Sailors Facing Fee Increases

http://delsurnewsonline.com/8185/epn-san-juan-del-sur/

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.

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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?...

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Not a hot cruising destination...

I follow the sailing community very closely. Obnoxious by its absence, Nicaragua is not very popular, compared to marinas in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. Whenever I read a story about folks cruising south, very rarely is a stop in Nicaragua mentioned. The newest facility, Marina Puesta Del Sol, in northwest Nicaragua, is poorly marketed, though it has beautiful facilities. I'm sure that news of fee increases won't help.

Noonsite Is The

bible for most sailors. It's a central clearing house for each countries requirements for entry, and is kept up to date.

http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Nicaragua

Unfortunately, the bad press about Nicaragua continues even here:

http://www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2012-06-12-2

Too bad, despite the lack of facilities a lot of boats would probably visit on the way to Panama. CR has even less on the Caribbean side. Puerto Limon is dirty and dangerous, and Puerto Viejo is a bad place to be caught in a storm.

More info on the new SJdS charges:

http://www.noonsite.com/Members/sue/R2011-12-16-1

To put this into perspective, my clearance into Havana on Jolie Fille cost me $32 and took about two hours. There was a brief search of the boat, a health inspection, arms were sealed in a pouch, and some paperwork filled out. Happy, smiling people, never a hint of a bribe. I don't think any of them had weapons, even sidearms.

Mexico was an equal no-brainer at Isla Mujeres, although I had to make the rounds port captain, immigration, health, and finally the port captain again. Again, no bribes, although the health inspection was a bit of a scam: "Do you have any rats on your boat?" "No", "Sign here, that will be $6 dollars".

Thank you

The entries by "sue" seem to be a collation of mariners reports.

e.g this one from Jim, the Captain of Jem but was dated last December before these new rates came into effect.