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#340486 - 06/06/09 10:24 PM Where To Cross The Reef?
Caye Connect Offline
So all this talk about the fines levied for damaging the reef - might be good to publish where it is appropriate the cross the reef.

My understanding and experience tells me that the main town channel roughly located out from Belize Yacht Club is the largest (and marked) channel we have. I added the location to WikiMapia that I *think* it is. Can someone check my work?


Here is what I wrote, just to put something up. Someone have something more official, be my guest:

Foreign and large (65ft/20m) vessels should enter San Pedro waters through this channel. It is discouraged for any boat or captain without significant local knowledge to cross the reef anywhere else. Running aground causes major damage to the reef and coral ecosystem and heavy fines have been levied against vessels which have damaged the reef. Vessels exceeding 100ft/30m in length should radio ahead (VHF 16) and request local assistance if unfamiliar with these channels.

#340492 - 06/06/09 11:42 PM Re: Where To Cross The Reef? [Re: Caye Connect]
SimonB Offline
"Vessels exceeding 100ft/30m in length should radio ahead (VHF 16) and request local assistance if unfamiliar with these channels"

There is no size restriction, smaller vessels have gone up on the reef trying to get in. You should also post the number of the Coast Guard and Police.

#340495 - 06/06/09 11:55 PM Re: Where To Cross The Reef? [Re: SimonB]
skippy Offline
It implies that there are other navigable cuts/passes in the SP area, which incidentally are better terms than channel in this case. There aren't. That's it. Plus even it should not be tried in rage conditions, or when breakers can be seen across the opening. Locals know this, and handle it fine. But if you're intending this info for newbies, make them realize it can be hazardous. Suggest going south to other, wider passes if rage conditions exist.

The charter companies do not allow charterers to go outside the reef unless a local skipper is captaining the boat. Bareboaters stay inside for their entire charter. But they can hit coral inside the reef as well, so it's not just the cuts that are the concern.
I hope that someday we can put aside our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

#340513 - 06/07/09 09:55 AM Re: Where To Cross The Reef? [Re: skippy]
SimonB Offline
"It implies that there are other navigable cuts/passes in the SP area, which incidentally are better terms than channel in this case. There aren't. That's it."

Not quite correct, you can pass through the first cut, the second cut and Tres Cocos if you know the way (and several others up North). If the cuts were properly marked with navigational aids none of them would be an issue except in heavy weather conditions.


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