Originally Posted by barnakiel
How accurate is the above?
We transited in 2004. It cost us roughly 500 USD in a 26 footer. Friends handled the lines for us as we did for them.
There was a deposit too and this got returned into our credit card ACC.
It cost us about $1000 all up in 2008.
Liine handlers are NOT as easy as some suggest!
Some cruisers get snooty about it and dont want to do it; at the end of the season there are few cruising boats so hard to get them; some boats you wouldnt put a dog in let alone volunteer for a 2 day, 1 night excursion and to be fed by them.
We went through in June at the end of the season so we emailed all the Backpacker Hostels and spread our catch of Backpackers through our fleet of cruisers. The backpackers LOVED it! You really only need one or 2 handlers so the dim-witted people just got to have a free ride, free food
and free trip back to where they started.
Our 2 advisors were great. Both did the job as a part time extra money
thing and one of ours told us all about the histroy of it... even better than the best tour guide.
Photos below: Night time 3 locks. Its a party!!!!!! The Advisor is wearring the life jacket.
Daytime: The guy at the wheel
is a Backpacker; the older guy and girl are cruisers; Nic; and the young guy in the white Tshirt is the Advisor.