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Looking for Panama Canal Tips

Hello, we're the Harpers from Ventura, CA. We've been live-aboards for 5 years on our 34 Columbia and looking to grow about ten feet and head through the Panama in the next year. Any tips and tricks would be very appreciated as we shop for our next boat and plan our cruise to relocate in Texas.
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Transit cost for pleasure boats increases greatly in 2020.
I hope you can tolerate extreme humidty when you hit houston... when the wind is not blowing, you will wish it was

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Humidity can't be any worse in Kemah, Tx than the Bahamas, can it? How much is the canal increase? Can't see us ready to go before next year...
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Humidity can't be any worse in Kemah, Tx than the Bahamas, can it? How much is the canal increase? Can't see us ready to go before next year...
You need to look into canal costs yourself. Its not a total doubling of overall costs, but is a big deal. Research time...

Yes, its worse...and i kid you not.
From memory, not personal experience, you will find cheap liveaboard rates in clear lake.
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Re: Looking for Panama Canal Tips

Lots of YouTube documentaries of sailboats transiting the canal. Most go east to west for prevailing winds. If youíre in CA, I assume youíre going the other way. Where to from the eastern end? Check that your not going to beat into the wind for weeks on end.


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Re: Looking for Panama Canal Tips

Have a friend who did a delivery of a brand new mid 50s Bene from San Fran to BVIs. We shared C dock in Roadtown for awhile as he worked on that boat. In spite of its being new at the start he had his hands full and needed to put in weeks of work to get it in condition that would allow the owner to enjoy the boat. After a season it was put on a ship and brought to the med then sold.
My understanding is thatís a very difficult transit. Going east from the canal is problematic and hard on a boat. You might be better served just buying a boat in the Caribbean and skipping that passage.

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You need to look into canal costs yourself. Its not a total doubling of overall costs, but is a big deal. Research time...

Yes, its worse...and i kid you not.
From memory, not personal experience, you will find cheap liveaboard rates in clear lake.
We have a lot of homework to do before we attempt the canal, if we attempt the canal...Man! we really want to make that passage. Now we're thinking buy the boat in the south stay as long as we can stand the humidity (dad is getting older and he's in Thibodaux, LA) then make the passage back to the west. Aaaggghhh. Thanks for your thoughts!
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Well, the two replies I've received are discouraging. Lots to research still. We'll let you know if and when we make the passage! Thanks for the feedback
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Living on a boat located on Gulf Coast is not for everyone, especially women. Heat, humidity, bugs, hurricanes... I have done that for a year now. Rent is cheap here, not like CA. Gotta be practical.

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