Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Alternative to Panama Canal
Outbound, in terms of planning your journey it makes sense to think about what your plans are after you go through the Canal. Sit back with a beer and Cornell and you will see that the sequence of when you can go where.
Costs for doing Panama vary a lot depending on how much of the work you pay for (agent, hiring line handlers, lines, fenders, etc) and size. Price goes way up at 50' (I noticed you are close) and they measure. Our 45 footer measured at 48.5' because of Monitor. Davits could be a big issue.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.