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Tuesday, September 18 2018 @ 09:41 PM UTC

Guna Yala Congress Outlaws Sailboat Charters From Panama to Colombia

Boats and SailingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com -Received today via email: "Don, the Guna Council has banned foreign yachts from chartering in Guna Yala and all other money making efforts.

Lots of the yachties supplement their income by chartering and repairing other vessels. The fine for chartering is $10,000 payable in two days. They went through the anchorages and went to each boat advising. A&C".

Editor's Comment: I have to say that I'm not surprised at all. I first became aware of the deplorable condition of the chartering business while investigating the murders of Don North and Jean Pierre Bouhard. In fact the government of Panama has not been adequately regulating or supervising the charter business, and it's simply unsafe for the people who try to use it. I have received dozens of reports of very dangerous practices, things such as a skipper getting falling down drunk and passing out, and leaving an unskilled young backpacker at the helm, at night, in a storm. I suspect this effort to shut down the unauthorized charters is step one, and step to will be to issue permits to those who have been granted permits and who are authorized to proceed. Let's just hope that the overall safety improves over time. And of course, just because there are a few unsafe operators, I know there are others who are safe and capable and experiences sailors (so no need to blast me with scathing emails).

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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Guna Yala Congress Outlaws Sailboat Charters From Panama to Colombia
Authored by: Captain on Saturday, February 16 2013 @ 12:03 PM UTC

Panama has to find out, wether Gunayala is part of Panama or not- the Panamanian goverment sells sailingpermits for every yacht entering the waters for $ 200.- and has to make sure the one year covered by this permit may be spent there. The congreso of the Gunas permits only a stay of 30 days in the " terretorial waters of Gunayala". So the congreso violates Panamanian law- up to now no boat was fined, but the situation is not clear for the visiting yachts- forigen as local. The Gunas are limitimg the yachts- local and forigen- with 200 in their waters, but do not tell who is countihg them and how they execute the limit of this 200 yachts.
Panma is now asked to tell the Guna congreso what is the value of the goverments sailing permit (Permiso de navigation)

Guna Yala Congress Outlaws Sailboat Charters From Panama to Colombia
Authored by: Captain on Saturday, February 16 2013 @ 12:15 PM UTC

Concerning the sfety of the travellers: the only casualtys where up to now on the Guna powerboats travelling between Miramar and Porvenir 2 years ago, when the road was closed by the Guna congresso. a Guna lady and a female backpacker was killed when their overpowered lanchas captised. Nobody traveling on a yacht between Gardi and Cartagena got killed ever. The engaged yachts are forced by the harborcaptain of Cartagena to insure the backpackers agaisnst bodily harm and the boats are controlled there for their safety.