Re: $3000/mo cruising budget
That was for boat and two of us. We entered in the San Blas and then went to Colon. Went back to the office in the San Blas to check out because you have to check in and out in each district. The port captain wrote something on our entry permit and signed an stamped it - no charge. When we got to Colon we were fined for not having the proper exit permit from San Blas. Turns out the fine was less than the cost of the exit permit (fine was $25 and permit was $30). Later on we got in trouble because we did not have 'mariners' visas'. No one when we checked in in the San Blas or in Colon mentioned this but it became a big issue in Balboa. Don't know if there is a way around this, but it just goes to show that not everyone gets the same treatment in the same ports at (almost) the same time.
Back in the water in Grenada - with new main and #2 and cockpit canvas (Santa came early). Will spend the winter and early spring in the Caribbean and then head to Bermuda and the northeast US. Still trying to decide if we will bring the boat to Canada, either in 2015 or 2016.