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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

Arrived at the entrance of this first jetty under power with no wind but extremely rollly. We stay at the only marina in here, Shelter Bay Marina. The cost reasonable at less than $50 a nite for a forty footer. If you stay For a month it will be just less the half. Many cruisers all over the world are here, many making last minute repairs. The scenes here are quite different from those in the States particular in the Chesapeake Bay. The top side are always loaded with STUFF plus wind vane, panals, wind generator, and tarps. So it is somewhat unseenly,but that is the way it is in the world off cruising.

The restaurant at the marina is surprisingly good. Many locals came in to dine. The price is very reasonable and food good. The captain/owner bought dinners before and after the voyage, just for good Omen, Kawi knows


Custom is not working in weekend, we are still waiting to clear. Hopefully it will bee soon.

It looks like I am not able to ride across the canal this time. The queue is a weeklong. I may try to catch another boat ready to sail across, but I am not that motivated as yet. If it happens, I will go. If not I will catch a red eye back to BWI Thursday morning.

At the marina, I found a cheaper bed ($20) for a nite in Panama City.

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It checked out ok. I will stay there for a nite and give me a chance to check out the real estate in Panama. It appears there are a large Americans retire there. It certainly an avidable alternative.

Will write more soon.
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

Enjoy the trip, sounds like it's been a good one so far.
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

I use an agent named Pete Stevens at Delifino Maratimo for Panama Canal transits. He takes care of customs, admeasurement, and transit papers, and then asks when I want to transit. He saves me a lot of time as there is no waiting to get through. He also rents fenders and lines and can arrange line handlers.
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

How far did you get...?
and would you do it again...?
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

Nick, I'm not sure that you'll get a public reply. It's been a while (August) since RD posted here.
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

Thanks Jim, was hoping to ask someone if it is hard to find crew to do exactly the same thing that he just did , for the same thing in january or february next year
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Re: Heading out tonight for Colon, Panama

Nick, you could always post in the "Crew Wanted/Available" forum.
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