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If a sailor wants to cross from the atlantic to the pacific (or vice versa) is it possible to do so in the Panama canal or is the canal restricted to commerical traffic?

(excuse my ignorance but many people have asked me this after learning that I have started sailing. Apparently they think my little Barrnet butterfly is a bluewater boat. )
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Yes, but it is rather expensive...but beats going around the long way. You need to hire four line handlers and a pilot. BTW, several of the cruising related magazines have had articles in the last few months about doing a Panama Canal crossing.
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See noonsite.com under Panama for all the details.
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I lived about 2 miles from the canal for 3 yaers and have seen many sailboats going through it. Here is a link to the offical canal site.
Welcome to the Panama Canal - PanCanal.com
Hope you get to go through, it is a great short cut.
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