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post #10 of Old 10-14-2019
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Re: Through the Panama Canal to Texas 2020-2021

A couple quick questions.

If you are on the West Coast, why the rush to get through the Canal to the Gulf? I ask because we are on basically the same path, having moved from San Diego to Dallas. But everyone told us not to rush the trip. The Sea of Cortez is one of the greatest cruising areas of the world. And it would suck to just whip right by on your way. So we are spending a couple seasons in Mexico, primarily SOC, before heading farther south.

Are you sure on your timing? In particular the time of year. Heading south from CA before November would not be advised. But leaving as late as February might cause issues once you get through the Canal. You might just be getting into the Gulf in time for hurricane season.

One additional thought. We are heading south to Cabo / La Paz in a few weeks as part of the Baja Haha. If you dont know what that is, definitely look it up. This is the 26th year and has over 155 boats heading south together. From there, there is another group called the Panama Posse. They may be a good group to hook up with to at least get you down to Panama. From there you can hook up with others going through.

I brought our boat through the Canal the other way, after picking her up in St. Martin. Was an amazing trip that I highly recommend and am looking forward to doing again. Marinas on both ends are full of boats waiting their turn through, with lots of opportunities to meet and group up with people.

Good luck. If you have any additional questions, or want to chat, send me a note.

Stuart Robertson
S/V Rum Away
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