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Old 07-03-2015, 16:20   #1
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Hi anyone know how to get a small sailboat. 20' pacific Seacraft Flicka
Through the canal or even overland from atlantic side. There's no way it an do 8 knots and no way to get 4 handlers myself and a pilot on it. Any help or suggestions appreciated



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Old 07-03-2015, 16:33   #2
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The 8kt thing is no problem. Just tell them you can do it and they won't care what you actually do (you will be doing the trip in 2 parts taking 2 days, so no issue with speed).

I don't think there is much leeway on the handlers and pilot. Why can't you fit 6 people on the boat for motoring through a ditch? The pilot leaves at night, so you would need to sleep 5 on board - very tight, but doable for a single night.

Your alternative is to ship it overland - something more easily done with a boat your side, but I don't know any details for doing it in Panama. I know there are shippers in Guatemala that can take boats across, so maybe you go there?

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Last time I went through it was 6kts... don't know many sail boats that'll do 8knots..
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Thought pilot was a requirement for only over 50 foot boats?????
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Take the boat up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, Hire a truck in Fronteras to haul it overland and drop it in the Pacific. They can pull the mast and load the boat on a truck for you. Restep the mast on the pacific side. Chuck
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Thought pilot was a requirement for only over 50 foot boats?????
They call them "advisors" for yachts and all must have one.
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The canal IS Panama's economy.. every $ counts..
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