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Old 02-06-2014, 11:26   #1
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Line-handler in Panama

Not so much a 'crew available' posting in the true sense perhaps. But I'm going to be in Panama with probably a few days to kill. If I show up in Shelter Bay Marina, or perhaps a better place, would it be feasible to get a line-handlers position that will get me through the canal starting the next day (I won't have time to wait around a week). Just for the experience. I don't really want to arrange anything with anybody ahead of time as I don't really know if I have the time or not. Preferable from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


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Old 04-06-2014, 19:23   #2
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I don't think so. Even though boats leave a couple of times a week sometimes, everybody has it figured out a few days before. Often an agent, if you use one, will have line handlers ready to go. There is the shuttle to think about also. If you had a couple of weeks to spend at either end you could, no doubt get a trip. If you want it to happen in just a couple of days, good luck.
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Re: Line-handler in Panama

Yeah, not likely just to pop in and pick up a ride, lots of logistics/delays, loads of line handler crew postings on the board at SB. Any boat that is just a day or two away from tansiting has almost certainly already made arrangements.

Hanging around and getting to know some of the crews would be a good start, but probably going to take longer than a few days.

But, not a bad way to spend a few days. I just recently did the train ride from PC to Colon for the first time. Pretty cool. And SB is a pleasant place to hang out even if you don't get a ride. Good hiking and exploring around the old Ft. Sherman grounds. Loads of wildlife.

Careful around Colon. Much of it, but not all, is pretty dicey.
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Not so much a 'crew available' posting in the true sense perhaps. But I'm going to be in Panama with probably a few days to kill. If I show up in Shelter Bay Marina, or perhaps a better place, would it be feasible to get a line-handlers position that will get me through the canal starting the next day (I won't have time to wait around a week). Just for the experience. I don't really want to arrange anything with anybody ahead of time as I don't really know if I have the time or not. Preferable from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


All advise appreciated.


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Show up at the Marina mid day... check out the notice board for 'Posts'.. then wander into the bar.. grab a beer then head out to the veranda/pool area and chat to folks.. should find out whose heading out the next day in no time..
Its quite possible you'll get a ride whether they need you or not.. if your a fun character...
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Not so much a 'crew available' posting in the true sense perhaps. But I'm going to be in Panama with probably a few days to kill. If I show up in Shelter Bay Marina, or perhaps a better place, would it be feasible to get a line-handlers position that will get me through the canal starting the next day (I won't have time to wait around a week). Just for the experience. I don't really want to arrange anything with anybody ahead of time as I don't really know if I have the time or not. Preferable from the Atlantic to the Pacific.


All advise appreciated.


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Hi there,

We are planning to pass through Panama around the end of march 2015, if you're still interested by then don't hestitate to drop a line.
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