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Great boatyard
Mon Sep 14 19:32:26 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

Now that I've been in this boatyard over a week, I can tell that I got lucky with the choice of boatyards. The boatyard I am in, Soldex Estaleiro, is great at getting stuff done correctly and on time. Communication is interesting, as I can barely speak Portuguese, but my neighbor kindly helps out with translations of many things.

In the picture, a new cleat (built from the stainless steel pole the old wind generator was mounted on) is being added.

Unloading Fish
Sat Sep 12 19:30:37 EDT 2009, Angra Dos Reis, RJ, Brazil

Besides being a transportation hub for the area around Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis is also an active fishing port. Each fishing boat seems to own its own truck.

Sun Sep 13 5:53:08 EDT 2009 | George Ray
You seem to be liking Brazil pretty much. How does it compare/contrast with Uruguay/Argentina for boating folks in terms of cost and officialdom? Are you going to get some more Issuma shipyard work done and if so what projects are high on the list.
Mon Sep 14 16:22:27 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Brazil is more expensive than Argentina and Uruguay.

In major ports in Brazil, there are four offices (Health, Immigration, Customs, Port Captain) that must be visited when entering or leaving a port. Some states don't make you go to all the offices, but most of the ones I've been to do.

Uruguay makes you check in by radio when passing each coastal radio station, but is otherwise easy on the officialdom. Argentina mostly just requires you to notify the coastguard within 24 hours every time you go to a different port.
Paraty Streets Dry
Thu Sep 10 18:41:03 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

I mentioned that the streets in Paraty flood at high water at spring tides. Here they are dry.

Paraty Streets Wet
Thu Sep 10 0:00:01 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

High spring tides "cleaning the streets".

Three Schooners in Paradise
Wed Sep 9 19:16:09 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

From left to right, Rapa Nui--a Brazilian schooner well-known for its Antarctic voyages, a nicely varnished tourist schooner, and Issuma.

Mon Sep 7 17:26:50 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

The anchorage at Paraty, as seen from the old fort.

Larger Marine Railway
Mon Sep 7 17:20:09 EDT 2009, Navegantes, SC, Brazil

This is one of the marine railways at the boatyard I am at. All the yards in the area (there are many) have similar ones.

Horse Parking Lot
Sat Sep 5 11:11:15 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

Not seen often these days, is a parking lot for horses. This one is in the pretty tourist town of Paraty, where cars are blocked from part of the town.

Paraty has low streets that are flooded during spring (the highest tides of the month) tides, at which time horses, horse-drawn carriages and walking are the only ways to get around the flooded part of town near the beach.

Sat Sep 5 22:57:04 EDT 2009 | nicolas
hey... still looking for crew?? i im from buenos aires a im in the local navy looking for a boat to sail the world... i have experience in oceanic trips...

Beached Schooner
Fri Sep 4 9:34:27 EDT 2009, Parati, RJ, Brazil

Tourist schooner on the beach for maintenance in Paraty. Paraty is a very pretty tourist town near Ilha Grande.

I think there are more schooners (a schooner is a sailboat with two or more masts, where the front mast is shorter than the back mast) in Brazil than there are in the USA. Most (not all) of the schooners in Brazil are like the one in the picture, pretty boats that don't actually sail, but instead motor around with canopies like the one above keeping the hot sun off the tourists on deck.

Rio Itajai
Thu Sep 3 11:14:52 EDT 2009, 26 52.8'S:48 40.4'W

We sailed the Happy Shark Route to Rio Itajai to get to the cities of Navegantes and Itajai, which are on opposite sides of the river (Rio Itajai). I had been told by several people that boatyards in this area are the best place in Brazil to get work done on boats, as they build and repair many fishing boats here. This is not a yachting area, and repairs to shinyboats are mostly done around Santos (near Sao Paolo), where there is a big yacht repair industry. I was looking to get some carpentry and welding done, so thought the Rio Itajai area sounded good.

The only problem was that no one I talked to could tell me exactly where to go in the Rio Itajai area, other than "up the river". None of the cruising guides mention it, and I didn't have much luck with googling for names of boatyards (or marinas) here. The river was well-charted for about five miles. The river is dredged, and the ports handle a fair amount of container ships. The chart showed fish processing, oil terminals, and docks for ice and water.

About 20 miles south of Rio Itajai, I could see places to anchor, one with protection from all but south winds, one with protection from all but north winds. So if we could not find a place to dock along the river, we could still anchor and sleep (it is important to think about a place to sleep after a passage where you don't get much sleep).

So, not exactly knowing where we were going :), but knowing safe places to anchor near the destination, and having Del's Portuguese skills for asking questions (my Portuguese is quite basic), we set sail for Rio Itajai.

The plan was to arrive during the day, during the week (so boatyards would be open), and anchor beforehand if necessary to get the arrival timing right. We arrived during early afternoon, and motored a few miles up the river until we found boatyards. We tied alongside a fishing boat at one of the boatyards and Del found the manager and we talked to him about the work. The boatyard seems capable, I hope things turn out well.

Del took a flight back to Angra dos Reis, where he lives. I am working on the boat in Navegantes.

Thu Sep 3 16:19:13 EDT 2009 | george Ray
Wow! You are getting a bunch of practice dealing with craftspeople and customs folks. I hope you will wtrite an article for one of the cruising magazines about that in/outs of what you have been doing. Cost, regulations, duties, language issues, cultural differences. Lot to learn and you are learning and lot.
Thu Sep 3 16:20:29 EDT 2009 | george Ray
And how does one edit a post to correct hasty errors???
Fri Sep 4 16:20:03 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, George. Unfortunately, I don]t think there is a way to edit a comment on sailblogs.

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