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Old 11-01-2014, 16:45   #16
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Re: Suez Canal Transit Costs

Originally Posted by givandeperre View Post
Thanks Wayne! We are heading for Hurghada where we will arrive tomorrow (Inch Allah). We are staying in the Red Sea during wintertime to head back to Greece in the summer. We are organizing trips with "Lazuli". Gi
Sounds like a sensible plan to avoid that Med winter. I hope you enjoy yourselves with some new adventures. Might catch up somewhere in the Med later this year. You will recognise me I will be the Belize skipper with a huge grin on his face

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Old 01-12-2014, 12:47   #17
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Re: Suez Canal Transit Costs

We had a similar experience - but we carried 2 packets of cigarettes for each pilot (we had a different one on day two). We were railroaded for birbes and the first pilot insisted on helming at one point and took our 7.2 metre wide cat periously close to the stony port bank (south to north transit). I retook the helm at that point. He also tried to get me to nudge onto the putty at the overnight stop. He was clearly unhappy with not receiving a wad of cash which he made clear he expected. We also only paid in the region of $650 in total for a 13m cat, with a family of four on board. We did not stop as we exited the canal - instead we headed straight for Cyprus.

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