The Southbounders Cruising Notes were compiled by Daisy and Ed while in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in 2003, after the Holidays. It includes very interesting and informative notes from experienced cruisers who had already cruised Pacific Central America, the Galapagos, Caribbean Panamá, and the NorthWest Caribbean.
It was published in CD-ROM in Zihuatanejo, and was made availabe for a $10US donation to the Zihuatanejo Indian School, as part of Zihua Sailfest 2003. To our knowledge, there were more than 70 copies "sold".
We enjoyed compiling the information, and thanks is due to all the contributors who provided whatever they could to make the trip for new cruisers more enjoyable, interesting and safe.
Below is our introduction to the document. The document itself (all 115 pages) is available on this web site. It takes a while to load, so be patient. Click here to see the document itself.
INTRODUCTION TO THE SOUTHBOUNDERS CRUISING NOTES by Ed and Daisy Marill:
READ CAREFULLY! None of the contributors
to this compilation of cruising notes, nor its editors, assume any
responsibility for the accuracy of the information. USE THIS INFORMATION AT YOUR
We hope you
find these notes useful as you head south from Zihuatanejo. We have compiled the
information in these notes from many sources. Virtually all the material comes
from letters and emails from cruisers who have recently explored the Pacific
Central American and Western Caribbean waters. Some also contributed their
experiences in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, as well.
The idea for these compiled notes came to us as we sat here
at anchor in beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay, aboard ¨SIESTA” (our CSY 44
center-cockpit cutter), preparing for our trip south to the Panamá Canal and on
to our home in the Florida Keys. We felt we needed current information.
Conditions can change quickly in these waters.
We wanted access to fresh, recent information from other cruisers like
us, to supplement the many excellent cruising guides that already exist. And we
wanted this information organized in such a way that it could be referenced
easily. Yet we wanted to do a minimum of editing, to keep the scope of work
manageable to a reasonable period of time.
We give our
thanks to the many cruisers who have contributed to these notes. For example,
Anne, from the ketch MICHAELANNE, came on the VHF in Zihuatanejo and offered her
own cruising notes and those of other Southbounders she had compiled on
diskette. Other cruisers currently in Central America were contacted via email
and immediately started sending very useful information about places they
visited. And we already had a file of cruising notes of our own, received from
many cruising friends and owners of other CSY 44’s. We are particularly
grateful to Don and Gwen on TACKLESS II, and Dave and Stacey on SOGGY PAWS for
their many detailed cruising notes. But there are many, many others. So thanks
to all of you, you know who you are, and your names all all over these notes,
using as much detail as we could find!
logs and letters included in these edited notes in many cases were not meant to
be included in a cruising “guide”
type of format. We have done very little, if any, editing on these letters. As
such, they include a number of illustrative, anecdotal, sometimes even
quasi-personal observations, that we feel best colors and exemplify the best of
the cruising life. As a result, you
will find very different styles and types of information intertwined into a
cruiser’s “patch quilt”. We hope that all these genuine stories and
sketches will help you get into the frame of mind of a cruiser about to enter
the beautiful waters of Pacific Central America and the Western Caribbean.
We also found
some other excellent sources on Central America, which we recommend reading. In
the spring of last year, 2002, the Southbounders in Puerto Vallarta put together
an excellent set of cruising notes, and published them as the SOUTHBOUND
CRUISERS RESOURCE DIRECTORY 2002/2003, on both paper and CDROM media.
Rick offered us a copy from Rick’s Bar’s files. We have added this
document to the Zihuatanejo CDROM as well. Also, Walt made available his file of
paper documents kept at the Zihuatanejo Yacht Club, from previous Zihuatanejo
Southbounders. We selectively copied small portions of these paper documents for
our own use, but could not include this information, since the text was not in
machine-readable form, and could not easily be added to the CDROM.
comments and future articles and emails from the readers of these notes. We will
publish what we receive on our web site, along with these original notes, to
enable future Southbounders to benefit from your new experiences and adventures.
We wish fair
winds and following seas to all the Southbounders from Zihuatanejo! ¡Qué
tengan todos una aventura maravillosa por Centro America!
Ed and Daisy
These cruising notes were made available to cruisers in Zihuatanejo, in CDROM media form, both as a Microsoft Word document, and as an HTML file, viewable by any web browser, without the need for Microsoft Word. These notes were distributed via CDROM during the 2003 Zihua Sailfest Event, for the modest contribution of $10US to benefit the local Indian school. Printed copies of this CDROM were not made available, although they could easily be produced from the CDROM. Copies of this disk will be left at Rick’s Bar and at the Zihuatanejo Yacht Club, for the use of future Southbounders who come here to prepare for the journey south.