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Old 26-01-2012, 21:17   #1
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Panama Canal

how much does it cost to sail a 45 foot cat though the panama canal cheers jim
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Old 27-01-2012, 00:41   #2
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I paid in the region of $1k. That was as part of an organised event so I don't know if that was a discounted (or marked up!) price.
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Did that price include line handlers or did you have enough people on board for the lines?
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Re: panama canal

No sailing in the canal - motor only.

The canal authority has a website that is very good and explains everything.

The overall cost will be highly variable depending on whether you use an agent or not, have to pay for line handlers or get free friends, have to rent fenders and lines or already have them, choose to stay at a marina during the 5-7 days of preparation or anchor out in the harbor, etc.

Plan between $700 and $4,000.

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Old 27-01-2012, 10:40   #5
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$650 for transit
$60 to rent lines
$85 for taxi to bring back your line handler's
Food for all, drink for all
the buffer, or deposit, brings it up to$1,500 cash that you give the bank. You get the deposit back about 2 weeks after the transit, as long as you don't. break their canal
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thanks guys from Jim nz
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Old 28-01-2012, 22:18   #7
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Re: Panama Canal

It sounds like prices have gone up for transiting the Panama Canal. I think we paid about $250 back in 1995 for our Privilege 39 to transit the canal.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jim.
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It sounds like prices have gone up for transiting the Panama Canal. I think we paid about $250 back in 1995 for our Privilege 39 to transit the canal.
The Canal is a smoking deal. The Canal loses money on each small handline transit. A transit takes 2 days, at least most do now. The adviser gets $250-$450 depending on how long he works. There is a pilot boat with a captain and crew to pick up and drop off the adviser each day. There are 4 handline crew at each lock when you center lock. Paperwork, scheduler, admeasurer, security to pay. Then each year the canal damages a few yachts and pays off for the damage.
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