/Falklands: Applying for "Permiso"



Greece, Crete, Ayios Nikolaos: Early booking essential for winter berths

Italy, Brindisi: The same boatyard for winter storage for the last 4 years

Morocco, Mohammedia: Cruisers' Reports

Morocco, Rabat: Report on a recent visit


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Marina berths difficult to find

Greenland: Needs a strong crew


West Africa & South Atlantic Islands

South Africa, East London: Report on facilities and services


South East Asia & East Asia

Southeast Asia Pilot (5th Edition) - A Noonsite Review

Indonesia, Riau Islands Province: Cruising the Anambas & Natuna Islands just made easier

Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi: Three months "on and off" at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club

Singapore to Penang through the Straits of Malacca (Selat Melaka)

Thailand, Satun: Varying clearance charges at Koh Lipe


North Indian Ocean

Maldives: The key to cruising the Maldives is to select the right agent

Oman, Port Salalah: Agent recommendation

UAE: Yacht based in UAE with local information


South Pacific

Fijji, Lautoka: Vuda Marina feedback from cruisers

French Polynesia: Obtaining an FP Long Stay Visa - Revised

French Polynesia, Huahine: New mooring balls in Fare

French Polynesia, Tahiti: Good feedback about the new marina in Papeete

Tonga & Pacific Weatherstations: Help improve weather forecasting



Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten: Atlantic 57 Catamaran capsizes

South Pacific: Niue Yacht Club (NYC) celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Saint Lucia: Special celebrations bring ARC+ 2016 to a close

Saint Lucia: ARC 2016 comes to a close

UK: Ocean cruising experts share their sailing knowledge at World Cruising Club Forum and Seminars

UK: DAERA designates four new MCZs in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region

Europe's version of GPS reaches operational milestone


Information Partners with the Caribbean Safety & Security Net (CSSN)

Bahamas, Exumas, Compass Cay: Dingy Theft

Belize, Placencia Harbour: Dinghy and outboard theft

French Polynesia: Yacht security incidents - Nov/Dec 2016

Nicaragua, Media Luna Cays: Piracy

Philippines, Sulu: German cruiser kidnapped and wife killed

Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay: Burgled whilst ashore for dinner

Saint Lucia, Soufriere, Anse Canaries: Dinghy and outboard theft




Pacific List of Radio Nets

DMR (Digital Mobile Radio): Can cruisers benefit from such a system?


Cruisers Websites

An American boat in the Med



Indonesia, Bali to Komodo: The Depth of our Plastic Problem


Equipment - one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world



BRally - Coast of Brazil Northbound


Safety & Medical

Creating a Float Plan: What and Why

Emergency Evacuation Services While Cruising



Weathering Waterspouts

Lightning over the ocean

Sources of Weather information for the Pacific Ocean



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor ‏@NoonsiteEditor 7 Dec 2016
#Niue Yacht Club - nearly half way to their target of $10,500.00! Calling all South #Pacific cruisers … ‏@NoonsiteEditor 7 Dec 2016
#Indonesia, Riau Islands Province: Cruising the #Anambas & #Natuna Islands just made easier with new Port of Entry … ‏@NoonsiteEditor 9 Dec 2016
#SaintLucia #RodneyBay Crew fight to save #ARC yacht after fire takes hold and rages on board … ‏@NoonsiteEditor 13 Dec 2016
A winter cruise to #Morocco and a rare glimpse into another world …

You Retweeted
Down Under Rally ‏@downunderrally 25 Sep 2016
Great blog about cruising in New Caledonia by Holly Cova ‏@NoonsiteEditor 15 Dec 2016
#Voyaging With #Children: Ten Tips From A Kid #kidsonboard … ‏@NoonsiteEditor 15 Dec 2016
French #Guiana - So glad I found St Laurent du Maroni #medicalemergency … ‏@NoonsiteEditor Jan 4
#Indian #Ocean crossing 2017 - share resources and info on the #noonsite #weather & #routing forum …


See previous monthly report summaries here

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