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. Price Adjustment !! £1600, contact us now March 2017. This is a class specific British Sailing vessel.
  2. 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)

Correction…can you offer £1600 ? Please do not make silly offers. This vessel is a unique find.

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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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How Does A Sailboat Achieve Speeds of More Than Twice The Wind?

Americas Cup Apparent Wind.

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aZul…a fast fisher boat available for Panama Pacific & Las Perlas



Speed Fisher aZul offers you the opportunity to see Panama from a different angle: from the water side, the Pacific side… and whether you choose for a tour to the islands, the Panama Canal or a Sunset Champaign tour – we are sure to deliver you a great experience!

My great friend Capt Weynand (‘PePe’) says:  with our European background we know how important reliability is, that is why we focus on excellent service and safety for our passengers. With over 20 years of sailing and boating experience on different seas and lakes in several parts of the world. Our Captain speaks English, Spanish, German and Dutch.

Spacious comfortable fore deck

Spacious comfortable fore deck

Aft extra seating and fishing chair

Aft extra seating and fishing chair

The drivers seat to Las Perlas

The drivers seat!

Lets go Whale watching Las Perlas

Lets go Whale watching Las Perlas

Girl fishing great

So Happy!

Pacific, Panama

Ready to blast out to sea!

Azul, speed fisher, boat

humpback whale, las perlas, panama

Thar she blows!

easy launch, Panama City, Panama

girl fishing, Las perlas

Beautiful pose!

Our 9 meter (28 feet) boat, called AZUL (Blue) is built for hard core offshore use. The boat is almost new ( 2009), has 2 outboard engines with each 250 BHP and is equipped with all safety instruments one can dream off (Double GPS/Chart plotter, Radar, Sonar, VHF, Navigation Lights, Fire extinguishers, first aid kit ). For the safety and comfort of our passengers, all seats are low situated in the boat. She IS fast! Gets you out to the islands and fish quickly!

Conveniently launching from near Panama city (Diablo) ..we take a maximum of 10 passengers per tour to ensure you some privacy on board and room to move around. For our passengers we supply cold (non-alcoholic) drinks, snorkeling equipment, and raincoats if necessary. Come enquire about your fishing or snorkelling or whale watching trip to Las Perlas here!

Panama Sightseeing Tour
Panama Canal & Taboga Combination Tour
Las Perlas Islands Tour
Spectacular Champaign Sunset Tour
Whale Watching and Dolphin Tour
Fishing Tour
Tailor made private tour
Las Perlas Dolphin Tour

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Great memories of Greece ..

Stumbled across this one , what a great trip many years ago now. This is march time in the Mediterranean. Click the link for Video.  Enjoy!

Greek sailing

Greek sailing..

Greek Sailing!


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