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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

I like the trailer idea. Probably cheaper, definately faster, and ultimately safer.

Not as romantic, not as manly, and for most not as adventurous. Then again as any trucker will tell you pulling a boat any distance is its own adventure!
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

what i intend to do regarding that "cannot " thing about sailing north from panama-- go the way your boat wants to sail and figure out options once you get to chiapas or wherever you check out of mexico.
from here you still have central america and some fun and pretty bays, per those trying to get me to leave mexico before my work is done!!..

i for one will cross that bridge when i arrive at it--provision in panama and go.....comfortably as possible--to wherever the wind blows until i get to where i feel comfortable--florida is on the list.
if in a hurry---trailer the boat.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

Better read the requirement for Panama canal which does not allow boats that cant motor at 5 knots. I doubt your can.
So it would need to be towed by a Panama Canal Tug... cost between $3k and $5k?

I dont know the type of boat but I have vast and serious reservations about any 26 footer going to sea.

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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

I say, pack food and water for the whole trip and pack ways to get more, fishing pole, water filters, money. Pack for the worst , hope for the best!
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

Put it on a truck - I am serious that is a very tough trip.

Alternatively sell it and buy another 26ft sailboat in Florida, there are lots !
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

Just FYI the Panama Canal is a ways away from Mexico. You would have Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras. Guetamala, and Belize before you get to Mexico. Some of these countries coudl be considered less than safe.
It would be vastly cheaper to just buy a boat in Florida.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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Alternatively sell it and buy another 26ft sailboat in Florida, there are lots !

After hearing all the input...that might be the best idea.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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Better read the requirement for Panama canal which does not allow boats that cant motor at 5 knots. I doubt your can.

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Are you saying that you don't know one simple fact?

Any boat with waterline longer than 14 ft has hull speed over 5 knots in displacement mode.
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Re: Sailing from California to Florida via the Panama Canal

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I doubt your can.

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Gosh Mark, I understand your concern but I don't see how attacking the honor of a mans keister is relevant.

Seriously though, my Mac25 sails faster than that in pretty light air. I doubt his 26 would have a problem motoring at that or better with a decent motor.

Still, having looked at this ourselves (from much farther north), our plan is to buy a boat in Florida FWIW.
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