Founded in 1965 by Leoninas Critides, Islamorada is a shop specializing in navigation.
These days Leo’s son Jason Critides has taken over management of the store.
However, before mentioning what can be found in Islamorada, it is worth noting the great experience of Leo Critides, who for many years was a merchant navy Captain. This is what gives business confidence to those who deal with them.
Islamorada caters to all types of vessels, military, scientific, commercial cargo ships, leisure cruisers and yachts. Items found in Islamorada can be complex for someone who is not involved in the maritime world, but they all obey a rigorous practical reason. “We have charts and sailing directions, GPS navigation systems, binoculars, night vision goggles,” said Jason Critides. Among the many other navigation needs, he also points to a useful gauge of nautical charts, flags, satellite phones, and curiosities, and numerals that are tools to measure the stars. Regarding prices, they are very affordable with a chart not costing more than $35.
The experience of both owners has enabled the business to become a reference point in Panama. “Around 40% of orders are going abroad,” said Jason Critides, “mostly in orders sent to us from the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America,” he added.
In addition to the charts, which are certainly essential elements in Islamorada, the store also provides electronic navigation software, such as the classic programs and for other media. “It’s more complex, but depending on the software installed on each vessel a determined chart is installed,” said Jason. Islamorada is located in the Canal area of Balboa, near the Panama Canal connecting both oceans. It could not be better placed.
For more information, call telephone 2284348 or 2286069. www.islamorada.com. Bldg 808 Balboa Road.
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