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Old 10-15-2013, 02:32 AM   #16
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I've been meeting other two-wheelers who've made the trip since then as well.
Interesting to know that the restrictions have been lifted on the normal sailboats and once again the extra money can be made on the motorbikes by the fiberglass boats. I always thought it was shitty of the captains to try and charge the same money and only taking you down the coast to Turbo area.

What broke down, maybe it was just a ploy? Did you get charged less for not going all the way to Catagena, should be cheaper as it is not near as far.

Looks like you found it out too that Colombia is very easy to like:)
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:38 AM   #17
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What broke down, maybe it was just a ploy? Did you get charged less for not going all the way to Catagena, should be cheaper as it is not near as far.

Looks like you found it out too that Colombia is very easy to like:)
The main engine shaft broke in half, so definitely not a ploy. Captain paid for everyone's trip from Sapzurro to Cartagena, including my loading/unloading and boat fees between Sap. and Necoclí‎. He and his first are good people.

Colombia is fantastic. Have a feeling I'm gonna spend the rest of my time in South America comparing everything to Colombia.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:27 AM   #18
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Pissed Fritz

I almost sailed with Fritz the cat, but after having met the owner and talked to him I flew to Cartagena.
My friends who sailed with him jumped ship in the first port they mored in.
A South African I met in Mexico swore that Fritzel was a highway robber.
I'd rather fly my bike than have anything to do with that mad man
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:32 PM   #19
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:24 PM   #20
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good info. keep it coming.
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:18 PM   #21
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Stahlratte, great guys, great food, great time, secure moto delivery ..... but everyone knew that anyway
I like the info too :) Thanx a lot!
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:04 AM   #22
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I almost sailed with Fritz the cat, but after having met the owner and talked to him I flew to Cartagena.
My friends who sailed with him jumped ship in the first port they mored in.
A South African I met in Mexico swore that Fritzel was a highway robber.
I'd rather fly my bike than have anything to do with that mad man
According to a well-informed source in Cartagena the first trip of Fritzs "San Blas Ferry" got delayed to the 23rd...so the trips scheduled for the 17th and 22nd won't take pcace either?
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:50 PM   #23
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Is anyone from here sailing from Panama to Colombia on the 15th of november?

I'll most likely be there with 4 other bikers.

See for my site: www.ridingtheamericas.nl
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:32 PM   #24
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The boat we took down (Crazy Horse) on a "one off trip" has to do another run up to panama and back. He said he could take a couple bikes again if there are folks looking. We had a great trip. Big solid steel boat.

His message: "our plan is to leave here (Cartagena) Monday (October 21st) and then to Carti, San Blas. From there back to Cartagena on Monday the 28th of October"

His email address for any enquiries: svcash.hole@gmail.com

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Old 10-27-2013, 03:10 PM   #25
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The boat we took down (Crazy Horse) on a "one off trip" has to do another run up to panama and back. He said he could take a couple bikes again if there are folks looking. We had a great trip. Big solid steel boat.

His message: "our plan is to leave here (Cartagena) Monday (October 21st) and then to Carti, San Blas. From there back to Cartagena on Monday the 28th of October"

His email address for any enquiries: svcash.hole@gmail.com

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:00 AM   #26
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:01 AM   #27
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Panamanian visa entry fee: The Panamanian Migration authorities have begun charging $100 per passenger unless the passenger can provide proof that they will leaving Panama within 72 hours of arrival. Whilst we have yet to receive a clear answer from the authorities on the basis for this charge, we recommend that you bring a printout of your onward journey from Panama or you will be personally liable to pay the $100 fee to the Panamanian Migration authorities.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #28
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There's a secondhand report on HU which states that the maiden voyage of the ferry took almost six days and featured abundant filth, absence of showers or beds, and couldn't find anyplace to dock to unload bikes in Colombia.

I'm not vouching for anyone's accuracy, and I'd sure be interested in hearing from someone who was on the boat. However, it's difficult to make a case that this is a realistic alternative at $700 for passenger and bike.

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Old 10-30-2013, 02:27 PM   #29
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the maiden voyage of the ferry took almost six days and featured abundant filth, absence of showers or beds, and couldn't find anyplace to dock to unload bikes in Colombia...
...so pretty much on par with half the boats already doing the crossing.
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