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Old 12-11-2012, 09:26   #16
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Re: Panama Transit

If your dealing with Taxi Drivers... Becareful!

If you are dealing with certified Canal Agents, they are normally very good at their jobs and will qoute prices up front.

The professional line handlers are very good, but there are a lot of Panamanian's who think they are line handlers and are not.

The list I gave you of line handlers and Agents came from the 2012 Panama City Guide, which is made by cruisers and content submitted by cruisers, which means you shoul dbe able to trust anyone on the list.

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:54   #17
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Re: Panama Transit

Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
there is sticky thread--and noonsite--both have good info for you.. the boat will be measured by canal officials--the measurements can do it all--if over 50 ft is 350 more than if under 50 ft--i am at the limit, counting bowsprit and mizzen overhang. not certain if admeasuring has a MUST have rented handlers, lines, fenders and ais.....unless there is an ais on board, and one must be able to travel at 5 kts steady.

fees were just recently raised --- look up the new rates in the panama canal site...
I agree with almost everything written in the previous posts except for the requirement for AIS. We transited from Pacific to Atlantic in May 2011 without an AIS. Perhaps this requirement has been added?

Also, our advisor was a wonderful guy to have on board. As mentioned elsewhere, he was moonlighting from his regular job. He did a great job of keeping us informed on Canal procedures and gave good advice on where to be and when.

We also transited in one day, without the normally required overnight stop. The advisor came through for us on that one, also.


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Old 12-11-2012, 11:46   #18
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Re: Panama Transit

You do NOT need a Canal Agent - it's very easy, and cheaper, to do the process yourself. You will find the Panama Canal Authorities to be friendly, courteous, and very professional. For our transit, this year, we used one of the taxi's for our tires and lines and were very pleased, we used him again to return our line handlers (cruiser friends) back to Panama City. Ask the local cruisers (VHF morning net) for names of best taxi drivers and their services, and/or check out the Yahoo Group Southbound in the Panama file for LOTS of info how to transit the canal. It's about $80 for a return taxi from Shelter Bay Marina, this is usually set up and paid by the Captain. Enjoy the trip!
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Jack Tyler wrote up a pretty good discussion on how to do the transit without an agent.
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Two experienced sailors want to line handle through the canal sometime Jan 15-24 2013. Plz reply if you have info on how we can find a vessel in need of handlers. I've heard of the morning net and plan to bring VHF. Channels anyone? Times? Thanks for the help.
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Get up to Shelter Bay Marina... post on the board... walk the pontoons talking to folk and spreading the word... if its from the other side hang out at Las Brisas... post notes on the boards..
e-mail a few agents if you get desperate..

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