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Captain Hank's SV Sunyata Burned in Fire E-mail
Births, Deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Life Changes - Life Changes

Fire Destruction of Captain Hank's SV Sunyata

August 24, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor and Publisher

Although not a Rio Dulce resident, many cruisers may know Captain Hank, of the SV Sunyata, with a charter business in Roatan. On August 21, a short circuit in a cabin fan caused the classic Swedish sloop to go up in flames. The teak wooden boat burned for hours and sank.

Captain Hank
Captain Hank’s daughter, Kendra McLaughlin, says he barely escaped with his life and is being treated at a nearby hospital for burns and smoke inhalation. He lived charter to charter, and now everything he owned is unsalvageable, at the bottom of French Harbor.

If friends would like to help, McLaughlin has set up a GoFundMe page here.

Mexican Train Dominoes but NOT Aug.28!! E-mail
The News - Latest News
Mexican Train Dominoes - All Skill Levels Welcome
Bucanero's Market - A Gourmet Specialty Shop E-mail
The News - Latest News


Bucanero's Market - A Gourmet Specialty Shop

will have a tasting event today, August 13th, and tomorrow, Sunday, August 14th.

Customers will be invited to try these products:

Take Jake: beef, chicken and shrimp

Bristo Cinq: wines

El Parisino: bread





Stay tuned for a front page story announcing Bucanero's expansion and information on the many quality products that can be purchased there!

The shop is located behind the Shell Station on the river and can be accessed by boat from their docks. Road access is also available through the Nanajuana gates on the main highway at km 274 (on the El Relleno side of the bridge).

BUCANERO´S MARKET  :  7968-8888

ADDRESS:  Km 274
Carretera Rio Dulce
Interior Hotel Nana Juana, Ensenada
Livingstone Izabal.
Dean's Strange Boat Buddy E-mail
Features - Flora and Fauna of Guatemala
Dean's Gray Four-eyed Opossum Boat Buddy
August 11, 2016
by Jody Aston, Editor
Photographs by Dean Weidling
Little Guy
Ever hear strange noises on your boat at night and think you might have mice aboard? Well, as some people on the Rio Dulce discovered, recently, it may be an entirely different critter. Dean Weidling, of SV Barmina, has quite a story, as it seems he has been adopted by a Gray Four-eyed Opossum!

Dean had been at anchor for weeks, and was quite surprised to discover the marsupial roaming around his galley. Regardless how he got on the boat, Dean set about making a non-injurious trap to get him OFF the boat. It seemed a good design, but the clever little animal was an “eat and run” pro. Finally, Dean managed to trap “Little Guy” (as he was affectionately dubbed) and took great pains to release him on the shore. He even made a video of the freedom run, even though his adorable little boat buddy was not in a particular hurry to escape.

Video from the Cool Guys on SV Cool Change E-mail
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Brandon, Scottie and Andrew/Bru on SV Cool Change

July 24,2016
Story and photographs by Jody Aston, Editor

Cool Change in the Rio Dulce Regatta
Many of us had the pleasure of meeting the crew of SV Cool Change when they spent ten weeks on the Rio Dulce. Andrew (Bru), Scottie, and Brandon (affectionately known as "the kids" around the more senior cruisers at Tortugal Marina), and the honorary 4-legged captain of the boat, Peanut, immersed themselves in, both, the local Maya and the Rio Dulce cruising communities.

They navigated the rio and surrounding waterways, explored our lush jungles...even to the extent of climbing a very tall mahogany tree and swinging hammocks between the branches for a nighttime adventure. They participated (and won a race) in the Semana Santa regatta in Cayo Quemado, attended International Trivia games,swap meets, and lent helping hands to the Pass It On charitable organization with a trip to a remote village, where they made a solar electricity installation. 

At the Regatta in Cayo Quemado, with Cool Change in the Background

July 4th Celebration at Bruno's E-mail
The News - Latest News

Enyoying a Great 4th of July Meal at Bruno's

Editor's Note: The rainy season on the Rio Dulce has come full force! Docks and decks are very slippery, so please be careful. You might even want to throw away your flip-flops. Seriously. I'm blaming them for my broken arm and days in hospital...and no, it had absolutely nothing to do with clumsiness, over-imbibing, nor age! Consequently, this sums up the reason I'm late posting a new article. I'm down to one-handed typing now, too, so please be patient with me for a while. If you have ideas for articles that you have thought about writing and sending to the Chisme, now's the time to do it! A big “gracias” goes to encor for sending the following:
July 9, 2016
Story and Photographs by Staff Reporter encor

Over 60 hungry folk were totally satisfied with the roast pork, macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato salad, sauerkraut, pinto beans, breads, marinated veggies, chocolate cake, apple pie, peach cobbler and happy hour prices.

Proceeds went to a mother and 2 children who will now have a roof, floor, and walls in their home, instead of living in the open. Thank you to Rita Rabre for alerting us to this important community contribution opportunity that gave us a good excuse for a feast…and, of course, a huge thanks to all the chefs who made it happen. It's always a good sign when you run out of food.

The only glitch was a calendar mistake. This was really not St. Paddy's day, even though the pool didn't get the memo.

Click 'Read more...' for additional photos of the festivities.

American Independence Day...NOT Saint Paddy's

Happy July Fourth 2016 E-mail
The News - Latest News
Happy American Independence Day from the Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator
Happy Canada Day 2016 E-mail
The News - Latest News
Photographs from our Readers E-mail
Features - Photographs from Around the Rio

Cayo Quemado/Texan Bay Photograph by Johnny Aaram

June 23, 2016
Photographs by Johnny Aaram, "Teacher John," & Steph Morton

This week we have our third group of lovely photographs from Johnny Aaram. Once again, he beautifully captures the Rio Dulce culture and landscape.

We are pleased, also, to have a gorgeous photograph sent to us by "Teacher John." He says he took this when he was teaching at Casa Guatemala in September 2011. He calls it an all-blue rainbow.

Steph Morton was up early for a misty morning on the rio. Take a look at her magical photograph that we used in the banner.

Thanks, Johnny, Teacher John, and Steph! The Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator would LOVE to have more photographs of Rio Dulce (or elsewhere in Guatemala) from our readers!! I will reduce the size to fit our website - just send me what you've got!  Send to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sunset at Casa Guatemala by Teacher John


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