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02-18-2015 03:17 AM
Re: Panama Canal

ffiill, I have been visited your shared link and get a lot of things and ideas about Panama Canal. Actually I have plan to visit this destination in coming vacations with my family, I found your source really helpful and informative for me as well as for all those people who want to go there in coming days.
07-29-2010 08:33 PM
imagine2frolic We used Stanley, and I believe his e-mail start with sscott, but he is well known. O h, here it is,6680-7971, and yes it has 8 digits. Tell him Imagine, John & Melanie on the red cat sent you.....i2f
07-24-2010 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
What broker did you use? We are going to be doing the canal in December. Thanks
I too would be interested to know which broker you used.
07-23-2010 07:10 PM
What broker?

Originally Posted by imagine2frolic View Post
Here's the real story, and I just made the transit 2 weeks ago. I am still in Panama City. If you go with thr right broker you can get everything done for under $1100.00, ...i2f
What broker did you use? We are going to be doing the canal in December. Thanks
07-23-2010 06:53 PM
CapTim For what it's worth, a friend used a while back to move a 32' boat from texas to california (shortest route that doesn't leave the USA). Cost about $3700, which included yard fees to step/unstep the mast. The shipper did a great job. There was another bid that was less expensive, but that shipper had never moved a boat before.
07-23-2010 06:17 PM
sailor50 It was 15 years ago when we transited. You need an admeasurer, this person is employed by the Canal Transit Authority. They come with a measuring tape and measure the fuel and water tanks (adds tonnage weight). If the vessel had previously gone through the Canal, you will find an Admeasurer's Certificate which states the boat was previously measured and completed a transit.

You post bond which insures you are in control of your vessel, and you get that back if no problems arise.

We made a call to the Peace Corps, albeit while there still was a yacht club there (B4 it burned down), and we had 3 additional line handlers under the age of 21! Very agile, excited, and free of cost! We paid their bus fare and added a few bucks for their trouble.
07-23-2010 01:31 PM
ffiill Just check out the Panama Canal site for proper details and pricing.
Tells you exactly what it costs and regulations re transiting.
07-06-2010 08:39 PM
imagine2frolic Here's the real story, and I just made the transit 2 weeks ago. I am still in Panama City. If you go with thr right broker you can get everything done for under $1100.00, or you can save some money, and do it yourself. You will save several hundred $'s, but have to pout out an extra buffer fee of $850. This will be returned to you, but sometime in the near future. We opted to pay the extra money.

This includes cruising permit, tires, lines, but no crew. You can pay for crew. You can find fellow cruiser willing to go for the experience. You can also get ahold of the Maritime College here, and get 4 crew for under $100.

If you think doing the canal is are very wrong. It cost money, and time to get here. Not to mention wear & tear on the boat. Especially if the boat is a wee bit worn already. Your boat will need to be in TOP CONDITION to make the trip.......i2f
07-06-2010 06:36 PM
maru657 With a LOA under 40' it should run under $1000. and @ half of that will be refundable. You will need a minimum of Four 200' tending lines for raft ups. and Four people on board for line handlers. This info is based on a friend who recently used the canal.
05-14-2010 07:12 PM
Faster At near two grand, that's a pretty good chunk of the trucking fee... you'll also have to factor in the real cost of the voyage south and back (unless you're doing this primarily for the experience)

Financially speaking I'd not be surprised if trucking works out to be less expensive overall...
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