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Through the Panama Canal to Texas 2020-2021

We're planning to make a passage through the Panama Canal into the Gulf of Mexico next year any where from November 2020 to February 2021 depending on preparations. We will want to go in tandem or group and wonder how, when the time comes, to find others going that way. Also, anyone who's made the passage, if you care to share your experience we're open to hearing about it.
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I dont know how many boats do that trip. The best places to get together would be in Panama City and Colon on the Caribbean side of the Canal.

It will be a great series of voyages

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We love sailing at the Gulf of Mexico, it's pretty close to where we live and the scenes are beautiful there, also it's quite calm
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Thanks for the encouragement--we've only sailed the west coast and looking forward to new adventures.
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Trying to put my dad's mind at ease--he thinks we're going to get kidnapped by pirates when we exit the canal and go through the Caribbean. No amount of talking to him convinces him that we will be able to hook up with other boaters for the voyage.
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Trying to put my dad's mind at ease--he thinks we're going to get kidnapped by pirates when we exit the canal and go through the Caribbean. No amount of talking to him convinces him that we will be able to hook up with other boaters for the voyage.
Don't let your life be slowed down by others.

After you do this trip he will shutup.... Until the next trip.

Seriously, if I ever listened to my Mum, any of my family or friends, I would never have left home 12 years ago.

They are fat and dying and I am having the time of my life. You have the same choice.


Sorry to be blunt.



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Re: Through the Panama Canal to Texas 2020-2021

Point boat towards jamaica.
There are 4 main reef banks to avoid going n/s...roncador, serrana, serranilla and baja nuevo. This route will keep you east of them all.
Once clear of baja nuevo, turn nw to caymans.
Resupply rum there
Then shoot yucatan channel, taking left fork of the current into the gulf.
Youre never near nicaragua or honduras, the problem areas
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You make it sound so easy! Thank you for the words of comfort. We have a year to plan and strategize and all the shared experience is much appreciated.
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Thanks for being blunt--I needed to hear that.
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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.

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