Our 1980 Morgan is a 461 sloop. The standing rigging was upgraded in 2001 with a Selden system. Like some older boats each new owner added something so by the time we walked down the dock she was in good shape.
Excluding fuel, Venezuela has become more expensive and you have to shop harder to find deals. Travel inland by bus is still a bargain. The country has experienced about a 60% inflation rate in the past year or so. Haul out and repairs have gone up as well but you can get a good job at a fair price.
Currently we are in Marina Cumanagoto behind the Marina Plaza in Cumana. Although the marina is ruff around the edges it is secure and centrally lcacated. A ten minute taxi ride and you have supermarkets, hardware stores and many retailers. It is a fuel stop for many cruisers and there are no hassles. Reports out of Puerto La Cruz are that foreign flagged vessel is being limited to 1000 liters per 30day period. This seams to be a day to day event and no one knows what the future holds.
There are many areas considered unsafe and theft of anything not locked up still takes place. Everyone I have met has been kind and helpful. The country is beautiful both on the water and inland and has a lot to offer the cruiser. In September we will be cruising in the Golfo De Cariaco area and will send in an update.