About Yacht Latina Panama

About Yacht Latina: http://www.yachtlatina.com

San blas islands

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 10+ yachts 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.  Our sailing trips range from 3 days to 2 weeks, are all-inclusive (captain, meals, and accomodations) and are perfectly designed for families and couples.


Welcoming a new (to us) 50′ Gulfstar sailing yacht to our fleet

50′ Sailing Ketch Monohull – San Blas Islands

This Yacht is a 50 foot ketch rigged monohull with tons of space both on deck and below. She provides room for up to 6 guests with both double and single accomodations, available in three staterooms. A large main salon for dining and gathering is stationed midship. The gallery is well stocked with all the provisions and ingredients needed for great meals and libations while sailing or anchored. Her spacious cockpit has a Bimini cover to provide shade during the day and is a great place to check out that beautiful Caribbean island sunset. The large decks on board let you sun bath in comfort.  Snorkel gear is included and we have a large dinghy with a 15 hp Yamaha to deliver you to the best reefs and islands. Fishing tackle is also available for your use.




San Blas Trip Review by Jamuna

We just caught up with Jamuna Berry of www.playacommunity.com upon returning from her most recent trip to the San Blas.  Sounds like she and her group had a good time…


Jamuna San Blas

 Hi Lita,
 I wanted to give you some comments on the last trip we did on Yacht Latina’s 46′ Catamaran with Brais and   Geraldine.
It was the best San Blas experience ever – The boat and it’s crew, Captain Brais and Geraldine had a lot to do with  making our experience amazing. The boat was roomy enough for us.  The rooms with the bathrooms, were well ventilated and cool. Considering most boats I’ve been on are rather hot in the rooms, we were pleased to be able to get comfortable sleeps and be cool. The crew was  enthusiastic, entertaining and very accommodating. We loved them and would sail with that pair again any time.
Thanks for all you help in making this trip a success for us. We will be back again with you soon 🙂
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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.

boat sketch  

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.


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 : http://yachtlatina.com/trip-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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