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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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