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July 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 06, 2016 04:25 PM
With everybody out sailing last month we’ve had a quieter time at noonsite, although some good reports from cruisers have still landed in our in-box - mostly from the South Pacific and SE Asia. Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite last month with reports, comments and updates.

Published: 2016-08-01 23:00:00

Last month’s yacht security reports focus mainly on the Caribbean as Carnival season (and with it the seasonal rise in petty theft) is upon us. More severe however is a report of a brutal attack on a cruising couple in Colombia.

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 July can be found below.




Bahamas, Exuma: Unreliable moorings at Little Farmers Cay

Bermuda, St. George’s Harbour: Sail loft recommendation

Dominican Republic: Warning about moorings in Luperon Bay


South America

Brazil, Salvador de Bahia: Be careful leaving your boat unattended here

Chile, Puerto Montt: Marina recommendation for leaving the boat

Ecuador, Puerto Amistad: New owner, new prices and open for business

Ecuador, Puerto Lucia: Boatyard Work - Feedback from Cruisers

Ecuador, Puerto Lucia: Stewart Yachts & Services

Uruguay, Piriapolis: Another good place to leave the boat


Central America

Panama Update



Albania: More good feedback for the port of Saranda

Egypt: Mediterranean ports

Greece, New Port: Porto Kheli (Heli/Cheli/Xeli)

Greece, Ionian: Improvements in Zakynthos

Greece, Ionian: Lefkas floating swing bridge

Greece, Thessaloniki: Sail repair recommendation

Montenegro: One week vignette just 38 Euros

Tunisia: For entering Tunisia we can recommend Gammarth.

Tunisia: Port Marina de Gammarth

Turkey, Marmaris: Reverting back to the days when it was an old fishing village

Turkey: Wintering in Finike


Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Canary Islands, La Graciosa: A recent visit

Canary Islands, Lanzarote: A very pleasant stay at Puerto Calero

Portugal: General Advice for Sailing the West Coast


South East Asia & East Asia

East Timor (Timor Leste): One of the easiest countries to check into

Indonesia: New clearance procedures now filtering down through the islands

Indonesia: A refreshing change from Palau

Indonesia, Nongsa Point Marina: Very accommodating for International Arrivals

Indonesia, Kupang, Timor: Clearing into Indonesia here

Indonesia: Notes on Raja Ampat, Cendrawasi Bay and Biak

Thailand, Krabi: Resistance to visa extensions

Thailand, Phuket: Boatyard and Worker recommendations


South Pacific

Australia: The Down Under Rally to Bundaberg Port Marina

Australia, Gold Coast: Yacht repair recommendations

Fiji: Cruising east of Kadavu - Kavala Bay

Fiji: Internet recommendations

Fiji, Lautoka: Good recommendation for Vuda Point Marina

French Polynesia: Dealing with the Bond & Duty Free Fuel

French Polynesia: Recommendation for yacht service company

Papua New Guinea: Notes on a Visit in May 2016

Solomon Islands: Noro (New Georgia) preferred port of entry into Western Province

Solomons, New Georgia: Spending time in Munda



French Polynesia, Tuamotus: Skipper Found Dead aboard Grounded Sloop

Portugal, Western Algarve: ARC Portugal comes to an end in Marina de Lagos

USA, Florida, Sarasota: Liveboard family missing

USA, Portsmouth, VA: Suntex Marinas Acquires Ocean Marine

MEOSAR: New Search & Rescue System


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

Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports

Colombia, Islas del Rossario, Isla Grande: Boarded & Attacked

Dominican Republic, Samana: Attempted Theft

Grenada, Mt Hartman Bay: Multiple Break-ins and Burglaries

Martinique, Anse Mitan: Outboard Theft

Puerto Rico, Spanish Virgin Islands, Vieques, Isabel Segunda: Burglary

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Union Island, Clifton Harbour: Outboard Theft

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Canouan, Charlestown Bay (Tamarind Hotel): Burglary

Trinidad, Hibiscus Gas Platform: Attempted Piracy



Books & Charts

UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters


GYMSIM - An international Pay-As-You-Go sim card

Cruisers Websites

5 year global travels abroad s/v Golden Glow

The French man and his Chicken


Outfitting a boat to sail around the world


Japan, Seto Inland Sea: Register your interest for the Setouchi Yacht Rally 2017

Safety & Medical

Ciguatera - How do you tell if a fish has it?



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See previous monthly report summaries here


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