I followed up on the Allstate discussion. Allstate has an office across the hall from my office and my BoatUS policy is near renewal. Here is what I found;
-Before they will insure a boat for someone who does not already have a boat insured with them Allstate will require a survey on any boat older than 10 years old. I already know that BoatUS requires a survey at least on older boats.
-They will not first insure a boat over 30 years old, but will continue to insure a boat of almost any age, periodic surveys required.
-At least on my boat they were over 15% higher than my current BoatUs policy. If they insured my home and car, Allstate dropped to a little over 5% higher than my current BoatUS policy. If you have your house and car insured with Allstate and you do not have a claim-free record credit with BoatUS the prices gets very close together with BoatUS still slightly ahead.
The message that I take away from reading the various posts and my own experience on insuring a boat is to get quotes from multiple sources as the rules and pricing seems to vary.
With regards to the Panama Canal, here is a link to the rules for the canal although I am not certain that it is completely up to date. PROCEDURES FOR SECURING A HANDLINE TRANSIT OF THE PANAMA CANAL
I understand that you will need to hire line handlers. Its my understanding that you will need really good and long boat hooks, really heavy duty fenders and of course a minimum of 4 120 foot lines, and sturdily mounted cleats that are big enough for the minimum line size. I understand that, at least at one time, you could rent the docklines and fenders, which on a small boat with a tight budget like the Tartan 30 makes a hell of a lot more sense.
Here is a link to the Panama Canal Authority website. Panama Canal Authority - Official Site of the Panama Canal