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October 2016: New information posted on noonsite

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 27, 2017 12:04 PM
Find out what you missed on noonsite during October. All the new information, port and country updates, comments and reports from the cruising community are listed below. There's also a selection of tweets from last month, security reports and cruising news.

Published: 2016-11-07 00:00:00

Thank you to everyone who found time to contribute to noonsite last month with cruising reports, comments on ports visited, services used and clearance procedures and noonsite updates.

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 October can be found below.




Curacao: Clearance for a US flagged vessel

Curacao Immigration: US citizens receive a six month tourist visa

Haiti: How you can Help Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

Martinique: NEW English-language Cruisers Net

Trinidad & Tobago: Foreign yacht repair services will be made VAT exempt

North America

Canada: Cruising Notes on the Coast of Labrador

Canada, Halifax: Marina recommendation

Central America

Costa Rica, Isla del Coco: Permit or not?

Mexico/Central America: Pacific Weather Resource Update

South America

Brazil, Cabedelo & Jacare: Detailed Description of Clearing In

Brazil, Ilha de Itaparica: On anchor here for 4 months

Colombia: Canadians charged high Immigration fees


Croatia, Cavtat: Notes on checking in and out here

Croatia, Hvar: Alternative nearby anchorages

France: A warning to non-EU cruisers re French Customs

Greece, Crete: Limited shelter in strong Scirocco winds

Greece, Ionian, Preveza: Hauling out with Cleopatra Marine

Greece: Lots of chat about EU Regulations & Transit Logs

Greece, Peleponnese: Latest updates from Yithion (Githion)

Greece, Peloponnese: Be careful with the thunderstorms!          :

Greece: Tips on car rental

Italy, Bari: Leaving our boat for travel overland

Italy, Sardinia, Santa Teresa Gallura: Short distance from Corsica

Morocco, Marina Smir: Updates from Cruisers

Spain, Almerimar: Really worth a visit or to stay for the winter

Spain, Mallorca, Andraitx: No longer a port of entry

Spain, Valencia: A Good Option for Repair Work

Turkey, Kas: Wintering our boat here

Wintering in the Mediterranean

Western Europe & North Atlantic Islands

Madeira, Marina Quinta do Lorde: Lovely destination and work in progress

Spain (SW Coast), Mazagon: Keep your receipts

UK, Bristol: A Visit to Portishead Quays Marina

UK: Remember the UK is not part of the Schengen Area Agreement

Northern Europe

Norway: Few countries, if any, gives a sailor better access

South East Asia & East Asia

Cambodia: Clearing in and out of Khao Kong

Indonesia: Easy check-in at Bitung

Malaysia, Port Klang: Cleaning up the Klang River

Malaysia, Pankor Marina, Marina Island, Lumut: Boatyard Feedback

Malaysia: Penang clearance update

Thailand, Phuket: East Marine Chandlery

Thailand, Phuket: All Points Marine

North Indian Ocean & Red Sea

Sailing through the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (2016)

South Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean Charm: From Thailand to the Cape of Good Hope

South Pacific

Australia: Problems with propane/gas refills

Australia, New South Wales: Clearing in to Coffs Harbour

Fiji, Savusavu: Navigation Hazard

Fiji: Sea Mercy's work in the Lau Group after Cyclone Winston.

New Zealand: Our Refit Experience in the North Island

Tonga: Advice for crew arriving with a one-way airline ticket

Vanuatu to Bundaberg, Australia: A truly memorable 5-day stop-over at Chesterfield Reef.



World Cruising Club News

Indian Ocean: World ARC enjoy idylic Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers prepares to set sail

Matthew now a Category 3 major Hurricane

Powerful hurricane Matthew lashes the Caribbean leaving a trail of devastation in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew's Aftermath

USA: Hurricane Matthew Waterway and Marina Damage Reports

Bahamas: Most marinas open following Hurricane Matthew

Southeast Asia Pilot - 25 years in print

Cheeki Rafiki Accident Report Points to Keel Detachment


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

Grenada, Chemin Bay: Three yachts vandalised overnight - September 2016

Fiji, Viti Levu, Saweni Bay: Dinghy and Outboard Theft - October 2016

Saint Lucia, Rodney Bay, Reduit Beach: Dinghy and Outboard Stolen - October 2016

St. Vincent, Buccament Bay: Night time boarding and theft - February 2016

St Vincent, Chateaubelair: Armed Boarding - October 2016




Books, Charts & DVDs

Southeast Asia Pilot - 25 years in print

The Pacific Crossing Guide - 3rd Edition


Cruising Information

The Cost of Cruising

Australian Long Distance Cruisers: Useful Services that are hard to find


Cruisers Websites

Ronja round the world – or at least part of it


Global Yachting Services

Powerboat and Sailboat Insurance Comparison



Culture Cruise & Sailing - Round Sicily Rally



Kannad Marine issues Safelink EPIRB Recall



Follow us now @NoonsiteEditor ‏@NoonsiteEditor Nov 2
Homeschool Teacher @katelairdbooks THE book to read when you begin planning for long-term #family #cruising …

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Oct 16
Preparing a method of sailing without a rudder could save your boat in an emergency.

New 3rd Edition of RCCPF Pacific Crossing Guide: Completely revised and updated new edition to be published o...

Sailors for the Sea ‏@SailorsforSea Oct 13
The #Lionfish Invasion - how did this invasive species get to the #Caribbean? ‏@NoonsiteEditor Oct 10
Joining a boat in #Tonga? Find out the correct procedure here … ‏@NoonsiteEditor Oct 10
SE #Asia Pilot - 5th Edition released #Cambodia #Indonesia #Malaysia #Philippines #Singapore #Thailand #Vietnam … ‏@NoonsiteEditor Oct 10
#Guatemala (Río Dulce) to #Brazil - any routing tips for a singlehander? …

Dryad Maritime ‏@Dryad_Maritime Oct 10
EU Border and Coast Guard Agency launched: | Via @safety4sea #EU #Border #CoastGuard

Yachting World ‏@yachtingworld Oct 9
How much yacht do you need to get to the Caribbean? What exactly is wrong with the yacht you already have (or can...

Down Under Rally ‏@downunderrally Oct 7
Like to know more about cruising to and in New Caledonia ? Join us The Boat Works Gold Coast on November 20th for...

"Tropical Storm Tactics - How to Tie Your Sailboat in a Mangrove." (Video) #HurricaneMatthew


See previous monthly report summaries here


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