Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-02-2010, 15:49   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
Boat: 31' Corsair/Farrier trimaran, Lauwersmeer Cruiser in Europe canals. 19' Lightning
Posts: 234
Martinique to / thru Panama Canal

I'm looking for advice taking a 40' sailboat from Maritinque to & thru the Panama Canal in early April.

I haven't started my research on this yet so I've got some basic questions.

How long will it take?

Is it against prevailing winds?

What sort of wind strength is typical?

Some said spend some time in the San Blas Islands, is this out of my way?

I believe this is just before hurricane season.

From 3Eagles thread on the transit it sounds like an agent isn't needed.

Background is: I'm a life long coastal sailor with virtually no experience off shore but I'm hoping to draft an experienced friend whos sailed to Hawaii. I'm thinking of puchasing a boat in Martinique, sailing it to and thru the Canal to Golfito where it will be shipped to Canada.

I will be on a relatively tight schedule unless I decide to go with a later Gofito shipping date. But I really don't want to take that much time off of work.


Thank you. This forum is great!

Eric
__________________
ejlindahl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2010, 16:14   #2
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Boat: Boatless Again
Posts: 4,318
Martinique to the canal is about 1200 miles, or 8 sailing days at 150 miles/day. Wind will be with you, from 15-25 knots most of the way, but can get to 35-45 off the coast of Columbia. Golfito is another 350 miles or 3 days, and will take some motoring.

You will spend more time than that waiting for a canal transit. If the waits are really long, use an agent.

Hurricane season is not until June.
__________________
donradcliffe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2010, 18:46   #3
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: between the devil and the deep blue sea
Boat: a sailing boat
Posts: 17,314
1. How long will it take?

Distance/average daily run. Wind and current should be on your side.

2. Is it against prevailing winds?

Normally it is downwind. Look up Publication 136 (Ocean Passages for the World / Admiralty) or Cornells book, if 136 not available.

3. What sort of wind strength is typical?

20/25 is normal but it can blow more, esp. if you sail close to Colombia's coast. It can be lighter close to Panama.

4. Some said spend some time in the San Blas Islands, is this out of my way?

It is nearly on your way. Make sure you have the permit/check in.

5. I believe this is just before hurricane season.

It is before, but not just before.

6. From 3Eagles thread on the transit it sounds like an agent isn't needed.

We did not use one either, but it was back when you could anchor on Flats. Now I beleve you are supposed to use a N shore marina while the harbour authority is on the S coast (I might be wrong here).

7. Background is: I'm a life long coastal sailor with virtually no experience off shore but I'm hoping to draft an experienced friend whos sailed to Hawaii. I'm thinking of puchasing a boat in Martinique, sailing it to and thru the Canal to Golfito where it will be shipped to Canada.

Do get the friend drafted. If Golfito is far N from Panama make sure the current is not against you. I believe people say it is difficult to coast from Panama to Mexico.

8. I will be on a relatively tight schedule unless I decide to go with a later Gofito shipping date. But I really don't want to take that much time off of work.

Being on a tight schedule is not what yo want when sailing. Beware Panama transit can last.

Good luck, have fun!

Cheers,
b.
__________________
barnakiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Panama Canal, Panama, Martinique

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Puerto Rico to Panama Canal & Summer in Panama ? Talefin General Sailing Forum 3 13-06-2010 00:33
Panama Canal Captain Jaz Pacific & South China Sea 7 28-01-2009 17:00
Panama Canal nicollej General Sailing Forum 2 16-06-2008 20:22
Panama Canal cathyoz Navigation 6 12-05-2008 22:42
Panama Canal GordMay Atlantic & the Caribbean 8 20-12-2005 11:20



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:51.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.