Business opportunity – Part 2 -Technical

Ahoy Investors! I posted a couple of weeks ago the fun bit of this unique opportunity to take control of an operation that has been established for some years now. It is the only vessel doing what it does. It is fully legal with the Panama authorities, including business permits for 10 years. Navigation permit, Radio license, and everything that the Autoridad Maritimo de Panama would require.

She is also making solid monthly profits. These facts can be shown upon request to serious negotiators.


Zulet at sail

She is licensed to carry 45 passengers for day trips. (Bay and Canal cruises and local islands). Moonlight cruises and partial transits are  long but fun and financially rewarding.

This post is about the technical aspects of the vessel.

  1. A genuine Turkish built all timber Gulet built in 2002 (very good condition since she is recently constructed) she crossed the atlantic to Panama by ship to save time.
  2. A heavily canvasses ketch with stout aluminium masts she has plenty of sail power.
  3. If that was not enough she carries a pair (yes a pair) of Fiat Iveco 200hp marine diesels with a parallel service time of 3200hours. Just run in as it were. These engines must be the easiest to attend to and source parts for.
  4. 12Kw Kabota Generator
  5. (5) Cabins with A/C and 5 heads. Total sleeping for 11 incl crew.
  6. Fuel Tanks Capacity 1000gal  take advantage of cheap fuel opportunities
  7. Fresh Water Tanks Capacity 1500gal
  8. Holding Tanks Capacity 264gal
  9. Currently two incumbent local crew but a full time skipper may need to be negotiated.
  10. The crew are completely familiar with the vessel and the one is a talented carpenter.

As you can see the true little ship has capacious internal and external areas. Engine areas are clean and easy to access.

And below you can see her solid fore tackle with dual heavy duty anchors on no nonsense windlass. You need this when taking advantage of ‘free parking’ for a 90′ vessel!

Extras and summary:

Garmin GPS 521S Depthsounder, Garmin GMR18HD Radar, Garmin GPSMap 4212 with integrated AIS Class B transponder and receiver, VHF, Shore Power, 3000 Watt Inverter, Lazy Jacks for Main and Mizzen, rollerfurling Genoa, Bimini Top, Large Dining Table’s on the Aft Deck and Salon, Gas Grill, Stereo system, Life Rafts and Life Vests Licensed for 45 Passengers, 20′ Panga with 40hp Suzuki outboard. The boat is good shape overall. The mechanical and electrical systems are in good working order. The boat is currently being used in a day Charter business with all licensing documents required in Panama to go with the sale of the boat. We are currently doing some upgrades to the two aft cabins.

So what are you waiting for? Make first contact below and I can set you up with the team to see if this fabulous business is something that you would invest in. You purchase a great 90′ yacht plus an established business with government approval in and excellent and fun country, in the sun.

Please read the sister post with pictures of people and events, but contact me below in the first instance. (

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A stoppover in real Spain! Route 66?

Quick pics having a rib n beer passing through…bet you never thought good ole route 66 was loved here?

Thats right. This is mainland Spain , Europe. Great spot. Dry as hell. People who laff all the time, and take the time.

So. This bar is set up on the old trans med route through southern Spain by a Spaniard who lived in NY and just loved the ‘diner culture’.

Enough harlies outside too!

Thats the Sierra Nevada and 50miles to Granada city out that window.

It’s bright….so the photos on this tablet are bum. It’s dusty. So Marilyn’s wispy white is covered in red dust.


Route 66!

But it’s fun and the food and beer is good!

Who likes Spanish culture…?

Hit reply!

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Yacht Business opportunity second to none…

I will not be able to fully describe how unique and excellent this opportunity is to become an investor in a great tropical destination, Panama. If you have ever wondered about buying a yacht and setting it up doing boat trips or charter then this is for you. The difference here is that the entire package is already established and has been generating good monthly income for some years now. The yacht itself is not much over ten years old, and in addition the licensing required to operate properly, (within Panama) has been finalised and kept up to date, and will remain so for a further ten years. All this in a thriving location, coveted by many, adjacent to Panama city, with its canal and islands.

So lets get started…………


Zulet off Panama city

A 90′ (27m) Gulet style yacht built in Turkey, the birthplace of this type vessel. It is rare to find this of boat in the Americas, but the fact is they are eminently suited to comfortable sailing and more over entertaining significant numbers of guests, while retaining good sailing characteristics and natural timber charm. A real ‘little ship’.


So if the vessel looks good how about the business…..

…..look at how the people are loving it! All within easy distance of Panama City most modern public transport systems, and taxis. No messing around with dedicated jeep rides out in to the wilderness for your clientele.

…and the Space, and the great effects of well presented food…

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….So what’s the bottom line you ask?

This is a preliminary post with information to be added. Inquiries leading to offers, the best being over $200 000, are sought. When you consider that Zulet is achieving more than a few tens of thousands of dollars legal income at peak months, you will realise that you are not just buying a yacht. You buy an investment which is entirely established.

More of the technical information refer to this article:

or Please ask of  me any questions, directly.

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The Panama Journals #3

A really quick one this week! The yacht is just off an island. Jump in with the snorkel….and GoPro..what do you see?

Well amongst other things…it’s brain coral of different colours!

What this means is…the dead parts of reefs are again re-establishing life. This is good news.

I am sure you agree?

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The Panama Journals #2

Next up I thought I’d give you some pics of a typical early arrival in the islands so that you have a flavour of what to expect when you make your way out to the San Blas. There is a gallery of pictures showing typically the early part of the trip out to the yacht, and then what you may wake up to the next morning! But dont go away because further down is a video clip of the Lancha ride out !

Its great fun and the cool breeze in your face is welcome after being in the jeep for a while. Enjoy.

Guna Yala,San Blas,Lancha

El Muelle

Guna Yala,San Blas,Lancha

Welcome, to Ikodup

Guna Yala,San Blas,Lancha

Arrival Hook island, Ikodup

Guna Yala,San Blas,Lancha

Getting there!


Then once you get out there, you find this:

Guna Yala,San Blas,Lancha,panamapanorama

My favourite panorama to date by far!

And once you have slept the night on your yacht, who knows, chances are you may well wake up to a morning such as this:

However, the first buzz is your ride out…see below!


What to know more?


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The Panama Journals #1


As promised…..the first in a series of how I see Panama in 2016!  Some through my lens(es) and some through my words.


You gotta scroll through these. It was my first trip back to the city in a long time. Casco is just the best place to start. 360 degree views, with such mixed interest in any one scene. Old and new , natural and man-made.

Talking of man-made the single thing that has impressed me about Panama this year, is the legacy from the previous government in terms of infrastructure development. Really innovative new access to the Bridge of America, opening up the northern end of the city.  The new Metro runs better than anything i have used in Europe, and, the next phase runs all the way out to Tocumen International Airport.

Casco Antiguo, Guna Yala, Panama city, captainphilmorris


Come down and see the city again! Its brilliant.

Casco Antiguo, Guna Yala, Panama city, captainphilmorris

Kuna colours

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Jaguar 22 day sailer for sale

  1. Its not often that you get a chance to see let alone own a great little collectable boat like this…a classic hard glass solid built Jaguar 22 with a spare brand new mainsail. The point of a vessel of this size and style….is simply the ability to move it around yourself (no cranage or lifting), and that you can sneak up the shallowest mudiest creek, and stay there the night….no problem!

Jaguar 22 at Lady Bee

She comes with a sturdy 8hp mercury outboard, on a high lift transom hanger. Strong enough for the stiffest tides. Recently antifouled.

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So contact me if you would like to make an offer! Located UK (South East)

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This is a brilliant little boat for those who love Trimaran..

Check it out

We not ask about our casual but high quality Yacht trips in the Caribbean -Panama and Belize and Honduras?


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Great memories and greetings for 2014!

Classic timber yacht

Yacht Telamara, shown off Antibes, France

Greetings to my friends sailing and otherwise. My best wishes for 2014. a year of renewed opportunity in the world I feel!

My year started off in a very interesting manner. I had a call ‘out of the blue’ from one of  the previous owners of the above ‘lady in my life’. The above photo is a scan from times before she was under my command, but is from a real golden era of this most unique and fantastic vessel. There were only a handful built as the super luxury class of the day by Dagless yard, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England. At the time she was only one of two surviving. I have never met M’ but we had a great conversation and remembered and compared times aboard this incredible example of high level luxury yacht design of the day. M’ gave me the photo above.

Now my time on Telamara was in Turkey a few years ago, while she was owned by my friend and owner R’. (who runs the most impressive chain of Classic country houses in Britain (as far as I can tell)) We had great times out there and you can read more detail here in previous posts.



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Telamara is the largest vessel I have captained, weighing in at 110tonnes for a LOA of 90feet.

Now for those who know me as a sailor -as in a boat with sails – yes, I am. Of course. However as an engineer as well, I was morbidly drawn over to the dark side … of large motor yachts, but motor yachts with a difference: only the massive timber beasts so beautifully crafted and powered by ‘traditional’ fire breathing unsophisticated engines. Ones like Telamara’s twin turbo charged straight six 8 litre Volvo Pentas.

volvo penta, classic yacht

Fire beasts

These engines drive her adequately (as Rolls Royce would say) through heavy seas.  I love the basic vein-like electrics squirming all over the vessel and round the huge timber and ribs. The list goes on.

I gained a lot of respect for timber vessels in recent years. Telamara, Black Penny, and Lady Lu in particular showed the golden age of timber yachts. They still show good form to this day.  Telamara is all Oak and mahogany. Built in 1972 it was recorded that she was owned by one of the figureheads of rock music of the day . They say it was one of the Rolling Stones, but British law precludes details of prominent persons from being kept against major assets.

classic yacht, mediterranean

Fun in the Mediterranean

..and memories go on…

oak and mahogany interior

Telamara yacht interior

grand yacht

Telamara yacht sleek lines

Mediterranean cruising 2 Mediterranean cruising 3

I have a number of skippers and owners who are friends and operate classic yachts. If you would like to just chat about it or you would like to find out about  yacht holidays, get in contact!

After all, that is what I like see people doing…having fun on boats!



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Joshua Slocum..first man solo around the world in a boat more that 80 years old

Joshua Slocum (February 20, 1844 – on or shortly after November 14, 1909) was the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. He was a Nova Scotian born, naturalised Americanseaman and adventurer, and a noted writer. In 1900 he wrote a book about his journey Sailing Alone Around the World, which became an international best-seller. He disappeared in November 1909 while aboard his boat, the Spray.

In Fairhaven, Massachusetts, he rebuilt the 36′ 9″ (11.2 m) gaff rigged sloop oyster boat named Spray.

round the world

This boat lay in a field for decades before sailing around the world

On April 24, 1895, he set sail from Boston, Massachusetts. In his famous book, Sailing Alone Around the World,[12] now considered a classic of travel literature, he described his departure in the following manner:

I had resolved on a voyage around the world, and as the wind on the morning of April 24, 1895 was fair, at noon I weighed anchor, set sail, and filled away from Boston, where the Spray had been moored snugly all winter. The twelve o’clock whistles were blowing just as the sloop shot ahead under full sail. A short board was made up the harbor on the port tack, then coming about she stood to seaward, with her boom well off to port, and swung past the ferries with lively heels. A photographer on the outer pier of East Boston got a picture of her as she swept by, her flag at the peak throwing her folds clear. A thrilling pulse beat high in me. My step was light on deck in the crisp air. I felt there could be no turning back, and that I was engaging in an adventure the meaning of which I thoroughly understood.”

After an extended visit to his boyhood home at Brier Island and visiting old haunts on the coast of Nova Scotia, Slocum took his departure from North America at Sambro Island Lighthousenear Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 3, 1895.

Slocum navigated without a chronometer, instead relying on the traditional method of dead reckoning for longitude, which required only a cheap tin clock for approximate time, and noon-sun sights for latitude. On one long passage in the Pacific, Slocum also famously shot a lunar distance observation, decades after these observations had ceased to be commonly employed, which allowed him to check his longitude independently. However, Slocum’s primary method for finding longitude was still dead reckoning; he recorded only one lunar observation during the entire circumnavigation.

Slocum normally sailed the Spray without touching the helm. Due to the length of the sail plan relative to the hull, and the long keel, the Spray was capable of self-steering (unlike faster modern craft), and balanced stably on any course relative to the wind by adjusting or reefing the sails and by lashing the helm fast. He sailed 2,000 miles (3,200 km) west across the Pacific without once touching the helm.[12]

More than three years later, on June 27, 1898, he returned to Newport, Rhode Island, having circumnavigated the world, a distance of more than 46,000 miles (74,000 km). Slocum’s return went almost unnoticed. The Spanish-American War which had begun two months earlier dominated the headlines. After the end of major hostilities, many American newspapers published articles describing Slocum’s amazing adventure.

You can google anything about this incredible feat, one of my favourite stories.  All credit for this article goes to WikiPedia.


Oh, we have Classic yachts in Panama too!

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