Sailors Facing Fee Increases
Both the Nicaraguan Port Authority (EPN) and the Office of the Director General Transporte Acuatica have increased fees that will directly affect the sailors, such as these three groups; the dozen or so boat owners that currently have their boats up on the side of the dock (“on the hard” as they call it), sailing trip operators as well as those on buoys or anchored in the bay.
What I am trying to find out is how big of a demographic we are dealing with. That is, how many of these sail boats pass by Nicaragua that would call in if there were better facilities and they hadn't priced them out...if that is the case.
Or is this a select group of "Niche Travelers" that by description should pay a fair rate to come into port the same as a landlubber pays for a bed & bath.
One guy told me that there were 500 sail boats that annually go from Mexico to further south than Panama. 10 a week spread out over tens of ports is not a number worth worrying about is it?...