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01-16-2013 12:37 AM
CapnRon47
Re: Belize pirate attack

Paul,
Thanks, we had a great time even though the weather was a bit off. We had enough sunny days to snorkle and enough windy days to sail a bit. But there was a lot of motoring, which we had to do to get from place to place.

We had no troubles, except the bread shop in Placencia was out of bread the day we showed up. We did not know you had to order the day before! But other than fresh baked bread all other supplies were ample and easily available. We ate like royalty on the boat and enjoyed all the places we visited.

thanks for your responses and input, it helped us feel more comfortable going to a new and different place.

regards,
Ron
01-02-2013 09:17 PM
Chkm8
Re: Belize pirate attack

Hi Ron, sorry I missed your visit I was in the US procuring a boat and arrived back in Dec. I hope your visit went well and the weather behaved ... Paul
01-02-2013 03:25 PM
windnrock
Re: Belize pirate attack

I find it interesting that this CRIME is referred to as an "event". It is far more likely not to be a "one-off" (another interesting reference) if the perpetrators are not caught. The world is changing as always, economic downturn, the spread of narcos, increased population growth without the benefit of employment.
I would not marginalize this crime as being an aberration but would consider it a warning. We need to be more cautious, more prepared and keep an eye our for each other. Considering the size of the group attacked, these were some very motivated/ uncaring criminals regardless if they were on drugs or not. It will not be safe for a lone boat in a remote anchorage for a long time in many places. We will still visit those places, we will just be more aware and prepared.
11-08-2012 04:30 PM
peterchech
Re: Belize pirate attack

So what's the word, they caught these bastards?
09-29-2012 03:26 AM
Trucasj
Re: Belize pirate attack

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06-06-2012 02:58 PM
JeromeLhermitte
Re: Belize pirate attack

Ron,

Once again thank you for your help.

Regards,

Jérôme
06-05-2012 10:42 PM
CapnRon47
Re: Belize pirate attack

Jerome,
Yes, that is what I meant. We had to return to the Moorings mid trip to restock water, there is non available out on the islands. So our trip first went south, then back and then north. We visited Ranguana, Laughing Bird, Hatchet, Wippani, Southwater, Thatch for the evenings, we visited others for snorkeling along the way.

Ron
06-05-2012 06:44 AM
JeromeLhermitte
Re: Belize pirate attack

Hello Ron,

Thank you very much for your post and your feed back. This is very insterresting.
I will anchor at occupied islands as well.
Is it possible to know wich cayes you have visited ?
You recommend Hatch and Thatch Caye's do you mean Hatched Caye ?
Regards,

Jerome
05-27-2012 12:37 AM
CapnRon47
Re: Belize pirate attack

All,
Back from chartering in Belize, all went well (well except for unexpected rain as it is not the rainy season yet). We anchored mostly at occupied islands and where there were other boats, checked in every night with the Moorings. We had a great time, the people were all friendly and helpful. However, we did not have any fisherman approach our boat to sell their fish. Fortunately, we had stocked the boat so well (too well) we needed no extra meals. We found many items right in Placencia, there is a new grocery store that is well stocked, between there and Wallens we found everything we needed that we had not brought with us or ordered. We highly recommend Hatch and Thatch Caye's and the restaurants there, both had great food and service.

Capn Ron
04-29-2012 06:15 PM
CapnBilll
Re: Belize pirate attack

I don't buy the "fisherman" theory, or the dinghy theft theory. No one engages in that level of violence to steal a dinghy, all they would need to do is cut the line. That leaves gang, drug runners, or revolutionary. I hope the result is a real effort by Belize to prevent a reoccurance.

A lone boat in a remote anchorage "should" be safe, but until it is, anchoring in a group is probably the only option.
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