I've been looking into it as well, we're transiting the other way, East to West the end of this year-
I heard $600 for boats under 50' as of 2008. Also, $850 buffer fee that you MAY get back (usually you do) as long as you don't damage or delay. So minimum
$1450 up front.
I have also heard one time of a $400 delay fee if you can't make the transit in one day but i have only heard that once. I also heard they may want to up the min. knots to 8 from 6? Has anyone else heard that?
George, did they charge you the $850 buffer fee on your card?
For our 37 boat, we are budgeting about $2000, expecting to get $850 back. The extra $400 we are budgeting is to clear into Panama
, and possibly rent lines, maybe handlers and other unexpected fees
Let us know how it goes - There's never too much info about Panama