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January 2015: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 27, 2016 09:28 AM
Thank you to everyone who viewed noonsite last month and found time to contribute port/country updates and cruising reports for the site. We greatly appreciate your feedback and assistance in helping keep noonsite such a useful and up to date resource for worldwide cruising boats.

Published: 2015-02-03 00:00:00

It’s been a good start to the New Year for noonsite with lots of new registered users who have posted many useful and informative comments on the site for those following in their wake. Thanks to all of you, welcome and we hope many of you who still have not registered, will do so during February so you can post comments and feedback on the site too.

You can read a selection of the comments posted last month further down the page.

As with December however, we have received very few cruising reports and encourage those of you that perhaps have completed cruising a stretch of coast, group of islands or passage, or have spent some time cruising a particular country, to send a report through to noonsite so others can read about your experiences. If you have kept a blog, we welcome links to blog reports that are of interest as well.

For all the latest information, updates and news posted on last month, read on . . .


(See Piracy/Security Reports & News from last month further down)

Central America

Costa Rica, Isla del Coco: Permit or not?

Panama, Bocas del Toro: Latest updates

Panama Clearance: Cruisers Report on their Experiences

South America

Colombia, Caribbean Coast, Santa Marta: Feedback from Cruisers

North Atlantic Islands

Canaries, Lanzarote, Arrecife: Preparing for an Atlantic Crossing at Marina Lanzarote

Canaries: Updates on availability of Gas

West Africa

Namibia: Cruising updates for Luderitz

Namibia: Cruising updates for Walvis Bay


Ordering spares whilst cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

Cruising Mediterranean Spain from Lagos, Portugal

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Gulf of Aden & Red Sea Passage - January 2015

Oman: Updates for Port Salalah

South East Asia & East Asia

Indonesia: Eastern Indonesian Anchorages

Indonesia Officialdom: A positive experience in Ambon

Thailand: Hauling out at Phithak Shipyard, Satun

South Pacific

Fiji, Viti Levu, Lautoka: Completing an Overhaul at Vuda Point Marina


Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao: 2nd edition of Virgintino's A Cruising Guide to the ABCs now available

Canary Islands: Spanish Maritime & Navigation rates affecting cruisers in the Canaries

EU: Move to end 'visa' limits to non-EU sailors

India to crack down on the movement of private yachts and boats

Philippines, Davao: Ham Exams February 2015

Spanish Taxes applied to Foreign Registered Boats

UK Sailors: MCA Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme

UK: Winds of up to 90mph expected to hit UK amid Atlantic storms

USA: Print-on-demand Imray Caribbean charts now available

USA: Northeast Braces for Possibly ‘Historic’ Winter Storm, Coast Guard Urging Mariners to Take Precautions


Hawaii: Missionary yacht capsized in storm and crew member lost

Indonesia, West Kalimantan, Penebangan: Cruising couple lose their yacht but find kindness from local villagers

USA, Florida to Bahamas: Family Rescued after catamaran breaks in half


Horn of Africa: Suspicious activity reported November 2014

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay Marina: Theft from yacht

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay: Further theft from yachts

Dryad Maritime

Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)


Australia – New Augusta Boat Harbour

Australia – Worldwide travel Insurance for Australian Cruisers

Bonaire, Kralendijk – Moorings and immigration updates

Chile – Check in Fees at Arica

Colombia – Clearance updates

Dominican Republic – Updates on ports for cruisers

Dominican Republic, Boca Chica – Leaving the boat at Marina Zarpar

Galapagos – Get rid of your barnacles!

Italy, Sicily – Milazzo updated information

Maldives – Agent recommendation

Martinique, Marin – Recommendation for hull repair

Philippines – Recommendation for the Calamian Islands

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay – Feedback on Marine Services and Security

Spain, Ceuta – Marina Hercules latest info.

Sri Lanka – Clearance in Trincomalee

Suriname, Domburg – A recent visit

Thailand, Phuket – Useful updates

Tobago – Papers confiscated and fined

UK, River Orwell – Outstanding for marina facilities

UK, Ipswich – updates re. berthing and facilities

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)



Getting online while cruising

How to keep your connection to the internet on board, so you can remain online offshore

Cruising Networks

Bluewater Cruising Association

Kids Unplugged – connecting families through travel and adventure


Cruisers’ Websites

Circumnavigation planned for 2016

Tamarisk - Round the World

Vagabond - Polar Logistics


Become a Citizen Oceanographer: Help Scientists Close the Data Gap


How to buy a used yacht

Global Yachting Services

Travel Health Insurance for Cruisers

Ten ways to save money on boat insurance

Medical & Safety

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

MediVac Services for Cruisers

Useful Websites

GetMyBoat - the Airbnb for boats


Prepare your boat for a storm in harbour

Tropical South Pacific weather resources

New App for Predicting Wind

See previous monthly report summaries here

How to get more out of noonsite

Whilst noonsite continues to be a free resource with no log-in required, there are some ways you can get more involved with the site:

Register with noonsite: This is quick and simple to set-up. Being registered means you can contribute comments to all ports, countries and reports on noonsite. A simple way to pass on quick recommendations, comment on service done on your boat or feedback any new port information you have encountered. Please remember that comments are moderated and may take 24-48 hours before approval. Please keep comments short.

E-mail us with updates and reports: Those of you with more detailed updates for noonsite (i.e. more than just a paragraph which is suitable to post as a comment) can still pass these on to the noonsite team at [email protected] and they will be used for site updates and/or published as a noonsite report. Try to include as much information as you can about places visited, routes taken, contact details etc. and don’t forget to send us a photo or two as well. This e-mail can also be used for any questions you need answered too.

Follow us on Twitter: With very nearly 1000 followers (@NoonsiteEditor) is the perfect way to receive notice of site updates, new info. as it is added, news relevant to cruising sailors and any useful articles we want to share with our followers. A great way to get easy access to what’s going on in the cruising world. Follow us now and help us reach 1000 followers this month!

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