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roborider 11-15-2006 05:01 PM

Panama Canal
My GF and I are planning on taking our boat, a Roberts 55 Ketch thru the canal and out into the Caribean in 2 years. In planning we recently heard that there is a 1 year waiting list to get thru the Canal!? Any information would be appreciated Would also be interested in any recent crossings and some idea of the cost.

We live in the SF Bay Area and will be heading to Mexico and Costa Rica. Any other good "ports o call" that can be recommended. We are avid divers as well.

Tried a Google search but gots lots of travel company info.



ColinV 11-15-2006 05:45 PM

For info about the Panama Canal, try here: Noonsite: Panama

They have a bit of information, and seem to update regularly, so it's probably up to date.

BTW, I did a google search myself (panama canal cruising yachts) and found a bunch of links. I don't have any experience on the matter though, just expirence with google. ;)

42ndstreet 11-15-2006 09:04 PM

there is a big article about transiting the canal in Lats and
Atts November issue. Great reading. As I recall, they mentioned a couple of weeks wait(at the most). Regarding the trip down to the canal, have you ever watched the tv show "Ocean Hunter". They freedive spearfish in every show. Always near Costa Rica and Mexico. There website has old shows online.
Sounds like a nice boat. My wife and I would like to do something similar from the other coast. Out of curiousity, is she "into" the trip as much as you are? I am still trying to figure out if my wife is going of her own free will, or because I want her to go. Good luck and keep us informed.

roborider 11-15-2006 11:20 PM

Thanks ColinV...great information!

42nd Street...will check out the "ocean Hunter", sounds interesting!!? Just bought the boat, built in 82 but well equiped for cruising although I am in the process of updating a lot of the running rigging. Here are a few photos... Dolphin, Roberts 55 Ferro boat cabin House

I will say that Kathy has been the "driving force" behind this whole adventure! The only problem is that she suffers from seasickness and has to take a prescrition drug to maintain a certain level of usefulness! ;-)
She's a realtrooper and even though she is a "rookie" sailor, she is willing to learn. Blus Dolphin is a big boat and we have to decide if we need to have others cruise with us or manage ourselves. When are you planning on going, if you go? Maybe we can randevous at the canal or somewhere in the Caribbean! Stay in touch.

Robert and Kathy
sv Blue Dolphin

ebs001 11-16-2006 10:52 PM

Robo, I recently heard that pineapple is an effective cure for seasickness. On a recent passage down the east coast a friend tried this remedy and it worked well for her.

roborider 11-17-2006 11:48 AM

Kathy loves Pinapple.....we'll give it a try!! Thanks for the note!!


WHOOSH 11-17-2006 09:44 PM

The wait is a function of the time of year. For a report from a couple that just transited, read the Nov 15-17 logs at

yotphix 11-17-2006 10:30 PM

While you are trying the pineapple, lay in a store of ginger. A friend of mine has had complete success with it, brewing a ginger tea from the root itself. There are also commercial preparations available.

sailingdog 11-18-2006 07:30 AM

I'd second ginger. Ginger snaps, candied ginger, ginger ale, ginger beer, pickled ginger, and ginger gum are all pretty effective solutions at helping prevent seasickness.

Jotun 11-18-2006 08:14 AM

In addition you can buy ginger tablets at many healthfood or vitamin stores. Every seen the TV show Mythbusters? They did an episode on seasickness and found that, for them at least, ginger tablets were the only effective cure that had no side effects.

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