Announcing a 42′ Sailing Yacht for Charter – San Blas Islands

42′ Monohull – San Blas Islands

This is our most recent addition to the fleet – the 10th vessel of Yacht Latina’s group.  The yacht Kokomo is a Sabre 425 created by the Sabre Design Team.  It is clean and well kept and features 2 private guest cabins.  This sailing yacht featuring 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms.  It has been updated recently with newer running gear, safety equipment, and additional convenience items.  The crew, Denny and Becky Flannigan are originally from Tacoma Washington and are experienced blue water sailers – including racing in the Pacific Cup Race to Hawaii.  The vessel accommodates up to 4 people for as few as 3 days and as long as 10 days for sailing trips in the San Blas Islands.  Currently taking charter groups for the months of Dec 2012 thru March 2013.

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Welcoming a new (to us) 43′ sailing yacht to the fleet

43′ Monohull – San Blas Islands

An owners version Elan 43, 1989 sailing yacht featuring 3 cabins and 2 bathrooms.  The yacht has been updated recently with newer running gear, safety equipment, and additional convenience items.  Can accommodate up to 6 passengers for San Blas Island OR Cartagena trips.  Captain George and wife Sandra are excellent hosts and very knowledgeable about the area.  Available for private charter or individuals wishing to join an existing cruise.

To view our entire fleet of vessels visit our vessels page

For booking information (either San Blas or trips to Cartagena) visit our booking request page


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Meal time Cabin Isla Pero


An interview with Captain George

We recently had a chance to sit down and visit with Captain George Salley, who has been pleasing Yacht Latina guests with iconic sailing cruises aboard his 42′ catamaran in the San Blas Islands.  George is an expert cruiser and wonderful person to hang out with.  Here are a few tidbits from our conversation.

Capt George

Captain George Salley

YL – How long have you lived in Panama?

CG  – We have been in Panama since December 2008.

YL – Tell us about your yacht?

CG – Southern Belle is a 42-foot Fountaine Pajot Catamaran built in 1995. We bought her in 2003 and have lived aboard since 2006. She is well equipped for blue water cruising. You can get a much more detailed description of how she is outfitted on the Yacht Latina website.

YL – What are your favorite islands to visit in the San Blas and why?

CG – We love the Lemmon Cays because they have outstanding beaches and great reef for snorkeling. We also adore the Robeson Cays because the people are fantastic.

YL – What are your favorite aspects of the Guna Yala?

CG – The clear blue water, the beautiful islands, and the wonderful Kuna Indians

YL – What is your most memorable moment with guests sailing in the San Blas?

CG – Playing music on the foredeck while we watch the sun set into the Caribbean Sea

YL – Well, thanks for the chat Captain George (and also Melinda & Josh…).  Great to catch up with you!

Yacht Latina cruisers: If you’d like to meet captain George or get pricing on a sailing trip click the Contact Us link on the website.


Experience Panama in a new convenient way – Cruises in Panama City

47′ Trawler Motoryacht – Panama City/Isla Taboga/City Lights Cruise


windjammer spirit

The Windjammer Spirit is a 47-foot Newport Horizon Trawler.  She is powered by 2 185-horsepower Cummins diesels and can reach a maximum speed of 10 knots. Normal crusing speed is 7 to 8 knots. The vessel is equipped with safety appliances and life-saving equipment to safely accomodate 25 guests on board. She has the latest in electronic navigation and safety equipment on the bridge, including certified lighting, radar, VHF and AIS equipment for Day or Night cruising. The roof has 7 feet of headroom and ensures that you will be able to watch the world go by, feel the breeze in your hair, and see the amazing sights of Panama while being seated comfortably in the shade out of the sun. She is equipped with 2 electric heads (toilets) and a full stand-up fresh-water shower. She is also equipped with a full music system and weatherproof external speakers on all decks. We have a large selectio of music on board and we can also accept a line input from your IPod or other device should you decide to bring music of your choice.

Cruising on Panama’s Pacific side is a unique experience. There are not many places in the world where you are able to get a front row seat to the world’s shipping scene. Imagine being as close as 200 feet to a 950-foot container ship that stands 180 feet above the waterline and carries as many as 4500 containers! See the skyline of Panama or explore the beautiful Amador Causeway – all from the comfort of your own ship. We run Day or Night, Rain or Shine.

Visit Taboga Island, just 90 minutes from Panama. This spectacular island has warm, clear water for swimming from the ship. The island hosts a variety of Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, and small bars where the beer is always cold and the people always have a smile on their face. The beach is always a big hit with guests, but those that truly want to relax will be happy sipping a cold beer while hanging from the swim grid in the water on the stern of the ship. After your walk in town or your hike to the top, relax with a cold beverage at a local beachfront bar or back on the ship.

During the right season, experience the thrill of a lifetime and go Whale Watching with us! July through October is generally considered whale season, and while we never know when the whales are going to come up and do some “People-Watching”, it is an amazing sight to see when it happens.


Expanding in Panama’s warm waters

Greetings Yacht Latina cruisers!
Ulu San Blas

Water taxi ride in the San Blas

It is with great excitement that we announce our expansion our yacht cruises into all 3 incredible archipelagos of Panama!  More destinations means more fun and more choices for your cruising adventures.
The San Blas Islands – this is where we started our cruising service and it remains our most popular destination with over 300 islands and 5 vessels to choose from ranging from sailing catamarans to prolific monohulls.
Bocas Del Toro – Situated in the warm Caribbean waters near the border of Costa Rica, this is where Jimmy Buffet chooses to vacation (yeah, for real).  Set sail for a new island each day!
The Pearl Islands – Originally named by the Spaniards who discovered the group of Pacific islands in 1513 and named them for their bountiful pearl stores found in this area, these islands were frequently used by Pirates in the years that followed.
We are also offering day cruises to Isla Taboga and whale watching tours from Panama City beginning Sept 15th.
You may have also heard that we recently parted ways with the esteemed Lady Lu captain Phil Morris.  Phil is an awesome captain and a good person.  We had a good run together and wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Lastly – we just published a new calendar and list of yachts for the remainder of 2012.  Check out the dates and book YOUR cruise… Special Rates for November fiestas patrias, December and January holidays.
Click here to see more
Cheers from Panama!
Chris and Lita Huber

New Trip Calendar – updated to end of December 2012!

We have several dates available for Sailing trips in Panama (San Blas, Bocas Del Toro, and Pearl Islands). Cruises range from 3 to 5 nights each.  Min 2 persons per trip.  Pricing depends on number of guests and vessel selected.  All yachts are fully crewed and provisioned.

Saling in the San BlasYacht Latina sailing in the San Blas


3 nights on Monday, September 10th  to Thursday, September 13th

See the Calendar :



SV Sogno

SV Sogno – 48′ Ted Brewer Cutter

Designed by renowned architect Ted Brewer U.S. Naval and equipped to meet the requirements for

offshore sailing. The ship boasts a canoe stern typical of the typical legendary “blue water” boat.

With a GRT of 21 tons and a beam of 13′ she is no baby. Stabilised by keel ballast of 11 500lbs a good

stable ride is assured. The built-in fuselage keel is part of the ‘secure’ concept and goes beyond the

typical “Brewer Bite” on the outrigger skeg rudder. Solid 25mm glassfibre hull with timber decking and

interior, she has a lovely feel to her. Fully appointed. Well insulated coachroof makes her nice and cool.
Perfectly maintained this gorgeous sailer is available for 2 to 4 day trips is San Blas.

Interior : forward to aft
The bow area is accessible through a door in the forecastle berth. “Pullman” berth on the port side with

plenty of storage space underneath. It has three drawers under the bed.
Located directly behind this berth is the foward toilet and shower which includes a sink, mirror and

ample storage space.

Midship is the large saloon with pilot berths on both sides. The table can be lowered and makes room

for another double bed. Plenty of storage space as well as an overhead and linen closet on the starboard

side. A large pantry can store the food safely. The galley is on the port side. Doppelspühle, 3-burner stove with oven and broiler, Grosse top-to-open fridge with freezer compartment and another large freezer for storing drinks and fruit etc. Various cupboards and drawers to take all the kitchen utensils.

A double step leading to the pilot house. The engine room is accessible by two large hatches insulated from here. The hot water tank is also located here. On the port side is the navigation table to the electrical panel. Navigational equipment includes a GPS from Garmin as well as a laptop computer with Max Sea maps, a 24 nm by Furuno radar and a forward-looking sonar. With the Nexus server, you can leave all data in the transponder display on the laptop.

On the starboard side there is another table, which can be converted into a double berth if required also. Here also is another pilot berth with plenty of storage space.

Aft large cabin with double bed to starboard. Underneath it has plenty of storage space and a total of 5 drawers. On the starboard side is the bathroom with a shower. Behind is the sink with additional storage space. Large wall unit with additional storage space. The interior wood is oiled, the floor and the stairs are painted.

and for the Techno-sailors:

Perkins 4-154 (b / n NAP271154V31260) 4-cylinder diesel, fresh water cooled with Borg Warner hydraulic gearbox (2:1) in excellent condition. 2011 major service including new water pump and alternator 70A. 18-inch 3-blade fixed propeller, Runs like clockwork and has an estimated 5000 hours of operation.

Isomat aluminum mast with double spreader rests on the keel, aluminum tree with “quick reefing system.” All stays are 1×19 type “Norseman” terminals (2004) and are as follows:

Sail inventory:
• 35 m2 large-9oz dacron Sails sail by Lee (2008)
• 36 m2 large-sail North Sails Dacron 10oz (reserve)
• 51 m2 Genoa 7oz Dacron North Sails
• 15 m2 of sail Stag-9oz dacron Sails Lee (2011)
• 25 m2 of Yankee 9oz dacron Sails Lee (2011)
• 18 m2 of top Yankee Sails 8oz Dacron
• 11 m2 Storm Jib Dacron 11oz
• 9 m2 Storm Trysail 8oz Dacron
• 170 m2 radial head drifter from Lee Sails (2011)

General inventory:
• 4hp Yamaha outboard (2010)
• 8hp Mercury outboard (2007)
• Yamaha 4 person dinghy
• Large-Sunbrella sail cover (2008)
• Sunbrella Bimini Cockpit (2008)
• folding table in the cockpit in teak (2009)
• Instrument panel in teak (2009)
• 2 Ritchie “Powerdamp” Compasses
• Edson wheel tax
• Reverse osmosis filtration system for drinking water (2011)
• cushions with washable microfiber cover
• Pressure water system with hot water heaters (2008)

Electronic Inventory:
• Furuno 24 nm radar with LCD display (2010)
• Interphase advance sonar with LCD display
• Garmin GPS 152 plotter
• Uniden VHF radio with DSC (2008)
• masthead antenna
• Nexus Autopilot with remote control
• Nexus depth sensor with display (2009)
• Nexus Log with display (2009)
• Nexus wind control with display (2009)
• Nexus Server (2009)
• Compaq Evo 600 Laptop with
• MaxSea navigation software and the current set of maps (all world)
• Automatic tuner for SSB
• Cat II EPIRB with GPS transponders
• smoke and CO2 detectors
• 100-watt solar panel with indicator and regulator
• Air-X wind generator
• LED navigation lights

Inquire about our Sogno : Here!

SV Trophy Girl

Trophy Girl sails San Blas
Trophy Girl is a neat little sail boat. Well no so little actually a fair double V cabin forward and two full length salon beds midships. Lots of shelf and cabinet space. Oh and there’s a 1 1/2 bed cabin starbaord aft. I say one and half since it is a double for a couple who are smaller people, but the average heavy build seadog would need the cabin to himself. Take a look at the double sinks in the galley photo. Its enough open space for party meal preparation! A good head (toilet) shower central in the boat. Skipper /owner Antonio hails from Barcelona and is quad lingual. (En/Fr/Es/Catala) He knows about running yacht fun trips. His zooty little vessel made many happy faces on the French coast and the Balearics before coming Caribbean way. He is a man of the earth, or to use a cliche, of the sea. Save to say he has been around. A pleasant and capable fellow. See more photos below…and keep reading.

Anyway back to Trophy Girl. She earned her name through reputation. She is pretty quick. Antonio has her turn 15knots, albeit in a huge following sea, but he didnt lose her and she didnt fail. For the sailors think….37′..thats cracking on. Actually what she will do more readily is be a responsive fast little sailor in moderate breeze. You see, she is an Oyster. Built for strength and speed. She is a little legend girl since she survived the great Fastnet race, a while ago, where she was one of only two in a fleet of 50 that returned from the Irish Sea in diabolical conditions. So she is strong, she is light and carries her 120% genoa on very firm standing rigging. Antonio wrenches up the running backstays, to squeeze each and every square foot of wind power. You will have fun! Come and ride her in San Blas!
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An inside look at the Kuna – New issues for an emerging culture

Palm Trees at dusk

Dusk in the Kuna Yala

Here again to talk about why and how various rumor is about. Rumor about difficulties of operating yachts for trips in the San Blas (Kuna Yala). It is June 2012 and I was only this week again in the local congresso ‘hall’. (A quaint place where three or four ‘elders’ lay in hammocks and smoke, and presumably listen, but also every so often erupt into dialogue with no one in particular.)  There does seem to be a point to the proceedings somewhere, but any one discussion moves from one evening to the next with the focus being more on how much can be said on the matter. Still, where we come from perhaps we have learned impatience?

So some time in the past, like more than 2 years ago, a few island ‘cabana’ owners, or hotels as they call them too, became a little jealous that some visitors chose the relative comfort and freedom of seeing San blas from a yacht. Since the incumbent older congresso members appear to be unseat-able (or unhammockable) they eventually have felt pressured into speaking up on behalf of these hotel owners. (-by the way I have several hotel owner friends and allies out here) So – the way of all bogged down political structures, slowly more and more congresso members have defaulted to the line of least resistance and verbalized that maybe its better to discourage the yachts from operating here.

Thing is, all those Kuna people around me, that I see almost daily, include the most active younger business men, one of the customs officials who issues boating permits, several hotel owners, and families of congresso members not only poo-poo the subject (as in ‘its so much talk’) but in fact I do not know of any actual control mechanism with respect to which vessels are unwelcome. In fact on the contrary, they ask me when my next trip is!

We have a mixture of old style Kuna and new Kuna. So I said ‘new’ Kuna. That’s what’s happening in San Blas. The real progressives are making good lives in a stunning landscape. They are doing business. Of course, however these are the guys who try and find something of more value than settling into political positions and pointing fingers. As I say -they are doing business -not just putting their hands out for money. (I stop at naming the well know location) Rumors abound too. Like Guna Yala and Kuna Yala. Who wrote that on the web? None of these locals know anything about that.

Anyway, back to being here…these fellows I mix with do not show the resistance to gringos or yachtsmen or the like. As I see it they want to do business, not just put their hands out for money. (un-like some other well know locations). So what’s wrong with that?

Up to early last year I was operating yachts for trips in San Blas. This year I return with much bigger and more comfortable craft. Wow! It was nice. (but what is nice?) What is nice is that despite all the talk I am welcomed with my plans. I don’t really understand people who face open resistance? What of it? We run excellent trips here. We use the local transport. (and that’s also ‘nice’, these guys I knew who worked doing fairly menial stuff for me last year, now have their own lancha businesses. Wouldn’t you? )

So as an ex Civil Engineer I give the local Kuna people real technical help on their much needed water projects. Twenty thousand dollars and no design from a well meaning open sandaled, Europe based ‘fundacion’, is not going to work.  (Though I applaud the sentiments) It needs the correct grade of pipe to be used.

Anyway I am getting to the point soon………

…and the point is………..we do great trips in the (web rated) 5th most unspoiled place in the world. We do yacht trips of three, to whatever, days… tailored to suit your but also very ‘digestible’, since we offer several options like your choice ‘cabin fill’ or charter the whole boat. For digestible read ‘value for money’.  We do great trips and darn if I am not fazed by any talk.  (see above) Have you picked up and browsed Eric Bauhaus ‘Cruising guide to Panama’ recently? I have. Actually I use it every second hour. Why? Because it’s brilliant. Also because he is a pioneer and I like to go where the other yachtsmen don’t bother to read. Hey – German mapping! It’s like German engineering.

So come on out and join us!  We have many San Blas cruises available for this summer.  The San Blas is a magically wonderful place to experience – the idyllic coco-palm lined islands, tranquil and transparent blue seas, a culture of wonderfully friendly peoples, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Cheers and hope to see you soon!


Photos from a recent cruise

We checked in with Yacht Latina guests Mike and Martha Vuytowecz, Jamuna Berry, and Kara Patrick on their recent trip out to the San Blas Islands and were amazed by the photos they brought back.  The San Blas region never seizes to amaze me with how photogenic it is.  Here are a few highlights from their trip.  Let us know what you think…

San Blas Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding in the San Blas

Children in San Blas Islands

Children of the Islands

San Blas Outhouse

Anybody know what this is?

Kayak with Yacht Latina

Kayaking in the San Blas Islands

Lady Lu Image

Relaxing on the Lady Lu

Relaxing on deck

Relaxing on deck

Cultural visit to the islands

Cultural visit to the islands

Huts in the San Blas Islands

Huts in the San Blas Islands

Evening dining aboard Yacht Latina Cruise

Evening dining aboard Yacht Latina Cruise

Trolling at sunset

Trolling at sunset