Description Colombia -> Panama for biker

Procedures might change due to new regulations by colombian or panamanian authorities.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The price is 1200 USD (additional person 480 USD) and bike „alone“ is 550usd.
It includes all immigration works, food (min 3 meals per day) and drinks (except alcoholic beverages and sodas).
The crossing from Cartagena to San Blas via open sea will take max. 30 hours sailing. All the rest of the tour will be spentin the San Blas islands in one of the most beautifull spots, anchored between several little uninhabited palmtree-covered islands with white beaches and surrounded by wonderful corral reefs.
We provide good snorkeling gear, there is fishing equipment on board as well as lots of „noodles“ to hang out in the water. You can also use our famous ropeswing.
Everybody on board is asked to help out with washing dishes and if you are interested you are very wellcome to help with sail-manoeuvres.

There is no need for anybody to bring food or drinking water on board! We produce our own water by a seawater-desalinator, so there won`t be a limit for shower- or drinking water. We have a stock of beer, sodas and rum on board (beers and sodas 1 Usd./can, rum 20 Usd./bottle).

Our ship is very big and heavy and especially good for carrying motorbikes because there is plenty of deckspace and shelter. We have carried a max of 21 motorbikes at one time from San Blas to Cartagena. We are used to handle the bikes carefully during loading and unloading.
We will be liable for any demage happening during loading/unloading and while the bike is on our ship if the damage is caused by the crew. We lift the bikes with a 1.5 ton electrical winch.
If you like to see more information about the ship please check www.stahlratte.de or Stahratte von Bremen on Facebook. You can contact us by phone on board in Panama +507 60317107 or +57 3216612931 in Cartagena.

TOUR SCHEDULE

The bikes will be loaded the day before the beginning of the tour.

1st day:
8am meeting at the dock beside Club Nautico to carry your luggage on board and give you 45 minutes for your last shopping in the supermarket around the corner (beer/rum/sweets…).
9am getting you on board, lift anchor and sail out of the port of Cartagena taking course to the San Blas islands.

2nd day:
12am arriving in „Coco Bandero Cays“ in San Blas, drop anchor and and enjoy the iland paradise.

3rd day:
Swimming and snorkeling, enjoying the ropeswing (very famous) and hanging out on the beach or in a sunchair on deck. For those who are interested there is always the option to pay a visit to the Kuna village nearby to see the indigenous life (4
hours excursion 8us/pp).

4th day:
Lifting anchor at 6am and sail through the whole western San Blas reef and island system to Carti islands.
10 am the Panamanian will get our passorts to make us all legal in Panama.
11-12 am we will dock in the Carti-port at a pier to unload the motorcycles. The ride to Panama City is maximum 3 hours. You will have to do customs for your motorcycle at the international airport TOCUMEN in the CARGO TERMINAL on your way from CARTI to PANAMA CITY. We will provide you with gps coordinates and instructions for this very easy and quick process.

HOW MANY PERSONS ON BOARD/ACCOMODATION/SPACE

The maximum of people on board can be 27 including the crew of 4-5. Everybody gets his/her own bed inside the ship (no bed-sharing). We have additional sunchairs, hammocks and deck-mattresses for relaxing or sleeping outside.
All the sleeping accomodations are equipped with ventilators. We have 7 double cabins and 13 single berths for our guests, each with high quality mattresses, reading lights and space for your personal luggage.
The different rooms and deckspace on this ship provide a lot of room, so you will always be able to find a quiet spot to relax, even if we are fully booked.
We have a constant flow of 220/110volt electricity for charging your electronic devices. In cases of emergency there is the possibility to send emails or make phonecalls via satellite-phone.

WHAT DO I NEED FROM YOU FOR THE BOOKING:

PASSPORT COPY (please send to kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com)
A deposit of 200 USD payed to this paypal account:
kapitaen_hoffmann@hotmail.com

Repayment terms:
There is no refund of deposit!
Once the deposit is payed it will be valid for any of our voyages. So in case you cant manage to arrive in time for any reason we can change your booking to one of our next tours or if you have to make a break the deposit even is valid for a complete year. The first change of booking to another date is free of charge. Every further change will have a fee of US$50.
In case we have to cancel a tour the deposit will be refunded imediately!

PAYMENT:

The deposit can be payed via paypal or to our bank account in Germany. The rest of the payment in cash on board (US-Dollars, Euro, Peso Colombiano). Exchange rates are the daily official rates.
Bank-transfer or payment via paypal for the complete tour-price can only be made after consulting us and there is an additional fee for this kind of transaction/transfer of 50usd per person+bike (not for the deposit!).

OUR PROJECT

SV „Stahlratte“ is NOT a commercial sailing-vessel!
The owner is a foundation, wich was founded in 1984 as a commune and the ships purpose was/is to be a traveling platform for group life/experience. The project is run without any profits and the main issue is the surviving and maintenance of this historic ship.
We try to keep it sailing for many people to have fun and good experiences. The crew is entirely composed of volunteers, who work in a rotation system for 3-6 month without being paid. All money earned with guests sailing on „Stahlratte“ is exclusively spent for the maintenance of this vessel and the living of the 4-5 crewmembers on board.

THE SHIP

The „STAHLRATTE“ is a traditional sailingship built 1903 in Holland. She is very well maintained and equiped for worldwide highsea sailing.
The dimensions are: 40 meters/120 feet overall length, 6,6 meters beam ,3 meters draft and 235 tons of weight.
Safety equipment is always in legal order for a maximum of 28 people and checked every year due to international safety regulations SOLAS for professional operating vessels: Life-rafts for 28 people, life-jackets for 28 people, 2 EPIRIP, 1 radar-
transponder, inmarsat satellite phone, 2 gps navigation systems, radar, vhf radio and SSB radio.
The ship is equiped with a saltwater-desalination system to produce 120 liters of high quality fresh water/hour.

You can find a lot of infos on our webpage www.stahlratte.de and lots of reviews searching „stahlratte“ in „adv-rider“ or look for „stahlratte“ on the internet. (Stahlratte von Bremen on Facebook).

CREWING ON STAHLRATTE

We are always interested in new crew-members as we have a rotation system. The crewing time consists of a minimum of 3 months up to 6 months. If you have the time and are interested, ask us for more detailed information.

Dock Cartagena
N 10’24.698′
W 075’32.420