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#422681 - 11/20/11 11:24 AM sailboats in belize
jweber Offline
we are looking at bringing down a sailboat to ambergris but we have noticed a lot of cats and not to many traditional sailboats
we have a choice between a trailerable swing keel type boat or a fixed keel boat with say a shoal keel with a draft of 4 feet
any thoughts or advice would be helpful
also shipping for boats from miami has any one had any experience?

#422684 - 11/20/11 11:49 AM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
Pokey Offline
I think 4 feet is definitely pushing it considering where you will be sailing (north).

#422686 - 11/20/11 12:19 PM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
GwenA Offline
Please read under the Travel Forum, Sailing in Belize. I used to live in the wide deep Chesapeake, and I believe we invented shoal draft (oystering industry). I had a Tartan 27 with a swing keel...3ft 6in, with the board up, 6 ft with the board down. The board would never be down here unless outside the reef. Advice? Enjoy Cat sailing!

#422714 - 11/20/11 05:03 PM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
Marty Offline

#422757 - 11/21/11 08:29 AM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
Tropical Offline
I'm no expert but have looked at A LOT of boats and getting them here. Hyde is the one who ships via sea from Miami and it cost a fortune, I forget how much but it's a lot! It's cheaper to hire a captain to sail it down which will be $5,000+US. Cuba, Cancun, Belize.

Duty has to be paid if your boat is here for longer then 30 days a pop, but you can always take it out of the country to avoid that.

Monohulls have a draft that's usually too deep here. You want 3' or less, unless you're staying outside of the reef. I've seen a few boats that have adjustable drafts, forget what it's called but they go from 2.5'-6'. Placencia and further south you see a lot more mono hulls as the reef is 20+ miles from the mainland, but there's still lots of coral around.

#422760 - 11/21/11 09:15 AM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: Tropical]
SimonB Offline
Originally Posted By: scobysnk
You want 3' or less, unless you're staying outside of the reef.
All of ours have at least 4.5" and we have no issues.

#422851 - 11/21/11 10:58 PM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
jweber Offline
thanks for all the input ,it does help
Gives us a little more to ponder
SimonB doyou use your cats predominantly outside the reef or are you able to navigate relatively freely inside the reef?

#422859 - 11/22/11 07:51 AM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
SimonB Offline
90% of the time is spent inside the reef.

#423162 - 11/24/11 02:54 PM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
tacogirl Offline
If it helps I can put you in touch with someone from San Pedro sailing club.
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#423169 - 11/24/11 06:02 PM Re: sailboats in belize [Re: jweber]
jweber Offline
That would be fantastic
there is no such thing as too much information


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