Yacht Latina Trip Review – The Curtises

We recently caught up with the Curtis couple upon their return from a Yacht Latina sailing trip in the San Blas.

San Blas Yacht Latina

Sailing aboard Yacht Latina’s 50′ Gulfstar Monohull with Capt Dave and his wife Elizabeth:
Dave and Elizabeth were outstanding.  Elizabeth’s cooking is amazing, and she does a really good job of keeping a neat, clean, and tidy ship.  Dave is very good with catering to whatever the client wants to do.  We fished, snorkeled, explored some islands, and learned a little bit about sailing.  He has a calm demeanor and is very engaging.  Dave and Elizabeth also do a very good job with the Kuna.  They get information from other boats and networks on weather, boat traffic, sea conditions, and any other happenings in the region.  They also are very polite with the Kuna and buy lobster/fish/coconuts from them to support their lifestyle.
We had a very good trip and would definitely do this again.
Thanks,
Jonathan
 50 Gulfstar San Blas Islands

Trip Report – sailing San Blas on Yacht Latina’s 46 Catamaran

Hola Lita,

 

We had a fantastic time!!! Wow we loved sailing. The Pajot is fast and we had no problems going 13 knots! Brais and Geraldine are so sweet and wonderful! Not only did they give us sailing lessons but as an extra bonus, Brais is a kite surfer and we all part took in a various forms. ( I was dragged in the water behind Brais, hanging on for life and bikini bottom, shrieking throughout the anchorage.) We had a lot of fun! Even Erica managed to lighten up and I think enjoyed herself!!! She also knows Anne Marie through Pilates, small world n’est-pas?

 

No sweat about the return, carnival was a gong show even in San Blas and I was grateful to be crammed into the back of a truck with Erica, Werner and Dennis! We had a couple of glasses of wine, dinner and fell into bed. I am making arrangements to fly to Fort Lauderdale next week to look at more cats. We have friends that live there and then we fly home. We loved Panama and can see ourselves returning. If we don’t see you this time, then we will next time. Thanks again for your assistance Lita.

Warm regards,

Christin and Dennis

San Blas Trip report from Mitzi and Bill: Fantastic times on the 50′ Gulfstar Monohull

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Hi Lita ~  Sorry to be so long in saying “Muchas Gracias” for all your help booking our trip!  We had a fantastic time….just exactly what we were looking for, relaxation, peaceful, no stress.
Capt Dave & Eli were just fantastic!!  Eli made me a birthday dinner complete with cake & candles!!  Capt Dave was so kind getting us in/out of the dinghy when snorkeling.  He also gave us a super concert singing and playing a mean guitar!  We are hoping to sail with them again in Bocas and hope we remain friends forever.
Sorry I cannot send complete pics as my new camera doesn’t want to talk to my new computer so am waiting for my niece to come next month and get me hooked together.  I won’t forget!
Many thanks and you can use us for a recommendation for you, Yacht Latina and your fantastic cruises anytime!
Hugs, Mitzi & Bill

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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JAMUNA
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San Blas Trip Report – The Davidsons

The DavidsonsWe just returned from a ten day trip to Panama. When planning for the trip, we really wanted to experience the unique San Blas Islands for a few days. Based on my research, I thought a day trip was too short yet I really did not find staying on the islands very appealing either as the accommodations are very rustic. So I looked into chartering a sailboat and found a company called Yacht Latina. This company was very helpful in finding the right boat for our family. We ended up chartering a 46′ catamaran with a captain and a cook. We were really surprised to find that the price was very reasonable. We have friends who have done this kind of trip in the BVI’s that have paid a lot more money.

The difficult part of the trip is getting there. Yacht Latina had everything planned well in advance and it all went very smoothly. The SUV ride over to Carti takes about 2-1/2 hours from Panama City and it is a curvy and bumpy ride but we never felt unsafe nor did anybody get carsick. Once we arrived in Carti, we were quickly escorted to a Panga boat where we were transported (20 minutes) out to the Lemmon Cayes to our beautiful boat. We were greeted by Bryce and Geraldine, a very nice couple from Spain and Belgium. Both of them were very nice, sincere and made our trip very comfortable. They both spoke English very well and communication was great. They were very hospitable and bent over backwards to make our family very comfortable. They also were laid back and we found them to be just real good people that made for some very fun and interesting conversations.

We sailed to a couple different island groups and the scenery was absolutely incredible. Words can’t describe how gorgeous this area is. I guess it is worth the difficult drive and boat ride to be fortunate to experience this amazing region. We were able to sail, snorkel, kayak, fish or just relax. Swimming in these waters was great as was the snorkeling.

Our crew prepared great meals every day as well as beer and rum drinks that kept us refreshed. The food was really good although we were not able to find any lobsters from the local Guna Yala tribe. The boat was immaculate and our staterooms were spacious and comfortable. There is no AC but we did have fans and a porthole for good ventilation. The evenings were amazing and I have never seen the stars and galaxy so bright and vivid as we were so far off the grid.

This was a very memorable trip and I would strongly suggest to anyone considering going to the San Blas to check out Yacht Latina. They were very professional, friendly and did everything that they promised. We look forward to sailing with them again in the future.

John Davidson

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

 

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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.