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Old 05-02-2018, 06:06   #1
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not using the Panama

Hi . I read a while ago about using a truck to get a yacht from the Atlantic to the Pacific .
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:10   #2
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Contact these guys.. they will likely be needed for the lift out etc..
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Old 05-02-2018, 06:55   #3
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This was occasionally done in Guatemala from Rio Dolce. Believe max boat size around 38'
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Old 05-02-2018, 07:32   #4
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I looked into this a couple of years ago. The cost goes up very rapidly and steeply with the size of the boat. From about 45 feet, I think it was, using a delivery crew became the cheaper option.

The really important thing, though, is that moving a big boat from one ocean to another adds so much to the cost of the boat as to be not worth it. A better move by far is to find one like it in your ocean instead.
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Just do the ditch :-)

It’s only a few hours and a great thing to tick off the bucket list.
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Sail around South America I donít understand why people donít sail it so much to see
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:05   #7
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I agree with Rosatte. Take the time and sail around. So much beauty to see.
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Sail around South America I donít understand why people donít sail it so much to see
The Horn is why most sailors don't use the South American route.
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Old 05-02-2018, 10:29   #9
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We're actually looking forward to our Canal transit, which should take place in November.

As far as sailing around South America goes, the east coast, say, from Uruguay south, can be remarkably rough with very few sheltered ports. Once in the Beagle Channel, there are many safe anchorages in which to secure your boat - as long as you have a 150m rope at each corner of your boat to tie to shore. The cruising there is pristine and dramatically beautiful. True, you can get hurricane-force winds at any time, often that aren't forecast, but for the most part, it's not too hard of a place to navigate. You have to be on your game. Many of the cruisers we met there had come down the west coast and were planning on returning the same route.

The photo with Rosie, Ruthie and me has Cape Horn in the background. If you look closely in the other photo you can see Merkava at anchor.

Fair winds and calm seas.
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The Horn is why most sailors don't use the South American route.
Forget the Horn, go thru the Magellan Straits :/
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Nhschneider,
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, shros.
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